Prof Sarah McNaughton

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Position

Professor

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland, 2003
Bachelor of Science, University of Queensland, 1994

Biography

Professor McNaughton is a nutritional epidemiologist in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University and Deputy Director of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN). She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Fellow of Dietitians Australia and a Registered Public Health Nutritionist.

She leads the Dietary Patterns and Eating Behaviours Research group of IPAN which focuses on understanding population dietary intakes and health relationships, examining dietary intake across the continuum from nutrients to foods to eating occasions (e.g. meals and snacks), and dietary patterns, and the interplay between these elements.

She completed her PhD in the School of Population Health, University of Queensland in 2003 and was subsequently a Research Scientist in the Nutritional Epidemiology section of the Medical Research Council Collaborative Centre for Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge (UK). Since joining Deakin University in October 2005, she has held research fellowships from the NHMRC, Heart Foundation and Australian Research Council.

Funding and Conflict of Interest Disclosures
Professor McNaughton has received grant funding as a Chief Investigator from NHMRC, ARC, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Diabetes Australia Research Trust, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), and as a collaborator from the Eisele Family Foundation (US), Medibank Health Research Fund, World Cancer Research Fund, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, NZ Lottery Health Research Fund, Nutricia Research Foundation (2013-2014).

The Supermarket Healthy Eating for Life (Shelf) study was supported by a National Health & Medical Research Council Project Grant (ID594767, 2010-2012). Coles supermarkets provided financial and in-kind support for the study and the National Heart Foundation of Australia provided in-kind support for the study.

The ShopSmart 4 Health study was supported by the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects funding scheme (LP0990129, 2009-2012). Coles supermarkets and the National Heart Foundation of Australia provided in-kind but not financial support for the study.

Professor McNaughton has conducted contract work for the following organisations: National Heart Foundation of Australia, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, World Health Organisation.

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Biography summary

June 2020 -  present: Deputy Director, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health, Deakin University.

2018 - present: Professor, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University.

2015 - June 2020: Discipline Leader – Dietetics, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University.

2016 - 2019: NHMRC Career Development Fellow, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University.

2011 - 2015: Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University.

2009 - 2011: National Heart Foundation of Australia Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University.

2005 - 2009: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Public Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University.

June 2009: Visiting Research Fellow, Medical Research Council Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, London, United Kingdom.

May - Aug 2007: Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, University College London.

2003 - 2005: Research Scientist, Nutritional Epidemiology, Medical Research Council Collaborative Centre for Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
 

Research interests

Professor McNaughton’s current research interests include the assessment of dietary behaviours, diet quality and dietary patterns, their determinants and role in health. Her research program focuses on:

  • Developing novel methods for measuring and interpreting population dietary intakes;
  • Understanding dietary behaviors and their determinants across the life-course, generating evidence to inform behaviour change interventions and nutrition strategies that promote health and wellbeing;
  • Understanding the role of foods, eating patterns and dietary patterns in health and wellbeing;
  • Translation of dietary patterns evidence into nutrition strategies, practice and policy.

She leads studies funded by the Australian Research Council, including the MEALS study and the Everyday Life Study.

She led a collaboration with the US National Cancer Institute and four other Australian research groups to develop an Australian version of the “ASA24”, online self-administered 24-hour recall. For more information:  https://www.deakin.edu.au/ipan/our-research/asa24-australia-2016

Affiliations

Dietitians Australia (1996 - present); Accredited Practising Dietitian, Fellow of  Dietitians Australia (2018 - )

Nutrition Society of Australia (1997 - 2003, 2007 - present); Registered Public Health Nutritionist.

American Society for Nutrition (2007 – present).

Australasian Epidemiological Association (2006 - present).

Nutrition Society UK (2003 - present).

Teaching interests

Current PhD Students

Kate Wingrove, APD, Deakin University. (Principal Supervisor). Using evidence from dietary patterns research to inform dietary guidelines.

Emily Denniss, Deakin University. (Principal Supervisor). Nutrition misinformation in social media.

Nancy Tran, Deakin University. (Principal Supervisor). Understanding eating patterns and different food consumption at eating occasions

Hesti Retno Budi Arini, Deakin Univeristy. (Principal Supervisor).Understanding patterns of protein intake in the population.

Sara Ebrahimi, Deakin University. (Associate Supervisor). Diet quality and health outcomes in Iranian adults. 

Michael Hart, Deakin University. (Associate Supervisor). Associations between dietary intake, inflammation and cognitive function in older adults.

Linda Atkins (part-time), Deakin University. (Associate Supervisor). Iron nutrition in young children. 

Meron Lewis, University of Queensland. (Associate Supervisor). Development and evaluation of a data collection method, and resultant policy recommendations, in relation to the price and affordability of healthy (recommended) and current (unhealthy) diets in low socioeconomic groups in Australia

Past Honours and Masters of Human Nutrition Research Students

Elisha West (Master of Human Nutrition Research Project, Associate Supervisor). Examining food literacy programs in food insecure population groups.

Meaghan Sexton (Master of Human Nutrition Research Project, Associate Supervisor). Correlates of Diet Quality in Australian Young Adults.

Ming Wei Lui, Visiting Research Scholar, Masters of Public Health, Wuhan University, China. Diet quality trajectories associated with incident hypertension/weight change in the China Health and Nutrition Survey.

Conferences

Invited presentations

McNaughton SA. Invited keynote presentation. Assessing dietary patterns and diet quality and associations with health outcomes. 2019 Nutrition Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting “Nutrition: The Epicentre of Health”. Newcastle, December 2019.

McNaughton SA. Diet and inflammation: applications and perspectives from epidemiology. Diet and inflammation Symposium. Nutrition Society of Australia Melbourne Group, October 2018.

McNaughton SA. Adapting an online 24-hour dietary recall system for use in Australia Workshop: A step by step guide to measuring diet intake using technology based methods. Dietary Assessment Satellite Workshop, Nutrition Society of Australia 40th Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, November 2016.

McNaughton SA. Examining the relationship between diet quality and meal patterns. Symposium: Advancing Dietary Patterns Research: Levels, Layers, and Lifecourse, International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods, September 2015.

McNaughton SA. Invited keynote presentation. Understanding eating behaviours: Application of dietary pattern methods to behavioural nutrition research. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Ghent, May 2013.

McNaughton SA. Research insights into dietary patterns and dietary behaviours in public health. Invited presentation. International Congress of Dietetics, Sydney, September 2012.

Professional activities

Current

Academic Editor, Current Developments in Nutrition (2020 - present).

World Health Organisation Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group Subcommittee on Diet and Health (2018-present).

International Advisory Committee, International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods (2018 – present).

Member, Board of Directors, Nutrition Australia Victorian Division (May 2017 – present)

Member, National Network of Dietetic and Nutrition Research Leaders (2017-present).

Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (2007 - present)

 

University Leadership 

Deputy Director, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health, Deakin University (2020 - ).

Academic Board, Deakin University (2019-21).

Group Leader, Dietary Patterns and Eating Behaviours Research Group, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University (2018 - ).

School Executive Group, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University (2016 - ).

 

Past

Expert Advisory Committees

Awards and Recognition Committee (ARAC), Dietitians Association of Australia (2014-20).

Member, Council of Deans of Nutrition and Dietetics (Australia and New Zealand) (2017-20)

NHMRC Discretionary Foods and Drinks Expert Working Group (2018-19).

Heart Foundation Expert Reference Group, Position Statement on Meat, Eggs and Dairy Products (2018-19).

National Osteoarthritis Strategy Working Group (2018).

Corporate Sponsorship Reference Group, Dietitians Association of Australia (2017-18).

Oceanic Nutrition Leadership Program, Member of Management Committee and Chair of Selection Working Group (2015-17).

Journal and Scientific Publications Management Committee, Dietitians Association of Australia (2011-15).

 

Scientific Conference Committees

Scientific Program Committee, 2017 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Victoria, Canada (2015-17).

Scientific & Social Program Committee 2016 Annual Conference, Dietitians Association of Australia (2014-16).

International Advisory Committee, International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods (2014-15).

National Scientific Program Committee, Nutrition Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting (2010-13).

 

Editorial Boards

Member, Editorial Board, British Journal of Nutrition (2011-14).

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Nutritional Sciences (2011-14).

Honorary Editor, Nutrition Society of Australia (2011-13).

 

Other 

2017 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank – Rethinking Food and Nutrition Science, Australian Academy of Science, 26-28 July, Perth. Rapporteur/Leader of Working Group, and co-led writing of Discussion Paper “The Australian Food and Nutrition Knowledge Hub: A critical piece of national infrastructure for nutrition science”. www.science.org.au/nutrition-discussion-papers

Science Meets Parliament, Nutrition Society of Australia Representative, 2017.

Reviewer, Nutrition Care Process Terminology (NCPT), US Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 2016 & 2018.

Invited Expert, Australian National Preventive Health Agency Workshop. Evidence Briefs on obesity trends, sedentary behaviour and sugar-sweetened beverages. University of Sydney, 2013.

Invited Mentor/Discussant, Early Career Investigator Lunch, 2013 Annual Meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Ghent, Belgium.

Awards

2020 Nutrition Society of Australia. This medal is awarded to Australian nutrition scientists with an outstanding record in animal or human nutrition.

2018 Fellow of Dietitians Australia

2017 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Supervision

2016 Nutrition Society of Australia Mid Career Travel Award. 

2016 Council of Academic Public Health Institutions (CAPHIA) Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Team Research: The Melbourne Infant Feeding Activity and Nutrition Trial (InFANT) Program

2016-2019 NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (Level 2)

2013  Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Award for Healthy Eating awarded to the Promoting Healthy Eating Through Price Reduction & Skill-Building Program, conducted in partnership with the National Heart Foundation of Australia and Coles Supermarkets. The team is led by Prof Kylie Ball and includes Prof David Crawford  and Assoc Prof Sarah McNaughton.

2011-2015 Australian Research Council Future Fellowship

2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher

2010 Dietitians Association of Australia Outstanding Contribution Award

2009-2010 National Heart Foundation of Australia Research Fellowship

2009 Nutrition Society of Australia Research Award

2007 NHMRC Travelling Award for Research Training

2007 Nutrition Society (UK) Travel Award

2007 Australian Nutrition Trust Travel Award

2005-2009 NHMRC Public Health Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Publications

No publications found

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2017

Rebecca Leech

Thesis entitled: Understanding adults' eating patterns

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Carol Matthews

Thesis entitled: Exploring the eating behaviours of people in mid-late adulthood

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Felicity Jayne Pendergast

Thesis entitled: Examining the eating patterns of young adults

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

2016

Maree Mead

Thesis entitled: Dietary patterns and cardiometabolic risk among older adults

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2017

Eloise Annette Fletcher

Thesis entitled: Sedentary Behaviour and Cardiometabolic Health in Adolescents: Role of Diet

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

2016

Jane Winter

Thesis entitled: Nutritional Risk in Community Dwelling Older Adults

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

2013

Lena Diana Amber Stephens

Thesis entitled: EXPLORING INFLUENCES ON EATING BEHAVIOURS OF ADOLESCENTS EXPERIENCING SOCIOECONOMIC DISADVANTAGE

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

2012

Alison Spence

Thesis entitled: Mediators of Dietary Patterns in an Intervention to Improve Early Childhood Nutrition

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences