Dr Vanessa Shrewsbury
Vanessa is a dietitian who has dedicated the past 15 years to researching the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of child and adolescent overweight and obesity. Vanessa began her obesity research career with the Nepean Longitudinal Study, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (2002-2005). This interest led Vanessa to move to the UK where she led a systematic review on socioeconomic status and childhood obesity at University College London, Research Department of Epidemiology & Public Health (2005-2006). On returning to Australia, she completed her PhD Management of overweight and obesity in adolescents and the role of parents (University of Sydney, 2007-2011), which included The Loozit® RCT. As a part-time postdoctoral researcher at the Westmead Research Hub (2012-2016), Vanessa’s research focussed on the Students as LifeStyle Activists (SALSA) peer-led program in high schools and the Weight4KIDs eLearning program for health professionals. In 2014, these programs received a total of four local health district quality awards and continue to be implemented. Since moving to the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, The University of Newcastle, in 2017, Vanessa has led an international team to update a systematic review on best practice dietetic management of child and adolescent overweight and obesity. Vanessa has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications including five systematic reviews, with the majority focussed on child and adolescent obesity. Her current research interests extend to cooking skill education and maternal nutrition.