Senior Research Officer
BSc (Hons) MNutr&Diet PhD
Alexia holds a PhD in Public Health Nutrition and is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Registered Nutritionist. She has a clinical background in chronic disease management and has previously worked in teaching roles within the discipline of Public Health at The University of Notre Dame and The University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on understanding how the surrounding food environment influences dietary behaviours and risk of obesity.
During her time at the Telethon Kids Institute, Alexia has contributed to several projects within the Food and Nutrition Team and held various research and governance roles supporting the ORIGINS Project.
Alexia is currently working on building a state-wide uniform and centralised, geospatial database of all food businesses in WA as part of the Food Atlas Study. This project aims to create an online, interactive web-based tool to visualise and quantify the location of all food businesses across WA.
Nutritional quality of children’s menus in restaurants: does cuisine type matter?
It is unknown whether the nutritional quality of children's menus vary depending on the cuisine type. This study aimed to investigate differences in the nutritional quality of children's menus by cuisine type in restaurants located in Perth, Western Australia.Published research Nutrition Food and NutritionMarch 2022
Does fast-food outlet density differ by area-level disadvantage in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia?
Socio-economic spatial patterning of fast-food outlets can result in disparities in the availability and access of food across geographic areas, contributing to health inequalities. This study investigated whether area-level socio-economic disparities exist in fast-food availability across the Perth metropolitan region of Western Australia.Published research Academic Biostatistics Nutrition Food and NutritionNovember 2022
The community food environment and its association with diet, health or weight status in Australia: A systematic review with recommendations for future research
This study systematically reviewed Australian literature to determine if an association exists between geospatial exposure to food outlets and diet, health or weight status. Recommendations for future research are provided.Published research Nutrition Child Physical Activity, Health and Development Food and Nutrition
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