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Head, Alcohol and Pregnancy & FASD Research

BAppSc Grad Dip Dietetics MPH PhD

Areas of research expertise: Nutritional epidemiology, breastfeeding, knowledge translation, intervention research

Roslyn is a senior research fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute where she brings her research skills in nutritional epidemiology to the FASD Research group. She has a strong interest in alcohol policy and the recommendations from her PhD thesis were included in the 2009 guidelines from the NHMRC; 'Australian Alcohol Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol'.

Most recently before her employment at the Institute Roslyn was a Healthway Health Promotion Postdoctoral Research Fellow investigating the support of breastfeeding women in rural WA using an internet intervention. She has embraced the expanding area of e-technology with the development of Feed Safe, a technological app that safely supports breastfeeding mothers who choose to drink alcohol during lactation.

With a background as a dietitian and nutritionist she has a passion for breastfeeding as the panacea for optimising infant health and preventing chronic disease in adulthood. She has recently completed her NHMRC Translational Research Into Practice Fellowship where she investigated the evidence practice gap between the NHMRC alcohol and breastfeeding guideline, clinician application and maternal uptake.

Currently she is the Head of the AP&FASD team and Assistant Director of the FASD Research Australia NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) (2017 – current)