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ARC DECRA Fellow & Head of Food and Nutrition Research

BHSc(Hons1A), RPHNutr, PhD

Dr Gina Trapp is Head of Food and Nutrition Research at the Telethon Kids Institute (TKI) and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at the University of Western Australia. She has a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Psychology) with First Class Honours, a PhD in Public Health from The University of Western Australia and is a Registered Public Health Nutritionist recognised by the Nutrition Society of Australia.

Dr Trapp has over 18 years of research experience and has worked across a wide range of projects spanning the obesity prevention areas of nutrition, physical activity and built environments. These projects have focused on the design, implementation and interpretation of large-scale population surveys, cohort studies and natural experiments aimed at understanding and influencing obesity-risk behaviours in children and adults to improve population health.

At only 4 years post-PhD, Dr Trapp has over 100 publications (over half of which are published in the top 10% of journals in their field), has delivered 127 health promotion conference/seminar presentations (36 as invited speaker/keynote) and has secured research funds totalling in excess of $6.91M. She has supervised 4 higher degree research students to completion and is an invited member of the Australia Health Promotion Association National Mentoring Program (9 mentees, including 7 post-doctoral staff at TKI and 2 undergraduate students). She has been the recipient of 35 research awards and prizes and in recognition of her commitment and outstanding contribution to health promotion research she was awarded the 2015 Australian Health Promotion Association’s, ‘Excellence in Health Promotion Practice’ award. She was also formerly recognised by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science as ‘One of Western Australia’s Most Outstanding Young Scientists’, receiving the 2015, ‘Western Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Award’ which recognises intellectual and scientific excellence.


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