Research Team

  • Dr Foluké Abigail Badejo

    Dr Foluké Abigail Badejo is an award-winning Research Fellow at the Woolworth’s Centre for Childhood Nutrition Research. She is also the Queensland hub lead of the Australian Association of Social Marketing (AASM). Dr Badejo’s work is driven by an emancipatory research agenda, core values of dignity, equality and authenticity, as well passion...

  • Dr Kimberley Baxter

    Dr Kimberley Baxter is a Dietitian and is currently working on the Responsive Feeding in Tough Times (R-FiTT) project. R-FiTT aims to promote the use of responsive feeding practices within families experiencing food insecurity through a collaboratively designed intervention. Kimberley has a background in infant and child feeding and health...

  • Dr Sabine Baker

    Dr Sabine Baker is a registered Psychologist and Research Fellow at the Woolworths Centre for Childhood Nutrition Research. She leads the Feeding Families in Tough Times (FFiTT) project which aims to develop a portfolio of solutions to food insecurity in disadvantaged families. FFiTT works closely with families with a lived...

  • Dr Heena Akbar

    Dr Heena Akbar is a Research Fellow at the Childhood Nutrition Research, working on the Feeding our Mana Project. Heena has extensive experience in community development, community-based participatory action research, and with strong application of qualitative, quantitative and Indigenous methodologies and approaches in cross-cultural settings including the Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres...

  • Dr Jeremy Kerr

    Dr Jeremy Kerr is a senior lecturer in the QUT School of Design and the lead investigator for the WCCNR Co-Design Framework and Toolkit project. Jeremy’s research explores new design frameworks and methods to advance community capacity building and self-advocacy. His research projects include design-led initiatives in the areas of mental...

  • Dr Rebecca Byrne

    Dr Rebecca Byrne is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology. Rebecca practised as a clinical dietitian in hospital and domiciliary settings before commencing her PhD at QUT. Her PhD, examining the dietary intake of toddlers, sat within the NOURISH randomised controlled trial. NOURISH was...

  • Professor Thea Blackler

    Professor Alethea Blackler is Discipline Leader for the Experiential Disciplines within the School of Design and was previously the Associate Director of the QUT Design Lab. She is one of the world leaders in her principle area of research, intuitive interaction. She pioneered the first empirical work in the field,...

  • Dr Smita Nambiar-Mann

    Dr Smita Nambiar-Mann is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 15 years of experience in clinical dietetics (private practice), research (industry and academia) and teaching. Smita is passionate about paediatric nutrition, particularly in relation to the prevention of childhood obesity. Her career in dietetics began as a research dietitian for...

  • Dr Areana Eivers

    Dr Areana Eivers completed her initial studies in psychology at the University of Queensland before leaving Australia to pursue one of her other passions – travel. She lived in the UK for nearly three years, working on a research project investigating the relative influences of biology, home environment and parent-child...

  • Dr Athena Andreosso

  • Dr Yan Lu

    Dr Yan Lu is a nutrition scientist with 10+ years of laboratory experience and extensive practical knowledge with general nutrition, especially micromineral research. Particularly, Yan have expertise in using in vivo as well as in vitro models and life science methodologies to study nutrient transport and homeostasis. Dr Yan Lu strong...

  • Lauren Doherty

    Lauren Doherty is a Media and Communications Officer at the WCCNR. She is currently in her final year of her undergraduate degree at QUT, studying Communications and Graphic Design. Lauren has always loved all things creative, but also has a niche for analytics and information – which influences her work...