Nutrient intake and mental health

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Project Status
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
A/Professor Allison Hodge Personal web page
Professor Cassandra Szoeke Personal web page

Project Details

There is increasing evidence to suggest that diet may play an important role in short- and long-term mental health. Research has found that a regular diet that is rich in fresh, unprocessed, nutrient-dense foods – particularly a Mediterranean-style diet – is associated with better mental health, and reduced risk of depression. Given that mental health is one of the greatest contributors to non-communicable disease burden, this is a growing area of research.

This project will examine the impact of diet from mid- to late-life on mental health for a cohort of healthy Australian women. A major benefit of this project is that the nutritional data set has already been collected. The project will suit a candidate with interest in dietary factors and health, as well as media or commercialisation and industry interaction. This project also provides opportunity for publication.

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the supervisor to discuss your options.

School Research Themes

Women's Health, Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.


Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Healthy Ageing Program

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital