Dietary habits and mental health in females aged 16-29 years

Research Opportunity
Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Project Status
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof John Wark 8344 3258 Personal web page
Prof Suzanne Garland Personal web page

Project Details

There is a large body of evidence linking a poor intake of nutrients and unhealthy dietary patterns with the development and management of mental health conditions such as depression. Using self-reported and clinical data on mental health and dietary intake data collected from a validated food frequency questionnaire (FFQ), in the Young Female Health Initiative (YFHI) and Safe-D studies, students will have the opportunity to investigate the association between diet and several indices of mental health and other behavioural and lifestyle factors.

There is also an opportunity to determine whether there are any temporal changes in dietary and lifestyle behaviours using data collected from two year follow up visits. Findings from this study will be able to provide insights into the relationship between poor diet and mental health in an at-risk population. Additionally, findings may also provide the framework for targeted intervention strategies. This project would suit a student interested in women’s and mental health. Suitable for Honours, MDRP, MBiomedSc, MPH, or Masters by Research studies.

School Research Themes

Women's Health, Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Graduate Research Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other Graduate Research requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Bone and Mineral Research Group

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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