- Associate Professor Danielle Gallegos
- Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Exercise and Nutrition - HDHS
- Discipline *
- Nutrition and Dietetics
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Doctor of Philosophy (Murdoch University)
- Professional memberships
Danielle is currently an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian (AdvAPD), she was elected to the Board of the Dietitians Association of Australia in 2010 and is currently Vice-President of the association. Danielle is also a member of the Public Health Association of Australia.
breastfeeding, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, food literacy, food security, household food strategies, qualitative methodologies, social nutrition
Background Associate Professor Danielle Gallegos is the discipline leader for Nutrition and Dietetics within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. She has over twenty years of experience as a practicing dietitian with fifteen of those as a public health nutritionist. She also has significant experience as a research project manager. Over the past seven years Danielle has built a research portfolio that emphasises qualitative methodologies in the development, implementation and evaluation of nutrition programs. She has four predominant research interests and is currently supervising 8 PhD and Masters Students across these areas: Food Literacy, Food Security, Early Childhood Feeding, Evaluation. The majority of her work has occurred in the development and evaluation of programs for specific sub-populations, including refugee families, youth in transition and other potentially marginalised groups. All her work has an element of social justice. She has a particular understanding of nutrition programs that operate at all three levels encompassing environmental, policy and educational strategies. In addition to this expertise she has highly developed project management and research skills in the area of social nutrition research. Recent research and consultancies have included:
- The development of MumBubConnect an innovative two way text messaging service facilitating breastfeeding duration
- Evaluation of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland Chronic Disease Program
- Identifying the meaning of food literacy
- Rolling out of the Commonwealth Governments Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Guidelines for early childhood settings.
Danielle has been actively engaged in Vietnam over the last four years assisting Vietnamese colleagues in establishing a competency based degree program in nutrition and dietetics and dietetics as a profession.
Danielle currently teaches into the following areas of the nutrition and dietetic program: Community and Public Health Nutrition Clinical Placement in Community and Public Health Nutrition She also manages and oversees the research stream for Nutrition and Dietetic students.
- Gallegos D, Ellies P, Wright J, (2008) Still there's no food! Food insecurity in a refugee population in Perth, Western Australia, Nutrition and Dietetics p78-83
- Schubert L, Gallegos D, Foley W, Harrison C, (2012) Re-imagining the 'social' in the nutrition sciences, Public Health Nutrition p352-359
- Vidgen HA, Gallegos D, (2014) Defining food literacy and its components, Appetite p50-59
- Gallegos D, Ramsey RL, Ong K, (2014) Food insecurity: is it an issue among tertiary students?, Higher Education: the international journal of higher education and educational planning p497-510
- Gallegos D, Russell-Bennett R, Previte J, Parkinson J, (2014) Can a text message a week improve breastfeeding?, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth p1-11
- Vuong T, Gallegos D, Ramsey RL, (2015) Household food insecurity, diet, and weight status in a disadvantaged district of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: a cross-sectional study, BMC Public Health p1-10
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.