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Professor Danielle Gallegos

Faculty of Health,
School - Exercise and Nutrition Sciences


Professor Danielle Gallegos
Head of School (acting)
Faculty of Health,
School - Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health,
School - Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
IHBI Membership
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
and associations

Danielle is currently an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian (AdvAPD). Danielle is also a member of the Public Health Association of Australia and the World Public Health Nutrition Association.


food security, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, breastfeeding, public health nutrition, qualitative methodologies

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Professor Danielle Gallegos is the discipline leader for Nutrition and Dietetics and the Director of International Engagement and Recruitment within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. She has over twenty-five years of experience as a practicing dietitian with fifteen of those as a public health nutritionist.

Since arriving in academia Danielle has built a research portfolio that emphasises qualitative methodologies in areas related to social justice and the evaluation of nutrition/physical activity programs. Her main area of research interest focuses on food security and early infant feeding. 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.  She has a particular understanding of nutrition programs that operate at all three levels encompassing environmental, policy and educational strategies.  Her most recent projects have included:

- Developing and evaluating the highly successful Learning Eating Active Play and Sleep (LEAPS) in early childhood education and care settings

- Evaluating the Living Well Multicultural chronic disease prevention and management program for ethnic communities with ECCQ

- Developing a measure for food security in Australia.

Danielle is currently leading work with Vietnamese colleagues at the National Institute of Nutrition, the Ho Chi Minh City Nutrition Centre, Hanoi Medical University, HCMC University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Can Tho University of Medicine and Pharmacy and the Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy in developing nutrition and dietetics as a profession and developing competency based education.

Danielle is currently principal supervisor for eight PhD students and four Masters by research and associate supervisor for four PhD students and one Masters by research. Topics include: nutrition policy: infant feeding in Australia and Ethiopia; food security coping strategies; food security in the Mekong delta, Viet Nam; food security in urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; diabetes prevention and management in Pasifika women in Brisbane; infant feeding and nutrition practices in early childhood education and care settings; development of nutrition screening and assessment in acute care settings in Viet Nam; and dietary counseling of COPD patients in Viet Nam.


This information has been contributed by Professor Danielle Gallegos.


Danielle currently teaches into the following areas of the nutrition science and nutrition and dietetic program:

  • Community and Public Health Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Dietetic Honours.


Danielle has a strong interest in the development and integration of cultural intelligence into curricula.

This information has been contributed by Professor Danielle Gallegos.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Vice-Chancellors Performance Award for HDR supervision
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
Elected as Director of the Dietitians Association of Australia from 2010-2016
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Presented with the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Award for services in nutrition and dietetics in Ho Chi Minh City
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
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Nutrition and Dietetics; Medical Journal of Australia; Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health; Journal of Sociology


Completed supervisions (Doctorate)