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Professor Danielle Gallegos
Faculty of Health,
School of Exercise & 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) and a Fellow of the Dietitians Australia (FDA). Danielle is also a member of the Public Health Association of Australia and the World Public Health Nutrition Association.


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

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


Professor Danielle Gallegos is the Chair of the Woolworths Centre for Childhood Nutrition Research funded by the Queensland Children’s Hospital Foundation. She has over thirty years of experience as a practicing dietitian with fifteen of those as a public health nutritionist and ten years in academia.

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.

Under the auspices of the Woolworths Centre for Childhood Nutrition Research she will be focussing on the following projects:

– Building a co-design framework for children’s nutrition research

– Developing a portfolio of solutions to assist feeding families in tough times and keeping children from being hungry

– Working with primary schools to develop a methodology to build bespoke food literacy programs

Danielle is currently supervising seven PhD students and one Masters by research. She has had 16 successful completions. 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.

Her teaching has been in the area of community and public health nutrition and research. Her recent book edited with Mark Wahlqvist Food and Nutrition: Sustainable Food and Health Systems (Allen & Unwin) was published in 2020 and provides an innovative approach to teaching nutrition in the tertiary sector.

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
Awarded Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia in recognition of high level national and international contribution to the profession. One of 16 Fellows in 2018.
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
Chairperson of the Council of Deans of Nutrition and Dietetics representing 18 universities offering nutrition and dietetics program in Australia and New Zealand. This is a strategic council providing high level advice to the Australian Dietetics Council, Australian Academy of Sciences and other high level bodies.
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Vice-Chancellors Performance Award for HDR supervision
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
Reference year
Nutrition and Dietetics; Medical Journal of Australia; Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health; Journal of Sociology


Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)