Personal details

Name
Dr Rebecca Byrne
Position(s)
Lecturer
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
Phone
+61 7 3138 8202
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Dietitian’s Association of Australia

International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)

Executive member: ISBNPA Early Childhood Education special interest group

 

Keywords

Feeding practices, Infant feeding, Complementary feeding, Breastfeeding, Dietary intake

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

Biography

Dr Rebecca Byrne is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology. Rebecca practised as a clinical dietitian in hospital and domiciliary settings before commencing her PhD at QUT.

Her PhD, examining the dietary intake of toddlers, sat within the NOURISH randomised controlled trial. NOURISH was one of the first trials internationally to evaluate the impact of maternal responsive feeding practices on infant intake, eating behaviour and growth.

After two years as a postdoctoral research fellow within the NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood, Rebecca was appointed as a lecturer within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Her research focuses on what and how young children are fed, particularly the influence of feeding practices used by educators in the Early Childhood Education and Care setting, and understanding how eating behaviours – such as fussy eating – develop. She is a founding member of the National Nutrition Network: ECEC in Australia, and a leader of the special interest group in ECEC within the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Rebecca is an advocate for the support and promotion of breastfeeding, and is a member of the Federal Government’s expert working group for the revision of Australia’s National Breastfeeding Strategy.

This information has been contributed by Dr Rebecca Byrne.

Teaching

In 2019, Rebecca is the unit coordinator for ‘XNB 351 Medical Nutrition Therapy’.

She has previously coordinated and tutored in Nutrition Science, Dietetic Leadership and Management, and Food & Nutrition.

This information has been contributed by Dr Rebecca Byrne.

Publications

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

Supervision

Current supervisions


  • PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Yvette Miller, Dr Helen Vidgen
  • Prebiotic supplement use, the gut microbiome, and behaviour change in children with Autism
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Karen Sullivan, Associate Professor Jolieke van der Pols
  • Development and evaluation of an intervention pilot targeting parenting practices associated with obesity-related behaviours in young children attending playgroup
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Stewart Trost
  • Weight Status and Obesity-Related Behaviours in Pre-Schooler Children from Rural Brazil: Influence of Parents and Child Care Environment
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Stewart Trost
  • Feeding children in childcare: Which factors determine educators' choice of practices for mealtimes in early childhood education and care settings?
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Stewart Trost