Personal details

Dr Rebecca Byrne
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, Public Health and Health Services
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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



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

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


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.


Rebecca is currently unit coordinator for the medical nutrition therapy and counseling units in the third year of the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Hons).

She has previously coordinated and tutored across all year levels of the BND and BNSc including Nutrition Science, Dietetic Leadership and Management, and Food & Nutrition.

This information has been contributed by Dr Rebecca Byrne.


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

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Effectiveness of an Early Childhood Intervention to Promote Healthy Child Development and Prevent Chronic Disease in Families Attending Community Playgroups: A Multi-Centre Cluster Randomised Trial
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
early childhood;exercise;nutrition;parenting;intervention


Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)