Personal details

Name
Dr Smita Nambiar-Mann
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 *
Public Health and Health Services
Phone
+61 7 3138 3511
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

Dietitians Association Australia

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

Biography

Dr Smita Nambiar-Mann is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 15 years of experience in clinical dietetics (private practice), research (industry and academia) and teaching.

Smita is passionate about paediatric nutrition, particularly in relation to the prevention of childhood obesity. Her career in dietetics began as a research dietitian for the Healthy Kids Queensland: Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey where she lead one of 5 teams to collect anthropometry, nutrition and physical activity information from children aged 5-17 years across the state. She was also the lead dietitian who trained research assistants on dietary data collection, and oversaw the entry and coding of over 2500 dietary records. Following this, she received the University of Queensland Joint Research Scholarship to complete a PhD. She used data from this survey to validate the waist-height ratio as a measure of abdominal adiposity in children and developed cut-offs to classify high abdominal adiposity. She used these new cut-offs to explore associations between the waist-height ratio and breastfeeding, consumption of non-core foods,  parental perception of body weight and risk of metabolic syndrome. Throughout the PhD candidature, Smita kept up her clinical skills by managing her own private practice. She also worked as a research dietitian on another study called NOURISH. This RCT provided first-time mothers with anticipatory guidance on responsive feeding practices. Children were followed from birth to 5- years old and data on anthropometry, food intake, child eating behaviour and parental feeding practices were collected. Following completion of her PhD, Smita took on a postdoc position at QUT and coordinated the last two years of NOURISH and was involved in conducting two pilot studies РEating in the Absence of Hunger and Nourish for Formula Feeders.

Most recently, Smita had the opportunity to take on an industry position in Singapore. In her role as a nutrition scientist, Smita advised on the dietary assessment component of clinical trials in Singapore and across Asia. She also developed simple dietary assessment tools for the company, to use in young children. One of these tools was a semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire which was the first of its kind for Singapore. After 4 years abroad, Smita returned to Brisbane and commenced at QUT as a full-time academic. Smita predominantly teaches first-year units, and supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students. She was recently recognised as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

at QUT, Smita plans to continue research in paediatric nutrition where her skills in nutrition assessment, dietary methodology, child eating behaviours and parental feeding practices can be utilised.

This information has been contributed by Dr Smita Nambiar-Mann.

Teaching

XNB148- Foundations in Nutrition Practice

XNB151- Food and Nutrition

This information has been contributed by Dr Smita Nambiar-Mann.

Publications

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