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Dr Therese O’Sullivan

Senior Lecturer Nutrition & Dietetics

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5055, Mobile: 6304 5384, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.226
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5055  
Mobile: 6304 5384  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.226  


Staff Qualifications

  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), Queensland University of Technology, 2008 .
  • BAppSc (Bachelor of Applied Science), Queensland University of Technology, 2003 .
  • B (Bachelor Degree), Queensland University of Technology, 2003 .


Recent Research Grants

  • Redefining `good? fats: Are regular fat dairy products associated with lower metabolic syndrome risk than low fat products in adolescence?,  Dairy Innovation Australia Limited (DIAL),  Dairy Innovation Research Grants,  2012,  $102,654.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • O'Sullivan, T., (2012), Exploring B vitamins and their impact on cognitive function and mood from conception to early adulthood. Nutrition and Mental Performance: A Lifespan Perspective, 53-82, Basingstoke, United Kingdom.

Journal Articles

  • O'Sullivan, T., Oddy, WH., Bremner, AP., Sherriff, J., Ayonrinde, OT., Olynyk, JK., Beilin, LJ., Mori, TA., Adams, LA., (2014), Lower fructose intake may help protect against development of non-alcoholic fatty liver in obese adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, accepted 25/11/13, , United States, DOI: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000000267.
  • O'Sullivan, T., (2014), Dairy product consumption, dietary nutrient and energy density and associations with obesity in Australian adolescents. J Hum Nutr Diet, Aug 26(Aug 26), doi: 10.1111/jhn.12264.
  • Trapp, G., Allen, K., O'Sullivan, T., Robinson, M., Jacoby, P., Oddy, W., (2013), Energy drink consumption is associated with anxiety in Australian young adult males. Depression and Anxiety, 31(5), 420-428, Early view online.
  • Oddy, W., Herbison , C., Jacoby, P., Ambrosini , G., O'Sullivan, T., Ayonrinde , O., Olynyk , J., Black, LJ., Beilin , L., Mori , T., Hands, B., Adams , L., (2013), The Western dietary pattern is prospectively associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in adolescence. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 108(5), 778-785 , DOI: 10.1038/ajg.2013.95.
  • Ody, M., Butcher, L., O'Sullivan, T., (2013), The effect of hospital foodservice systems on patient consumption of oral nutritional therapy. Journal of Foodservice Management & Education, 7(1), 20-32.
  • Flood, A., Chung, A., Parker , H., Kearns , V., O'Sullivan, T., (2013), The use of hand grip strength as a predictor of nutrition status in hospital patients. Clinical Nutrition, 33(1), 106-114 .
  • O'Sullivan, T., (2013), Evaluation of an electronic record prototype incorporating the Nutrition Care Process and International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology. Nutrition and Dietetics, 70(3), 188?195, DOI: 10.1111/1747-0080.12012.
  • Hafekost , K., Lawrence , D., Mitrou , F., O'Sullivan, T., Zubrick , S., (2013), Tackling overweight and obesity: Does the public health message match the science?. BMC Medicine, 11(1), Article 41, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1186/1741-7015-11-41.
  • Trapp, G., Allen, K., O'Sullivan, T., Robinson, M., Jacoby, P., Oddy, W., (2013), Energy drink consumption among young Australian adults: Associations with alcohol and illicit drug use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 134(1),  30?37.
  • O'Sullivan, T., Hafekost, K., Mitrou , F., Lawrence , D., (2013), Food sources of saturated fat and the association with mortality: a meta-analysis. American Journal of Public Health, 103(9), e31-e42, United States.
  • Woolley, S., Sherriff, J., Oddy, W., O'Sullivan, T., (2013), Fructose intake and food sources in West Australian adolescents. Nutrition and Dietetics, 70(2), 139-145.
  • Meyerkort , C., Oddy, WH., O'Sullivan, T., Henderson , J., Pennell , C., (2012), Early diet quality in a longitudinal study of Australian children: associations with nutrition and body mass index later in childhood and adolescence. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 3(1), 21-31, DOI: 10.1017/S2040174411000717.
  • Herbison , C., Hickling , S., Allen , KL., O'Sullivan, T., Robinson, M., Bremner, AP., Huang, R., Beilin, LJ., Mori, TA., Oddy, WH., (2012), Low intake of B-vitamins is associated with poor adolescent mental health and behaviour. Preventive Medicine, 55(6), 634-638, United States.
  • Parker, C., Vivian, W., Oddy, WH., Beilin, LJ., Mori, TA., O'Sullivan, T., (2012), Changes in dairy food and nutrient intakes in Australian adolescents. Nutrients, 4(12), 1794-1811, DOI: 10.3390/nu4121794.
  • O'Sullivan, T., Bremner, AP., Beilin, LJ., Ambrosini, GL., Mori, T., Huang, R., Oddy, WH., (2012), Polyunsaturated fatty acid intake and blood pressure in adolescents. Journal of Human Hypertension, 26(3), 178-187 , DOI: 10.1038/jhh.2011.7.
  • Li, J., O'Sullivan, T., Johnson, S., Stanley, F., Oddy, WH., (2012), Maternal work hours in early to middle childhood link to later adolescent diet quality. Public Health Nutrition, 15(10), 1861-1870, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1017/S1368980011003053.
  • Bobridge, K., Haines, G., Mori, TA., Beilin, LJ., Oddy, WH., Sherriff, J., O'Sullivan, T., (2012), Dietary fructose in relation to blood pressure and serum uric acid in adolescent boys and girls. Journal of Human Hypertension, advance online publication 13 September 2012(advance online publication 13 September 2012), 1-8, DOI: 10.1038/jhh.2012.36.
  • O'Sullivan, T., Ambrosini, GL., Beilin, LJ., Mori, TA., Oddy, WH., (2011), Dietary intake and food sources of fatty acids in Australian adolescents. Nutrition, 27(2), 153-159, DOI: 10.1016/j.nut.2009.11.019.
  • Oddy, WH., Hickling, S., Smith, MA., O'Sullivan, T., Robinson, M., De Klerk, N., Beilin, LJ., Mori, TA., Syrette, J., Zubrick, SR., Silburn, SR., (2011), Dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids and risk of depressive symptoms in adolescents. Depression and Anxiety, 28(7), 582-588, DOI: 10.1002/da.20822.
  • Ambrosini, GL., O'Sullivan, T., De Klerk, N., Mori, TA., Beilin, LJ., Oddy, WH., (2011), Relative validity of adolescent dietary patterns: a comparison of a FFQ and 3d food record. British Journal of Nutrition, 105(4), 625-633, DOI: 10.1017/S0007114510004137.
  • O'Sullivan, T., Ambrosini, GL., Mori, TA., Beilin, LJ., Oddy, WH., (2011), Omega-3 index correlates with healthier food consumption in adolescents and with reduced cardiovascular disease risk factors in adolescent boys. Lipids, 46(1), 59-67, DOI: 10.1007/s11745-010-3499-8.
  • O'Sullivan, T., Billing, NA., Stokes, D., (2011), Just what the doctor ordered: Moving forward with electronic health records. Nutrition and Dietetics, 68(3), 179-184, DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2011.01525.x.
  • Oddy, W., O'Sullivan, T., (2010), Energy drinks for children and adolescents. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 340(7737), 64, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1136/bmj.b5268.
  • O'Sullivan, T., Lyons-Wall, P., Bremnert, A., Ambrosini, L., Huang, C., Beilin, L., Mori, T., Blair, E., Oddy, W., (2010), Dietary glycaemic carbohydrate in relation to the metabolic syndrome in adolescents: comparison of different metabolic syndrome definitions. Diabetic Medicine, 27(7), 770-778, United Kingdom.
  • Ambrosini, GL., Huang, RC., Mori, TA., Hands, BP., O'Sullivan, T., De Klerk, NH., Beilin, LJ., Oddy, WH., (2010), Dietary patterns and markers for the metabolic syndrome in Australian adolescents. Nutrition Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 20(4), 274-283, United Kingdom.
  • O'Sullivan, T., Bremner, AP., O'Neill, SM., Lyons-Wall, PM., (2010), Glycaemic load is associated with insulin resistance in older Australian women. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 64(1), 80-87, United Kingdom.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Public Health,  Doncp: Incorporating The Nutrition Care Process Into Hospital Dietetic Practice Using An Evidence Based Implementation Package.
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