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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  


Therese is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health within the School of Medical and Health Sciences.

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2015: Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher


  • 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

  • Regular fat versus reduced fat dairy consumption: a pilot study of effects on cardiometabolic and gut health in young children,  Department of Health WA,  Telethon - New Children's Hospital Research Fund,  2016 - 2018,  $216,907.
  • Regular fat versus low fat dairy consumption: a pilot study of adiposity and cardiometabolic outcomes in young children,  Telethon Kids Institute,  Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $20,179.
  • Regular vs. reduced fat dairy: a pilot study of effects on cardiometabolic and gut health in children,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Medical and Health Sciences Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016,  $10,000.
  • 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,  2011 - 2014,  $102,654.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Nyaradi, A., Li, J., Foster, J., Hickling, S., Jacques, A., O'Sullivan, T., Oddy, W., (2016), Good-quality diet in the early years may have a positive effect on academic achievement. Acta Paediatrica: promoting child health, 105(5), e209-e218, West Sussex, UK, DOI: 10.1111/apa.13324.
  • Porter, J., Devine, A., O'Sullivan, T., (2015), Evaluation of a Nutrition Care Process implementation package in hospital dietetic departments. Nutrition and Dietetics, 72(3), 213-221, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, DOI: 10.1111/1747-0080.12176.
  • Porter, J., Devine, A., Vivanti, A., Ferguson, M., O'Sullivan, T., (2015), Development of a Nutrition Care Process implementation package for hospital dietetic departments. Nutrition and Dietetics, 72(3), 205-212, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, DOI: 10.1111/1747-0080.12169.
  • Vivanti, A., Ferguson, M., Porter, J., O'Sullivan, T., Hulcombe, J., (2015), Increased familiarity, knowledge and confidence with Nutrition Care Process Terminology following implementation across a statewide health-care system. Nutrition and Dietetics, 72(3), 222-231, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, DOI: 10.1111/1747-0080.12199.
  • O'Sullivan, T., Oddy, WH., Bremner, AP., Sherriff, JL., Ayonrinde, OT., Olynyk, JK., Beilin, LJ., Mori, TA., Adams, LA., (2014), Lower fructose intake may help protect against development of nonalcoholic fatty liver in adolescents with obesity. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 58(5), 624-631, United States, DOI: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000000267.
  • Appannah, G., Pot, GK., O'Sullivan, T., Oddy, WH., Jebb, SA., Ambrosini, GL., (2014), The reliability of an adolescent dietary pattern identified using reduced-rank regression: Comparison of a FFQ and 3 d food record. British Journal of Nutrition, 112(4), 609-615, DOI: 10.1017/S0007114514001111.
  • O'Sullivan, T., Bremner, A., Bremer, H., Seares, M., Beilin, L., Mori, T., Lyons-Wall, P., Devine, A., Oddy, W., (2014), Dairy product consumption, dietary nutrient and energy density and associations with obesity in Australian adolescents. J Hum Nutr Diet, Article in press(Article in press), Article in press, New Jersey, USA, DOI: 10.1111/jhn.12264.
  • Piccini, S., Fairburn, A., Gill, E., Budgeon, CA., O'Sullivan, T., (2014), Predictors of malnutrition in Australian haemodialysis patients and comparison of dietary protein intakes to national guidelines. Renal Society of Australasia Journal, 10(3), 133-140.
  • Nicholl, A., Du Heaume, M., Mori, TA., Beilin, LJ., Oddy, WH., Bremner, AP., O'Sullivan, T., (2014), Higher breakfast glycaemic load is associated with increased metabolic syndrome risk, including lower HDL-cholesterol concentrations and increased TAG concentrations, in adolescent girls. British Journal of Nutrition, 112(12), 1974-1983, DOI: 10.1017/S0007114514003092.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 27(4), 217-224, DOI: 10.1038/jhh.2012.36.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.

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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