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Dr Ruth Wallace


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2731, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO31.471
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2731
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO31.471  


Ruth is a lecturer in the School of Medical and Health Sciences.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2016.
  • Bachelor of Health Science Honours, Edith Cowan University, 2011.
  • Bachelor of Health Science, Edith Cowan University, 2010.


Recent Research Grants

  • Examining the efficacy of nutrition specific professional development for Early Childhood Education and Care professionals,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2018,  2018 - 2019,  $30,000.
  • SNACPlus: A whole-of-centre approach to healthy eating in WA Child Care Centres.,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Research Starter Grant,  2014 - 2016,  $28,216.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Lombardi, K., Beatty, S., Devine, A., Wallace, R., Costello, L., (2020), Fat talk: Influences on body image in childcare. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 31(2), 224-231, DOI: 10.1002/hpja.272.
  • Sambell, R., Wallace, R., Lo, J., Costello, L., Devine, A., (2020), Increasing Food Expenditure in Long Day-care by an Extra $0.50 per Child/Day Would Improve Core Food Group Provision. Nutrients, 12(2020), Article 968, DOI: 10.3390/nu12040968.
  • Wallace, R., Lombardi, K., De Backer, C., Costello, L., Devine, A., (2020), Sharing is Caring: A Study of Food-Sharing Practices in Australian Early Childhood Education and Care Services. Nutrients, 12(January 2020), Article 229, DOI: 10.3390/nu12010229.
  • Hua, T., Sambell, R., Wallace, R., Vale, S., Devine, A., (2020), Food allergy management in Early Childhood Education and Care Services in Australia. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 56(3), 394-399, Milton QLD, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1111/jpc.14633.
  • Devine, A., Wallace, R., Lo, J., Miller, M., Sambell, R., Costello, L., Lombardi, K., Veurink, S., (2019), Online programs build confidence and improve healthy eating messages in Early Years services. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 44(2), 139-152, Australia, Early Childhood Australia Inc., DOI: 10.1177/1836939119833244.
  • Wallace, R., Mills, B., (2019), A study of the food environment at Australian Family Day Care. Nutrients, 11(10), Article number 2395, DOI: 10.3390/nu11102395.
  • Sambell, R., Wallace, R., Costello, L., Lo, J., Devine, A., (2019), Measuring food provision in Western Australian long day care (LDC) services: a weighed food record method/protocol at a service level. Nutrition Journal, 18(1), Article 38, DOI: 10.1186/s12937-019-0462-2.
  • Wallace, R., Costello, L., Devine, A., (2018), Netnographic Slog: Creative Elicitation Strategies to Encourage Participation in an Online Community of Practice for Early Education and Care. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17(1), 13p., Canada, University of Alberta, DOI: 10.1177/1609406918797796.
  • Wallace, R., Costello, L., Devine, A., (2018), Exploring sense of community among early childhood education and care professionals through the Supporting Nutrition for Australian Childcare (SNAC) website. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 43(4), 23-32, Australia, Early Childhood Australia Inc., DOI: 10.23965/AJEC.43.4.03.
  • Costello, L., McDermott, M., Wallace, R., (2017), Netnography: Range of Practices, Misperceptions, and Missed Opportunities. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 16(1), 12p., DOI: 10.1177/1609406917700647.
  • Wallace, R., Costello, L., Devine, A., (2017), Over-provision of discretionary foods at childcare dilutes the nutritional quality of diets for children. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(4), 447, DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12658.
  • Wallace, R., Devine, A., Costello, L., (2017), Determining educator's need to support healthy eating environments in early childhood settings. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 42(2), 20-28, Deakin, ACT, Early Childhood Australia Inc., DOI: 10.23965/AJEC.42.2.03.
  • Wallace, R., Lo, J., Devine, A., (2016), Tailored nutrition education in the elderly can lead to sustained dietary behaviour change. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 20(1), 8-15, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s12603-016-0669-2.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Public Health,  Food allergy management in early childhood education and care (ecec) services: Are services aware of training guidelines for food allergy management?

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Design, implementation and evaluation of the impact of a body image professional development program for early childhood educators
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