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Claire Young

Claire is a PhD Candidate within the Food & Mood Centre and a Deakin University Postgraduate Research scholarship recipient. Claire holds degrees in Engineering, Information Technology and Psychology and has experience in eHealth.

Claire’s research brings together these fields with the development of innovative technology to engage and educate people with mental health issues on dietary change targeting the gut microbiome, in order to improve their symptoms. She hopes her research will contribute to the growing field of Nutritional Psychiatry and further our understanding of the connection between nutrition and mental health. Claire is passionate about helping individuals better understand the direct effects of their diet on their mental well-being and also a true believer in the effective use of technology and using IT to achieve higher aims.

Her PhD project, The My Food & Mood Project, is a development, optimisation and feasibility study of an online dietary intervention for the improvement of depressive symptoms. The project aims to develop an optimised version of the online program that will support dietary change in depressed populations. Of particular interest are the ways in which people engage with the intervention and what levels of engagement are required to achieve dietary behaviour change. This project will then lead to large scale online trials of dietary intervention in depression and other mental illnesses.

Claire is also an aspiring Avocado farmer, having learnt in recent years that Avocado trees can grow in Victoria. She has over 30 plants and counting.

Research Interests:
e-Health, Behaviour Change, Engagement & Adherence, Depression

Young, C. L., Trapani, K., Dawson, S., O’Neil, A., Kay-Lambkin, F., Berk, M., & Jacka, F. N. (2018). Efficacy of online lifestyle interventions targeting lifestyle behaviour change in depressed populations: A systematic review. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 52(9), 834–846.

Young, C. L., Campolonghi, S., Ponsbury, S., Dawson, O’Neil, A., Kay-Lambkin, F., S., McNaughton, S.A., Berk, M., & Jacka, F. N. (2019). Supporting engagement, adherence and behaviour change in online dietary interventions: a systematic review. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour, x(x), pp–pp.

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