Erin Hoare completed her PhD in public health/psychology in 2016, with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University. Her PhD research examined links between adolescent depression and modifiable behavioural risk factors, including diet, nutrition, physical activity and sedentary behaviour. She is a current Australian Rotary Health Postdoctoral Fellow leading a collaborative research project between Global Obesity Centre and the Food and Mood Centre.
Erin’s PhD findings indicated improvements in depressive symptoms among Australian adolescents following a community-based obesity prevention intervention, which aimed to facilitate healthy food and physical activity environments in Australian secondary schools. She is currently examining these relationships at larger scale, across the state of Victoria. Erin’s research interests include nutritional epidemiology, adolescent mental health, and prevention science, and she has research skills in population-level data analysis, systematic reviews, and intervention evaluation.