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Heidi Staudacher

Heidi is Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow an APD and with extensive experience in the clinical management of people with clinically functional gastrointestinal disorders. Her research program includes investigating dietary interventions in people with IBS who also have mental illness.

Heidi is an accredited practising dietitian and has had extensive experience in the clinical management of people with clinically functional gastrointestinal disorders. Heidi completed her PhD at King’s College London in 2016 in which she investigated the use of the low FODMAP diet in irritable bowel syndrome and its impact on symptoms, the microbiota and diet quality. Her research interests include understanding the effect of different dietary components on gut microbiota, and therapeutic diets for gut disorders and their influence on gut microbial composition. She is an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship recipient and joined the Food and Mood Centre in 2019. She is passionate about conducting high quality research in the field of diet and gut health. During her fellowship she aims to the investigate the use of various dietary interventions in people with irritable bowel syndrome who also have mental illness. She will also facilitate a randomised controlled trial in people with depression comparing the impact of online diet versus online psychological therapy on depressive symptoms.

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