Meghan is a PhD candidate with the Food and Mood Centre. Her research focuses on the association between dairy consumption and mood, anxiety and cognition. She holds a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) and is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitian’s Association of Australia. Meghan has been involved in numerous research projects with the Food & Mood centre including the heavily publicised SMILES trial. As a practising dietitian, she is particularly passionate about the translation of Nutritional Psychiatry research and has established Food & Mood cooking classes and workshops targeting primary and secondary aged students. She also currently works with clients in a private practise setting.
Meghan is proudly supported by a Rotary Health Ian Scott PhD Scholarship.
She is currently involved in the following research projects:
The Moo’D Study: A double-blinded, randomised, controlled trial of A2 vs conventional dairy products in women with low mood
- Beta-caseins are a type of protein naturally found in cow’s milk. There are two main types of beta-casein – A1 and A2. Conventional dairy products contain a mixture of A1 and A2 beta-casein proteins, whereas A2 dairy products exclusively contain the A2 protein. Research has shown that A1 and A2 proteins digest differently and this may impact a range of health outcomes.
- This trial aims to evaluate the comparative effects of 16-week consumption of dairy products containing only A2 beta-casein versus dairy products containing both A1 and A2 beta-casein proteins on women’s mental and physical wellbeing. This study is undertaken at University Hospital Geelong and is currently recruiting. Meghan’s research will focus on the mood and cognitive-related outcomes from this trial.
Meghan’s research will provide important data that may be of use in the design of future dietary interventions that aim to improve mood and cognitive related disorders. Her research may also have substantial ramifications for public health, given the widespread consumption of dairy products and the extensive burden of illness of mood and cognitive related disorders.
Research areas & skills
Dietary interventions; Dairy consumption; Depression; Anxiety; Cognition; Research Translation