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Research Biography

Professor Rebecca (Bec) Golley is an internationally recognised research leader in public health nutrition and care across the life course. Prof Golley's research program develops, tests and implements public health initiatives to improve children’s diet quality, prevent obesity and support growth, learning and development. This research program spans the range of settings where children and families live, eat, work, learn and play. 

Prof Golley has published over 120 peer-reviewed publications, with over 3177 citations. Having secured over $13 Million in external research funding, Prof Golley's body of research has helped transform approaches to the prevention and management of childhood obesity and improved our ability to routinely monitor and measure obesity-related behaviours.

Research Expertise

Prof Golley has a strong track record in behavioural nutrition, nutritional epidemiology, dietary assessment, intervention trials, evaluation research, knowledge translation and implementation science.

Research Interests

In recent years, her work has focused on nutrition in the first years of life. Links to key research projects and tools or resources can be found here:

Supervised Students Successes

It is a privilege to mentor the future health research workforce. I have been primary supervisor to 17 students [8 PhD, 9 honours] to completion, In the last 10 years, 7 honours students have pursued a PhD or research employment. I am my proud of my students successes. These include: 2 Healthy Development Adelaide PhD excellence awards (2018; 2019); 2 King Amy OMalley Trust top up scholarships (2017; 2021); a WHO internship (2020); a best HDR Publication award (2020); a Asia-Pacific 3-Minute Thesis finalist (2018). Members of my research team have been recognised in many awareds, e.g. Vice Chancellor ECR excellence award 2016, 2020, 2021 and 2022; University ECR Alumni award 2022, and 2 College ECR excellence awards 2021. I have supported my students to secure first author publications (e.g. 20 student-led publications) and built HDR supervisor capacity by inviting 4 ECRs to be on PhD supervisor panels. I was nominated for a Flinders HDR supervisor excellence award in 2021 and 2022.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Family-focused management of overweight in pre-pubertal children; Healthy Eating and Lifestyle through Positive Parenting, Flinders University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2006

Bachelor, Nutrition and Dietetics, Flinders University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2001

Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours), University of Adelaide

Award Date: 1 Nov 1999

Bachelor of Science, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 2 Nov 1998


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Research Areas

  • Healthy start to life
  • Nutrition and dietetics


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Health behaviours
  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services



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