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I started my professional life as a clinical dietitian and completed both my Masters and PhD whilst working at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. From there I transitioned into academia joining the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Surrey, UK and finally after 6 years returned to Australia in 2006 to the University of Queensland. I was appointed to Professor and the inaugural Head of Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash University in 2009.

My research interests stem from my desire to solve practical problems, for example, I developed the children's body image scale (CBIS), now widely used in studies across the world to measure the gap between a child's perceived and actual body size it has become a recognised outcome measure for obesity intervention studies. Tests using the scale show that young girls tend to be better assessors of reality than young boys, but they both prefer thinner bodies, especially girls (boys want muscles), and no one wants to be overweight. The desire for thinness is more cultural than inbuilt, but it means parents and health professionals need to tread carefully when trying to help overweight children. Combating obesity is also hard because we don't know why it affects some children in a family but not others. You're obviously born with your genetic profile but your early environment – what you eat and what you do - may lead to interactions between your genes and environment that trigger changes that lay the foundations of your health. My research seeks to find effective interventions for weight management from pre-conception to adulthood as there is much we need to do to assist in preventing the modern epidemics of adult heart disease, stroke and diet related cancers.

As an Advanced Practicing dietitian, I can bring expertise in measuring metabolic parameters relating to diet and activity. Our Be Active Sleep Eat (BASE) facility houses state of the art equipment as we have most gold standard measurement instruments available to us to test responses to interventions, including alterations to appetite and energy expenditure.

Recently my research has moved into examining pregnancy and in collaboration with the sleep group at Monash are exploring which elements of our diet, sleep and activity provide most impact for people to gain the healthiest life they can.

Communication of research outcomes and facilitating the adoption and engagement of whole population in evidence based nutrition and exercise habits underpin my research. Using technology and harnessing social media for communication combined with training and supporting the professional development of health professionals is key to ensuring that research findings make their way into practice promptly and effectively.

I am the Lead educator on the Monash Massive online open course ‘Food as Medicine’ ranked in the top 10 MOOCs for 2016. My team also run and develop a suite of short courses for health professionals in the Food as Medicine field.

I have overall academic leadership and contribute to the delivery of all the academic programs run in my department which includes: the Bachelor of Nutrition Science, accredited by the Assoc for Nutrition (UK) in 2016, Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours), accredited by Dietitians Assoc of Australia until 2020, and a new Masters of Dietetics commenced in 2015.

Committee Service:

  • Member of the National Academy of Science Committee on Nutrition;
  • Member of the Council of Deans in Nutrition and Dietetics Australia and New Zealand;
  • Chair, Health and Wellness Committee, Monash University;
  • Steering Committee Member of the Oceania Nutrition Leadership Program.


  • obesity weight managment
  • paediatrics
  • energy expenditure
  • weight management
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
  • communcation
  • Body image

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Projects 2009 2021

The alternate day fasting diet in adolescents with obesity: a randomised controlled trial

Louise, B., Truby, H., Brown, J., Garnett, S. P., Varady, K., Cowell, C., Collins, C. E. & Paxton, S.


Project: Research

Better quality of life for cancer patients through early e-health program

Haines, T., Truby, H., Huggins, C., Bauer, J., Silvers, M., Savva, J., Barnett, J., Cashin, P. & Low, L.


Project: Research

Research Output 1998 2019

A Prospective Study Identifying a Change in Energy and Protein Intake of Older Adults during Inpatient Rehabilitation

Collins, J. C., Porter, J. A., Truby, H. & Huggins, C., 22 Feb 2019, In : Nutrients. 11, 2, 10 p., 453.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Effect of alcohol consumption on food energy intake: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Kwok, A., Dordevic, A. L., Paton, G., Page, M. J. & Truby, H., 14 Mar 2019, In : British Journal of Nutrition. 121, 5, p. 481-495 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Effect of Macronutrient Composition on Appetite Hormone Responses in Adolescents with Obesity

Nguo, K., Bonham, M. P., Truby, H., Manickam, E., Brown, J. & Huggins, C., 5 Feb 2019, In : Nutrients. 11, 2, 14 p., 340.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Physiological Predictors of Weight Regain at 1-Year Follow-Up in Weight-Reduced Adults with Obesity

Nymo, S., Coutinho, S. R., Rehfeld, J. F., Truby, H., Kulseng, B. & Martins, C., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Obesity. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Execeptional Service Award

Helen Truby (Recipient), 2018

Prize: National/international honour


Helen Truby (Recipient), 2019

Prize: National/international honour


Helen Truby (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 1997 2017

  • 10 Committees and working groups
  • 3 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 External research and teaching
  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Nutrition Research (Journal)

Helen Truby (Associate editor)
Jan 2017Jan 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Advisory Board Member

Helen Truby (Member)

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Theo Murphy Think Tank

Helen Truby (Member)

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Nutrition and Dietetics (Journal)

Helen Truby (Associate editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Monash Health and Wellbeing Sub-Committee

Helen Truby (Chair/ Co-Chair)

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups