Jenna Hollis

Jenna Hollis

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Dr Jenna Hollis is a postdoctoral researcher at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health and University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Jenna has worked in research for 7 years and is passionate about obesity prevention, public health nutrition, and women’s and children’s health. She graduated from the University of Newcastle (Australia) with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours I) in 2009, and a PhD in Nutrition and Dietetics in July 2014. Her PhD examined the effectiveness of a 12-month health professional-led intervention on dietary and physical activity behaviour change to prevent weight gain in mid-age Australian women.

Prior to relocating to the United Kingdom, Jenna carried out research at the University of Newcastle, University of Canberra and Hunter New England Local Health District Population Health Unit (Australia) across numerous nutrition and physical activity studies including the 40-Something Study, Physical Activity for Everyone (PA4E1) RCT, SHED-IT, and the Healthy Habits RCT. She has undertaken additional training in biostatistics and epidemiology. Jenna has presented her research at both international and national conferences, and has 6 peer reviewed papers and a further 2 under-review.

After completing her PhD, Jenna moved to Scotland in October 2014 to join the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health as a Research Fellow with the Public Health Nutrition Research Group. Her position is funded by the Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS) programme of the Scottish Government. Her research focuses on i) evaluating simplified methods of monitoring the progress of the diet of the population towards healthy eating targets such as the Eatwell Plate, and ii) assesses the relationships between diet, food availability and affordability using the Kantar Worldpanel Survey of household food purchases across Scotland.

Jenna recently obtained an Endeavour Research Fellowship, funded by the Australian Government, to investigate the dietary and lifestyle predictors of maternal and child health and the developmental origins of health and disease in cohorts of women and children from the United Kingdom and Australia. She will commence the fellowship in November 2015 at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of Southampton.