Professor Kate Steinbeck

Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead
Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders

C29 - Children's Hospital Westmead
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9845 2446
F: +61 2 9845 2517

Biographical details

Kate Steinbeck is an endocrinologist and adolescent physician and is the inaugural Medical Foundation Chair in Adolescent Medicine, a position she commenced in February 2010. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney (University Medal) and completed her PhD in the Department of Endocrinology. Prior to her current appointment she was a Senior Staff Specialist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Head of the Youth Consultancy Service in the Sydney South West Area Health Service. Her University roles include chief investigator for the Sydney Medical School's Adolescent Rural Cohort study (visiting Professor to the School of Rural Health) and membership of the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders. Community roles include membership of the Chronic Illness Committee for the American Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine, Associate Editor International Journal of Paediatric Obesity and adult representative on the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Joint Adolescent Health Committee. She sits on the Executive of the Transition in Chronic Illness Network for the NSW Health Agency of Clinical Innovation and is a board member of the NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health.

Research interests

Research Interests: There are 3 broad areas of research interest

1)Puberty hormones and their effects on adolescent health, behaviour and wellbeing. This program includes the development and use of minimally invasive laboratory measures of puberty hormones. 2)Chronic illness in adolescents and youth including transition to adult care, the late effects of cancer therapy and adolescent obesity, insulin resistance and cardiovascular risk factors, 3)Out of home and disadvantaged youth, funded primarily by the Marie Bashir Research Fellowships in Adolescent Health program. There are two Marie Bashir Fellowships which are supported by NSW Health. These are primarily open to graduates from Medicine, Nursing, and Psychology, although graduates from other disciplines will be considered if they have the necessary qualifications. Generally one of these fellowships will be at a post-doctoral level and one at PhD level. Application details will be posted: for further information contact the Academic Department of Adolescent Medicine (+612 9845 2507)

Current national competitive grants*


Adolescent Rural Cohort Study Hormones, Health, Education, Environments and Relationships
Steinbeck K, Hawke C, Hazell P, Skinner R, Ivers R, Booy R, Cumming R, Fulcher G
National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant ($975,652 over 4 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney

International links

United Kingdom. (Leeds University School of Medicine) Professor Andrew Hill; Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Leeds University School of Medicine, UK (long standing obesity collaboration).


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008


  • Shrewsbury, V., Baur, L., Nguyen, B., Steinbeck, K. (2014), Transition to adult care in adolescent obesity: a systematic review and why it is a neglected topic. International Journal of Obesity. 38(4), 475-479. [Abstract]
  • Mendis, K., Forster, T., Paxton, K., Hyland, K., Yelverton, J., McLean, R., Canalese, J., Brown, A., Steinbeck, K. (2014), Large and forgotten in rural Australia: assessment, attitudes and possible approaches to losing weight in young adult males. BMC Public Health. 14(1), 243. [Abstract]
  • Medlow, S., Klineberg, E., Steinbeck, K. (2014), The health diagnoses of homeless adolescents: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Adolescence. 37(5), 531-542.


  • Griffin, H., Cheng, H., O'Connor, H., Rooney, K., Petocz, P., Steinbeck, K. (2013), Higher-protein diet for weight management in young overweight women: a 12 month randomised controlled trial. Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism. 15(6), 572-575. [Abstract]
  • Cheng, H., Griffin, H., Bryant, C., Rooney, K., Steinbeck, K., O'Connor, H. (2013), Impact of diet and weight loss on iron and zinc status in overweight and obese young women. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 22(4), 574-582. [Abstract]
  • Perera, N., Steinbeck, K., Shackel, N. (2013), The Adverse Health Consequences of the Use of Multiple Performance-Enhancing Substances-- A Deadly Cocktail. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 98(12), 4613-4618. [Abstract]
  • Purtell, L., Jenkins, A., Viardot, A., Herzog, H., Sainsbury, A., Smith, A., Loughnan, G., Steinbeck, K., Campbell, L., Sze, L. (2013), Postprandial cardiac autonomic function in prader-willi syndrome. Clinical Endocrinology. 79(1), 128-133. [Abstract]
  • Nguyen, B., Shrewsbury, V., O'Connor, J., Steinbeck, K., Hill, A., Shah, S., Kohn, M., Torvaldsen, S., Baur, L. (2013), Two-year outcomes of an adjunctive telephone coaching and electronic contact intervention for adolescent weight-loss maintenance: the Loozit randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Obesity. 37(3), 468-472. [Abstract]
  • Garnett, S., Gow, M., Ho, M., Baur, L., Noakes, M., Woodhead, H., Broderick, C., Burrell, S., Chisholm, K., Halim, J., De, S., Steinbeck, K., Srinivasan, S., Ambler, G., Kohn, M., Cowell, C. (2013), Optimal Macronutrient Content of the Diet for Adolescents With Prediabetes; RESIST a Randomised Control Trial. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 98(5), 2116-2125. [Abstract]
  • Steinbeck, K., Duke, S. (2013), Normal and abnormal pubertal development. In: Youth Health and Adolescent Medicine. (pp.129-143).Australia: IP Communicatons.
  • Cheng, H., Bryant, C., Rooney, K., Steinbeck, K., Griffin, H., Petocz, P., O'Connor, H. (2013), Iron, hepcidin and inflammatory status of young healthy overweight and obese women in australia. PloS One. 8(7), e68675. [Abstract]
  • Griffin, H., O'Connor, H., Rooney, K., Steinbeck, K. (2013), Effectiveness of strategies for recruiting overweight and obese Generation Y women to a clinical weight management trial. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 22(2), 235-240. [Abstract]
  • Sturrock, T., Steinbeck, K. (2013), Adolescents and youth in adult hospitals: Psychosocial assessment on admission - an evaluation of the youth care plan. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. 31(1), 28-35.
  • Ho, M., Gow, M., Halim, J., Chisholm, K., Baur, L., Noakes, M., Steinbeck, K., Kohn, M., Cowell, C., Garnett, S. (2013), Effect of a prescriptive dietary intervention on psychological dimensions of eating behavior in obese adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 10(1), 119. [Abstract]
  • Maguire, A., Steinbeck, K. (2013), Disorders of Puberty. In: A Clinical Handbook in Adolescent Medicine. (pp.237-250).United States: World Scientific Publishing.
  • Casey, M., Steinbeck, K. (2013), Self-Management in Chronic-Illness: Promoting Therapy Adherence. In: A Clinical Handbook in Adolescent Medicine. (pp.105-114).United States: World Scientific Publishing.


  • Shrewsbury, V., Garnett, S., Campbell, K., Carver, A., Torvaldsen, S., Steinbeck, K., Cowell, C., Baur, L. (2012), Maternal misconceptions of weight status among Nepean adolescents. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 112(12), 2007-2013. [Abstract]
  • Perry, L., Lowe, J., Steinbeck, K., Dunbabin, J. (2012), Services doing the best they can: service experiences of young adults with type 1 diabetes mellitus in rural Australia. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 21(13-14), 1955-1963. [Abstract]
  • Balzer, B., Graham, C., Craig, M., Selvadurai, H., Donaghue, K., Brand-Miller, J., Steinbeck, K. (2012), Low glycaemic index dietary interventions in youth with cystic fibrosis: a systematic review and discussion of the clinical implications. Nutrients. 4(4), 286-296. [Abstract]
  • Cheng, H., Bryant, C., Cook, R., O'Connor, H., Rooney, K., Steinbeck, K. (2012), The relationship between obesity and hypoferraemia in adults: a systematic review. Obesity Reviews. 13(2), 150-161. [Abstract]
  • Nguyen, B., Shrewsbury, V., O'Connor, J., Steinbeck, K., Lee, A., Hill, A., Shah, S., Kohn, M., Torvaldsen, S., Baur, L. (2012), Twelve-month outcomes of the loozit randomized controlled trial: a community-based healthy lifestyle program for overweight and obese adolescents. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. 166(2), 170-177. [Abstract]
  • Nguyen, B., McGregor, K., O'Connor, J., Shrewsbury, V., Lee, A., Steinbeck, K., Hill, A., Shah, S., Kohn, M., Baur, L. (2012), Recruitment challenges and recommendations for adolescent obesity trials. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 48(1), 38-43. [Abstract]
  • Cooper, S., Rawsthorne, M., Paxton, K., Hawke, C., Skinner, R., Steinbeck, K. (2012), "You Can Help People": Adolescents' Views on Engaging Young People in Longitudinal Research. Journal of Research on Adolescence. 22(1), 8-13.
  • Steinbeck, K., Hazell, P., Cumming, R., Skinner, S., Ivers, R., Booy, R., Fulcher, G., Handelsman, D., Martin, A., Morgan, G., Starling, J., Bauman, A., Rawsthorne, M., Bennett, D., Chow, C., Lam, M., Kelly, P., Brown, N., Paxton, K., Hawke, C. (2012), The study design and methodology for the ARCHER study - adolescent rural cohort study of hormones, health, education, environments and relationships. BMC Pediatrics. 12(1), 143. [Abstract]
  • Caterson, I., Finer, N., Baur, L., Steinbeck, K. (2012), Obesity treatment for adults, adolescents and children. In: A Modern Epidemic. (pp.372-400).Australia: Sydney University Press.


  • Shrewsbury, V., Steinbeck, K., Torvaldsen, S., Baur, L. (2011), The role of parents in pre-adolescent and adolescent overweight and obesity treatment: a systematic review of clinical recommendations. Obesity reviews : an official journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity. 12(10), 759-69. [Abstract]
  • Sze, L., Purtell, L., Jenkins, A., Loughnan, G., Smith, E., Herzog, H., Sainsbury, A., Steinbeck, K., Campbell, L., Viardot, A. (2011), Effects of a Single Dose of Exenatide on Appetite, Gut Hormones, and Glucose Homeostasis in Adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 96(8), E1314-1319. [Abstract]
  • Purtell, L., Sze, L., Loughnan, G., Smith, E., Herzog, H., Sainsbury, A., Steinbeck, K., Campbell, L., Viardot, A. (2011), In adults with Prader-Willi syndrome, elevated ghrelin levels are more consistent with hyperphagia than high PYY and GLP-1 levels. Neuropeptides. 45(4), 301-307. [Abstract]
  • Nielssen, O., Holmes-Walker, D., Large, M., Steinbeck, K. (2011), Congenital adrenal hyperplasia associated with mania and serious violence. Biological Psychiatry. , e21-22. [Abstract]
  • Magarey, A., Perry, R., Baur, L., Steinbeck, K., Sawyer, M., Hills, A., Wilson, G., Lee, A., Daniels, L. (2011), A parent-led family-focused treatment program for overweight children aged 5 to 9 years: the PEACH RCT. Pediatrics. 127(2), 214-222. [Abstract]
  • Ayer, J., Harmer, J., David, C., S Steinbeck, K., Seale, J., Celermajer, D. (2011), Severe Obesity Is Associated With Impaired Arterial Smooth Muscle Function in Young Adults. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.). 19, 54-60. [Abstract]
  • O'Connor, H., Munas, Z., Griffin, H., Rooney, K., Cheng, H., Steinbeck, K. (2011), Nutritional adequacy of energy restricted diets for young obese women. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 20(2), 206-211. [Abstract]
  • West, C., Brodie, L., Dicker, J., Steinbeck, K. (2011), Development of health support services for adults with spina bifida. Disability and rehabilitation. 33(23-24), 2381-8. [Abstract]
  • Shrewsbury, V., Nguyen, B., O'Connor, J., Steinbeck, K., Lee, A., Hill, A., Shah, S., Kohn, M., Torvaldsen, S., Baur, L. (2011), Short-term outcomes of community-based adolescent weight management: The Loozit® Study. BMC Pediatrics. 11, 13. [Abstract]


  • Ayer, J., Song, C., Steinbeck, K., Celermajer, D., Freedman, S. (2010), Increased Tissue Factor Activity in Monocytes from Obese Young Adults. Clinical and experimental pharmacology & physiology. 37(11), 1049-54. [Abstract]
  • Perry, L., Steinbeck, K., Dunbabin, J., Lowe, J. (2010), Lost in transition? Access to and uptake of adult health services and outcomes for young people with type 1 diabetes in regional New South Wales. The Medical Journal of Australia. 193(8), 444-449. [Abstract]
  • Viardot, A., Sze, L., Purtell, L., Sainsbury, A., Loughnan, G., Smith, E., Herzog, H., Steinbeck, K., Campbell, L. (2010), Prader-Willi Syndrome Is Associated with Activation of the Innate Immune System Independently of Central Adiposity and Insulin Resistance. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 95(7), 3392-3399. [Abstract]
  • Marsh, K., Steinbeck, K., Atkinson, F., Petocz, P., Brand-Miller, J. (2010), Effect of a low glycemic index compared with a conventional healthy diet on polycystic ovary syndrome. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 92(1), 83-92. [Abstract]
  • Ayer, J., Harmer, J., Steinbeck, K., Celermajer, D. (2010), Postprandial Vascular Reactivity in Obese and Normal Weight Young Adults. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.). 18(0), 945-51. [Abstract]
  • Kornman, K., Shrewsbury, V., Chou, A., Nguyen, B., Lee, A., O'Connor, J., Steinbeck, K., Hill, A., Kohn, M., Shah, S., Baur, L. (2010), Electronic Therapeutic Contact for Adolescent Weight Management: The Loozit((R)) Study. Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association. 16(6), 678-85. [Abstract]
  • Garnett, S., Baur, L., Noakes, M., Steinbeck, K., Woodhead, H., Burrell, S., Chisholm, K., Broderick, C., Parker, R., De, S., Shrinivasan, S., Hopley, L., Hendrie, G., Ambler, G., Kohn, M., Cowell, C. (2010), Researching Effective Strategies to Improve Insulin Sensitivity in Children and Teenagers - RESIST. A randomised control trial investigating the effects of two different diets on insulin sensitivity in young people with insulin resistance and/or pre-diabetes. BMC Public Health. 10, 575. [Abstract]
  • Steinbeck, K. (2010), Childhood Obesity: Consequences and Complications. In: Clinical Obesity in Adults and Childen. (pp.392-407).United States: John Wiley & Sons Ltd..


  • Brand-Miller, J., McMillan-Price, J., Steinbeck, K., Caterson, I. (2009), Dietary glycemic index: health implications. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 28(4 Suppl 1), 446S-449S. [Abstract]
  • Rieger, E., Dean, H., Steinbeck, K., Caterson, I., Manson, E. (2009), The use of motivational enhancement strategies for the maintenance of weight loss among obese individuals: a preliminary investigation. Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism. , 637-640. [Abstract]
  • Gill, T., Baur, L., Bauman, A., Steinbeck, K., Storlien, L., Fiatarone Singh, M., Brand-Miller, J., Colagiuri, S., Caterson, I. (2009), Childhood obesity in Australia remains a widespread health concern that warrants population-wide prevention programs. Medical Journal of Australia. 190(3), 146-148. [Abstract]
  • Shrewsbury, V., O'Connor, J., Steinbeck, K., Stevenson, K., Lee, A., Hill, A., Kohn, M., Shah, S., Torvaldsen, S., Baur, L. (2009), A randomised controlled trial of a community-based healthy lifestyle program for overweight and obese adolescents: the Loozit study protocol. BMC Public Health. 9(0), 119. [Abstract]
  • Steinbeck, K., Brodie, L., Towns, S. (2009), Chronic illness and transition to adult care. In: Challenges in Adolescent Health: An Australian Perspective. (pp.225-234).United States: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Steinbeck, K., Baur, L., Cowell, C., Pietrobelli, A. (2009), Clinical research in adolescents: challenges and opportunities using obesity as a model. International journal of obesity (2005). 33(0), 2-7. [Abstract]


  • Steinbeck, K., Brodie, L., Towns, S. (2008), Transition in chronic illness: Who is going where?. Journal of paediatrics and child health. 44(9), 478-482. [Abstract]
  • O'Connor, J., Steinbeck, K., Hill, A., Booth, M., Kohn, M., Shah, S., Baur, L. (2008), Evaluation of a community-based weight management program for overweight and obese adolescents: The Loozit study. Nutrition & Dietetics. 65(2), 121-127. [Abstract]