Dr Fiona O'Leary

PhD, Grad Dip Nutr & Diet, BSc (Hons)
Senior Lecturer in Dietetics
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Member of the Charles Perkins Centre

G08 - Biochemistry and Microbiology Building
The University of Sydney

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Website Room 4E80, D17 - Charles Perkins Centre

Biographical details

Fiona O’Leary is a Senior Lecturer (part time) in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney. She is a qualified Dietitian - Nutritionist with extensive experience in the hospital, aged care and private practice sectors. She was awarded her PhD in 2012.

Research interests

Research interests are related to dietary intake, nutritional status, malnutrition and disease risk, and research translation, in underprivileged population groups across the life course, specifically children and older people.

Teaching and supervision

Fiona is the course co-ordinator and senior lecturer for the Dietetic Professional Studies course (part time) and lecturer for the Medical Nutrition Therapy course components for the Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics degree, University of Sydney.

Current Research Students

Associate supervisor PhD: Nutrition and Cognitive Function in Older Adults

Associate supervisor PhD: Nutrition and oral health among older men using data from the Concord health and Ageing in men study

Associate supervisor MPhil: Development of a Nutritional Biomarker Panel

Current research students

Project title Research student
Using a Facebook intervention to improve calcium consumption among young adults Anika ROUF

Current projects

1. Maintain your Brain. A randomised controlled multi -interventional dementia prevention study; NHMRC funded trial; Associate investigator.

2. Secondary analysis of the Australian National Nutrition Survey to determine dietary patterns of older Australians.

3. Dietary protein supplementation in chronic obstructive airways disease pilot study.

4. Strengthening food and nutrition security through family poultry and crop integration in Tanzania and Zambia, a food security initiative aiming to improve household nutrition and reduce childhood malnutrition.

Associations

Accredited practicing dietitian and member of the Dietitian's Association of Australia.

Member of the following research nodes at the Charles Perkins Centre: Brain and Body, Biology of ageing,Healthy food systems.

Deputy Chair Clinical Education and Advisory Committee

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Themes

Biochemistry and metabolism; Food and nutrition; Human health

Selected grants

2017

  • Body composition assessment equipment; O'Leary F; Faculty of Science/Learning and Teaching Equipment Scheme.
  • Tackling food insecurity in Tanzania: Harnessing genomics and vaccinology to control ND in African chickens; Alders R, Gallardo R, Pitesky M, Khatkar M, O'Shea C, Liu S, Li X, Stewart C, O'Leary F; Office of Global Engagement/Partnership Collaboration Awards.

2016

  • A scoping study to investigate the benefits of and challenges to the supervision of Allied Health students on student placements; O'Leary F; University of Sydney Board of the Office of Clinical Education/Clinical Training Funding Programme.

2015

  • Feasibility and success of using high leucine supplements in hospitalised older patients with COPD; O'Leary F; University of Sydney/SMB Internal Research Stimulus Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Liang, S., Nasir, R., Skilton, M., Bell-Anderson, K., O'Leary, F. (2019). Biomarkers as indicators of dietary patterns: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials and prospective cohort studies. PROSPERO, 2019, 1-4.
  • Chen, X., Maguire, B., Brodaty, H., O'Leary, F. (2019). Dietary patterns and cognitive health in older adults: A systematic review. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 67(2), 583-619. [More Information]
  • Heffernan, M., Andrews, G., Fiatarone Singh, M., Valenzuela, M., Anstey, K., Maeder, A., McNeil, J., Jorm, L., Lautenschlager, N., Sachdev, P., Daniel, K., Flood, V., Guerrero Ayala, Y., Saigal (Jain), N., Lampit, A., Mavros, Y., Meiklejohn, J., O'Leary, F., Radd-Vagenas, S., Walton, C., et al (2019). Maintain Your Brain: Protocol of a 3-Year Randomized Controlled Trial of a Personalized Multi-Modal Digital Health Intervention to Prevent Cognitive Decline Among Community Dwelling 55 to 77 Year Olds. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, In Press, 1-17. [More Information]
  • Coffey, J., Raubenheimer, D., Rangan, A., Allman-Farinelli, M., Simpson, S., O'Leary, F. (2019). MasterChef recipes and takeaway foods: how do they compare? International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, 16, 1-8. [More Information]
  • Grech, A., Alders, R., Darnton-Hill, I., Bagnol, B., Hikeezi, D., O'Leary, F. (2018). Nutrition Knowledge, Attitudes, and Dietary Intake of Women of Reproductive Age in Bundabunda Ward, Zambia. Clinical Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, 1(2), 1-12.
  • Cheng, H., Kong, J., Underwood, C., Petocz, P., Hirani, V., Dawson, B., O'Leary, F. (2018). Systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of protein and amino acid supplements in older adults with acute or chronic conditions. British Journal of Nutrition, 119(5), 527-542. [More Information]
  • Cook, A., O'Leary, F., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2018). The relationship between process use and stage of change for sugary drinks. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 31(5), 697-703. [More Information]
  • Bartter, J., Diffey, H., Yeung, Y., O'Leary, F., Hasler, B., Maulaga, W., Alders, R. (2018). Use of chicken eggshell to improve dietary calcium intake in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 14(S3), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Radd-Vagenas, S., Fiatarone Singh, M., Daniel, K., Noble, Y., Jain, N., O'Leary, F., Mavros, Y., Heffernan, M., Meiklejohn, J., Guerrero Ayala, Y., Flood, V., et al (2018). Validity of the Mediterranean Diet and Culinary Index (MediCul) for Online Assessment of Adherence to the 'Traditional' Diet and Aspects of Cuisine in Older Adults. Nutrients, 10(12), 1-17. [More Information]
  • Hebden, L., O'Leary, F., Rangan, A., Lie, E., Hirani, V., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2017). Fruit Consumption and Adiposity Status in Adults: A Systematic Review of Current Evidence. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 57, 2526-2540. [More Information]
  • Cook, A., McCook, R., Petocz, P., O'Leary, F., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2016). Comparative validity and repeatability of a single question, a twenty-eight-item FFQ and estimated food records to assess takeaway meal intake. British Journal of Nutrition, 116(9), 1582-1591. [More Information]
  • Cook, A., O'Leary, F., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2015). Behavioural and cognitive processes adults use to change their fruit and vegetable consumption. Nutrition and Dietetics, 72(4), 327-332. [More Information]
  • Cook, A., Roberts, K., O'Leary, F., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2015). Comparison of single questions and brief questionnaire with longer validated food frequency questionnaire to assess adequate fruit and vegetable intake. Nutrition, 31, 941-947. [More Information]
  • Demeny, D., Jukic, K., Dawson, B., O'Leary, F. (2015). Current practices of dietitians in the assessment and management of malnutrition in elderly patients. Nutrition and Dietetics, 72, 254-260. [More Information]
  • O'Leary, F., Allman-Farinelli, M., Petocz, P., Samman, S. (2013). Nutritional status but not vitamin deficiencies are associated with low functional scores. Journal of Aging Research and Clinical Practice, 2(2), 216-220.
  • Cook, A., O'Leary, F., Chey, T., Bauman, A., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2013). Prevalence of and intention to change dietary and physical activity health risk behaviours. Appetite, 71, 150-157. [More Information]
  • Hebden, L., Kostan, E., O'Leary, F., Hodge, A., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2013). Validity and reproducibility of a food frequency questionnaire as a measure of recent dietary intake in young adults. PloS One, 8(9), 1-10. [More Information]
  • O'Leary, F., Hattersley, L., King, L., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2012). Sugary drink consumption behaviours among young adults at university. Nutrition and Dietetics, 69(2), 119-123. [More Information]
  • O'Leary, F., Allman-Farinelli, M., Samman, S. (2012). Vitamin B12 status, cognitive decline and dementia: a systematic review of prospective cohort studies. British Journal of Nutrition, 108, 1948-1961. [More Information]
  • O'Leary, F., Flood, V., Petocz, P., Allman-Farinelli, M., Samman, S. (2011). B vitamin status, dietary intake and length of stay in a sample of elderly rehabilitation patients. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 15(6), 485-489. [More Information]
  • O'Leary, F., Wai, J., Wormald, L., Ellis, J., Petocz, P., Flood, V., Samman, S. (2011). Vitamin B12 status, dietary protein intake and proton pump inhibitor use in geriatric rehabilitation subjects. Nutrition and Dietetics, 68(2), 109-114. [More Information]
  • O'Leary, F., Samman, S. (2010). Vitamin B12 in Health and Disease. Nutrients, 2(3), 299-316.

Conferences

  • Grech, A., Alders, R., Darnton-Hill, I., Bagnol, B., Hikeezi, D., Lumbwe, H., O'Leary, F. (2016). Nutrition knowledge, attitudes and dietary intake of women of reproductive age in Bundabunda Ward, Zambia. Agri-Health Research, Zambia: WHO Press.

2019

  • Liang, S., Nasir, R., Skilton, M., Bell-Anderson, K., O'Leary, F. (2019). Biomarkers as indicators of dietary patterns: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials and prospective cohort studies. PROSPERO, 2019, 1-4.
  • Chen, X., Maguire, B., Brodaty, H., O'Leary, F. (2019). Dietary patterns and cognitive health in older adults: A systematic review. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 67(2), 583-619. [More Information]
  • Heffernan, M., Andrews, G., Fiatarone Singh, M., Valenzuela, M., Anstey, K., Maeder, A., McNeil, J., Jorm, L., Lautenschlager, N., Sachdev, P., Daniel, K., Flood, V., Guerrero Ayala, Y., Saigal (Jain), N., Lampit, A., Mavros, Y., Meiklejohn, J., O'Leary, F., Radd-Vagenas, S., Walton, C., et al (2019). Maintain Your Brain: Protocol of a 3-Year Randomized Controlled Trial of a Personalized Multi-Modal Digital Health Intervention to Prevent Cognitive Decline Among Community Dwelling 55 to 77 Year Olds. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, In Press, 1-17. [More Information]
  • Coffey, J., Raubenheimer, D., Rangan, A., Allman-Farinelli, M., Simpson, S., O'Leary, F. (2019). MasterChef recipes and takeaway foods: how do they compare? International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, 16, 1-8. [More Information]

2018

  • Grech, A., Alders, R., Darnton-Hill, I., Bagnol, B., Hikeezi, D., O'Leary, F. (2018). Nutrition Knowledge, Attitudes, and Dietary Intake of Women of Reproductive Age in Bundabunda Ward, Zambia. Clinical Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, 1(2), 1-12.
  • Cheng, H., Kong, J., Underwood, C., Petocz, P., Hirani, V., Dawson, B., O'Leary, F. (2018). Systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of protein and amino acid supplements in older adults with acute or chronic conditions. British Journal of Nutrition, 119(5), 527-542. [More Information]
  • Cook, A., O'Leary, F., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2018). The relationship between process use and stage of change for sugary drinks. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 31(5), 697-703. [More Information]
  • Bartter, J., Diffey, H., Yeung, Y., O'Leary, F., Hasler, B., Maulaga, W., Alders, R. (2018). Use of chicken eggshell to improve dietary calcium intake in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 14(S3), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Radd-Vagenas, S., Fiatarone Singh, M., Daniel, K., Noble, Y., Jain, N., O'Leary, F., Mavros, Y., Heffernan, M., Meiklejohn, J., Guerrero Ayala, Y., Flood, V., et al (2018). Validity of the Mediterranean Diet and Culinary Index (MediCul) for Online Assessment of Adherence to the 'Traditional' Diet and Aspects of Cuisine in Older Adults. Nutrients, 10(12), 1-17. [More Information]

2017

  • Hebden, L., O'Leary, F., Rangan, A., Lie, E., Hirani, V., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2017). Fruit Consumption and Adiposity Status in Adults: A Systematic Review of Current Evidence. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 57, 2526-2540. [More Information]

2016

  • Cook, A., McCook, R., Petocz, P., O'Leary, F., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2016). Comparative validity and repeatability of a single question, a twenty-eight-item FFQ and estimated food records to assess takeaway meal intake. British Journal of Nutrition, 116(9), 1582-1591. [More Information]
  • Grech, A., Alders, R., Darnton-Hill, I., Bagnol, B., Hikeezi, D., Lumbwe, H., O'Leary, F. (2016). Nutrition knowledge, attitudes and dietary intake of women of reproductive age in Bundabunda Ward, Zambia. Agri-Health Research, Zambia: WHO Press.

2015

  • Cook, A., O'Leary, F., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2015). Behavioural and cognitive processes adults use to change their fruit and vegetable consumption. Nutrition and Dietetics, 72(4), 327-332. [More Information]
  • Cook, A., Roberts, K., O'Leary, F., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2015). Comparison of single questions and brief questionnaire with longer validated food frequency questionnaire to assess adequate fruit and vegetable intake. Nutrition, 31, 941-947. [More Information]
  • Demeny, D., Jukic, K., Dawson, B., O'Leary, F. (2015). Current practices of dietitians in the assessment and management of malnutrition in elderly patients. Nutrition and Dietetics, 72, 254-260. [More Information]

2013

  • O'Leary, F., Allman-Farinelli, M., Petocz, P., Samman, S. (2013). Nutritional status but not vitamin deficiencies are associated with low functional scores. Journal of Aging Research and Clinical Practice, 2(2), 216-220.
  • Cook, A., O'Leary, F., Chey, T., Bauman, A., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2013). Prevalence of and intention to change dietary and physical activity health risk behaviours. Appetite, 71, 150-157. [More Information]
  • Hebden, L., Kostan, E., O'Leary, F., Hodge, A., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2013). Validity and reproducibility of a food frequency questionnaire as a measure of recent dietary intake in young adults. PloS One, 8(9), 1-10. [More Information]

2012

  • O'Leary, F., Hattersley, L., King, L., Allman-Farinelli, M. (2012). Sugary drink consumption behaviours among young adults at university. Nutrition and Dietetics, 69(2), 119-123. [More Information]
  • O'Leary, F., Allman-Farinelli, M., Samman, S. (2012). Vitamin B12 status, cognitive decline and dementia: a systematic review of prospective cohort studies. British Journal of Nutrition, 108, 1948-1961. [More Information]

2011

  • O'Leary, F., Flood, V., Petocz, P., Allman-Farinelli, M., Samman, S. (2011). B vitamin status, dietary intake and length of stay in a sample of elderly rehabilitation patients. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 15(6), 485-489. [More Information]
  • O'Leary, F., Wai, J., Wormald, L., Ellis, J., Petocz, P., Flood, V., Samman, S. (2011). Vitamin B12 status, dietary protein intake and proton pump inhibitor use in geriatric rehabilitation subjects. Nutrition and Dietetics, 68(2), 109-114. [More Information]

2010

  • O'Leary, F., Samman, S. (2010). Vitamin B12 in Health and Disease. Nutrients, 2(3), 299-316.

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