Dr Lenka Malek
Dr. Lenka Malek, a qualified dietitian, was awarded a PhD in Medicine from the University of Adelaide in 2015. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Global Food and Resources.
With an overarching health and nutrition focus, Dr Malek's research combines perspectives and methods from diverse disciplines (including nutrition, psychology, economics and behavioural economics) to investigate human decision-making behaviour related to food choice. Her research aims to produce food-related consumer behaviour insights which can be used to inform development of and improvements in food and health policy.
Dr. Malek has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, in particular focus group discussions, in-depth interviews and online consumer surveys. She also has experience using eye-tracking technology as a method of objectively measuring an individual’s eye movements to provide insights into human decision-making processes, which are free from memory or social-desirability biases. While her PhD research focused on nutrition during pregnancy and lactation, her subsequent work has focused on more diverse population groups, including Australian meat consumers, vegetarians/flexitarians, and caregivers of formula-fed infants.
|2014||Postdoctoral Research Fellow||University of Adelaide|
|2012 - 2012||Lecturer, tutor and practical demonstrator (casual)||University of Adelaide|
|2011 - 2014||Research Assistant (casual)||Women's & Children's Health Research Institute|
|2017||Award||Women's Research Excellence Award||The University of Adelaide||$5,000|
|2015||Recognition||Deans Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence||University of Adelaide|
|Czech||Can read, write, speak and understand spoken|
|English||Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review|
|2011 - 2015||University of Adelaide||Australia||PhD|
|2007 - 2010||Flinders University||Australia||Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics (Hons)|
|2017||Malek, L., Umberger, W., Makrides, M. & ShaoJia, Z. (2017). Predicting healthy eating intention and adherence to dietary recommendations during pregnancy in Australia using the Theory of Planned Behaviour. Appetite, 116, 431-441.
|2017||Guess, K., Malek, L., Anderson, A., Makrides, M. & Zhou, S. (2017). Knowledge and practices regarding iodine supplementation: A national survey of healthcare providers. Women and Birth, 30, 1, e56-e60.
|2017||Malek, L., Umberger, W. J. & Rolfe, J. (2017). Segmentation of Australian meat consumers on the basis of attitudes regarding farm animal welfare and the environmental impact of meat production. Animal Production Science, -.
|2016||Malek, L., Umberger, W., Makrides, M. & Zhou, S. (2016). Adherence to the Australian dietary guidelines during pregnancy: evidence from a national study. Public Health Nutrition, 19, 7, 1155-1163.
|2016||Malek, L., Umberger, W., Makrides, M. & Zhou, S. (2016). Poor adherence to folic acid and iodine supplement recommendations in preconception and pregnancy: a cross-sectional analysis. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, 40, 5, 424-429.
|2016||Martin, J., Zhou, S., Flynn, A., Malek, L., Greco, R. & Moran, L. (2016). The Assessment of Diet Quality and Its Effects on Health Outcomes Pre-pregnancy and during Pregnancy. Seminars in Reproductive Medicine, 34, 2, 83-92.
|2015||Malek, L. & Makrides, M. (2015). Nutrition in Pregnancy and Lactation. In B. Koletzko, J. Bhatia, Z. A. Bhutta, P. Cooper, M. Makrides, R. Uauy & W. Wang (Eds.), Pediatric Nutrition in Practice (pp. 127-133). Basel, Switzerland: Karger.
|2015||Malek, L., Umberger, W., Zhou, S. J. & Makrides, M. (2015). Understanding drivers of dietary behaviour before and during pregnancy in industrialized countries. 80th Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop. Z. A. Bhutta, M. Makrides & A. M. Prentice (Eds.) Bali, Indonesia.
|2017||Yargop, R., Malek, L., Nelle, S. & Umberger, W. (2017). A study of drivers for industry growth and innovation in the South Australian food and agribusiness sector. Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. Corner Merivale And Glenelg Streets, South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland.|
|2014||Malek, L., Zhou, S. J., Makrides, M. & Umberger, W. (2014). A novel study to understand psychosocial factors influencing healthy eating intention during pregnancy. Social Networks, Social Media and the Economics of Food. Montreal, Canada.|
|2014||Malek, L., Zhou, S. J., Makrides, M., Flynn, T. & Umberger, W. (2014). A discrete choice experiment to understand factors influencing women’s dietary decisions during pregnancy. Social Networks, Social Media and the Economics of Food. Montreal, Canada.|
|2014||Malek, L., Umberger, W., Makrides, M. & Zhou, S. J. (2014). Examining the relationship between perceived and actual diet quality during pregnancy: Evidence from a national study of Australian women. 18th Congress of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ). Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
|2013||Malek, L., Zhou, S. J., Makrides, M., Flynn, T. & Umberger, W. (2013). Understanding consumer preferences for nutritional supplements during pregnancy: A choice experiment study. 9th World Congress of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA). Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.|
|2015||Malek, L.; (2015); Exploring the nutrition knowledge, attitudes and practices of pregnant women in Australia;|
|2016 - ongoing||Member||Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society||Australia|