Lisa Smithers

Associate Professor Lisa Smithers

Associate Professor

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Associate Professor Lisa Smithers is always looking for opportunities to make a difference to the health and welfare of children.

“I worry about things that get in the way of children reaching their full potential, whether that be physical health or development. If we can identify the impediments to children’s development, then we can design and test interventions that directly change or buffer the effects on development.”

Separating out hype from science is another one of her interests. “Often scientists, me included, fall in love with our favourite theories and use the best available evidence that support it. In our group, we often try to throw everything at a hypothesis before deciding whether the results support the theory. When we can, we use methods that explicitly deal with potential biases in results, from the basics such as imputation to address missing information, through to designing studies that incorporate assessments of bias such as negative control studies or more sophisticated methods such as quantitative bias assessments.”

I have research interests in paediatrics, nutrition and public health, perinatal epidemiology, and Aboriginal health.

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Competitive Research Funding

National Competitive Schemes (Category 1)

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2015  

Lynch, Sawyer, Mol, Roberts, Dekker, Stocks, Schurer, Gurrin, Dwyer, Bowering, Jeffs, Dandie, Associate Investigators: Frank, Mittinty, Law, Cobb-Clark, Smithers, Chittleborough.

NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence $2.49 mill
2014   Smithers, Sorell, Lynch. Heart Foundation $71 k
2013   Lynch, Chittleborough, Smithers, Sawyer, Brinkman, Mittinty, Sawyer, Bowering. NHMRC Partnership grant $273 k
2012   Makrides, Smithers, Yelland, Treyvaud. NHMRC Project grant $583 k
2012   Merlin, Smithers, Lynch Australian National Preventive Health Agency $60 k
2009   Gibson, Anderson, Smithers NHMRC Project grant $530 k
2009   Smithers, Makrides, Skeaff Foundation for Children $80 k

Other Sources of Funding

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2013   Gould, Makrides, Collins, Smithers Women's & Children's Foundation $60 k
2011   Smithers Australian Federation of University Women $5 k
2008   Smithers, Gibson, Makrides Channel 7 Children's Research Fund $40 k
2007   Smithers, Gibson, Makrides Channel 7 Children's Research Fund $47 k

2013 - 2017:  Lecturer, Epidemiological Research Methods, Master of Public Health program

2018:  Course Coordinator, Introduction to Epidemiology, Master of Public Health Program

2018:  Course Coordinator, Nutrition: Ideology, Individuals & Industry, Bachelor of Health & Medical Science

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Improve Micronutrient Intake and Status of Mother and Children to Optimise Health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Molla Mesele Wassie
    2018 Co-Supervisor The Effects of an Early Childhood Caries Intervention on Dental Pain, Dental Extractions and Dental Treatment Under General Anaesthetics among Indigenous Children Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Wendy Wai Sau Cheung
    2018 Principal Supervisor Smoking in Pregnancy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Cherise Jaye Fletcher
    2017 Co-Supervisor Validation of Psychological Instruments used in an Intervention Aimed at Reducing Early Childhood Caries Among Aboriginal Children Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Pedro Henrique Ribeiro Santiago
    2017 Co-Supervisor Psychosocial and Behavioural Mediators of Discrimination and Aboriginal Oral health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Davi Manzini Macedo
    2017 Principal Supervisor The Impact of Obstetrical Interventions During Delivery on Children's Health and Neurodevelopment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Engida Yisma Derbie
    2016 Principal Supervisor Effect of Advertising on Food Choices and Nutritional Studies of Australian and Immigrant Children in Adelaide Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Mumtaz Begum
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Development and sustainability of interventions to improve child nutrition: A case-study of ethnic minority communities in northern Thailand Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Anna Roesler
    2013 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Children's Temperament and Parenting Practices in the First Five Years of Life and Cognitive, Academic and Adiposity Outcomes in Later Childhood and Adolescence Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Shiau Yun Chong
    2009 - 2013 Co-Supervisor A Randomised Controlled Trial of DHA-Rich Fish Oil Supplementation During Pregnancy and Subsequent Development of Attention, Working Memory and Inhibitory Control in Early Childhood Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jacqueline Gould
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Sugar consumption in Australia University of Adelaide; University of Wollongong PhD Doctorate Full Time Adyya Gupta
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2013 - ongoing Member South Australia's Young Investigator Award Australia
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2018 - ongoing Department of Social Services Australian Institute for Family Studies Scientific research Australia
    2018 - ongoing Hort Innovation Project Reference Group Farming and related Australia
    2013 - 2016 National Health and Medical Research Council Health Advice Panel member, services relevant to the development and presentation of evidence based health advice. Health services and related Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2013 - ongoing Editor The British Journal of Nutrition: an international journal of nutritional science United Kingdom
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83130546
  • Email: lisa.smithers@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 9
  • Room: WS9060.01
  • Org Unit: Public Health

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