Michael Billows

Michael Billows

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


The Role of Kiwifruit in Supporting Psychological Health and Wellbeing

I am engaged in a 4-year Industry PhD working with industry partners CSIRO and Zespri International Ltd. The PhD will explore the potential for kiwifruit to positively influence psychological health and wellbeing. The research will focus exclusively on Actindia chinensis ‘Hort 16A’ Zespri® (Gold kiwifruit) due to its exceptionally high vitamin C content and nutritionally relevant levels of dietary fibre.  Specifically, my research will 1) extend previous findings indicating the potential for Kiwifruit to improve mood outcomes as a result of increased vitamin C intake; and 2) examine improvements in psychological wellbeing in individuals with bowel conditions as a result of dietary fibre intake from Gold kiwifruit consumption.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2010 Johnston, A., Gradisar, M., Dohnt, H., Billows, M., & Mccappin, S. (2010). Adolescent sleep and fluid intelligence performance. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 8(3), 180-186.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6
    2009 Billows, M., Gradisar, M., Dohnt, H., Johnston, A., McCappin, S., & Hudson, J. (2009). Family disorganization, sleep hygiene, and adolescent sleep disturbance. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 38(5), 745-752.
    DOI Scopus36 WoS37 Europe PMC20
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2011 Gradisar, M., Dohnt, H., Gardner, G., Paine, S., Starkey, K., Billows, M., & Trenowden, S. (2011). The clinical presentation of adolescents with Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder. Poster session presented at the meeting of 6th Congress of the World Sleep Federation, Kyoto, Japan. Kyoto, Japan.

The PhD is being supported by a CSIRO Industry Zespri International Scholarship, and Research Training Program Stipend.

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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2013 - ongoing Member College of Clinical Psychologists Australia
    2011 - ongoing Member Psychology and Health Forum Australia
    2011 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society Australia

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