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 on Zespri®SunGold Kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis var. chinensis ‘Zesy002’) 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.
Date Position Institution name 2013 Clinical Psychologist Mt Barker Psychology 2013 - 2018 Clinical Psychologist PsychMed 2011 - 2013 Registered Psychologist Cognition 1993 - 2011 Senior Firefighter South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service
Date Institution name Country Title 2008 - 2011 Flinders University Australia Master of Psychology (Clinical) 2007 - 2007 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons) 2002 - 2006 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)
Date Title Institution name Country 2017 Board Approved Clinical Supervisor Psychology Board of Australia/AHPRA —
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
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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