Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Neha Lalchandani has a background in Food Science and Nutrition and is currently in her final year of studying for the Doctor of Philosophy (Public Health). She is working on a research project that focuses on exploring the potential to improve schoolchildren’s dietary habits while impacting the environment positively by assessing school lunchbox contents and packing practices, in order to inform future policies and practices in this area.
Neha is interested in the socio-ecological influences on children's dietary and pro-environmental behaviours in school settings. She is also passionate about working with stakeholder organisations such as the Department for Education and environmental agencies like KESAB environmental solutions, to improve school food environments, and ultimately children's and planetary health.
Date Position Institution name 2021 - ongoing Academic Tutor and Marker The University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2022 Award 2022 Community and Innovation Award KESAB environmental solutions Australia 2021 Scholarship ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) Switzerland 2016 Scholarship 2015-2016 Dean’s Summer Research Scholarship University of Tasmania Australia 2014 Scholarship 2014-2015 CSIRO Agriculture Vacation Scholarship CSIRO - Queensland Biosciences Precinct Australia
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 - 2016 University of Newcastle Australia Australia Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition 2012 - 2016 Pelita Harapan University Indonesia Bachelor of Food Technology
Year Citation 2022 Lalchandani, N. (2022). A new school lunchbox audit tool to assess nutrition and waste. Poster session presented at the meeting of Food Futures Conference. 2021 Lalchandani, N. (2021). School lunchbox audit tool: Using photography and REDCap to assess quality of school lunches from a health and environmental perspective. Poster session presented at the meeting of Florey Postgraduate Research Conference. 2020 Lalchandani, N. (2020). Health and sustainability policies and programs in South Australian public preschool and primary schools. Are they adequate?. Poster session presented at the meeting of SA Population Health Conference. 2015 Lalchandani, N. K. (2015). Investigating the effects of probiotics on gut satiety hormones. Poster session presented at the meeting of CSIRO Vacation Scholarship Symposium. Canberra.
Year Citation 2016 Lalchandani, N. K. (2016). Understanding the nutritional requirements of Lactobacillus casei GCRL163 isolated from aged cheddar cheese. (Undergraduate Dissertation).
Academic Tutor and Marker
Reflect. Research. Resolve Questions in Health: Facilitating student learning in public health research methodologies and interventions
Create. Communicate. Connect with Health and Medical Sciences: Facilitating student learning for academic literacy and scientific communication skills
Assessing and marking literature reviews, poster assignments, and oral presentations
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2020 - ongoing Representative Health Sciences Postgraduate Association (HeSPA) The University of Adelaide Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2022 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) Australia 2020 - ongoing Member Public Health Association of Australia Inc Full Time Student Membership Australia
Date Office Name Institution Country 2021 - ongoing HDR Representative School of Public Health Australia
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