Professor Felice Jacka

Professor Felice Jacka

Professor Felice Jacka

Professor Jacka is the founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) and immediate past president of the Australian Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders (APMD). She is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Principal Research Fellow at Deakin University in Australia, within the School of Medicine, where she is Director of the Food & Mood Centre. She also holds Honorary Principal Research Fellow appointments at the Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Centre; and the Black Dog Institute in NSW. Professor Jacka has pioneered a highly innovative program of research that examines how individuals’ diets, and other lifestyle behaviours, interact with the risk for mental health problems. Her current work focuses closely on the links between diet, gut health and mental and brain health. This research is being carried out with the ultimate goal of developing new, evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for mental disorders. She has published > 140 peer-reviewed papers, the majority in high-impact journals in the mental health field. She is listed in the top ten most highly-cited researchers in mood disorders in Australia (Scopus). Of these publications, approximately 40% she has led as first or senior author, including publications in the American Journal of Psychiatry, World Psychiatry, BMC Medicine and Lancet Psychiatry.

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