Speaker –

BANT AGM & Conference 2022

Professor Felice Jacka, PhD

Felice Jacka OAM is Professor of Nutritional Psychiatry and Director of the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University. She is also 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. She has been responsible for the development of a highly innovative field of research establishing diet and nutrition as of importance to common mental disorders. These include the first studies to document a role for diet in adolescent depression – the primary age of onset for common mental disorders – the first study to identify both maternal and early life nutrition as important predictors of children’s mental health, and the first trial to show that dietary improvement can address depression. The results of the studies she has conducted have been highly influential, and she is widely recognized as international leader in the nascent but transformative field of Nutritional Psychiatry research. Her current research focuses closely on the links between diet, gut health, and mental and brain health. This work is being carried out with the ultimate goal of developing new, evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for mental disorders.

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Professor Jacka has published >200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, the majority in high-impact journals in the mental health field including the American Journal of Psychiatry, World Psychiatry, BMC Medicine and Lancet Psychiatry. Since her PhD, awarded in 2009, Jacka has produced >200 scientific publications, which have >9,000/15,000 citations (Scopus/Google Scholar). She has an H-index of 54/68 (Scopus /Google Scholar) and an average Field Weighted Citation Index of 3.69 (i.e. nearly 3.7 times the world average).

She is an ISI Highly-Cited Researcher (2020 and 2021), putting her in the top 0.1% of publishing scientists worldwide. She is the recipient of a highly-competitive NHMRC Investigator Grant (Fellowship) 2021-25.

Professor Jacka published a book for the general public in 2019 called ‘Brain Changer’ through Pan Macmillan Press and Yellow Kite in the UK and EU. Her children’s book – ‘There’s a Zoo in my Poo’ – was published in July 2020.

In 2021 she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to Nutritional Psychiatry.