A/Prof Felice Jacka

Principal Research Fellow

Associate Professor Felice Jacka is a Principal Research Fellow at Deakin University. She is recognised as a leading expert, regarding the association between diet quality and the common mental disorders, depression and anxiety. She is president of both the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) and immediate past president of the Australian Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders (APMD).

In 2010, Associate Professor Jacka and her team published the first study to report the relationship between diet quality and clinical depressive and anxiety disorders, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Since then, in addition to publishing further studies of this topic in Norwegian and Australian adults, she has published several studies to demonstrate relationships between diet quality and mental health in adolescents. Her newest research, for the first time implicates both the diet of women during pregnancy, and childhood diet quality, in the risk for mental health problems in children. Given that 75% of psychiatric illnesses begin before age 25, these findings have significant implications for public health.

Learn more about Associate Professor Felice Jacka at http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/src/impact/our-team.php?contact_id=773&style=7