Dr Brittany Johnson

Senior Research Fellow

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt West (W401)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Brittany Johnson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Caring Futures Institute,and a The Hospital Research Foundation Group Early-Mid Career Research Fellow. She obtained a PhD in Public Health (Flinders University, conferred 2020) which identified intervention content to support parents to reduce provision of unhealthy foods to their young children, during the transition from preschool to school.

Brittany's research focusses on improving children and families health behaviours, including diet quality by reducing unhealthy food intake. She has expertise in applying behaviour change theory and creating supportive environments where children and families live, work, learn and play. This includes a research focus on building the evidence for school-provided meals in Australian schools.

She leads the deconstructing interventions component of the TOPCHILD Collaboration funded by an NHMRC Ideas Grant (2020-23). The TOPCHILD Collaboration is an international project is bringing together researchers from over 20 countries to transform early childhood obesity prevention, by exploring past, ongoing and planned interventions to understand how they work, and for whom. Brittany is part of the NHMRC EPOCH-Translate Centre for Research Excellence, Translating Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (https://earlychildhoodobesity.com/)

Brittany is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a background in public health nutrition and experience in working with Aboriginal communities and the child care sector to make healthy food choices.

Research interests:

  • Children and families
  • Health behaviours
  • Unhealthy food intake
  • Behaviour change
  • School food
  • Intervention design

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics

Bachelor of Health Sciences(Honours)

PhD in Public Health

Honours, awards and grants

Flinders University Early Career Alumni Award (2022)

Flinders University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers (2021)

College of Nursing and Health Sciences Vice President & Executive Dean's Early Career Researcher Award (2021)

Flinders University Best Higher Degree by Research Student Publication Award (2019)

Flinders University Research Student Travel Grant (2019)

Healthy Development Adelaide Research Travel Grant (2019)

Best Student Abstract (Children and Families Special Interest Group), ISBNPA Annual Meeting 2019 (2019)

Flinders University Research Scholarship (2018-19)

Flinders University Top-up Scholarship (2018-19)

King and Amy O'Malley Trust Home Economics Postgraduate Scholarship (2017-19)

Australian Commonwealth Research Training Program Scholarship (2016-17)

The Co-op High Achiever Research Grant (2017)

Key responsibilities

Leads projects which design, investigate and evaluate strategies to improve children and families' health behaviours, including coding behaviour change content. 

Supervision of honours and higher degree by research students.

Supervisory interests
Behaviour change
Childhood nutrition
Obesity prevention, children
Public health nutrition
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: School food (1)
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