Our Team

A/Prof Lauren Ball
Lead Researcher
Associate Professor Lauren Ball is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and Principal Research Fellow at Griffith University. In addition to leading the Healthy Primary Care team, she is the Global Strategic Lead for the NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health. Lauren is an alumni of the University of Cambridge and a member of the Australian Government Primary Health Reform Expert Committee.
Prof Lauren Williams
Lauren is a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia. Her research expertise includes obesity, dietetic practice and dietary intake assessment. Lauren is a Co-Principal Investigator of the 3D study.
Dr Lana Mitchell
Senior Lecturer
Dr Lana Mitchell is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (AdvAPD), Senior Lecturer in Nutrition & Dietetics at Griffith University, and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). Lana completed her PhD in the area of improving the delivery of nutrition advice in general practice.
Dr Joy Parkinson
Senior Lecturer
Joy is the Research Director for Social Marketing @ Griffith. Driven by a desire to see people living their best life, Joy works with experts from multiple disciplines including nursing, public health, dietetics, pharmacy, and exercise physiology to design, implement and evaluate transdisciplinary behaviour change programs that have real social impact. Joy’s research, (100+ peer reviewed publications) is improving peoples’ lives across Australia and internationally.
Clare Van Dorssen
Knowledge Translator and Impact Coordinator
Clare joined the Healthy Primary Care team in February 2020 as Knowledge Translator and Impact Coordinator. With a background in Science Communications and Media, Clare is helping the team effectively communicate their research and evaluate the impact of the work.
Dr Katelyn Barnes
Research Fellow
Katelyn completed her PhD in 2018 examining the nutrition competencies of personal trainers in Australia. Her research focuses on where individuals source nutrition information from and their access to high quality, effective and safe nutrition care.
Dr Jennifer Crowley
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Jennifer completed her PhD in 2015 from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research investigates if there is sufficient nutrition education in undergraduate medical training for doctors.
Emily Burch
PhD Graduate
Emily Burch is an Accredited Practising Dietitian currently undertaking her PhD at Griffith University. Emily also completed a Bachelor in Mass Communication (majoring in International Journalism and Public Relations) in 2011. Emily's PhD is focused on dietary intake of individuals diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
Bryce Brickley
PhD Graduate
Bryce has completed a PhD examining the delivery of patient-centred care by general practitioners. The PhD is in partnership with The Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN), which supports its effectiveness and assists with the engagement of health professionals, health consumers and relevant local and national bodies (e.g. Royal Australian College of General Practitioners).
Mari Somerville
PhD Graduate
Mari Somerville is an experienced Research Assistant and Dietitian with a demonstrated history of working in hospital & primary health care settings. Mari’s PhD focused on improving the nutrition care provided in general practice to patients with prediabetes.
Roshan Rigby
PhD Graduate
Roshan Rigby is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and experienced Research Assistant currently undertaking her PhD at Griffith University. Roshan’s PhD focused on understanding dietary behaviour change and the application of behaviour change theories and techniques in dietetic practice.
Amy Kirkegaard
PhD Candidate
Amy currently her PhD exploring quality and patient-centred care in the context of dietetic services in the primary care setting. Amy is passionate about supporting dietitians to develop quality and innovative services that meet patient needs and wants. Amy brings experience from her previous career in risk, compliance and governance, where she worked with some of Australia’s most prominent companies and government agencies.
Alana Heafala
PhD Candidate
Alana is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with Griffith Clinics who is passionate about empowering clients to experience food freedom, body acceptance and joyful movement. Alana is investigating how dietitians can be better prepared to treat patients with eating disorders.
Peter Clark
PhD Candidate
Peter is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and Advanced Sports Dietitian who has run a successful primary care practice on the Mid-North Coast of NSW for fifteen years. His PhD focusses on applying the learnings from practice to develop a scalable method for assessing outcomes in primary care dietetics in Australia.
Rebecca Levey
PhD Candidate
Rebecca is completing her PhD exploring the nutrition care provided to people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Rebecca aims to inform primary care practice for people with IBS and support more patient-centred care.
Morgan Darcy
PhD Candidate
Morgan has an interest in health and behaviour change and is undertaking a PhD at Social Marketing @ Griffith. She aspires to use social marketing to make a meaningful and sustainable impact on society.
Henriette Ryding
PhD Candidate
Henriette is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian who is passionate about providing and supporting nutrition and health through dietetics. She is currently undertaking her PhD at Griffith University where she is exploring the role of Dietitians in Primary Care.
Julie Hobby
PhD Candidate
Julie completed her Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics (Honours) research with Healthy Primary Care in 2020 and has since started her PhD with the team. Julie's PhD is exploring the lifestyle behaviours of health professionals, including how health professionals can be supported in their own health, to in turn, support patients' health.
Tracy L'Allier
MMR Candidate
Tracy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who is passionate about nutrition, mindful eating, cooking, sustainability and minimalism. Tracy is completing her Master of Medical Research, investigating carbohydrate intake of patients with type 2 diabetes.
Dr David Chua
Research Fellow
David holds a PhD in food science but has recently transitioned to primary care research. He helps our team identify key funding opportunities and build key stakeholder relationships. He also works at a not-for-profit GP clinic in Inala and has ties with the University of Queensland.