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Dr Jessica Kerr
Dr Jessica Kerr has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) with Honours. In 2013 she completed her PhD in Health Psychology examining the impact of environmental eating cues on young women's body image and eating behaviours.
Since 2014, Dr Kerr has worked as a post-doctoral Research Officer at the Centre for Community Child Health within the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. She was a member of the leadership team of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children's Child Health CheckPoint[JK1] , a one-off physical health and biospecimen module for LSAC. The Child Health CheckPoint aimed to enrich LSAC with sophisticated health assessments and biological samples. Her current research interests focus on childhood nutrition, eating behaviours, obesity and cardiovascular health.
Dr Jessica Kerr (PhD) is a post-doctoral researcher whose primary interest is in children's eating behaviour, obesity and associated cardiovascular risk phenotypes. Dr Kerr has an emerging track record: 23 publications in international journals, 11 conference presentations, 16 awards/scholarships. Her PhD in from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand examined how modification of external environmental cues impacted young women's eating behaviour. Within MCRI's Child Health CheckPoint[JK1] , her post-doctoral National Heart Foundation Vanguard funding examined the efficacy of a population-level RCT manipulating snack box size and content to influence children and adult's snack food intake. She is a lead investigator in the Let's Nudge RCT examining whether making subtle, but sustainable changes in children's home environments can "nudge" them toward healthy behaviours. Dr Kerr's most recent research focuses on the links between children's lifelong dietary intake and their developing cardiovascular risk phenotypes.
She currently supervises one PhD and one Scholarly Selective medical student. She has previously primary or co-supervised 12 University of Melbourne Medical, Honours and Masters students to completion
- Wake M, Kerr JA, Jansen PW. Longitudinal associations of child BMI and parent-perceived overweight: Which precedes which? Accepted to Pediatrics August 28, 2018
- Kerr JA, Loughman A, Knox A, Koplin JJ, Allen KJ, Wake M. Nutrition-relation interventions for childhood obesity: A narrative review. Accepted to Obesity Reviews August 18, 2018
- Kerr JA, Gillespie AN, Gasser CE, Mensah FK, Burgner D, Wake M. Childhood dietary trajectories and adolescent cardiovascular phenotypes: Australian community-based longitudinal study. Public Health Nutrition. 2018; 21: 2642-2653. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980018001398
- Lycett K, McNamara C, Mensah FK, Burgner D, Kerr JA, Muller J, Wake M. Associations of mental health with cardiovascular risk phenotypes and adiposity in adolescence: A cross‐sectional community‐based study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2018; 54: 677-684. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpc.13943
- Gasser CE, Mensah FK, Clifford SA, Kerr JA, Wake M. Parental health behaviour predictors of childhood and adolescent dietary trajectories. Public Health Nutrition. 2018; 21 1874-1885. https://doi: 10.1017/S1368980018000563
- Liu RS, Mensah FK, Carlin J, Edwards B, Ranganathan S, Cheung M, Dwyer T, Saffery R, Magnussen CG, Juonala M, Wake M. Burgner DP, Olds T, Baur L, Gold L, Lycett K, Kerr JA, Davies S. Socioeconomic position is associated with carotid intima–media thickness in mid‐childhood: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2017 Aug 9; 6(8): e005925. https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.117.005925
- Gasser CE, Mensah FK, Kerr JA, Wake M. Early life socioeconomic determinants of dietary score and pattern trajectories across six waves of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2017; 71: 1152-1160. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2017-209641
- Lycett K, Miller A, Knox A, Dunn S, Kerr JA, Sung V, Wake M. 'Nudge' interventions for improving children's dietary behaviors in the home: A systematic review. Obesity Medicine. 2017: 21-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obmed.2017.06.001
- Gasser CE, Kerr JA, Mensah FK, Wake M. Stability and change in dietary scores and patterns across six waves of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, British Journal of Nutrition. 2017; 117: 1137-50. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114517000897
- Kerr JA, Long C, Clifford SA, Muller J, Gillespie AN, Donath S, Wake, M. Early-life exposures predicting onset and resolution of childhood overweight or obesity. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2017; 102: 915-922. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2016-311568
- Sutin AR, Kerr JA, Terracciano A. Temperament and body weight from ages 4 to 15 years. International Journal of Obesity. 2017; 41: 1056-1061. doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.62.