About me

I am Holly Harris, a nutrition behaviour scientist and Accredited Practising Dietitian from Brisbane, Australia. I have a Bachelor of Health Science and PhD in nutrition and dietetics from the Queensland Univeristy of Technology. Currently, I am working as a Research Associate at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unity within the University of Cambridge (UK) on the DEBEAT project.

I started my journey with gaining hands-on experience working as a dietitian with rural and urban communities in Queensland. But what I noticed in my clinical work that while most of us generally know WHAT is healthy for us to eat, this does not necessarily determine HOW we eat. This prompted many questions relating to the development of our eating behaviours, and how we respond to our appetite and the food environment around us…

Why do some individuals find 'treat' foods irresistible, even if when they are not hungry? 
Why are others extremely picky with certain types, textures and flavours of foods? 
How do our eating behaviours change throughout our life?

Deciding to pursue a research in nutrition behaviour has allowed me to make a significant contribution to broad questions like this. Ultimately, I want to understand how we can foster healthy and positive attitudes towards foods, while considering the whole person: their eating behaviours, personality and life circumstances.

With over a decade of research experience, I’ve worked and collaborated with researchers at institutions all over the globe, including:

  • Australia (Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland)
  • the UK (University College London, University of Leeds)
  • the USA (Pennsylvania State University) and
  • Europe (Erasmus Medical Center)

To find out more, you can download my CV or contact me.