Our Team

Associate Professor 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.
Professor 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.
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. Katelyn Barnes
Postdoctoral 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.
Mari Somerville
PhD Candidate
Mari Somerville is an experienced Research Assistant and Dietitian with a demonstrated history of working in hospital & primary health care settings. Mari’s PhD focuses on improving the nutrition care provided in general practice to patients with prediabetes.
Emily Burch
PhD Candidate
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 focuses on dietary intake of individuals diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
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.
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 and for people with IBS and support more patient-centred care.
Bryce Brickley
PhD Candidate
Bryce is currently completing 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).
Roshan Rigby
PhD Candidate
Roshan Rigby is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and experienced Research Assistant currently undertaking her PhD at Griffith University. Roshan’s PhD focuses on understanding dietary behaviour change and the application of behaviour change theories and techniques in dietetic practice.