Professor Jennifer Keogh


PhD University of Adelaide “Nutrition and Vascular Health” awarded 2007

MSc (Research) University of Melbourne "Bone Mass and Body Composition in Adults: Effects of Liver Transplantation" awarded 1996

Australian Council on Overseas Professional Qualifications Examination awarded 1988

Diploma in Dietetics, College of Technology, Dublin, Ireland awarded 1974



Fellow of the South Australian Cardiovascular Research Development Program funded by the Heart Foundation and the Government of South Australia March 2013 – March 2016

Janet Bryson PhD scholarship Australian & New Zealand Obesity Society 2006

CSIRO Medal for Research Excellence as a member of the TWD research team 2005

Australian Atherosclerosis Society Travel Award to present at the XV International Symposium on Atherosclerosis in Boston, USA, 2009

Australian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Clinical Research Prize for presentation "Effects of Liver Transplantation on Bone Mass and Body Composition" 1996

Dublin Vocational Education Committee Tertiary Scholarship 1970-1974


Jennifer qualified as a dietitian from the College of Technology, Kevin Street, Dublin. Following a career in clinical dietetics and research she is now Associate Professor, Dietetics and Nutrition, Discipline Leader in the Master of Dietetics Program at the University of South Australia. At present she holds a research fellowship and has a substantial scientific output with 106 peer reviewed publications with an h-index of 39 and 4849 citations (Google Scholar Feb 2016). She is a Member of the Sansom Institute for Health Research in the Division of Health Sciences (2010 - ) and a member of the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) Research Concentration (2015 - ). Jennifer has held leadership positions in Clinical Dietetics including at the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Special Health Authority in London and St. James Hospital London. In Australia she has been Chief Dietitian at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania and Acting Clinical Manager: Dietetics at Ballarat Health Services, Victoria. She was Senior Specialist Dietitian for the Liver Transplant Unit at The Austin Hospital in Melbourne where she undertook a Masters by research.


Present position

Discipline Leader: Dietetics’ School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia 2010 -

Adjunct Professor at the Dublin Institute of Technology 2015 –

Affiliate, Endocrine Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital 2002  -


Research and Academic Interests:

Jennifer’s research is on the prevention and management of chronic disease using dietary change to achieve health benefits in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She initiated novel research in the area of salt and health identifying that reducing salt intake has a beneficial effect on endothelial function. This contributes to the understanding of the role of salt in cardiovascular health beyond blood pressure. She built on this research to investigate the effects of potassium and fruit and vegetable intake on endothelial function finding that increasing fruit and vegetable intake improves endothelial function and increasing potassium protects the endothelial function against the adverse effects of salt. She has also examined the impact of dietary composition on endothelial function in weight stability and weight loss. She has explored the effects of dietary education to reduce salt intake and the attitudes and beliefs of individuals with diabetes in relation to salt intake. She recently published and has on-going research on the use of intermittent dieting as a strategy for weight loss. Recently, intermittent energy restriction, in particular the 2 and 5 Fast diet (2 days starvation, 5 days usual eating), has received considerable media attention with many websites and books resulting in a rapidly increasing adoption of this diet by individuals seeking to lose weight. There is little or no evidence to support the claims of efficacy, or to determine whether there may be adverse effects of such a diet. Jennifer also explores questions raised by epidemiological and has an interest in dietary intake methodology.


Scientific impact

106 peer reviewed publications with an h-index of 36 and 4258 citations (Google Scholar). This is high for 8 years post doctorate and indicates the relevance and significance of Jennifer’s publications which have been published in high ranking journals.


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