Researcher

Dr Claire Johnson

My Expertise

Nutrition epidemiology in low and middle income settings
Diet related non-communicable disease
Food Policy

Keywords

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Dr Claire Johnson is a post-doctoral research fellow with the WHO Collaborating Centre of Population Salt Reduction at The George Institute for Global Health. She is funded by a Heart Foundation post-doctoral fellowship and her work is focused on building evidence of food-policy efficacy in the Pacific region.
Dr Johnson completed her PhD in June 2017 at the University of Sydney which examined population salt intake in an Indian population...view more

Dr Claire Johnson is a post-doctoral research fellow with the WHO Collaborating Centre of Population Salt Reduction at The George Institute for Global Health. She is funded by a Heart Foundation post-doctoral fellowship and her work is focused on building evidence of food-policy efficacy in the Pacific region.
Dr Johnson completed her PhD in June 2017 at the University of Sydney which examined population salt intake in an Indian population where the results of her research were directly policy relevant and informed the Government of India’s national action plan to address excess consumption of foods high in fat, sugar and salt.  She continues to act in consultation with the Indian Government to deliver nationally targeted food-policy solutions to reduce non-communicable disease (NCDs).
Dr Johnson is active mentoring and supervising junior research staff both at The George Institute and The University of Sydney where she teaches in the Masters of International Public Health program. Dr Johnson’s expertise is in the assessment of dietary salt, potassium and iodine intake in populations and is a very strong contributor to the field of nutritional epidemiology in relation to diet-related NCDs. Her skills in quantitative and qualitative research are very strong, with experience analysing large population datasets as well as conducting and analysing stakeholder interviews in both her work in India and the Pacific. Additionally, Dr Johnson leads a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant in India which aims to assess the quality and affordability of foods in vulnerable populations and is actively involved in project grant proposal development with collaborations within The George Institute, The University of Sydney and The University of NSW.


My Grants

101945 National Heart Foundation Postdoctoral fellowship
Assessing the impact of food policy interventions to improve diet in the Pacific Islands

APP1165070 NHMRC New Investigator grant (CIB)
Exploring the impact of the sodium-to-potassium ratio on longitudinal adolescent trajectories of blood pressure and cardiovascular risk

APP1169322 National Health and Medical Research Council grant (AI)
Scaling up food policy interventions to reduce noncommunicable diseases in the Pacific Islands

Resolve to Save Lives
Reducing sodium consumption through behaviour change in India

 


My Qualifications

2017 PhD Medicine, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, NSW

2011 Master of International Public Health (with Merit), The University of Sydney, NSW

2004 Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics and Spanish), The University of Sydney, NSW


My Awards

2018 Postdoctoral fellowship
National Heart Foundation

2016 Student grant scheme
University of Sydney, School of Public Health

2016 Postgraduate support scheme
University of Sydney, School of Public Health, NSW

2014 Postgraduate scholarship
National Health and Medical Research Council

2013 Grant for remote Students
University of Sydney, School of Public Health, NSW

2013 Travelling Fellowship
University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School, NSW

2013 Exchange Fellowship
The George Institute for Global Health

2011 Development Internship Scholarship
AusAID Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Diet related non-communicable disease

Food Policy

Nutrition epidemiology

Salt reduction

Population health research in low-and middle income countries 

India diet and nutrition 

Pacific Islands Food Policy

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Publications

by Dr Claire Johnson