Miss Rachael Taylor

Miss Rachael Taylor

Casual Research Assistant

School of Health Sciences

Career Summary


Dr Rachael Taylor is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and an early career researcher at the University of Newcastle. After completing a BHS(N&D) at the University of Newcastle (2008-2011), Rachael worked in healthcare clinics providing dietary education and counselling to clients, before embarking on her research career. Rachael completed a PhD titled ‘Early-life nutrition and child behavioural and cognitive outcomes’ (2014-2018, University of Newcastle) at the Mothers and Babies Research Centre (MBRC), Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). In 2018, Rachael continued her research at the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition (PRCPAN), focusing on maternal dietary intake and child cognitive development, as well as managing a research project related to cardiovascular disease prevention in women with a history of pre-eclampsia.


  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Wolverhampton Polytechnic


  • Behaviour
  • Child
  • Cognition
  • DNA Methylation
  • Epigenetics
  • Human development
  • Nutrition
  • Postnatal
  • Pregnancy


  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
10/07/2018 -  Casual research assistant PRC in Physical Activity and Nutrition, University of Newcastle


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Taylor R, Smith R, Collins C, Hure AJ, 'Maternal Nutrition and Cognition', Diet, Nutrition, and Fetal Programming, Humana Press, Cham, Switzerland 29-42 (2017) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-60289-9_3
Co-authors Clare Collins, Roger Smith, Alexis Hure

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Taylor RM, Smith R, Collins CE, Mossman D, Wong-Brown MW, Chan EC, et al., 'Methyl-donor and cofactor nutrient intakes in the first 2¿3 years and global DNA methylation at age 4: A prospective cohort study', Nutrients, 10 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu10030273
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Alexis Hure, John Attia, Roger Smith, Michelle Wong-Brown, Clare Collins
2017 Fealy SM, Taylor RM, Foureur M, Attia J, Ebert L, Bisquera A, Hure AJ, 'Weighing as a stand-alone intervention does not reduce excessive gestational weight gain compared to routine antenatal care: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials', BMC PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH, 17 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12884-016-1207-2
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Alexis Hure, Lyn Ebert, John Attia, Shanna Fealy
2017 Taylor RM, Fealy SM, Bisquera A, Smith R, Collins CE, Evans T-J, Hure AJ, 'Effects of Nutritional Interventions during Pregnancy on Infant and Child Cognitive Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.', Nutrients, 9 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu9111265
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Roger Smith, Alexis Hure, Clare Collins, Shanna Fealy

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 1
Total funding $20,000

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20171 grants / $20,000

Quantification of genome-wide DNA methylation of 4-year-old offspring from a prospective cohort of pregnancy and childhood$20,000

Funding body: John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust

Funding body John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust
Project Team Doctor Alexis Hure, Miss Rachael Taylor, Professor John Attia
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700379
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112

Miss Rachael Taylor


Casual Research Assistant
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Casual Research Assistant
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email rachael.taylor@newcastle.edu.au