Mrs Rebecca Mckenna

Mrs Rebecca Mckenna

Research student

Career Summary


Rebecca McKenna is a PhD candidate in the School of Health Sciences. Rebecca was awarded her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition & Dietetics in 2011, and her Graduate Diploma in Counselling for Health & Social Care in 2016. Rebecca has been a director and co-director of two private practice businesses in Cairns and Newcastle before commencing her PhD study in personality traits for people with addictive eating behaviours.

Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics - University of Newcastle (2008-2011)

Graduate Diploma In Counselling for Health & Social Care - University of New England (2012-2016)

Phd Candidate (Nutrition & Dietetics) - University of Newcastle (2017 - current)


  • Addictive Eating Behaviours
  • Behaviour
  • Counselling
  • Dietetics
  • Food Addiction
  • Nutrition


  • English (Mother)

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
24/4/2017 -  Research Assistant University of Newcastle - School of Health Sciences

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
26/7/2017 -  Sessional Academic University of Newcastle - School of Health Sciences


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Whatnall MC, Skinner J, Pursey K, Brain K, Collins R, Hutchesson MJ, Burrows TL, 'Efficacy of dietary interventions in individuals with substance use disorders for illicit substances or illicit use of pharmaceutical substances: A systematic review.', J Hum Nutr Diet, (2021)
DOI 10.1111/jhn.12871
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Megan Whatnall, Katherine Brain, Kirrilly Pursey, Melinda Hutchesson
2020 Collins RA, Baker B, Coyle DH, Rollo ME, Burrows TL, 'Dietary Assessment Methods in Military and Veteran Populations: A Scoping Review', NUTRIENTS, 12 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu12030769
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Megan Rollo
2020 Yang Y, Chai LK, Collins R, Leary M, Whatnall M, Burrows T, 'Process Evaluation of a Personality Targeted Intervention for Addictive Eating in Australian Adults.', Behavioral sciences (Basel, Switzerland), 10 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/bs10120186
Co-authors Megan Whatnall, Tracy Burrows
2018 Mckenna R, Rollo M, Skinner J, Burrows T, 'Food Addiction Support: Website Content Analysis', JMIR Cardio, 2 1-12 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.2196/cardio.8718
Citations Scopus - 7
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Megan Rollo
2017 Burrows T, Skinner J, McKenna R, Rollo M, 'Food Addiction, Binge Eating Disorder, and Obesity: Is There a Relationship?', BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, 7 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/bs7030054
Citations Scopus - 33Web of Science - 34
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Tracy Burrows
McKenna RA, Rollo ME, Skinner JA, Burrows TL, 'Food Addiction Support: Website Content Analysis
DOI 10.2196/preprints.8718
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Megan Rollo
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Food addiction: why your mind matters

April 18, 2018

A world-first, personality-based online intervention for food addiction is being developed by a team* of dietitians, psychologists, neuroscientists, occupational therapists and health researchers.

Mrs Rebecca Mckenna

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