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)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 100

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For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.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 (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 - 1
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Tracy Burrows
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 - 24Web of Science - 21
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Megan Rollo


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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