Ms Roberta Asher

Ms Roberta Asher

Casual Research Assistant

School of Health Sciences

Career Summary


Roberta Asher is a Dietitian, qualified Chef and PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle.

In 2002 Roberta completed a Certificate III and apprenticeship in Commercial Cookery. In 2007, after almost 10 years working in restaurant and international hotel kitchens in Australia and overseas Roberta commenced a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle. Since graduating in 2010 Roberta has worked as a clinical Dietitian providing medical nutrition therapy to a variety of health conditions in an acute care setting. Roberta has also worked as a research assistant on a number of nutrition research projects including development, delivery and evaluation of healthy cooking education programs.

Roberta has a lifelong love of food and strong desire to promote good health through the joy of food and cooking. In 2019 Roberta commenced her PhD at the University of Newcastle researching cooking and nutrition education for young adults with disability.


  • Cooking Skills
  • Culinary Nutrition
  • Nutrition Education
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
11/04/2011 - 31/08/2018 Clinical Dietitian - Level 1/2 Central Coast Local Health District, NSW Health


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Collins CE, Burrows TL, Bray J, Asher R, Young MD, Morgan PJ, 'Effectiveness of parent-centred interventions for the prevention and treatment of childhood overweight and obesity in community settings: a systematic review', The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 11 180-257 (2013) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Myles Young, Philip Morgan, Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins
2013 Asher RCZ, Burrows TL, Collins CE, 'Very low-energy diets for weight loss in adults: A review', NUTRITION & DIETETICS, 70 101-112 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2012.01628.x
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 1
Total funding $5,000

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20191 grants / $5,000

Nutrition project with young people with intellectual disability$5,000

Funding body: Challenge Community Services

Funding body Challenge Community Services
Project Team Doctor Vanessa Shrewsbury, Professor Clare Collins, Doctor Tamara Bucher, Ms Roberta Asher, Ms Beth Innes
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1900308
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112

Ms Roberta Asher


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

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