Dr Vanessa Shrewsbury

Dr Vanessa Shrewsbury

Project Manager

School of Health Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Vanessa is a dietitian and an early career researcher with 15 years’ experience in researching the development, prevention and management of childhood obesity. After completing a BHS(N&D) Hons, at the University of Newcastle (1997-2001) Vanessa began her research career at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (2002-2005) before travelling overseas to work at University College London Research Department of Epidemiology & Public Health (2005-2006). After returning to Australia, Vanessa completed a PhD titled Management of overweight and obesity in adolescents and the role of parents (2007-2011, University of Sydney). Since then Vanessa has combined parenthood with part-time postdoctoral research roles on two quality award-winning programs - Students as LifeStyle Activists (SALSA) and Weight4KIDs. Vanessa returned to the University of Newcastle in 2016, where she is continues her research in child and adolescent overweight and obesity, and manages research projects on maternal nutrition and cooking skill development.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Cooking skills
  • Food skills
  • dietetics
  • health promotion
  • management
  • maternal nutrition
  • obesity
  • paediatrics
  • prevention
  • systematic review

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 50
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 50
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Hattersley LA, Shrewsbury VA, King LA, Howlett SA, Hardy LL, Baur LA, 'Adolescent-parent interactions and attitudes around screen time and sugary drink consumption: A qualitative study', Social Work and Community Practice 158-172 (2016)

© 2011 by Apple Academic Press, Inc. Background Little is known about how adolescents and their parents interact and talk about some of the key lifestyle behaviors that are associ... [more]

© 2011 by Apple Academic Press, Inc. Background Little is known about how adolescents and their parents interact and talk about some of the key lifestyle behaviors that are associated with overweight and obesity, such as screen time (ST) and sugary drink (SD) consumption. This qualitative study aimed to explore adolescents' and parents' perceptions, attitudes, and interactions in regards to these topics. Methods Using an exploratory approach, semi-structured focus groups were conducted separately with adolescents and (unrelated) parents. Participants were recruited from low and middle socio-economic areas in the Sydney metropolitan area and a regional area of New South Wales, Australia. Transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis for each of the four content areas (adolescent- ST, adolescent-SD consumption, parents' views on adolescents' ST and parents' views on adolescents' SD consumption). Results Nine focus groups, with a total of 63 participants, were conducted. Broad themes spanned all groups: patterns of behavior; attitudes and concerns; adolescent- parent interactions; strategies for behavior change; and awareness of ST guidelines. While parents and adolescents described similar patterns of behaviour in relation to adolescents' SD consumption and ST, there were marked differences in their attitudes to these two behaviours, which were also evident in the adolescent-parent interactions in the home that they described. Parents felt able to limit adolescents' access to SDs, but felt unable to control their adolescents' screen time. Conclusion This study offers unique insights regarding topics rarely explored with parents or adolescents, yet which are part of everyday family life, are known to be linked to risk of weight gain, and are potentially amenable to change.


Journal article (26 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Foley BC, Mihrshahi S, Shrewsbury VA, Shah S, 'Adolescent-led strategies within the home to promote healthy eating and physical activity', Health Education Journal, (2018)

© The Author(s) 2018. Objectives: This study aimed to identify barriers, facilitators and potential intervention strategies for adolescents to use within the home to promote healt... [more]

© The Author(s) 2018. Objectives: This study aimed to identify barriers, facilitators and potential intervention strategies for adolescents to use within the home to promote healthy eating and active living. Design: Cross-sectional design using semi-structured discussion groups. Setting: Peer leaders (aged 15¿16 years) from five secondary schools in Sydney, Australia, were invited to participate. Methods: In groups of four to nine, peer leaders completed a worksheet focused on three priority behaviours: eating breakfast daily, avoiding sugary drinks and being physically active. Each group discussed, identified and recorded barriers, facilitators and opportunities where they could act as agents of healthy lifestyle change in their homes. The worksheets and field notes were reviewed, analysed and coded into emergent themes. Results: All peer leaders (n = 77; 51% girls) attending school on the day of the discussion groups participated in this study. They identified a variety of barriers and facilitators for each of the priority behaviours. From the adolescent-generated strategies, such as not having sugary drinks in the fridge, making a routine and cooking or being active with the whole family, three main themes emerged: ¿improving time management¿, ¿using social activities to engage family members¿ and ¿changing access and availability¿. Conclusion: The strategies suggested by peer leaders in this study add to the limited literature of potential low-intensity interventions which young people can use to enable healthy lifestyle change in their home environment.

DOI 10.1177/0017896918790295
2018 Shrewsbury VA, Foley BC, Flood VM, Bonnefin A, Hardy LL, Venchiarutti RL, et al., 'School-Level Socioeconomic Status Influences Adolescents' Health-Related Lifestyle Behaviors and Intentions', JOURNAL OF SCHOOL HEALTH, 88 583-589 (2018)
DOI 10.1111/josh.12647
2018 Watterson C, MacDonald-Wicks L, Collins C, Hutchesson M, Shrewsbury V, Vincze L, et al., 'Effectiveness of maternal dietary interventions for improving mother and infant health outcomes: an umbrella review protocol', JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 16 1929-1938 (2018)

REVIEW QUESTION/OBJECTIVE: The objective of this umbrella review is to determine the characteristics of dietary interventions delivered any time before, during or after pregnancy ... [more]

REVIEW QUESTION/OBJECTIVE: The objective of this umbrella review is to determine the characteristics of dietary interventions delivered any time before, during or after pregnancy for women living in developed countries, identified in quantitative systematic reviews as effective for improving mother and infant health outcomes and feasible for translation into practice.Specifically, the review will address the following questions:For the purpose of this overview, dietary interventions encompass the broad scope of dietary manipulations, including the direct provision of food and/or nutrients to participants, nutrition education, nutrition counseling, nutrition care teams, or any combination of these four intervention types.Both a narrative and quantitative summary on the effect of maternal dietary interventions on maternal and infant health outcomes as compared with usual care will be provided. The quantitative summary of the maternal and infant outcomes will be supported by an appraisal of the certainty of evidence of the effects and the strength of the recommendations using the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) framework.

DOI 10.11124/JBISRIR-2017-003653
Co-authors Melinda Hutchesson, Clare Collins, Lesley Wicks
2017 Foley BC, Shrewsbury VA, Hardy LL, Flood VM, Byth K, Shah S, 'Evaluation of a peer education program on student leaders' energy balance-related behaviors', BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 17 (2017)
DOI 10.1186/s12889-017-4707-8
Citations Scopus - 1
2017 Shah S, Foley BC, Molinari I, Lim K-S, Shrewsbury VA, 'The Students As LifeStyle Activists (SALSA) program', BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 51 1445-1446 (2017)
DOI 10.1136/bjsports-2016-097219
Citations Scopus - 1
2015 Binh N, Shrewsbury VA, O'Connor J, Lau C, Steinbeck KS, Hill AJ, Baur LA, 'A process evaluation of an adolescent weight management intervention: findings and recommendations', HEALTH PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL, 30 201-212 (2015)
DOI 10.1093/heapro/dau110
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2015 Steinbeck KS, Shrewsbury VA, Harvey V, Mikler K, Donaghue KC, Craig ME, Woodhead HJ, 'A pilot randomized controlled trial of a post-discharge program to support emerging adults with type 1 diabetes mellitus transition from pediatric to adult care', PEDIATRIC DIABETES, 16 634-639 (2015)
DOI 10.1111/pedi.12229
Citations Scopus - 26Web of Science - 19
2014 Shrewsbury VA, Baur LA, Nguyen B, Steinbeck KS, 'Transition to adult care in adolescent obesity: a systematic review and why it is a neglected topic', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY, 38 475-479 (2014)
DOI 10.1038/ijo.2013.215
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 10
2013 Nguyen B, Shrewsbury VA, O'Connor J, Steinbeck KS, Hill AJ, Shah S, et al., 'Two-year outcomes of an adjunctive telephone coaching and electronic contact intervention for adolescent weight-loss maintenance: the Loozit randomized controlled trial', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY, 37 468-472 (2013)
DOI 10.1038/ijo.2012.74
Citations Scopus - 40Web of Science - 40
2012 Nguyen B, McGregor KA, O'Connor J, Shrewsbury VA, Lee A, Steinbeck KS, et al., 'Recruitment challenges and recommendations for adolescent obesity trials', JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH, 48 38-43 (2012)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2011.02183.x
Citations Scopus - 29Web of Science - 28
2012 Binh N, Shrewsbury VA, O'Connor J, Steinbeck KS, Lee A, Hill AJ, et al., 'Twelve-Month Outcomes of the Loozit Randomized Controlled Trial A Community-Based Healthy Lifestyle Program for Overweight and Obese Adolescents', ARCHIVES OF PEDIATRICS & ADOLESCENT MEDICINE, 166 170-177 (2012)
DOI 10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.841
Citations Scopus - 38Web of Science - 37
2012 Shrewsbury VA, Garnett SP, Campbell K, Carver A, Torvaldsen S, Steinbeck KS, et al., 'Maternal Misconceptions of Weight Status among Nepean Adolescents', JOURNAL OF THE ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS, 112 2007-2013 (2012)
DOI 10.1016/j.jand.2012.08.024
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2011 Shrewsbury VA, Steinbeck KS, Torvaldsen S, Baur LA, 'The role of parents in pre-adolescent and adolescent overweight and obesity treatment: a systematic review of clinical recommendations', OBESITY REVIEWS, 12 759-769 (2011)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2011.00882.x
Citations Scopus - 23Web of Science - 20
2011 Shrewsbury VA, Binh N, O'Connor J, Steinbeck KS, Lee A, Hill AJ, et al., 'Short-term outcomes of community-based adolescent weight management: The Loozit (R) Study', BMC PEDIATRICS, 11 (2011)
DOI 10.1186/1471-2431-11-13
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 17
2011 Baur LA, Hazelton B, Shrewsbury VA, 'Assessment and management of obesity in childhood and adolescence', NATURE REVIEWS GASTROENTEROLOGY & HEPATOLOGY, 8 635-645 (2011)
DOI 10.1038/nrgastro.2011.165
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 17
2010 Shrewsbury VA, King LA, Hattersley LA, Howlett SA, Hardy LL, Baur LA, 'Adolescent-parent interactions and communication preferences regarding body weight and weight management: a qualitative study', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, 7 (2010)
DOI 10.1186/1479-5868-7-16
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 13
2010 Kornman KP, Shrewsbury VA, Chou AC, Nguyen B, Lee A, O'Connor J, et al., 'Electronic Therapeutic Contact for Adolescent Weight Management: The Loozit (R) Study', TELEMEDICINE JOURNAL AND E-HEALTH, 16 678-685 (2010)
DOI 10.1089/tmj.2009.0180
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 22
2010 Kornman KP, Shrewsbury VA, Chou AC, Nguyen B, Lee A, O'Connor J, et al., 'Electronic therapeutic contact for adolescent weight management: the Loozit study.', Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association, 16 678-685 (2010)

To examine adolescent and facilitator participation in the first 10 months of an obesity management intervention including electronic contact (e-contact) via e-mail and short mess... [more]

To examine adolescent and facilitator participation in the first 10 months of an obesity management intervention including electronic contact (e-contact) via e-mail and short message service (SMS) communication. Participants (n=49) were overweight and obese (13-16 year olds) and were randomized to receive e-contact in the Loozit trial. Adolescents were sent brief, semipersonalized health messages approximately monthly, from 2 to 12 months. We analyzed adolescents' response patterns, reply content, satisfaction with e-contact intervention, and facilitator responsiveness. Two coding systems described the general attributes and content of adolescent replies and facilitator responses. Adolescents' overall reply rate was 22%. There was no difference in age, sex, socioeconomic status, body mass index z-score, or initial group program attendance between the 27 adolescents who replied to 0-2 messages and the 22 who replied to > or=3 messages. Adolescent SMS replies had less characters and a quicker response time compared with e-mail replies. Adolescent responses were largely relevant to initial health messages sent (91%), with few using "SMS language" (17%) or emoticons (7%). Most adolescents rated e-contact as "somewhat helpful." Facilitators responded to 93% of adolescent replies, and most responses were personalized (93%), encouraging (88%), and educational (75%). Although adolescent engagement was modest, SMS and e-mail communication is a feasible and acceptable adjunct to group lifestyle intervention and telephone coaching in overweight and obese adolescents. Healthy eating messages and those concluding with "please reply" elicited the highest reply rates, and thus these message types should be included in future adolescent e-contact interventions.

Citations Scopus - 8
2009 Shrewsbury VA, Robb KA, Power C, Wardle J, 'Socioeconomic Differences in Weight Retention, Weight-related Attitudes and Practices in Postpartum Women', MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH JOURNAL, 13 231-240 (2009)
DOI 10.1007/s10995-008-0342-4
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 26
2009 Oude Luttikhuis H, Baur L, Jansen H, Shrewsbury VA, O'Malley C, Stolk RP, Summerbell CD, 'Interventions for treating obesity in children', COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS, (2009)
DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD001872.pub2
Citations Scopus - 899Web of Science - 165
2009 Shrewsbury VA, O'Connor J, Steinbeck KS, Stevenson K, Lee A, Hill AJ, et al., 'A randomised controlled trial of a community-based healthy lifestyle program for overweight and obese adolescents: the Loozit (R) study protocol', BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 9 (2009)
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-9-119
Citations Scopus - 29Web of Science - 29
2009 Hattersley LA, Shrewsbury VA, King LA, Howlett SA, Hardy LL, Baur LA, 'Adolescent-parent interactions and attitudes around screen time and sugary drink consumption: a qualitative study', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, 6 (2009)
DOI 10.1186/1479-5868-6-61
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 13
2008 Shrewsbury V, Wardle J, 'Socioeconomic status and adiposity in childhood: A systematic review of cross-sectional studies 1990-2005', OBESITY, 16 275-284 (2008)
DOI 10.1038/oby.2007.35
Citations Scopus - 506Web of Science - 473
2006 Hardy LL, Baur LA, Garnett SP, Crawford D, Campbell KJ, Shrewsbury VA, et al., 'Family and home correlates of television viewing in 12-13 year old adolescents: The Nepean Study', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, 3 (2006)
DOI 10.1186/1479-5868-3-24
Citations Scopus - 64Web of Science - 56
2005 Garnett SP, Cowell CT, Baur LA, Shrewsbury VA, Chan A, Crawford D, et al., 'Increasing central adiposity: the Nepean longitudinal study of young people aged 7-8 to 12-13 y', International Journal of Obesity, 29 1353-1360 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1038/sj.ijo.0803038
Citations Scopus - 64Web of Science - 60
Co-authors John Boulton
2005 Shrewsbury VA, Garnett SP, Cowell CT, Crawford D, Baur LA, 'Change in women's body mass index and waist circumference, 1997 to 2002: The Nepean Study', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 29 183-186 (2005)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2005.tb00071.x
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Shrewsbury VA, Venchiarutti R, Bonnefin A, Steinbeck K, Hardy L, Shah S, 'SOCIO-ECONOMIC PATTERNS IN ADOLESCENTS' DIET AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BEHAVIORS AND INTENTIONS', JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH (2016)
DOI 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.10.100
2012 Steinbeck KS, Harvey V, Shrewsbury VA, Donaghue K, Woodhead H, 'OUTCOMES FOR ADOLESCENTS WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES MELLITUS PARTICIPATING IN A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM TO AID TRANSITION FROM PEDIATRIC TO ADULT CARE: A PILOT RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL', JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH (2012)
DOI 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2011.10.205
Citations Web of Science - 1
2010 Shrewsbury V, Chou A, Steinbeck K, Nguyen B, Baur L, Lee A, et al., 'ADOLESCENT ENGAGEMENT IN ADDITIONAL THERAPEUTIC CONTACT FOR OVERWEIGHT MANAGEMENT VIA SHORT MESSAGE SERVICE AND ELECTRONIC MAIL: THE LOOZIT STUDY', JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH (2010)
DOI 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.11.036
Citations Web of Science - 2
2010 Steinbeck K, Nguyen B, Shrewsbury V, Kohn M, Lee A, Shah S, Baur L, 'CHALLENGES AND TECHNIQUES IN RECRUITING ADOLESCENTS FOR THE LOOZIT HEALTHY ACTIVE LIFESTYLE WEIGHT LOSS INTERVENTION', JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH (2010)
DOI 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.11.099
Citations Web of Science - 2
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Duncanson K, Shrewsbury VA, Collins C, 'Interim report on the effectiveness of dietary interventions for children and adolescents with overweight and obesity: prepared for the World Health Organization', University of Newcastle (2017)
Co-authors Clare Collins
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $194,877

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20181 grants / $4,512

Developing a hierarchy of priority food skills and cooking skills for healthy cooking programs in youth$4,512

Funding body: University of Newcastle - School of Health Sciences

Funding body University of Newcastle - School of Health Sciences
Project Team

Dr Vanessa Shrewsbury, Professor Clare Collins

Scheme SHS Strategic Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20171 grants / $50,000

A pilot study to reach families: Adding value to a sustainable school-based program to improve adolescents’ dietary and physical activity behaviours$50,000

Funding body: Western Sydney Local Health District Research & Education Network

Funding body Western Sydney Local Health District Research & Education Network
Project Team

Smita Shah, Bridget Foley

Scheme WSLHD Research & Education Network Research Grant Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N

20151 grants / $15,000

Engaging high school students as agents of change in building sustainable healthy food and physical activity environments across Western Sydney$15,000

Funding body: The University of Sydney

Funding body The University of Sydney
Project Team

A/Prof Smita Shah, Dr Vanessa Shrewsbury, Prof Chris Rissell, Prof Katherine Steinbeck, Prof Louise Baur, Dr Wayne Cotton, Dr Louise Hardy, Ms Helene Abouyanni

Scheme Sydney School of Public Health Seed Funding Application for Westmead Engagement
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20082 grants / $109,018

Management of overweight and obesity in adolescents$79,018

Funding body: National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding body National Health and Medical Research Council
Project Team

Vanessa Shrewsbury

Scheme Postgraduate Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

Investigating adolescent-parent interactions regarding body weight and weight-related behaviours$30,000

Funding body: NSW Health Centre for Overweight and Obesity

Funding body NSW Health Centre for Overweight and Obesity
Scheme The University of Sydney
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20071 grants / $16,347

Management of overweight and obesity in adolescents$16,347

Funding body: The University of Sydney

Funding body The University of Sydney
Scheme University Postgraduate Award
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N
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Research Collaborations

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Country Count of Publications
Australia 28
United Kingdom 13
Netherlands 1
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Dr Vanessa Shrewsbury

Positions

Project Manager
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Casual Project Manager
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

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

Contact Details

Email vanessa.shrewsbury@newcastle.edu.au
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