Dr Vanessa Shrewsbury

Dr Vanessa Shrewsbury

Casual Research Assistant

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 and is presently leading an international team of researchers to update a systematic review on best practice dietetic management of child and adolescent overweight and obesity.


Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • dietetics
  • health promotion
  • management
  • 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For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (23 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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
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
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 - 12Web of Science - 10
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 - 5Web of Science - 5
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 - 30Web of Science - 29
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 - 23Web of Science - 22
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)
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 29
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 - 4
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 - 20Web of Science - 17
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 - 15Web of Science - 14
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 - 13Web of Science - 12
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 - 16Web of Science - 10
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 - 15Web of Science - 21
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 - 7
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 - 26Web of Science - 22
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 - 445Web of Science - 21
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 - 27Web of Science - 27
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 - 14Web 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 - 440Web of Science - 421
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 - 59Web of Science - 52
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 - 60Web of Science - 53
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 - 1
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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)
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)
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)
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)
Citations Web of Science - 2
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $190,365

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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 25
United Kingdom 12
Netherlands 1
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Dr Vanessa Shrewsbury

Position

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

Contact Details

Email vanessa.shrewsbury@newcastle.edu.au
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