Associate Professor Shelley Wilkinson

Principal Research Fellow

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 56849


Shelley is a Principal Research Fellow in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Queensland School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. She is recognised as a leading Australian researcher in maternal health and in implementation science. Her research program aims to improve the health of mothers and babies by increasing the nutrition capacity and capabilities of maternity services and clinicians to provide the best nutritional care to women during and after pregnancy.

Shelley's main research interests include:

  • Implementation science and Translating Research into Practice (TRIP)
  • Health service redesign through co-creation
  • Nutrition and maternal health
  • eHealth/mHealth technologies to facilitate behaviour change

Shelley is an Associate Editor for Dietitians Australia’s national journal, Nutrition and Dietetics, and is a member of Australian Academy of Science's National Nutrition Committee. In 2010, Shelley received Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian status as recognition of her professional leadership and expertise. The high quality of her research has been recognised with six awards in the field of Evidence-Based Practice and Clinical Research.

With 36 peer reviewed publications in the past 5 years, she has an h-index of 20 and her Field-Weighted Citation Impact score is above average for her discipline, particularly in the areas of Gestational weight gain (FWCI 1.81), Gestational diabetes (FWCI 2.54), Behaviour change (FWCI 4.13), and Intestinal flora (FWCI 5.06).

Research Impacts

Knowledge and Health Impacts

Dissemination of findings from her 2012-3 NHMRC TRIP Fellowship (implementation of gestational diabetes mellitus nutrition care guidelines at the Mater Mothers’ Hospitals to multiple sites around Queensland. This work has resulted in a reduction in medication use in gestational diabetes mellitus, improved diet quality and increased physical activity levels through building capacity and improving systems to allow adherence to best practice. Key learnings about the process of co-creation with health services with clinical and process improvements have also emerged ( Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) engaged: Cairns & Hinterland HHS; Darling Downs HHS; West Moreton HHS; Metro South HHS.

Implementation of gestational weight gain guidelines at the Mater Mothers' Hospitals. She has demonstrated successful longitudinal, hospital-wide, effective, stepped identification and targeting of barriers to guideline adherence with large and significant changes in health provider behaviour known to influence gestational weight gain. The quality and relevance of this work was recognised with an invited blog post for the Biomedical Central journal website ( to accompany a published article, as well as Clinical Paper of the year award (MRI-UQ, 2019).


  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Psychology, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor in Science with Honours - Psychology, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics, Queensland University of Technology


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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Medical Leadership — Associate Advisor

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