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Dr. Jani is an Advance Accredited Practising Dietitian (AdvAPD) with the Dietitians Association of Australia since (2010-ongoing). She completed her master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Griffith University (2008-2010) followed by her doctorate studies at Queensland University of Technology (2010-2014). Her doctoral thesis was innovative as it was the first study to examine child-feeding practices and its association with childhood obesity among Australian-Indians. Building on her doctorate work, Dr. Jani is currently establishing a multi-centric project (India-Australia-Greece) examining environmental and phenotypic determinants of picky eating in children and its association with their weight status. Dr. Jani has recently (2019) received seed grants ($15,000) to support commencement of the picky eating project.  Dr. Jani’s multi-country post-doctoral experience in India (2014-15), USA (2015-16), and Australia (2016-ongoing) furthered her clinical and research skills in undernutrition, genetic metabolic nutrition, and type II diabetes, and food mapping.

Dr. Jani commenced her position at the University of Canberra (2017-ongoing). She is positioned as a Lecturer (Education/Research Focused) in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is the domain lead for community and public health nutrition. Dr. Jani’s advocacy role as a community nutrition expert includes her participation as a leadership member of the Dietitians Association of Australia-community and public health nutrition Interest Groups, Interest Groups liaison officer for the Dietitians Association of Australia-Engagement and Development Committee, and member of the Early Childhood Education and Care national steering committee. Dr. Jani is also a co-editor for the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Research Interests: Maternal and child nutrition, Obesity, Cultural influence on nutrition and Psycho-social aspects of child-feeding, Food mapping, Diabetes.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Queensland University of Technology

Apr 2010Jun 2013

External positions

Post doctoral fellow-Preventative nutrition and diabetes , Western Sydney University

Jul 2016Jul 2017

Post doctoral fellow-nutritional genetics and body composition , Emory University

Jun 2015Jul 2016

Research Associate, lecturer , SNDT University, Mumbai

Jul 2013Jun 2015

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Research Output 2009 2018

1 Citation (Scopus)

Availability of healthy food choices and its association with obesity prevalence in a predominantly New Zealand Māori population

JANI, R., Rush, E., Crook, N. & Simmons, D., 2018, In : Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 27, 6, p. 1357-1365 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

New Zealand

The Wollondilly Diabetes Programme: A developing model of Diabetes Integrated Care

Simmons, D., Jani, R., Macmillan, F., Derek-Smith, K., Pham, A., Fernandes, B., Zarora, R., Alexander, R., Khoo, C. & Dench, A., 2018, In : International Journal of Integrated Care. 18, S1, p. 39-39 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

Validity of Maternal-Reported Weight and Height of 2–5 Year Old Children

JANI, R., Mihrshahi, S., Mandalika, S. & Mallan, K. M., 1 Jul 2018, In : Indian Journal of Pediatrics. 85, 7, p. 567-568 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Weights and Measures
Pediatric Obesity
Body Size
4 Citations (Scopus)

Protein intake and physical activity are associated with body composition in individuals with phenylalanine hydroxylase deficiency

Jani, R., Coakley, K., Douglas, T. & Singh, R., Jun 2017, In : Molecular Genetics and Metabolism. 121, 2, p. 104-110 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Phenylalanine Hydroxylase
Body Composition
10 Citations (Scopus)

Association between Australian-Indian mothers' controlling feeding practices and children's appetite traits

Jani, R., Mallan, K. M. & Daniels, L., 1 Jan 2015, In : Appetite. 84, p. 188-195 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Activities 2018 2019

  • 1 Examination
  • 1 Membership of board
  • 1 Membership of committee

PhD thesis external examiner

Rati Jani (Examiner)
27 Aug 2019

Activity: Examination

Nutrition & Dietetics (Organisational unit)

Rati Jani (Chair)
3 Mar 2019

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (External organisation)

Rati Jani (Chair)
3 Mar 2018

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee