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Food Access/Food insecurity in disadvantaged population groups (elderly, single fathers)
Food Access and impact on child/teenage school attendance and grades


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Tanya Lawlis is an Associate Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra. She is a Program Director in the Faculty of Health, has oversight of the Professional Core stream and convenes the Work Integrated Learning Units in the non-clinical health programs. Tanya is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA), UC Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Scholarship and in 2015 was awarded three Vice Chancellor’s Awards - Teaching Excellence, Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning-team award; and, USS Recognition. Tanya led a national team to review and update the National Nutrition Science Competencies and holds various positions within the Nutrition Society of Australia. She is a Registered Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia and an Accredited Nutritionist with the Dietitians Association of Australia.


Tanya's research interests include:

  • Food Security in the homeless and low socioeconomic population groups (women and children)
  • Food literacy for low socio-economic population groups including university students
  • Interprofessional education in the non-clinical and non-health domains
  • Competencies for Nutrition Science 
  • Impact of Work-Integrated Learning on the development of employability skills and graduate outcomes

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Science)

Award Date: 1 Sept 2012

Bachelor, Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Nutrition)

Award Date: 1 Dec 2003


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