Tanya Lawlis


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PhD projects

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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Personal profile


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

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Canberra

Award Date: 1 Sep 2012

Bachelor, University of Canberra

Award Date: 1 Dec 2003

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Research Output

Work-integrated learning builds student identification of employability skills: Utilizing a food literacy education strategy

Sambell, R., Devine, A., Lo, J. & Lawlis, T., Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Work Integrated Learning. 21, 1, p. 63-87 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Development of nutrition science competencies for undergraduate degrees in Australia

    LAWLIS, T., Torres, S., Coates, A., Clark, K., Charlton, K., Sinclair, A., Wood, L. G. & Devine, A., 2019, In : Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 28, 1, p. 166-176 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Nutrition and Vulnerable Groups

    Devine, A. & Lawlis, T., May 2019, In : Nutrients. 11, 5, p. 1-4 4 p., 1066.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    10 Downloads (Pure)

    Nutrition Science Competencies for Australian undergraduate nutrition science degrees: A joint NSA and ANT initiative Nutrition Society of Australia ASM Canberra 27-30 November

    LAWLIS, T., Coates, A. & Iuliano, S., 2019, p. 57-58. 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conference (non-published works)Abstract

    Open Access
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