Dr Ian Zajac

Research Scientist

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Biography

I am a Research Scientist and also a registered Psychologist, maintaining a dual research/clinical role. I collaborate with industry and other partners to help them develop and substantiate nutritional and dietary interventions for health benefits, with a particular focus on human cognitive function and Psychological wellbeing (including mental health disorders).

My research has involved large-scale clinical substantiation trials in all age groups (including young children and the elderly) and also individuals with chronic disease (e.g., Diabetes). Recent projects have explored nutrient-enriched dairy products, D and B-group vitamins, caloric-restriction patterns and weight-loss interventions on cognitive function, fatigue and mood.

In addition to expertise in clinical trials, I have a track record in the area of preventive health behaviours (e.g., cancer screening). In this area, I have worked collaboratively with Government and other organisations to translate research into practice to improve health behaviours in large populations. Current work in this area includes exploring the utility of wearable technologies in a mental health context, as well as improving the identification of mental health difficulties in at-risk groups, including men.

Grants

  • December 2014-December 2015

    NBCSP Website Monitoring & Evaluation Project

  • November 2014-June 2015

    Best Practice in Health Communication: A review of NBCSP Consumer Invitation Material

  • June 2014-December 2014

    A preliminary investigation of the potential application of Auditory Speed Tasks to the study of Cognitive Ageing

  • June 2014-December 2014

    Understanding consumer preferences to inform the development of a novel, web based screening application

  • 2012-2014

    Optimising men’s uptake of FIT screening for bowel cancer: a population based randomised controlled trial

  • 2012-2014

    Development of an Internet-Delivered Decision Support Website to Improve Participation in Bowel Cancer Screening through the Australian Government’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

  • 2012-2013

    Development of an Internet-Delivered Decision Support Website to Improve Participation in Bowel Cancer Screening through the Australian Government’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

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