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Natalie Parletta (formerly Natalie Sinn) has a Psychology Honours degree, a Master of Dietetics, and a PhD in nutrition and mental  health. She currently works as a Senior Research Fellow in the University of South Australia's School of Health ...

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Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of South Australia, 2002

PhD: University of South Australia / CSIRO Human Nutrition, 2006

Master of Dietetics, University of South Australia 2015

Awards and Publications

2013 Southern Mental Health partnership on the HELFIMED project was finalist and winner of an SA Health Award under Research/Education in Patient/Consumer Safety
2011 Finalist and winner of the Early Career STEM Professional - Health and Life Sciences category of the South Australian Science Excellence Awards.
2007-2010 APDI – 3-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Australian Research Council 
2005   Nominated as a Fresh Scientist (
2005   Winner: Fresh Science Week People’s Choice Award
2003-06 PhD Scholarship top-up, CSIRO Human Nutrition
2003-2006 Australian Postgraduate Award (3-year PhD Scholarship), University of South Australia


Meyer BM, Byrne MK, Parletta N, Gow RV, Hibbeln J (2015). Fish oil and impulsive aggressive behaviour: Letter to the Editor. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 25. DOI: 10.1089/cap.2015.0065

Zarnowiecki D, Parletta N, Dollman J (2015). Socioeconomic position moderates predictors of 9 to 13 year old children’s unhealthy food intake. Public Health Nutrition, doi:10.1017/S1368980015001081

Meyer BJ, Byrne MK, Collier C, Parletta N, Crawford D, Winberg P, Webster D, Chapman K, Thomas G, Dally J, Batterham M, Farquhar I, Grant L (2015). Baseline omega-3 index correlates with aggressive and attention deficit disorder behaviours in adult prisoners. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0120220. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0120220

Gow RV, Hibbeln J, Parletta N* (2015). Current evidence and future directions for research with omega-3 fatty acids and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Invited review, Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, 18(2):133-138.

Byrne M, Parletta N, Meyer BJ, Webster D, Batterham M. (2014). Adult Attention Deficit Disorder and Aggressive Behaviour: An Exploration of Relationships between Brown Attention-Deficit Disorder Scales and the Aggression Questionnaire. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, DOI:10.1080/13218719.2014.960027.

Street SJ, Parletta N, Milte CM, Sullivan KA, Hills AP, Buckley JD, Howe, PRC (2014). Interaction of erythrocyte eicosapentaenoic acid and physical activity predicts reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment. Aging and Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2014.971705.

Parletta N (2014). Food for thought. In Health and Wellbeing of Children in Childhood, D Pendergast D & S Garvis (Eds), pp 133-145. Cambridge University Press: Melbourne

Zarnowiecki D, Parletta N, Petkov J, Dollman J (2014). The role of socioeconomic position as a moderator of children's healthy food intake. British Journal of Nutrition, 112:830-840

Zarnowiecki D, Ball K, Parletta N, Dollman J (2014). Describing socioeconomic gradients in children’s diets – does the socioeconomic indicator used matter? International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11:44.

Zarnowiecki D, Dollman J, Parletta N (2014). Associations between predictors of children’s dietary intake and socioeconomic position: a systematic review of the literature, Obesity Reviews, 15(5):375-391

Peters J, Parletta N, Lynch J, Campbell K (2014). A comparison of parental views of their pre-school children’s ‘healthy’ versus ‘unhealthy’ diets: A qualitative study. Appetite, 76:129-136.

Parletta N (2014). Invited commentary. Breastfeeding and child neurodevelopment: A role for gut microbiota? Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 56(2):101-102.

Jones RA, Lubans DR, Morgan PJ, Okely AD, Parletta N, Wolfenden L, de Silva-Sanigorski A, Gibbs L, Waters E (revisions pending approval). School-based obesity prevention interventions: Practicalities and considerations. Obesity Research and Clinical Practice

Parletta N, Cooper P, Gent D, Petkov J, O’Dea K (in press). Effects of fish oil supplementation on learning and behaviour of children from Australian Indigenous remote community schools: A randomised controlled trial. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids. Accepted 09/05/13.

Peters J, Parletta N, Lynch J, Campbell K (under review). A comparison of parental views of their pre-school children’s ‘healthy’ versus ‘unhealthy’ diets: A qualitative study.

Schranz N, Tomkinson G, Parletta N, Petkov J, Olds T (in press). Can resistance training change the strength, body composition and self-concept of overweight and obese adolescent males? A randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Parletta N*, Milte CM, Meyer B (2013). Nutritional modulation of cognitive function and mental health. Invited review, Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 24(5):725-743. .

Peters J, Parletta N, Campbell K, Lynch J (in press). Parental influences on the diets of 2-5 year old children: Systematic review of qualitative research. Journal of Early Childhood Research. Accepted 17/04/12

Parletta N, Peters J, Owen A, Tsiros MD, Brennan L (2012). Parenting styles, communication and child/adolescent diets and weight status: let’s talk about it. Early Child Development and Care - Special issue: Parental influences on childhood obesity.  182(8): 1089-1103

Peters J, Dollman J, Petkov J, Parletta N* (2012). Associations between parenting styles and nutrition knowledge and 2-5 year old children’s fruit, vegetable and non-core food consumption. Public Health Nutrition, doi:10.1017/S1368980012004648

Frensham L, Bryan J, Parletta N (2012). Influences of micronutrient and omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on cognition, learning and behaviour: Methodological considerations and implications for general populations of children and adolescents in developed societies. Nutrition Reviews, 70(10):594-610.

Milte C, Parletta N, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Young RM, Howe PRC (2012). Eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids, learning and behavior in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Nutrition 28(6): 670-677

Zarnowiecki D, Sinn N, Petkov J, Dollman J (2012). Parental attitudes, beliefs and nutrition knowledge as predictors of 5-6 year old children’s healthy food knowledge. Public Health Nutrition. 15(7):1284-90.

Sinn N, Milte C, Street SJ, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Petkov J, Howe PRC (2012). Effects of omega-3 fatty acids EPA versus DHA on depressive symptoms, quality of life, memory and executive function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: A 6-month randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition, 107:1682-1693.

Sinn N, Cooper P, O'Dea K (2011). Fish oil supplementation, learning and behaviour in Indigenous Australian children from a remote community school: A pilot feasibility study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(5):493-494.

Milte CM, Sinn N, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Young R, Howe PRC (2011). Polyunsaturated fatty acids, behaviour and literacy in children with ADHD and learning difficulties. Journal of Child Health Care, 15(4):299-311.

Jones RA, Sinn N, Campbell K, Hesketh K, Denny-Wilson E, Morgan PJ, Lubans D, Magarey A (2011). The importance of long-term follow-up in child and adolescent obesity prevention interventions. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 6(3-4):178-181.

Peters J, Sinn N, Campbell K, Lynch J (2011). Parental influences on the diets of 2-5 year old children: Systematic review of interventions. Early Child Development and Care DOI:10.1080/03004430.2011.586698.

Milte C, Sinn N, Street S, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Howe PRC (2011). Erythrocyte polyunsaturated fatty acid status, memory and cognition in older adults with mild cognitive impairment and healthy controls. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes & Essential Fatty Acids, 84:153-161

Blunden S, Milte C, Sinn N (2011). Diet and sleep in children with ADHD: Preliminary data in Australian children. Journal of Child Health Care, 15(1):14-24.

Sinn N, Rucklidge J (2011). The role of nutrition and diet in learning and behaviour of children with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In Lifetime Nutritional Influences on Cognition, Behaviour and Psychiatric Illness, pp323-358, Benton D (Ed). Woodhead Publishing Ltd: Cambridge UK.

Zarnowiecki D, Dollman J, Sinn N (2011). A tool for assessing healthy food knowledge of 5-6 year old Australian children. Public Health Nutrition, 14(7): 1177-1183.

Sinn N, Milte C, Howe P (2010). Oiling the brain: A review of randomised controlled trials in omega-3 fatty acids and psychopathology across the lifespan. Nutrients 2:128-170. Open Access:

Tsiros MD, Sinn N, Coates AM (2009). Cognitive behavioural therapy: A treatment for overweight and obese adolescents. VDM Verlag:Saarbrücken. ISBN-10: 3639219295; ISBN-13: 978-3639219296

Milte C, Sinn N, Howe, P (2009). Polyunsaturated fatty acid status in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and Alzheimer’s disease: Towards an omega-3 index for mental health? Nutrition Reviews, 67(10):573-590.

Ng Ka-Hung, Meyer BJ, Reece L, Sinn N (2009). Dietary polyunsaturated fatty acid intakes in children with ADHD symptoms. British Journal of Nutrition, 102:1635-1641.

Thorp A, Sinn N , Buckley JD, Coates AM, Howe PRC (2009). Soy isoflavone supplementation enhances spatial working memory in men. British Journal of Nutrition, 102:1348-1354.

Sinn N, Bryan J, Wilson C (2009). Nutrition and ADHD: Omega-3 fatty acids, micronutrients and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. VDM Verlag: Saarbrücken. ISBN: 978-3-639-10471-4.

Sinn N, Milte C, Howe PRC (2009). From ADHD to Alzheimer's: Omega-3 fatty acids and mental health. In Fatty Acids in Health Promotion and Disease Causation, Watson RR (ed), pp 611-641. Urbana, Illinois: AOCS press.

Sinn N (2008). Nutritional and dietary influences on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Nutrition Reviews. 66(10):558-568. 

Sinn N, Bryan J, Wilson C (2008). Cognitive effects of polyunsaturated fatty acids in children with ADHD symptoms: A randomised controlled trial. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes & Essential Fatty Acids, 78(4-5):311-326.

Sinn N, Howe PRC (2008). Mental health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids may be mediated by improvements in cerebral vascular function. Bioscience Hypotheses, 1(2):103-108. [Sister journal to

Tsiros MD, Sinn N, Brennan L, Coates AM, Walkley JD, Petkov J, Howe PRC, Buckley JD (2008). Cognitive behavioural therapy improves diet and body composition in overweight and obese adolescents. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 87:1134-1140.

Tsiros MD, Sinn N, Coates AM, Howe PRC, Buckley JD (2008). Treatment of adolescent overweight and obesity. European Journal of Pediatrics, 167(1):9-16.

Hodge L, Kruger M, Meyer B, Morgan W, Richardson A, Sinclair A, Sinn N, Helman T (2007). Omega-3 fatty acids: Essential nutrients for our children. Arbor Clinical Nutrition Updates (Sep); 283S:1-3.

Sinn N (2007). Physical fatty acid deficiency signs in children with ADHD symptoms. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes & Essential Fatty Acids, 77(2):109-115. 

Sinn N (2007). Polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation for ADHD symptoms: Response to commentary. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 28(3):262-263. 

Sinn N, Bryan J (2007). Effect of supplementation with polyunsaturated fatty acids and micronutrients on ADHD-related problems with attention and behaviour. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 28(2):82-91.

Sinn N, Wilson C (2006). Dietary supplementation with highly unsaturated fatty acids: Implications for interventions with persons with mental retardation from research on infant cognitive development, ADHD, and other developmental disabilities. International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, 32, 159-196.

Gannon N, Ranzijn R (2005). Does emotional intelligence predict unique variance in life satisfaction beyond IQ and personality? Personality and Individual Differences,38:1353-1364. 

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