Seema Mihrshahi


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BSc (Hons), MPH, PhD

Associate Professor Seema Mihrshahi has a background in public health nutrition and nutrition epidemiology. Her current research focuses on community-based approaches for improving healthy eating, improving food security in vulnerable groups and research into optimal infant growth and young child feeding. She has a keen interest in research translation, particularly implementing effective strategies to achieve optimal growth in early life and throughout the lifecourse. She has  participated in various research projects with a focus on women’s and children’s health both within Australia and internationally.

She has over 110 peer reviewed publications and has been awarded over $8 million in research grants. Seema is a chief investigator on three current National Health and Medical Research Council grants. She works closely with researchers at the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland and holds Affiliate/ Honorary titles at the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland. 

Research interests

Childhood obesity, epidemiology, food insecurity, health promotion, infant and young child feeding, nutrition, public health, social determinants of health, sustainable food systems


Determinants of Health

Public Health Capstone 

Global Nutrition and Food Security

Program Planning and Evaluation in Health Promotion

Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics

MPH Research

Research student supervision

Current research students: 

Carla Alves Lopes PhD candidate (Macquarie University) 

Danielle Jawad PhD candidate (University of Sydney) 

Abby Smith PhD candidate (University of Sydney) 

Mariam Mandoh PhD candidate (University of Sydney)

Khadija Abdelramman MPH Research candidate (Macquarie University)

Recent research students (graduated) 

Mahalakshmi Ekambareshwar PhD  (University of Sydney)

Putu Novi Arfirsta Dharmayani MPH Research  (Macquarie University)

Nadine Ghammachi MPH Research  (Macquarie University)

Sytuha Binte Ali  MPH Research  (Macquarie University)

Saldana Hossain MPH Research candidate (Macquarie University)

Jemma Keat MPH Research candidate (Macquarie University)


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Curtin University

MPH, University of Sydney

BSc (Hons), University of Sydney

External positions

Research Affiliate , NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Research Affiliate , Prevention Research Collaboration, Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, Camperdown 2006, Australia.

Honorary Senior Research Fellow , The University of Queensland


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