Dr Lisa Newman's research focuses on sensory science, specifically taste, and how it affects dietary behaviours.She is particularly interested in dietary patterns, intakes and preferences of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Lisa is an Early Career Development Fellow and Lecturer in Nutrition, joining RMIT University in 2017. Her research seeks to explore how the senses, specifically the sense of taste, effects food selectivity, dietary behaviours and nutritional quality of our diets.
The current focus of her research is investigating the dietary patterns and overall nutrition and health of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Children diagnosed with ASD often present with various feeding problems which are associated with sensory issues. Lisa's research looks at these sensory issues, and how they impact food selection, mealtime behaviours, diet quality and long-term health of children with ASD.
In addition, Lisa is also interested in the taste preferences of infants and toddlers, specifically how these preferences develop during infancy and childhood.
As well as these specific areas of interest, Lisa is also interested in general sensory science and consumer preferences including the development of new, nutritional products and food commodities.
- Sensory analysis and consumer science
- Feeding and eating behaviours of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Parental and allied health professional perceptions of nutrition in children with ASD
- Taste and how it effects dietary behaviours
- Taste preferences and how they develop during infancy and childhood
- Dietary behaviours of those going through critical transition periods
- BAppSc (Food Sci & Nut) (Hons), Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia (2009)
- PhD, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia (2014)
- 2014-2017 Lecturer in Human Nutrition at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
- 2010-2013 Member of the Nutrition Society of Australia (committee member)
- Newman, L.,Bolhuis, D.,Torres, S.,Keast, R. (2016). Dietary fat restriction increases fat taste sensitivity in people with obesity In: Obesity, 24, 328 - 334
- Newman, L.,Torres, S.,Bolhuis, D.,Keast, R. (2016). The influence of a high-fat meal on fat taste thresholds In: Appetite, 101, 199 - 204
- Bolhuis, D.,Costanzo, A.,Newman, L.,Keast, R. (2016). Salt promotes passive overconsumption of dietary fat in humans In: Journal of Nutrition, 146, 838 - 845
- Bolhuis, D.,Newman, L.,Keast, R. (2016). Effects of salt and fat combinations on taste preference and perception In: Chemical Senses, 41, 189 - 195
- Keast, R.,Azzopardi, K.,Newman, L.,Haryono, R. (2014). Impaired oral fatty acid chemoreception is associated with acute excess energy consumption In: Appetite, 80, 1 - 6
- Newman, L.,Keast, R. (2013). The test-retest reliability of fatty acid taste thresholds In: Chemosensory Perception, 6, 70 - 77
- Newman, L.,Haryono, R.,Keast, R. (2013). Functionality of fatty acid chemoreception: A potential factor in the development of obesity? In: Nutrients, 5, 1287 - 1300
- Development of salted chocolate sauce. Funded by: Christie Centre Inc from (2018 to 2019)