About me

About me

Natalie Parletta PhD, Freelance Science WriterHumans are complex emotional, physical, mental, spiritual beings, subject to the tug and pull of multifarious forces—whether driven by DNA, parental quirks, life challenges, friendships, lifestyle choices, neurons, hormones, corporate enticements, or perhaps just the unexplainable.

I am a freelance writer inspired by science’s quest to find answers; to explore what it means to be human and how we can do better.

My writing is grounded in seemingly disparate but interrelated qualifications and experience spanning health, psychology, nutrition, dietetics, scientific research, multimedia and parenting.

After years of academia, I am inspired to explore and communicate new discoveries, unique angles, remarkable people, and honest science.

If I’d mapped my career in advance, it is unlikely that I would have pursued this combination of work and studies. But they evolved to equip me for writing about a broad and sometimes unexpectedly interrelated range of topics, enriched by a current Graduate Certificate in Science Writing with Johns Hopkins University.

After pulling off an Honours Psychology degree (yes it was quite a feat given my prior track record) around the dawn of this century, I embarked on a PhD, followed by over ten years’ research into emotional intelligence, links between mental health and nutrition, health benefits of the traditional Mediterranean diet, and how parents shape children’s diets. During my research career I graduated from a Master of Dietetics, and practised clinically part time. I am also a devoted mum, perhaps one of the most transformative and rewarding learning curves of all.

Fun fact: When I was studying I won a double movie pass for Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. The competition asked, “What is the craziest thing that you or a woman you know has ever done?” My response: in the late 1980s I hitchhiked across Australia – from Lismore, on the eastern coast of NSW, to Perth – with two dogs. (It took four days thanks to truck drivers.) My husband’s response was a close second. He said: “married me”.

Fast-forwarding back to the 2000s, I have published around 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters in academic journals. My growing portfolio of articles for broader audiences includes work published in Cosmos Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Washington Post, The New York Times (Australia Diary), The New Daily, The Conversation, Medium, Massive Science, and Australasian Science. I am editor and regular contributor for Warringal Publications (Nutridate; Health & PE), targeted at high school students, and write a regular commissioned healthy aging blog. Several of my recent articles in Daily Life (SMH) were their top stories, with one attracting over 40,000 readers in the first day. Five articles published on The Conversation, widely republished, have had more than 167,000 reads.

Last year I completed an intensive Science in the Media course through Australian National University, and am member of Australian Science Communicators, the Australasian Medical Writers Association and the Massive Consortium. For my online Graduate Certificate in Science Writing with Johns Hopkins University, so far I have completed the courses Techniques of Science-Medical Writing, Science-Medical Writing Workshop, and The Literature of Science, all with Grade A. Now doing Science Narratives Workshop.

My writing interests include health, nutrition and diet, parenting, child and adult development, animal welfare, and more generally all things related to us fascinating and complex human beings and the magnificent planet we are blessed to inhabit.

Please e-mail writing requests to natalie.parletta@gmail.com.

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