About me

About me

Natalie Parletta PhD, Freelance Science Writer

I am an Australian-based freelance writer covering pretty much anything related to people and science while specialising in human, animal and planetary health.

Since branching out from research to science writing in 2017, I have published more than 200 stories in public outlets.

One of my stories was selected for the Best Australian Science Writing 2019 anthology. I have also been awarded the Australasian Medical Writers Association’s 2019 Early Career Award and won the Crawford Fund’s Food Security Journalism Award.

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

It is unlikely that I would have pursued this combination of work and studies if I’d mapped my career in advance. But they evolved to equip me for writing about a broad and sometimes unexpectedly interrelated range of topics, enriched by a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Science Writing with Johns Hopkins University, completed in May 2019.

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 more than 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 won several awards for my research including a Fresh Science People’s Choice Award in 2005, an Australian Research Council Fellowship from 2007-10, a South Australian (SA) Science Excellence Award in 2011 and a SA Health Award in 2013.

As a researcher I published around 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters in academic journals. Now I’m a regular contributor to The Guardian, Cosmos Magazine (nominated as one of the top 10 best science websites in 2018), Forbes Science (covering sustainable solutions), and Health Agenda.

My work has also been published by Ensia, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Washington Post, The New York Times (Australia Diary), The New Daily, Australia’s Science Channel, UniSA Enterprise Magazine, The Conversation, The QUO and Massive Science. I produce a regular commissioned healthy aging blog, am an editor for Warringal Publications (Nutridate; Health & PE), targeted at high school students, and was acting editor for Cosmos for four weeks from Sept-Oct 2019.

In 2017 I completed an intensive Science in the Media course through Australian National University, and am a member of Australian Science Communicators, the Australasian Medical Writers Association, and the World Federation of Science Journalists. For my online science writing studies with Johns Hopkins University, I took the courses Techniques of Science-Medical Writing, Science-Medical Writing Workshop, The Literature of Science, Science Narratives Workshop and Science Profiles Workshop – Writing about People – all completed with Grade A.

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

I provide quick turnarounds on embargoed stories and love to dive deeper in longer form features. I welcome writing requests at natalie.parletta@gmail.com.

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