Academic, peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and awards are listed below.


Journal articles as first and senior author

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Cost effectiveness and cost-utility analysis of a group-based diet intervention for treating major depression
Segal L, Twizeyemariya A, Zarnowiecki D, Niyonsenga T, Bogomolova S, Wilson A, O’Dea K, Parletta N. Nutritional Neuroscience, doi.10.1080/1028415X.2018.1556896

A Mediterranean-style dietary intervention supplemented with fish oil improves diet quality and mental health in people with depression: a randomised controlled trial (HELFIMED)
Parletta N*, Zarnowiecki D, Cho J, Wilson A, Bogomolova S, Villani A, Itsiopoulos C, Niyonsenga T, Blunden S, Meyer B, Segal L, Baune BT, O’Dea K (2017). Nutritional Neuroscience,

Watch me explain the HELFIMED study results.

Natalie Parletta

A 6-month randomised controlled trial investigating effects of Mediterranean-style diet and fish oil supplementation on dietary behaviour change, mental and cardiometabolic health and health-related quality of life in people with depressive symptoms (HELFIMED): Study protocol.
Zarnowiecki D, Cho J, Villani A, Wilson A, Bogomolova S, Itsiopoulos C, Niyonsenga T, O’Dea K, Blunden S, Meyer B, Segal L, Parletta N* (2016). BMC Nutrition, 2:52. DOI: 10.1186/s40795-016-0095-1

Health behaviours, knowledge, life satisfaction and wellbeing of people with severe mental illness across four countries and comparison with normative sample.
Parletta N, Aljeesh Y, Baune BT* (2016). Frontiers in Psychiatry, 7:145 DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00145.

Dietary intervention for people with mental illness in South Australia.
Bogomolova S, Zarnowiecki DM, Wilson A, Fielder A, Procter N, Itsiopoulos C, O’Dea K, Strachan J, Ballestrin M, Champion A, Parletta N* (2016). Health Promotion International. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daw055.

Omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid levels and correlations with symptoms in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autistic spectrum disorder and typically developing controls.
Parletta N, Niyonsenga T, Duff J* (2016). PLoS ONE, 11(5): e0156432. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156432.

People with schizophrenia and depression have a low omega-3 index.
Parletta N*, Zarnowiecki D, Cho J, Wilson A, Procter N, Gordon A, Bogomolova S, O’Dea K, Strachan J, Ballestrin M, Champion A, Meyer BJ (2016). Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes & Essential Fatty Acids, 110:42-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.plefa.2016.05.007.

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

Increased erythrocyte eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid are associated with improved attention and behaviour in children with ADHD in a 12-month randomised controlled three-way crossover trial.
Milte CM, Parletta N*, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Young RM, Howe PRC (2015). Journal of Attention Disorders. 19(11):954-964.

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

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

Effects of fish oil supplementation on learning and behaviour of children from Australian Indigenous remote community schools: A randomised controlled trial.
Parletta N*, Cooper P, Gent D, Petkov J, O’Dea K (2013). Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, 89(2-3):71-79.

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

Associations between parenting styles and nutrition knowledge and 2-5 year old children’s fruit, vegetable and non-core food consumption.
Peters J, Dollman J, Petkov J, Parletta N* (2013). Public Health Nutrition, 16(11):1979-1987.

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.
Frensham L, Bryan J, Parletta N* (2012). Nutrition Reviews, 70(10):594-610.

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

Parental nutrition knowledge and attitudes as predictors of 5-6 year old children’s healthy food knowledge.
Zarnowiecki D, Sinn N*, Petkov J, Dollman J (2012). Public Health Nutrition, 15(7):1284-1290.

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

Effects of omega-3 fatty acids EPA versus DHA on memory and cognitive decline, depressive symptoms and quality of life in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: A 6-month randomised controlled trial.
Sinn N*, Milte C, Street SJ, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Petkov J, Howe PRC (2012). British Journal of Nutrition, 107:1284-1290.

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

Polyunsaturated fatty acids, cognition and literacy in children with ADHD with and without learning difficulties.
Milte CM, Sinn N*, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Young R, Howe PRC (2011). Journal of Child Health Care. 15(4):299-311.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Sinn N, Wilson C (2006). International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, 32:159-196.

Does emotional intelligence predict unique variance in life satisfaction beyond IQ and personality?
Gannon [Sinn] N*, Ranzijn R (2005). Personality and Individual Differences, 38(6):1353-1364.


Journal articles as co-author

Implementing a Mediterranean-Style Diet Outside the Mediterranean Region.
Murphy K, Parletta N (2018). Current Atherosclerosis Reports, June 20:28

Diet and eating habits of expectant parents and families in Ras Al Khaimah, Emirates: an exploratory study.
Steen M, Mottershead R, Idriss J, Parletta N, Ellahi B, Kumardhas V (2017). Evidence Based Midwifery, 15(2):46-53.

International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research consensus position statement: nutritional medicine in modern psychiatry.
Sarris J, Logan AC, Akbaraly TN, Amminger GP, Balanza-Martinez V, Freeman MP, Hibbeln J, Matsuoka Y, Mischoulon D, Mizoue T, Nanri A, Nishi D, Parletta N, Ramsey D, Rucklidge JJ, Sanchez-Villegas A, Scholey A, Su K-P, Jacka FN (2015). World Psychiatry, 14(3):370-371.

School-based obesity prevention interventions: Practicalities and considerations.
Jones RA, Lubans DR, Morgan PJ, Okely AD, Parletta N, Wolfenden L, de Silva-Sanigorski A, Gibbs L, Waters E (2014). Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, 8(5):e497-e510.

Parental influences on the diets of 2-5 year old children: Systematic review of qualitative research.
Peters J, Parletta N, Campbell K, Lynch J (2014). Journal of Early Childhood Research, 12(1):3-19.

Telomere shortening in elderly people with mild cognitive impairment may be attenuated with omega-3 fatty acid supplementation: A randomised controlled pilot study.
O’Callaghan N, Parletta N, Milte CM, Benassi B, Fenech M, Petkov J, Howe PRC (2013). Nutrition, 30(4): 489-491.

Can resistance training change the strength, body composition and self-concept of overweight and obese adolescent males? A randomised controlled trial.
Schranz N, Tomkinson G, Parletta N, Petkov J, Olds T (2013). British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48:1482-1488.

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

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

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

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder and Aggressive Behaviour: An Exploration of Relationships between Brown Attention-Deficit Disorder Scales and the Aggression Questionnaire.
Byrne M, Parletta N, Meyer BJ, Webster D, Batterham M. (2014). Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 22(3):407-416.

Interaction of erythrocyte eicosapentaenoic acid and physical activity predicts reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment.
Street SJ, Parletta N, Milte CM, Sullivan KA, Hills AP, Buckley JD, Howe, PRC (2015). Aging and Mental Health, 19(10):885-891.

Dietary recommendations for the prevention of depression.
Opie RS, Itsiopoulos C, Parletta N, Sanchez-Villegas A, Akbaraly T, Jacka FN (2015). Nutritional Neuroscience. DOI: 10.1179/1476830515Y.0000000043.

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

Socioeconomic position as a moderator of 9 to 13 year old children’s non-core food intake.

Zarnowiecki D, Parletta N, Dollman J (2016). Public Health Nutrition, 19(1):55-70.

Baseline omega-3 index correlates with aggressive and attention deficit disorder behaviours in adult prisoners.

Meyer BM, 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).  PLoS ONE, 10(3):e0120220. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120220.

The importance of long-term follow-up in child and adolescent obesity prevention interventions.

Jones RA, Sinn N, Campbell K, Hesketh K, Denny-Wilson E, Morgan PJ, Lubans D, Magarey A (2011). International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 6(3-4):178-181.

Parental influences on the diets of 2-5 year old children: Systematic review of interventions.

Peters J, Sinn N, Campbell K, Lynch J (2011). Early Child Development and Care, 182(7):837-857.

Diet and sleep in children with ADHD: Preliminary data in Australian children.

Blunden S, Milte C, Sinn N (2011). Journal of Child Health Care, 15(1):14-24.

Soy isoflavone supplementation enhances spatial working memory in men.

Thorp A, Sinn N, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Howe PRC (2009). British Journal of Nutrition, 102:1348-1354. British Journal of Nutrition, 102:1635-1641.

Cognitive behavioural therapy improves diet and body composition in overweight and obese adolescents.

Tsiros MD, Sinn N, Brennan L, Coates AM, Walkley J, Petkov J, Howe PRC, Buckley JD (2008). American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 87:1134-1140.

Treatment of adolescent overweight and obesity.

Tsiros MD, Sinn N, Coates AM, Howe P, Buckley JD (2008). European Journal of Pediatrics. 167(1):9-16.

Omega-3 fatty acids: Essential nutrients for our children.

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


Invited book chapters

The brain-gut-microbe interaction: relevance in inflammation and depression.

Parletta N. (2018). In Baune B (Ed), Inflammation and Immunity in Depression, pp. 241-252. Elsevier: San Diego.

Food for thought: The role of parents and schools in children’s food choices.

Parletta N (2017). Second Revised Edition: Health and Wellbeing in Childhood. D Pendergast & S Garvis (Eds) pp. 161-176. Cambridge University Press: Melbourne.

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

The role of nutrition and diet in learning and behaviour of children with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Sinn N, Rucklidge J (2011). In Lifetime Nutritional Influences on Cognition, Behaviour and Psychiatric Illness, pp323-358. Benton D (Ed). Woodhead Publishing Ltd: Cambridge UK.

From ADHD to Alzheimer’s: Omega-3 fatty acids and mental health.

Sinn N, Milte C, Howe PRC (2009). In Fatty Acids in Health Promotion and Disease Causation, Watson RR (ed), pp 611-641. AOCS press: Urbana, Illinois. ISBN 978-1-893997-65-3.



2016: Travelling Fellowship from the Australian Nutrition Trust Fund to visit the PREDIMED research group in Spain for 3 weeks, Sept-Oct
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.
2013: Paper from APDI Fellowship was nominated by the Journal editors and won the 15th John M Kinney Award for best paper in Pediatric Nutrition (as primary supervisor of first author, PhD Student C Milte, and corresponding author, I played a key role in every aspect of the study and publication): Milte C,M Parletta N*, et al (2012), Nutrition, 28(6):670-677.
2012-13: Competitive selection for UniSA’s 18-month Research Leadership Development Program with $30,000 funding.
2011: Winner of the Early Career STEM Professional – Health and Life Sciences category of the South Australian Science Excellence Awards.
2011: Winner Best Poster Award and runner-up for best oral presentation, Nutrition in Medicine Conference 13-15 May, Sydney.
2008-12: Supported Researcher Status, University of South Australia
2008: New Investigator Award Nomination, International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids Conference, Kansas City MO, USA
2007-10: APDI – 3-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Australian Research Council
2007-10: ResearchSA Fellowship Award ($60,000), University of South Australia
2007: Competitive selection for Early Career Researcher training cohort with
$10,000 funding, UniSA: 2-day retreat in April plus 4.5 one-day workshops throughout the year.
2006: Winner: Education, Arts & Social Sciences Highest Impact Publication/Artefact by a PhD or Masters Student Award, UniSA
2005: Successful Fresh Scientist nomination (
2005: Winner: Fresh Science Week People’s Choice Award
2003-06: Australian Postgraduate Award (3-year PhD Scholarship), University of South Australia
2003-06: PhD Scholarship top-up, CSIRO Human Nutrition
2000, 01, 02: Dean’s Merit Lists, Chancellor’s Letters of Commendation University of South Australia
1999: Dean’s Merit List1, Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation1,2
1University of South Australia, 2University of Adelaide

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