Briar McKenzie


Research Fellow

PhD Master of Dietetics Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition)

Briar is a National Heart Foundation of Australia Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Accredited Practicing Dietitian within the Food Policy Division and the Professorial Unit at The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney. She is also a conjoint lecturer with UNSW. Her work is currently focused on two main areas: firstly, investigating the relationship between diet and poor brain health in Australia, and secondly, scaling-up of food policy interventions in Pacific Island Countries.

Briar was awarded her PhD in March 2022. Her PhD focused on investigating the relationship of sex and gender with the diet-related burden of cardiometabolic diseases. She used both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate this topic. Throughout her PhD she worked as a research associate for the WHO Collaborating Center on Population Salt Reduction, at The George Institute.

Briar holds an undergraduate degree in Nutritional Science (BSc) and a Master’s of Dietetics (MDiet) from the University of Otago, New Zealand.