Professor Felice Jacka

Director, Food and Mood Centre, IMPACT, Deakin University

Felice Jacka is Professor of Nutritional Psychiatry and Director of the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University. She is founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) and immediate past president of the Australian Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders (APMD). Professor Jacka has pioneered and led a highly innovative program of research that examines how individuals’ diets interact with the risk for mental health problems. Her current work focuses closely on the links between diet, gut health and mental and brain health. This research is being carried out with the ultimate goal of developing new, evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for mental disorders. She has recently published a book for the general public called ‘Brain Changer’ through Pan Macmillan Press and Yellow Kite in the UK and EU. Her children’s book – There’s a Zoo in my Poo – will be published in July 2020.

7.30pm - 8.00pm (AEST)

Thursday 18 June Masterclass 5

Brain Food: Do’s & Don’ts of Keeping Mentally Fit


  • Associations between diet quality and common mental disorders, depression and anxiety
  • How dietary improvements can assist in treating depression
  • How diets of pregnant women are related to mental and brain health outcomes in children
  • The gut and resident microbiota
  • Diet improvements for the prevention and treatment of mental, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders


  • Free online course on Nutritional Psychiatry (link sent to all attendees during webinar)

20 min presentation followed by 10 min of Q&A