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Associate Professor Serene Yoong

Adjunct Associate Professor
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (hons), University of Newcastle, Australia


As a behavioural scientist and experienced dietitian with expertise in practice-based translational research, Dr Yoong has a vision to improve community health by implementing new research and best-practice guidelines into targeted settings.  Her research program focuses on developing and testing research translation strategies to support community and health service organisations in preventing obesity and other chronic disease risk factors. She is also interested in identifying ways of making research evidence more relevant to support community, policy and practice decisions. Despite being an early career researcher, Dr Yoong has been highy productive and influential, achieving both national and international recognition as a leading implementation scientist undertaking practice-based, translational research.

Research interests

Health Promotion; Nutrition

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Health Promotion - 420603
  • Preventative Health Care - 420605
  • Public Health Not Elsewhere Classified - 420699

Teaching areas

Health Promotion;Nutrition


  • 2019, Select, Beryl Nashar Young Researcher Award, University of Newcastle Alumni Awards
  • 2018, Other, NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute of Policy & Science
  • 2018, Other, Leading Female Researcher Award (ECR), University of Newcastle, Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour
  • 2018, National, HMRI Award for Early Career Research, Hunter Medical Research Institute
  • 2018, Other, High Value Health Care Awards (Keeping People Healthy), Hunter New England Health
  • 2018, National, High commended ACHS Quality Improvement Awards, The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards
  • 2018, Other, Future Leaders Group Awards, Hunter Cancer Research Alliance
  • 2018, National, BUPA Emerging Early Career Researcher Finalist, BUPA Health Foundation
  • 2017, Other, HNE High Value Health Care Awards (Prevention), Hunter New England Health
  • 2017, Other, Finalist NSW Premier’s Awards (Tackling Childhood Obesity), NSW Government
  • 2017, Other, Finalist NSW Health Awards (Keeping People Healthy), NSW Health
  • 2017, National, Early Career Observer for Peer Review Panel, National Health and Medical Research Council
  • 2014, Other, Promising New Researcher Award, Hunter New England Population Health
  • 2014, National, Early Career Award, Public Health Association Australia
  • 2013, National, Best Student Poster, Australian Society of Behavioural Medicine (ASHBM)


Also published as: Yoong, Serene; Yoong, S.; Yoong, Sze Lin; Lin Yoong, Sze; Yoong, S. L.; Yoong, Sze L.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Systematic Review on electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and electronic non-nicotine delivery systems (ENNDS) *; World Health Organisation
  • 2021: Theory-based implementation of nutrition guidelines into childcare settings *; ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

* Chief Investigator

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