Dr Helen McCarthy is an experienced, clinical paediatric Dietitian having worked in this field for many years. She specialised in paediatric and neonatal nutrition support across a number of specialities. She also has expertise in adult nutrition support.

Helen has experience teaching on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Dietetics, Human Nutrition, Food and Nutrition and Sports and Exercise Nutrition. She was involved in the review of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Pre-registration Curriculum Framework (2013).

Helen is a past Chair of the BDA Education Board, a member of the BDA Council.

Helen’s research interests include the identification and management of malnutrition in children, adults and elderly. She was the lead investigator in the development and validation of the Screening Tool for the Assessment of Malnutrition in Paediatrics (STAMP)

She also has an interest in nutrition education of healthcare professionals and is a member of the Need for Nutrition Education Programme, Australia and New Zealand Network.

Helen has been an external examiner for:

  • pre-registration dietetic programmes in the UK and Europe
  • nutrition programmes at HKU-SPACE
  • the Masters in Paediatric Dietetics, Plymouth University. 

She is a reviewer for a number of international journals in the areas of Nutrition, Dietetics, Maternal and Child Health. She has also had numerous appearances on TV and radio in the UK and Ireland discussing aspects of childhood nutrition.

Helen is the theme leader for Developing Workforce Capacity within the Clinical and Community Health Innovation Group.


Refereed journal articles

McCarthy H, Dixon M, Crabtree I, McNulty H (2012) The development and evaluation of the Screening Tool for the Assessment of Malnutrition in Paediatrics (STAMP©) for use by healthcare staff. J Hum Nut Diet 25:311-318.

Dinsmore J, Williams E, McCarthy H and Coghlan D (2011) et al. A pilot study to explore factors affecting faltering growth in children. J Hum Nut Diet 24; 280-281.

Morabito A, Lall A, Lo Piccolo R, McCarthy H, Kauffmann L, Ahmed S and Bianchi A (2006). Total Esophagogastric Dissociation: 10 years’ review. J Pediat Surg 41;919-922.

Refereed chapters

Shaw V and McCarthy H. (2014) Nutritional Assessment, Dietary Requirements, Feed Supplementation. In: Clinical Paediatric Dietetics (edited by Shaw V) 4th Edition. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

McCarthy H. (2014) Burns. In: Clinical Paediatric Dietetics (edited by Shaw V) 4th Edition Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Conference presentations

Lavery S, Getty L, Browne N, Thompson A, Carey A and McCarthy H. (2015) Measuring weight and height on admission to hospital – Practice in the UK and Ireland. British Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Stratford, England

Getty L, Farren K, Douglas P, Pourshahidi L.K., Kerr M.A., Price R.K. and McCarthy H. (2014) Maternal and early years vitamin supplementation- evaluating the effectiveness of an Inter-Professional Learning workshop in raising awareness. OC24 Nutrition Society, Irish Section Conference. Coleraine, Northern Ireland

McGuffin LE, McCaffrey T, McBratney J and McCarthy H. (2014) Do Northern Ireland school meals meet English nutrient based standards? OC32 Nutrition Society, Irish Section Conference. Coleraine Northern Ireland

Invited lectures

Nutricia Education Evenings (Belfast and Dublin). Developing an evidenced and outcome based approach to Paediatric Dietetic practice (2014)

Hong Kong University – SPACE (Hong Kong, China) Professionalism in Dietetic Practice (2014)

Nutricia Education Evenings (Dublin). Results of the Children’s Nutrition Survey – how did Ireland do? (2012)

British Burns Association Conference (Salisbury, UK). Feeding burn injuries: nutrition and metabolic support (2011)

Danone Baby Toddler Nutrition Lecture Series (Northern Ireland and the NW of England). Series of 6 lectures covering current issues in toddler nutrition. (2011)

British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (Manchester, UK). Nutrition screening tools in the UK – what is available to use in clinical practice (2010).

Teaching responsibilities


  • Course Co-ordinator for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Food and Nutrition)
  • Unit Co-ordinator for HHN1203:Inter-professional Skills, HHN2001:Family Health and Nutrition through the Lifespan. 

Postgraduate research students & fellows


  • 11 Masters students (UK), principle supervisor
  •  1 PhD student (UK), principle supervisor.

Current supervision:

  •  1 PhD student (UK), was co-supervisor now external advisor.

Research grants

2014-15 British Dietetic Association (£5600): Consultancy

2014    Western Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland (£10 000): Co-applicant

2013    Food Standards Agency Ireland (£50 000): Co-applicant

2013    Feeding For Life Foundation, Danone (£50 000): Co-applicant

2012    Calerrific, consultancy  (£40 000): Principal Investigator

2011-13 Old Library Trust (£18 600): Principal Investigator

2008    Research Travel bursary, British Dietetic Association (£1 600)

2006    Unconditional Educational Grant, Abbott Nutrition (£25 000): Principal Investigator

2003     Chairman’s Research Scholarship, Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust (£5 000):Principal Investigator.

Professional memberships

  • British Dietetic Association (BDA)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC, UK) registered Dietitian
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA, UK)
  • Nutrition Society Australia (NSA)
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA).

Industry experience

22 years clinical practice in paediatric dietetics working across a range of specialist areas including cystic fibrosis, paediatric and neonatal surgery, burns and critical care, neurodevelopmental disability.

Final position was Paediatric team leader and Clinical Specialist Dietitian in paediatric and neonatal surgery.



Areas of expertise

  • Identification and management of paediatric, adult and elderly disease-related malnutrition
  • Nutrition education of healthcare professionals
  • nutrition screening
  • nutrition support in neonatal and paediatric GI surgery and thermal injury
  • nutritional support interventions

Contact details

(03) 9919 2390