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Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Paediatric Nutrition
  • Malnutrition identification and management
  • Nutrition education of healthcare professionals
  • Nutrition support in critical care and trauma

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Helen Mccarthy

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

Helen has experience teaching in a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Dietetics, Human Nutrition, Sports and Exercise Nutrition, and other health-related courses. In addition, she has provided professional education in nutrition across a wide range of disciplines. Helen has been an external examiner for pre-registration dietetic programs in the UK and Europe, and the Masters in Paediatric Dietetics, Plymouth University.

Helen is a founding steering committee member of the Need for Nutrition Education Programme, Australia and New Zealand Network, a past Chair of the BDA Education Board, and 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 has an interest in effective education strategies in nutrition.

Helen has been a reviewer for a number of journals and guest editor. She has also had numerous media appearances in the UK and Ireland discussing aspects of childhood nutrition.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Ulster University, UK, 2008
  • PgC HEP, Ulster University, UK, 2009
  • BSc (Hons), Ulster University, UK, 1991

Key publications

Year Citation
2020 Mccarthy, H., & Lowden, J. (200624). Burns In Shaw, V. (Ed.) (5th) (pp. 456-463). UK: John Wiley & Sons.
2020 Mccarthy, H., & Shaw, V. (200624). Principles of Paediatric Dietetics: Nutritional Assessment, Dietary Requirements and Feed Supplementation In Shaw, V. (Ed.) (5th) (pp. 1-17). uk: John Wiley & Sons.
2014 Shaw, V., & McCarthy, H. (141117). Nutritional Assessment, Dietary Requirements, Feed Supplementation (pp. 1-22).

doi: 10.1002/9781118915349.ch1

2014 Mccarthy, H. (141117). Burns (pp. 707-714).

doi: 10.1002/9781118915349.ch25

2008 McCarthy, H., & Gurry, C. (080415). Burns (pp. 497-503).

doi: 10.1002/9780470692004.ch25

Year Citation
2019 Douglas, P. L., McCarthy, H., McCotter, L. E., Gallen, S., McClean, S., Gallagher, A. M., & Ray, S. (190305). Nutrition Education and Community Pharmacy: A First Exploration of Current Attitudes and Practices in Northern Ireland. PHARMACY, 7(1),

doi: 10.3390/pharmacy7010027

2015 Carey, A., McCarthy, H., Gill, J., Thompson, A., & McNulty, H. (151001). Novel segmental proxy measures for estimating weight and height in healthy school children aged 11-18 years.. Clinical nutrition ESPEN, 10(5),

doi: 10.1016/j.clnesp.2015.03.078

2015 Carey, A., McCarthy, H., Thompson, A., & McNulty, H. (151001). A pilot study evaluating the use of the STAMP nutrition screening tool in hospitalised infants.. Clinical nutrition ESPEN, 10(5),

doi: 10.1016/j.clnesp.2015.03.036

2012 McCarthy, H., Dixon, M., Crabtree, I., Eaton-Evans, M. J., & McNulty, H. (120801). The development and evaluation of the Screening Tool for the Assessment of Malnutrition in Paediatrics (STAMP ) for use by healthcare staff. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 25(4), (311-318).

doi: 10.1111/j.1365-277X.2012.01234.x

2006 Morabito, A., Lall, A., Piccolo, R. L., McCarthy, H., Kauffmann, L., Ahmed, S., & Bianchi, A. (060501). Total esophagogastric dissociation: 10 years' review. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 41(5), (919-922).

doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2006.01.013

Research funding for the past 5 years

Funding details for this researcher are currently unavailable.

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Other supervision of research students

UK research supervision: Honours – approximately 40 students, Ulster University, principle supervisor | Masters – approximately 15 students, Ulster University, principle supervisor | PhD – 1 student to completion as principle supervisor; co-supervisor for 2 students; examiner of 2 PhD students.

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Oct 2019 - Dec 2020
Course Chair, Bachelor of Nutritional Science / Master of Dietetics
Victoria University
Jan 2016 - Dec 2020
Course Chair, Bachelor of Human Nutrition
Victoria University
Jan 2017 - Dec 2020
Course Advisory Group (College of Health and Biomedicine)
Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Oct 2019 -
Dec 2020
Course Chair, Bachelor of Nutritional Science / Master of Dietetics
Victoria University
Jan 2016 -
Dec 2020
Course Chair, Bachelor of Human Nutrition
Victoria University
Jan 2017 -
Dec 2020
Course Advisory Group (College of Health and Biomedicine)
Victoria University

Keynote and invited speeches

Year Title/Description
2019

Nutrition in the surgical neonate

Invited speaker at Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Society of Asia (PENSA), Hong Kong

2019

Malnutrition Screening and Assessment in Children

Invited speaker at Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Society of Asia (PENSA), Hong Kong

2019

Sarcopenia in Youth

Invited speaker at Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Society of Asia (PENSA), Hong Kong

2016

Malnutrition, Everyone's business

Invited keynote, Western Health Research Week, Melbourne

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Professional memberships

  • Registered Dietitian, Health and Care Professions Council
  • Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Dietitians Australia
  • Founding Steering Committee member, NNEdPro ANZ