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Key publications
Research funding
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Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Adult and emerging adult mental health
  • Diet and exercise lifestyle behaviours
  • Lifestyle interventions
  • Mental health promotion and early intervention in educational settings

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Sarah Dash

Dr Sarah Dash is a postdoctoral research fellow within the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University. Her work examines the role of lifestyle, in particular diet and physical activity, on mental health. Sarah’s background is in psychology and her doctoral work examined the role of diet in the prevention and treatment of depression.

Sarah’s research interests include lifestyle interventions for the promotion of physical and mental health, particularly among emerging adults.

She is also interested in the development and evaluation of public health interventions, and the equity in health interventions.


  • PhD, Deakin University, Australia, 2017
  • MPH, University of Waterloo, Canada (in progress)
  • BA (Psychology), University of British Columbia, Canada, 2012

Key publications

Year Citation
2021 Klepac, Pogrmilovic., Craike, M., Pascoe, M., Dash, S., Parker, A., & Calder, R. (210801). Improving the mental health of young people in tertiary education settings: A policy evidence brief.

Year Citation
2020 Petersen, K. S., Malta, D., Rae, S., Dash, S., Webster, J., McLean, R., Thout, S. R., Campbell, N. RC., & Arcand, J. A. (201001). Further evidence that methods based on spot urine samples should not be used to examine sodium-disease relationships from the Science of Salt: A regularly updated systematic review of salt and health outcomes (November 2018 to August 2019). Journal of Clinical Hypertension, 22(10), (1741-1753).

doi: 10.1111/jch.13958

2020 Dash, S., Delibasic, V., Alsaeed, S., Ward, M., Jefferson, K., Manca, D. P., & Arcand, J. A. (201001). Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviours Related to Physician-Delivered Dietary Advice for Patients with Hypertension. Journal of Community Health, 45(5), (1067-1072).

doi: 10.1007/s10900-020-00831-x

2020 Sivakumar, B., Malta, D., Mak, S., Dash, S., Newton, G. E., & Arcand, J. A. (200609). Evaluating the confounding effects of medical therapies on potassium intake assessment in patients with heart failure. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 30(6), (1005-1013).

doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2020.02.010

2020 Ashton, M. M., Dean, O. M., Marx, W., Mohebbi, M., Berk, M., Malhi, G. S., Ng, C. H., Cotton, S. M., Dodd, S., & Sarris, J. (200201). Diet quality, dietary inflammatory index and body mass index as predictors of response to adjunctive N-acetylcysteine and mitochondrial agents in adults with bipolar disorder: A sub-study of a randomised placebo-controlled trial. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 54(2), (159-172).

doi: 10.1177/0004867419882497

2020 Collins, S., Dash, S., Allender, S., Jacka, F., & Hoare, E. (200101). Diet and Mental Health During Emerging Adulthood: A Systematic Review. Emerging Adulthood,

doi: 10.1177/2167696820943028

2019 Firth, J., Marx, W., Dash, S., Carney, R., Teasdale, S. B., Solmi, M., Stubbs, B., Schuch, F. B., Carvalho, A. F., & Jacka, F. (190401). The Effects of Dietary Improvement on Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Psychosomatic Medicine, 81(3), (265-280).

doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000673

2019 Dash, S. R., Hoare, E., Varsamis, P., Jennings, G. LR., & Kingwell, B. A. (190102). Sex-specific lifestyle and biomedical risk factors for chronic disease among early-middle, middle and older aged australian adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(2),

doi: 10.3390/ijerph16020224

2019 Ashton, M., Dean, O. M., Marx, W., Mohebi, M., Berk, M., Malhi, G. S., Ng, C., Cotton, S. M., Dodd, S., & Sarris, J. (190101). Diet quality, dietary inflammatory index and body composition as predictors of N-acetylcysteine and mitochondrial agents efficacy in bipolar disorder. EUROPEAN NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, 29 (S64-S65).

doi: 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2018.11.1042

2018 Jacka, F. N., O'Neil, A., Itsiopoulos, C., Opie, R., Cotton, S., Mohebbi, M., Castle, D., Dash, S., Mihalopoulos, C., & Chatterton, M. L. (181228). The SMILES trial: An important first step. BMC Medicine, 16(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12916-018-1228-y

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

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Teaching activities & experience

Dr. Sarah Dash is a sessional academic and teaches into masters-level subjects including Physical Activity and Mental Health (SCL6002). She is the subject coordinator for Behavioural Aspects of Active Living (SMG7240).


Details of this Researcher's career are currently unavailable.