Staff profile

Dr Regina Belski

Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Dietetics and Human Nutrition

College of Science, Health and Engineering
School of Allied Health
Department of Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport
Centre for Sport and Social Impact

Melbourne (Bundoora)


BNutrDiet (Hons), GradCertTertEd, PhD (UWA), APD, AN

Membership of professional associations

Dietitians Association of Australia, Nutrition Society of Australia, Sports Dietitians Australia, Nutrigenomics Organization

Area of study


Brief profile

Dr Regina Belski is a senior lecturer and researcher in the department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at La Trobe University. She is also an Accredited Practising clinical and sports dietitian.

Her work focuses on nutritional influences in the management and prevention of obesity and chronic health conditions as well as optimal nutrition for sport and performance. Dr Belski is also an emerging researcher in the area of nutrigenomics. Dr Belski completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia undertaking research focused on weight management and reduction of cardiovascular disease risk in overweight individuals utilising novel functional foods.

In June 2011 Regina was named as a 2011 Fresh Scientist by the Australian Government Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, in recognition of her work.

Dr Belski works with children and adults to optimise their eating, manage obesity and prevent the development of chronic health conditions and with elite and recreational athletes helping them to optimise nutrition for health and performance.

Regina has worked with clients including Olympic athletes and AFL players.

In recognition of her expertise in nutrition research, Dr Belski is a reviewer for the highly ranked British Journal of Nutrition, and an NHMRC project grant reviewer.

In addition to her research expertise, Dr Belski is also a highly regarded teacher, and in 2014 was awarded the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT), 2014 Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning: “For creating an engaging, practice-oriented learning environment in nutrition and dietetics which inspires students to become self-reflective, independent, life-long learners.”  and named in the Top 10 Teachers at La Trobe University in the student nominated and voted 2014 La Trobe Student Union (LTSU) Teaching Awards. The LTSU Teaching Award aims to recognise an academic who has shown exceptional dedication to the student learning experience.

Research interests

Chronic disease

- Obesity & Metabolic Health & Nutrigenomics

Clinical Sciences

- Nutrition for Sport & Performance

Healthy Ageing

- Nutrition for Health and Wellbeing

Perinatal and Child Health

- Maternal & Foetal Nutrition

Pregnancy and childbirth

- Nutrition for Pregnancy

Women's Health

- Nutrition for Women

Teaching units

DTN2PNU Principles of Nutrition

DTN3NDS Nutrition and Disease

DTN4LPN Lifespan Nutrition


Accredited Practising Dietitian

Recent publications

Devlin B & Belski R. Exploring general and sports nutrition and food knowledge in elite male Australian athletes. (Accepted by the Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, September 2014).

Belski, R., & Belski, I. (2014). Cultivating student skills in self-regulated learning through evaluation of task complexity. Teaching in Higher Education, 19(5), 459-469.

Hua B, Ryan P, Varma D, Belski R, Nelson L, Hayes A & O’Brien K. ( 2013) Efficacy of a Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment for patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial. The European Journal of Integrative Medicine , 5, 553-560.

Belski, R. Fiber, protein, and lupin-enriched foods: role for improving cardiovascular health. Advances in Food and Nutrition Research, 147 (2012).  

Belski I. and  Belski R. Clickers: Enabling Valuable Diagnostic Feedback to Both Students and Instructors in Real Time, in IASTED International Conference: Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE 2012), Napoli, Italy, 2012, pp. 29-34.

Belski R, MoriTA, PuddeyIB,Sipsas S, Woodman RJ,Ackland TR, Beilin LJ, Dove ER, CarlyonNB, Jayaseena V & Hodgson JM. Effects of lupin-enriched foods on body composition and cardiovascular disease risk factors: a 12 month randomized controlled weight loss trial. Int J Obes, (2011) 35, 810–819.  

McAinch AJ, Segman A, Belski R, O’Mahony B & Payne WR. Firefighter Nutrition and Hydration Literature Review. Published by the Victorian Government Department of Sustainability and Environment Melbourne. September 2011.  

Hodgson JM, Lee YP, Puddey IB, Sipsas S, Ackland TR, Beilin LJ, Belski R & Mori TA. Effects of increasing dietary protein and fibre intake with lupin on body weight and composition and blood lipids in overweight men and women. Int J Obes. (2010) 34, 1086-1094.  

Wu JHY, Hodgson JM, Puddey IB, Belski R, Burke V & Croft KD. Sesame supplementation does not improve cardiovascular disease risk markers in overweight men and women. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. (2009), Dec; 19(11):774-80.

Research projects

Dr Belski is currently involved in a number of projects including exploring:

  • Optimal sports nutrition & hydration for elite athletes
  • Nutrigenomics- moving towards personalised nutrition
  • Functional Foods for Health
  • The role of sports clubs in promotion healthy eating
  • Cognitive dietary restraint and menstrual dysfunction in sub-elite female athletes
  • Use of novel herbal supplements for weight management and metabolic health
  • DNA damage and metabolic health
  • Pregnancy Nutrition

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