Our Team

Helen O’Connor (everyBODY Chief Investigator, Clinical and Research Dietitian)

Associate Professor

BSc, Dip ND, PhD

Helen is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. Helen has been a dietitian and researcher for over 20 years and for the last 10 years she has focused on helping young women with healthy eating and becoming more physically active so they can achieve and then maintain a healthy weight. Helen is the chief investigator for the everyBODY study and her main role is to harness the expertise of the team of leading researchers and clinicians for designing and then implementing the everyBODY study. Helen enjoys being social and enjoying a meal with family and friends, going to the ballet, watching a good film and when possible travelling overseas.


Isabel Young (everyBODY Dietitian)

MND, BSc (Nutr&Diet)

Isabel is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and is passionate about nutrition and the positive impact that diet can have on both physical and psychological wellbeing.  Isabel works alongside clients, recognising the importance of working in a partnership to establish sustainable, enjoyable and achievable dietary goals. Isabel has worked across all age groups and prides herself on providing information that is easily understood and practical.  Isabel is the dietitian on this everyBODY program and will provide both individual and group support.  In her free time she enjoys cooking for her friends and family, spending time at the beach and a good book. 


Dr Natalie Crino (everyBODY Clinical Psychologist)

BEc-Soc Sci (Hons- Psych), MPsych(Clin), PhD

Natalie is a clinical psychologist with over 17 years' experience.  She specialises in helping people with eating and weight-related difficulties and is very passionate about supporting young women to adopt a healthy lifestyle and improve body image.  She will be the group therapist on the program.   When she is not working, she enjoys outdoor activities with her children.

 

Dr Helen Parker (everyBODY Dietitian & Exercise Scientist)

BAppSc(Ex&SpSc), BSc(Nutr&Diet) (hons), PhD

Helen is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, with a PhD in the health effects of omega-3 for heart health, and a degree in Exercise & Sport Science. Helen is also an active member of the Nutrition Society of Australia, and serves on the Sydney Branch committee. She has a passion for helping people of all ages and stages achieve the best of health, but particularly aspires to help young women achieve their goals, working towards achieving long term health and wellness not just for now, but for the many years and life experiences to come. Helen enjoys orienteering, bush walking, and playing music in her local orchestra and concert band.


Prof Katharine Steinbeck (everyBODY Medical Specialist Endocrinologist)

MBBS, PhD, FRACP

Professor Kate Steinbeck is the Medical Foundation Chair in Adolescent Medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is an endocrinologist and an adolescent and young adult physician. She is a senior researcher with over 25 years research experience and an investigator on the everyBODY program. Her research studies in adolescents and young adults include overweight and obesity, chronic illness and the transition to adult care, puberty hormones, the long term effects of cancer therapy, and vulnerable youth.

 

Kate Steinbeck is responsible for the teaching of adolescent medicine at the University of Sydney and is Head of the Academic Department of Academic Medicine at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead where she heads the clinical research program, as well as seeing patients. She promotes the role of young people as co-researchers and the use of digital technology in health research and health services. Her passion is to ensure that the unique health care needs of young people are understood and valued, that young people are involved in quality research programs and that  young people have access to age appropriate health care.


Dr Liz Rieger (everyBODY Research Psychologist)

BA(Hons-Psych), MPsych(Clin), PhD

Liz is an associate professor in the Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University. She has been a clinical psychologist for over 20 years. In her clinical work and research she specialises in helping people who are experiencing problems with their eating, weight and body image to lead happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Her main role in the study is to help in the design of the program. Her favourite past times outside of work include quality time with family and friends, bushwalking, travelling near and far, and the rare delight of curling up on the lounge with a good book.