Ms Rebecca McCarroll

BSc Nutrition (Otago), PGDip Nutrition and Dietetics (Otago), MHSc (Auckland)

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Professional Teaching Fellow


Rebecca McCarroll (née McLean) is a Professional Teaching Fellow and the Public Health Domain Lead for the Nutrition and Dietetics Programme in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. She studied nutrition and dietetics at the University of Otago and worked as a Dietitian at the Heart Foundation before completing a Master of Health Sciences at the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI). Her thesis explored the effect of the SaltSwitch smartphone app on purchases of lower-salt foods for patients with cardiovascular disease. In addition to her teaching role at the University of Auckland, Rebecca also works as a Public Health Dietitian in Planning and Funding at Waitemata and Auckland District Health Boards. Her role is predominantly focused on nutrition policy and childhood obesity. 

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Mobile health technology
  • Nutrition and cardiovascular disease
  • Food and health policy
  • Childhood obesity
  • Social media

Teaching | Current

Lectures for:

DIETETIC 704 - Professional Skills 1

DIETETIC 705 - Professional Skills 2

POPLHLTH 765 - MHSc Nutrition and Dietetics Public Health Placement



Postgraduate supervision

MHSc thesis supervision

DIETETIC  706 - Professional Skills 3: clinical supervision


2018 - Finalist Deloitte IPANZ Young Professional of the Year

2014 - PBRF Grant



  • MHSc Nutrition and Dietetics - Public Health Domain Lead

Areas of expertise

Public health nutrition, childhood obesity, mobile health nutrition

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2016 - current, National District Health Board Healthy Food Policy Nutrient Criteria Working Group

2016 - current, Northern Region Child Health Obesity Working Group

2015 - current, Healthy Auckland Together Interagency Group

2013 - current, Agencies for Nutrition Action Strategic Council

2013 - 2018, Practice Evidence-based Nutrition Advisory Committee (Australia)

2012 - 2013, Heart Foundation Certificate in Pacific Nutrition Mentor

2011 - current, Dietitians New Zealand Public Health Special Interest Group

2011 - current, New Zealand Registered Dietitian 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • McCarroll, R., Eyles, H., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2017). Effectiveness of mobile health (mHealth) interventions for promoting healthy eating in adults: A systematic review. Preventive medicine, 105, 156-168. 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.08.022
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Helen Eyles, Cliona Ni Mhurchu

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 504 - Bldg 504
Level 2, Room 201
New Zealand