I have recently joined the School of Psychology at ACU as a lecturer. I have previously held a postdoctoral research fellowship in Psychology at UQ (2007-2011), the H.J. Heinz research fellowship at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at QUT and most recently (2013-2015) have been a senior research fellow in the Child and Adolescent research group at QUT. I have always had a special interest in the health and wellbeing of children; before completing my PhD in psychology I worked with children as an at-home therapist and teacher aide. In collaboration with colleagues from psychology, nutrition and education I have contributed to projects that look at child nutrition and eating patterns from birth to school age.
My research focusses on supporting parents in feeding their children – whether it be bottle feeding a newborn, feeding a fussy toddler, or figuring out the best way to limit how many ‘extras’ foods a pre-schooler eats.
Jansen, E., Mallan, K.M., & Daniels, L.A. Extending the validity of the Feeding Practices and Structure Questionnaire. (In Press). International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Accepted 24 June 2015.
Mallan, K.M., Fildes, A., Magarey, A. & Daniels, L.A. (In press). The relationship between number of fruits, vegetables and noncore foods tried at 14 months and food preferences, dietary intake patterns, fussy eating behavior and weight status at 3.7 years. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Accepted 4 June 2015.
Daniels, L.A., Mallan, K.M., Fildes, A., & Wilson, J. (In press). The timing of introduction to solids in an ‘obesogenic’ environment: a narrative review of the evidence and methodological issues. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Accepted 19 December 2014.
Daniels, L.A., Mallan, K.M., Nicholson, J.M., Thorpe, K., Nambiar, S., Mauch, C.E., & Magarey, A. (2015). Outcomes to age 5 years of an early feeding practices intervention to prevent childhood obesity. Pediatrics. (online early view) doi: 10.1542/peds.2008-1536.
Rametta, E., Mallan, K.M., Daniels, L.A., & de Jersey, S.A. (2015). Relationships between maternal overweight prior to pregnancy, feeding mode and infant feeding beliefs and practices. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. (online early view). doi: 10.1111/jpc.12878.
Perry, R.A., Mallan, K.M., Koo, J., Mauch, C.E., Daniels, L.A., & Magarey, A.M. (2015). Food neophobia and its association with diet quality and weight in children aged 24 months: a cross sectional study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12, 13. doi: 10.1186/s12966-015-0184-6.
Jani, R., Mallan, K. M., & Daniels, L. A. (2015). Association between Australian-Indian mothers’ feeding practices and children’s eating behaviours. Appetite, 81, 188-195.
Jani, R., Mallan, K. M., Mihrshahi, S., & Daniels, L. A. (2014). Child feeding practices of Indian and Indian-Australian mothers. Nutrition & Dietetics, 71, 276-283.
Jani, R., Mihrshahi, S., Mandalika, S., & Mallan, K. M. (2014). Validity of Maternal-Reported Weight and Height of 2–5 Year Old Children. The Indian Journal of Pediatrics, (online early view).
Jani, R., Mihrshahi, S., Mandalika, S., & Mallan, K. M. (2014). Accuracy of mothers’ perceptions of their 2-5 year old child’s weight status. Indian Pediatrics, 51, 421-413.
Jani, R., Mihrshahi, S., & Mallan, K. M. (2014). Psychosocial factors associated with controlling feeding practices of Indian and Australian-Indian mothers. Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, 4, 385-401.
Jani, R., Mallan, K. M., Mihrshahi, S., Mandalika, S., & Daniels, L. A. (2014). An exploratory study of associations between Australianâ€Indian mothers' use of controlling feeding practices, concerns and perceptions of children's weight and children's picky eating. Nutrition & Dietetics, 71, 28-34.
Harris, H., Mallan, K.M., Nambiar, S., & Daniels, L.A. (2014). The relationship between controlling feeding practices and boys' and girls' eating in the absence of hunger. Eating Behaviors, 15, 519-522.
Cassells, E.L., Daniels, L.A., Magarey, A.M., & Mallan, K.M. (2014). The influence of maternal infant feeding practices and beliefs on the expression of food neophobia in toddlers. Appetite, 82, 36-42.
Mallan, K.M., Daniels, L.A., & de Jersey, S. (2014). Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Baby Eating Behaviour Questionnaire and associations with infant weight, gender and feeding mode in an Australian sample. Appetite, 82, 43-49.
Jansen, E., Mallan, K.M., Nicholson, J.M., & Daniels, L.A. (2014). The Feeding Practices and Structure Questionnaire: Construction and initial validation in a sample of Australian first-time mothers and their 2-year olds. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11, 72. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-11-72.
Craig, B.M., Lipp, O.V., & Mallan, K.M. (2014). Emotional expressions preferentially elicit implicit evaluations of faces also varying in race or age. Emotion, 14, 865-877. doi: 10.1037/a0037270.
Liu, W.H., Mallan, K.M., Mihrshahi, S., Daniels, L.A. (2014). Feeding beliefs and practices of Chinese immigrant mothers: Development and validation of a modified version of the Child Feeding Questionnaire. Appetite, 80, 55-60.
Golley, R.K., McNaughton, S.A., Collins, C., Magarey, A., Garnett, S., Campbell, K.J., Mallan, K., & Burrows, R. (2014). Australasian nutrition research for prevention and management of child obesity: innovation and progress in the last decade. Pediatric Obesity. Article first published online: 31 March 2014. DOI: 10.1111/j.2047-6310.2014.225.x.
Mallan, K.M., Daniels, L.A., Wilson, J.L., Jansen, E., & Nicholson, J.M. (2014). Association between maternal depressive symptoms in the early postnatal period and responsiveness in feeding at child age two years. Maternal and Child Nutrition. Article first published online 1 May 2014. DOI: 10.1111/mcn.12116.
Daniels, L.A., Mallan, K.M., Battistutta, D., Nicholson, J.M., Meedeniya, J.E., Bayer, J., & Magarey, A. (2014). Maternal and child impact outcomes of an early feeding intervention to reduce risk indicators for child obesity: a randomized trial. Obesity, 22, e104-e111.
Mallan, K.M., Nambiar, S., & Daniels, L.A. (2014). Satiety responsiveness in toddlerhood predicts energy intake from a semi-standardised meal and BMI Z score at age 4 years. Appetite, 74, 79–85.
Mallan, K.M., Daniels, L.A., Thorpe, K., Nothard, M., Nicholson, J., Scuffham, P., Cameron, C., Wilson, A. (2014). Dads at the dinner table: A cross-sectional study of Australian fathers' child feeding perceptions and practices. Appetite, 73, 40-44.
Bramwell, S., Mallan, K.M., & Lipp, O.V. (2014). Are two threats worse than one? The effects of face race and emotion on fear conditioning. Psychophysiology, 51, 152-158.
Power, T.G., Sleddens, E.F.C., Berge, J., Connell, L., Govig, B., Hennessy, E., Ligget, L., Mallan, K.M., Santa Maria, D., Odoms-Young, A., & St. George, S.M. (2013). Contemporary research on parenting: Conceptual, methodological and translational issues. Child Obesity, 9, s-97.
Mallan, K.M., Nothard, M., Thorpe, K., Nicholson, J., Scuffham, P., Cameron, C., Wilson, A., & Daniels, L.A. (2013). The role of fathers in child feeding: Perceived responsibility and barriers. Child: Care, Health and Development. Early view (online). DOI: 10.1111/cch.12088.
Daniels, L.A., Mallan, K.M., Nicholson, J.M., Battistutta, D., Magarey, A. (2013). Outcomes of an Early Feeding Practices Intervention to Prevent Childhood Obesity, Pediatrics, 132, e109-e118.
Mallan, K.M., Lipp, O.V., & Cochrane, B. (2013). Slithering snakes, angry men and out-group members: What and whom are we evolved to fear? Cognition and Emotion, 27(7), 1168-1180.
Mallan, K.M., Liu, W.H., Jani Mehta, R., Daniels, L.A., Magarey, A., & Battistutta, D. (2013). Maternal report of young children’s eating styles: Validation of the Children’s Eating Behaviours Questionnaire in three ethnically diverse Australian samples. Appetite, 64, 48-55.
McMeekin, S., Jansen, E., Mallan, K.M., Nicholson, J., Magarey, A., & Daniels, L. (2013) Associations between infant temperament and early feeding practices: a cross-sectional study of Australian mother-infant dyads from the NOURISH randomised controlled trial. Appetite, 60, 239-245.
Daniels, L.A., Wilson, J.L., Mallan, K.M., Mihrshahi, S., Perry, R., Nicholson, J.M., & Magarey, A. (2012). Recruiting and engaging new mothers in nutrition research studies: lessons from the Australian NOURISH randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9, 129.
Howard, A.J., Mallan, K.M., Byrne, R., Magarey, A., & Daniels, L.A. (2012). Toddlers’ food preferences. The impact of novel food exposure, maternal preferences and food neophobia. Appetite, 59, 818-825.
Daniels, L.A., Mallan, K.M., Battistutta, D., Nicholson, J.M., Perry, R. & Magarey, A. (2012). Evaluation of an intervention to promote protective infant feeding practices to prevent childhood obesity: outcomes of the NOURISH RCT at 14 months of age and 6 months post the first of two intervention modules. International Journal of Obesity, 36(10),1292-1298.
Craig, B.M., Mallan, K.M., & Lipp, O.V. (2012). The effect of poser race on the happy categorization advantage depends on stimulus type, set size, and presentation duration. Emotion, 12, 1303-1314. doi: 10.1037/a0028622.
Rowles, M. E., Lipp, O. V., & Mallan, K. M. (2012). On the resistance to extinction of fear conditioned to angry faces. Psychophysiology, 49, 375-380.
Negd, M., Mallan, K.M., & Lipp, O.V. (2011). The role of anxiety and perspective-taking strategy on affective empathic responses. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 49, 852-857.
Mallan, K. M., & Lipp, O. V. (2011). The relationship between self-reported animal fear and ERP modulation: Evidence for enhanced processing and fear of harmless invertebrates in snake- and spider-fearful individuals. Motivation and Emotion, 35(4), 474-483.
Lipp, O. V., Mallan, K. M., Martin, F. H., Terry, D. J., & Smith, J. R. (2011). Electro-cortical implicit race bias does not vary with participants' race or sex. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 6(5), 591-601.
Andrews, V., Lipp, O.V., Mallan, K.M., & König, S. (2011). No evidence for subliminal affective priming with emotional facial expression primes. Motivation and Emotion, 35, 33-43.
Lipp, O.V., Mallan, K.M., Libera, M., & Tan, M. (2010). The effects of context change and verbal instruction on affective and expectancy learning. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48(3), 203-209.
Adam, A.R., Mallan, K.M., & Lipp, O.V. (2009). The effect of emotional and attentional load on attentional startle modulation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 74, 266-273.
Mallan, K.M., Sax, J., & Lipp, O.V. (2009). Verbal instruction abolishes fear conditioned to racial out-group faces. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45(6), 1303-1307.
Mallan, K.M., Lipp, O.V., & Libera, M. (2008). Affect, attention, or anticipatory arousal? Human blink startle modulation in forward and backward affective conditioning. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 69, 9- 17.
Mallan, K.M., & Lipp, O. V. (2007). Does emotion modulate the blink reflex in human conditioning? Startle potentiation during pleasant and unpleasant cues in the picture-picture paradigm. Psychophysiology, 44, 737- 748.
Childhood obesity is one of the most significant public health concerns of our time. Interventions to treat overweight and obesity in childhood have shown limited effectiveness and research has shown that the period of infancy in critical to the development of overweight with a rapid weight gain in the first two years of life being linked to increased risk of childhood and adult obesity and a range of associated non-communicable diseases. Thus the rationale for intervening early to prevent childhood obesity is clear. I have worked on projects that look at child nutrition and eating patterns from birth to school age. In particular I have been heavily involved in the short and longer term evaluation of the NOURISH randomised controlled trial (see Publications Daniels, Mallan et al. 2012) which evaluated an early feeding intervention for first-time mothers to prevent childhood obesity. I have also led a novel pilot intervention targeted at formula feeding infants who are at increased risk of childhood obesity. In addition to these intervention trials I have conducted observational experimental research on factors influencing the development of eating styles that may predispose children to overconsumption – particularly of high energy dense and low nutrient foods.
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