Julia is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Canterbury and the Director of Te Puna Toiora, the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Lab, and co-author of The Better Brain. Originally from Toronto, Canada, in 2000, she immigrated to New Zealand.
She has become well known for her research investigating the interface between nutrition and mental health, having published over 150 empirical papers, been the recipient of numerous local and international awards and frequently featuring in the media on her work. Her 2014 TEDx talk has been viewed close to 5 million times.
Julia is passionate about challenging the current medical paradigm that dominates our understanding of psychiatric problems with the goal of raising awareness of how our toxic food environment is a significant contributor to poor mental health.