Dr Mackenzie Fong

Dr Mackenzie Fong

Mackenzie Fong (dietitian and PhD) is a Research Fellow in the Prevention, Early Intervention and Behaviour Change theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC).


For several years, Mackenzie worked as a dietitian and research officer at the Boden Collaboration of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders at the University of Sydney.

She helped to design, deliver and evaluate interventions to manage overweight, obesity and related non-communicable diseases. In this role, Mackenzie developed a special interest and curiosity in behavioural nutrition and obesity. This ultimately led her to undertake a PhD exploring the association of individual-level behaviours and traits (sleep patterns, eating behaviours, mood) with dietary intake and choice in people with and without obesity.

Before joining the ARC NENC, Mackenzie was a trial manager and research associate at the Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University. In this role, she co-ordinated a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of a school-based intervention to reduce bullying and improve social and emotional wellbeing in UK primary school children.

Areas of interest

Mackenzie is interested in, and can help you with:

• Development and evaluation of complex interventions (specialist knowledge in weight management, lifestyle and dietary interventions)

• Quantitative research methods

• Systematic reviews


Fong, M., Li, A., Cunich, M., Skilton, Hill, A.J., M.R., Madigan, C.D., Caterson, I.D. 2019. Modelling the relationship between core intake and discretionary intake in adults with and without obesity. Nutrients, 11 (3): 683. DOI 10.3390/nu11030683

Fong, M., Li, A., Hill, A.J., Cunich, M., Skilton, M.R., Madigan, C.D., Caterson, I.D. Mood and appetite: their relationship with discretionary and total daily energy intake. Physiology and Behavior 207:122-13. DOI 10.1016/j.physbeh.2019.05.011

Fong, M., Caterson, I.D., & Madigan, C.D. 2017. Are large dinners associated with excess weight, and does eating a smaller dinner achieve greater weight loss? A systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Nutrition, 118(8), 616-628. DOI 10.1017/S000711451700255

Get in touch

Twitter: @mackenziefong2
Email: [email protected]
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7237-9038