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+64 4 918 6182
Senior Research Fellow
Department of Public Health (Wellington)
BSc, MSc, PhD
Research summary
Burden of Disease


Cristina is a Nutrition Researcher with a strong interest in disease prevention in both low and high income countries. She recently completed her PhD investigating the relationships between agrobiodiversity, dietary diversity and nutritional status in Tanzania. Prior to her PhD, Cristina had been working as a Research Fellow in the Nutritional Epidemiology Group at the University of Leeds on a number of obesity prevention and dietary improvement interventions in both children and adults.

As a senior research fellow in the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE3), Cristina is currently working on the modelling of burden of disease, intervention effectiveness and cost-effectiveness with a focus on interventions which could reduce the use of tobacco and modify dietary intake in the New Zealand population.


Reynolds, A. N., Cleghorn, C. L., & Mann, J. I. (2024). The broader health benefits of optimised dietary thresholds proposed for type 2 diabetes prevention in Aotearoa New Zealand: Simulation modelling. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 137(1592), 22-30. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

Baker, M., Kerr, J., Broadbent, A., Hales, S., Rawson-Te Patu, E., Prickett, M., Edwards, R., Cleghorn, C., & Wilson, N. (2024). Communicating public health evidence: A successful first year for the PHCC. The Briefing, (9 February). Retrieved from Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Teng, A., Cleghorn, C., Signal, L., Smith, M., Te Morenga, L., Walby, E., & Wilson, N. (2024). Food and beverage taxes for a healthier diet: The Pacific experience. The Briefing, (31 January). Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

Peniamina, R., McNoe, B., Kerr, J., Cleghorn, C., & Signal, L. (2024). Strong public support for healthy food policies in Aotearoa. The Briefing, (15 January). Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

McDowell, R. W., Herzig, A., van der Weerden, T. J., Cleghorn, C., & Kaye-Blake, W. (2024). Growing for good: Producing a healthy, low greenhouse gas and water quality footprint diet in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 54(3), 325-349. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2022.2137532 Journal - Research Article

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