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Research Fellow
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
BSc MSc PhD (Otago)
Research summary
Public health nutrition, well-being, chronic health conditions, non-communicable disease


Rana is currently working on research looking at the provision of nutrition information and support in the management of / recovery from cancer as well as being involved with the Cancer Society Research Collaboration.

Rana has a PhD (Food Science) from the University of Otago. Her Doctoral research was an interdisciplinary project investigating the impact of food allergies on quality of life. She has a particular interest in public health nutrition as well as identifying and understanding issues involved in the management of chronic health conditions, and finding ways to improve health outcomes, wellbeing and quality of life.


Peniamina, R., & McLean, R. M. (2024). Experiences of healthcare practitioners providing nutrition care to people with cancer in New Zealand: A qualitative study. Nutrition & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/02601060231207439 Journal - Research Article

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

Peniamina, R., McNoe, B., & Signal, L. (2023). Public awareness of cancer risk factors & support for prevention policies in Aotearoa New Zealand: A focus on alcohol and diet. (pp. 1-32). Dunedin, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau ō Te Kāhui Matepukupuku (Cancer Society Research Collaboration), University of Otago. Retrieved from Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Peniamina, R., & McLean, R. (2022). Nutrition support in oncology care in Aotearoa New Zealand: Current practice, and where to from here? New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1549), 11-25. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

Peniamina, R., Davies, C., Moata'ane, L., Signal, L., Tavite, H., Te Morenga, L., & McLean, R. (2021). Food, nutrition and cancer: Perspectives and experiences of New Zealand cancer survivors. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1545), 22-35. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

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