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Health Sciences profile

Dr Jessica Kerr

PositionResearch Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Psychological Medicine (Christchurch)
Research summaryDr Kerr's research examines early-life determinants of poor cardiometabolic and mental health

Research

Dr Kerr holds joint positions at University of Otago, Christchurch and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne. She has expertise in the fields of adolescent and adult nutrition, obesity, cardiovascular and mental health (with special interests in personality).

Currently, Dr Kerr works on projects examining optimal environments for health, focusing on neighbourhood characteristics; and is beginning to build the TIME Consortium (The International Mortality in Early life Consortium) to harmonise mature cohort studies and examine risk factors for premature mortality.

Publications

Lange, K., Kerr, J. A., Mansell, T., O'Sullivan, J. M., Burgner, D. P., Clifford, S. A., … Saffery, R. (2022). Can adult polygenic scores improve prediction of body mass index in childhood? International Journal of Obesity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41366-022-01130-2

Lycett, K., & Kerr, J. A. (2021). A helpful reminder of BMI's nuances but little support for the "obesity paradox". Journal of Nutrition, 151(5), 1051-1052. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxab035

Matricciani, L., Dumuid, D., Paquet, C., Fraysse, F., Wang, Y., Baur, L. A., … Kerr, J. A., … Olds, T. (2021). Sleep and cardiometabolic health in children and adults: Examining sleep as a component of the 24-h day. Sleep Medicine, 78, 63-74. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2020.12.001

Oakley, J., Peters, R. L., Wake, M., Grobler, A. C., Kerr, J. A., Lycett, K., … Mavoa, S. (2021). Backyard benefits? A cross-sectional study of yard size and greenness and children’s physical activity and outdoor play. BMC Public Health, 21, 1402. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-11475-4

Andraos, S., Jones, B., Lange, K., Clifford, S. A., Thorstensen, E. B., Kerr, J. A., … O’Sullivan, J. M. (2021). Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) is not associated with cardiometabolic phenotypes and inflammatory markers in children and adults. Current Developments in Nutrition, 5, nzaa179. doi: 10.1093/cdn/nzaa179

Lange, K., Kerr, J. A., Mansell, T., O'Sullivan, J. M., Burgner, D. P., Clifford, S. A., … Saffery, R. (2022). Can adult polygenic scores improve prediction of body mass index in childhood? International Journal of Obesity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41366-022-01130-2

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Andraos, S., Jones, B., Lange, K., Clifford, S. A., Thorstensen, E. B., Kerr, J. A., … O’Sullivan, J. M. (2021). Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) is not associated with cardiometabolic phenotypes and inflammatory markers in children and adults. Current Developments in Nutrition, 5, nzaa179. doi: 10.1093/cdn/nzaa179

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Kerr, J. A., Liu, R. S., Gasser, C. E., Mensah, F. K., Burgner, D., Lycett, K., … Wake, M. (2021). Diet quality trajectories and cardiovascular phenotypes/metabolic syndrome risk by 11–12 years. International Journal of Obesity, 45(7), 1392-1403. doi: 10.1038/s41366-021-00800-x

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Kerr, J. A., Mavoa, S., Schroers, R.-D., Eagleson, S., Exeter, D. J., Watkins, A., & Thornton, L. (2021). Measuring area-level disadvantage in Australia: development of a locally sensitive indicator. Australian Population Studies, 5(2), 15-28. doi: 10.37970/aps.v5i2.90

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Lycett, K. M., Wijayawickrama, D. J., Liu, M., Grobler, A., Burgner, D. P., Baur, L. A., … Kerr, J. A. (2021). Does an inflammatory diet affect mental wellbeing in late childhood and mid-life? A cross-sectional study. British Journal of Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0007114521001616

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Matricciani, L., Dumuid, D., Paquet, C., Fraysse, F., Wang, Y., Baur, L. A., … Kerr, J. A., … Olds, T. (2021). Sleep and cardiometabolic health in children and adults: Examining sleep as a component of the 24-h day. Sleep Medicine, 78, 63-74. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2020.12.001

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Oakley, J., Peters, R. L., Wake, M., Grobler, A. C., Kerr, J. A., Lycett, K., … Mavoa, S. (2021). Backyard benefits? A cross-sectional study of yard size and greenness and children’s physical activity and outdoor play. BMC Public Health, 21, 1402. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-11475-4

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Saraf, S., Grobler, A., Liu, R. S., Liu, M., Wake, M., Olds, T., … Kerr, J. A. (2021). Takeaway food, sugar-sweetened beverages and preclinical cardiometabolic phenotypes in children and adults. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 28, 1784-1794. doi: 10.1093/eurjpc/zwaa070

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Andraos, S., Lange, K., Clifford, S. A., Jones, B., Thorstensen, E. B., Kerr, J. A., … O’Sullivan, J. M. (2020). Plasma trimethylamine N-oxide and its precursors: Population epidemiology, parent-child concordance, and associations with reported dietary intake in 11- To 12-Year-old children and their parents. Current Developments in Nutrition, 4(7), nzaa103. doi: 10.1093/CDN/NZAA103

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Juonala, M., Lau, T., Wake, M., Grobler, A., Kerr, J. A., Magnussen, C. G., … Lycett, K. (2020). Early clinical markers of overweight/obesity onset and resolution by adolescence. International Journal of Obesity, 44, 82-93. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0457-2

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Liu, M., Lycett, K., Moreno-Betancur, M., Wong, T. Y., He, M., Saffery, R., … Kerr, J. A., … Burgner, D. P. (2020). Inflammation mediates the relationship between obesity and retinal vascular calibre in 11-12 year-olds children and mid-life adults. Scientific Reports, 10, 5006. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-61801-w

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Liu, M., Lycett, K., Wake, M., He, M., Kerr, J. A., Saffery, R., … Wong, T. Y. (2020). Cardiovascular health and retinal microvascular geometry in Australian 11–12 year-olds. Microvascular Research, 129, 103966. doi: 10.1016/j.mvr.2019.103966

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Liu, M., Lycett, K., Wong, T. Y., Kerr, J. A., He, M., Juonala, M., … Wake, M. (2020). Do body mass index and waist-to-height ratio over the preceding decade predict retinal microvasculature in 11–12 year olds and midlife adults? International Journal of Obesity, 44, 1712-1722. doi: 10.1038/s41366-020-0584-9

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Lycett, K., Juonala, M., Magnussen, C. G., Norrish, D., Mensah, F. K., Liu, R., … Kerr, J. A., … Wake, M. (2020). Body mass index from early to late childhood and cardiometabolic measurements at 11 to 12 years. Pediatrics, 146(2), e20193666. doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-3666

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Stapleton, A., O’Connor, M., Feerick, E., Kerr, J., & McHugh, L. (2020). Testing the relationship between health values consistent living and health-related behavior. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 17, 17-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2020.05.002

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Davis, A., Liu, R., Kerr, J. A., Wake, M., Grobler, A., Juonala, M., … Lycett, K. (2019). Inflammatory diet and preclinical cardiovascular phenotypes in 11–12 year-olds and mid-life adults: A cross-sectional population-based study. Atherosclerosis, 285, 93-101. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2019.04.212

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Derks, I. P. M., Gillespie, A. N., Kerr, J. A., Wake, M., & Jansen, P. W. (2019). Associations of infant sleep duration with body composition and cardiovascular health to mid-adolescence: The PEAS Kids Growth Study. Childhood Obesity, 15(6), 379-386. doi: 10.1089/chi.2018.0310

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Gasser, C. E., Mensah, F. K., Clifford, S. A., Kerr, J. A., Cassim, R., & Wake, M. (2019). Bidirectional associations between diet and body composition measures from 2 to 15 years: Longitudinal study of Australian children. British Journal of Nutrition, 121(2), 212-220. doi: 10.1017/S0007114518003173

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Hughes, E. K., Kerr, J. A., Patton, G. C., Sawyers, S. M., Wake, M., Le Grange, D., & Azzopardi, P. (2019). Eating disorder symptoms across the weight spectrum in Australian adolescents. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 52(8), 885-894. doi: 10.1002/eat.23118

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Kerr, J. A., Jansen, P. W., Mensah, F. K., Gibbons, K., Olds, T. S., Carlin, J. B., … Wake, M. (2019). Child and adult snack food intake in response to manipulated pre-packaged snack item quantity/variety and snack box size: A population-based randomized trial. International Journal of Obesity, 43, 1891-1902. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0407-z

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Vivarini, P., Kerr, J. A., Clifford, S. A., Grobler, A. C., Jansen, P. W., Mensah, F. K., … Wake, M. (2019). Food choices: Concordance in Australian children aged 11-12 years and their parents. BMJ Open, 9, 147-156. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020898

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Gasser, C. E., Mensah, F. K., Clifford, S. A., Kerr, J. A., & Wake, M. (2018). Parental health behaviour predictors of childhood and adolescent dietary trajectories. Public Health Nutrition, 21(10), 1874-1885. doi: 10.1017/S1368980018000563

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Kerr, J. A., Gillespie, A. N., Gasser, C. E., Mensah, F. K., Burgner, D., & Wake, M. (2018). Childhood dietary trajectories and adolescent cardiovascular phenotypes: Australian community-based longitudinal study. Public Health Nutrition, 21(14), 2642-2653. doi: 10.1017/S1368980018001398

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Lycett, K., McNamara, C., Mensah, F. K., Burgner, D., Kerr, J. A., Muller, J., & Wake, M. (2018). Associations of mental health with cardiovascular risk phenotypes and adiposity in adolescence: A cross-sectional community-based study. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 54(6), 677-684. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13943

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Wake, M., Kerr, J. A., & Jansen, P. W. (2018). Child BMI over time and parent-perceived overweight. Pediatrics, 142(6), e20173985. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-3985

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Gasser, C. E., Kerr, J. A., Mensah, F. K., & Wake, M. (2017). Stability and change in dietary scores and patterns across six waves of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. British Journal of Nutrition, 117(8), 1137-1150. doi: 10.1017/S0007114517000897

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Gasser, C. E., Mensah, F. K., Kerr, J. A., & Wake, M. (2017). Early life socioeconomic determinants of dietary score and pattern trajectories across six waves of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 71(12), 1152-1160. doi: 10.1136/jech-2017-209641

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Kerr, J. A., Long, C., Clifford, S. A., Muller, J., Gillespie, A. N., Donath, S., & Wake, M. (2017). Early-life exposures predicting onset and resol of childhood overweight or obesity. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 102(10), 922-929. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2016-311568

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Liu, R. S., Mensah, F. K., Carlin, J., Edwards, B., Ranganathan, S., Cheung, M., … on behalf of the Child Health CheckPoint Investigator Group, including Kerr, J. A. (2017). Socioeconomic position is associated with carotid intima-media thickness in mid-childhood: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Journal of the American Heart Association, 6(8), e005925. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.117.005925

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Sutin, A. R., Kerr, J. A., & Terracciano, A. (2017). Temperament and body weight from ages 4 to 15 years. International Journal of Obesity, 41(7), 1056-1061. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.62

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Boyce, J. A., & Kuijer, R. G. (2015). Perceived stress and freshman weight change: The moderating role of baseline body mass index. Physiology & Behavior, 139, 491-496. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.12.011

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Boyce, J. A., Gleaves, D. H., & Kuijer, R. G. (2015). Measuring dietary restraint status: Comparisons between the Dietary Intent Scale and the Restraint Scale. Frontiers in Nutrition, 2, 8. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2015.00008

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Kuijer, R. G., Boyce, J. A., & Marshall, E. M. (2015). Associating a prototypical forbidden food item with guilt or celebration: Relationships with indicators of (un)healthy eating and the moderating role of stress and depressive symptoms. Psychology & Health, 30(2), 203-217. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2014.960414

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Boyce, J. A., & Kuijer, R. G. (2014). Focusing on media body ideal images triggers food intake among restrained eaters: A test of restraint theory and the elaboration likelihood model. Eating Behaviors, 15(2), 262-270. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2014.03.003

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Kuijer, R. G., & Boyce, J. A. (2014). Chocolate cake. Guilt or celebration? Associations with healthy eating attitudes, perceived behavioural control, intentions and weight-loss. Appetite, 74, 48-54. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2013.11.013

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Boyce, J. A., Kuijer, R. G., & Gleaves, D. H. (2013). Positive fantasies or negative contrasts: The effect of media body ideals on restrained eaters' mood, weight satisfaction, and food intake. Body Image, 10(4), 535-543. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.07.002

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Lycett, K., & Kerr, J. A. (2021). A helpful reminder of BMI's nuances but little support for the "obesity paradox". Journal of Nutrition, 151(5), 1051-1052. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxab035

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Kerr, J. A., Loughman, A., Knox, A., Koplin, J. J., Allen, K. J., & Wake, M. (2019). Nutrition-related interventions targeting childhood overweight and obesity: A narrative review. Obesity Reviews, 20(Suppl. 1), 45-60. doi: 10.1111/obr.12768

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Koplin, J. J., Kerr, J. A., Lodge, C., Garner, C., Dharmage, S. C., Wake, M., & Allen, K. J. (2019). Infant and young child feeding interventions targeting overweight and obesity: A narrative review. Obesity Reviews, 20(Suppl. 1), 31-44. doi: 10.1111/obr.12798

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Lycett, K., Miller, A., Knox, A., Dunn, S., Kerr, J. A., Sung, V., & Wake, M. (2017). ‘Nudge’ interventions for improving children's dietary behaviors in the home: A systematic review. Obesity Medicine, 7, 21-33. doi: 10.1016/j.obmed.2017.06.001

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Boyce, J. A., Martens, A., Schimel, J., & Kuijer, R. G. (2012). Preliminary support for links between media body ideal insecurity and women's shoe and handbag purchases [Brief research report]. Body Image, 9(3), 413-416. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2012.03.001

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Kuijer, R. G., & Boyce, J. A. (2012). Emotional eating and its effect on eating behaviour after a natural disaster [Short communication]. Appetite, 58(3), 936-939. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.02.046

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