Lisa Houghton is a Emeritus Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition with research interest in community and international nutrition.
Professor Lisa Houghton joined the Department of Human Nutrition in 2008. Lisa completed her undergraduate and MSc training at the University of Guelph, Canada, her clinical dietetic training at McMaster Health Sciences, and her PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. Prior to arriving in New Zealand, Lisa was an Assistant Professor at Acadia University, and was a Research Associate at The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada, and the Premature Infant Nutrition group at Abbott Laboratories, USA. She is a member of American Society of Nutrition and the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation.
Lisa Houghton's research is focused on the assessment and health consequences of micronutrient deficiencies in “at risk” population groups, with particular expertise in maternal and young child undernutrition. Current topics of investigation include nutritional assessment of infants, young children and mothers in Indonesia, Kenya and India; investigation of the influence of infant and young child feeding practices on diet quality, gut microbiota, growth and morbidity; assessment of the impact of a complementary feeding home-fortification strategy using a desiccated beef powder on the growth and development of young children; and, development of a field friendly exclusive breastfeeding biomarker tool.
- Otago Global Health Institute, Leadership Group
Current postgraduate students
- Aly Diana. Adequacy of micronutrient intakes and status of breastfed Indonesian infants fed traditional complementary foods.
- Rosemary Stamm. Folate and one-carbon metabolism in human milk fed infants and their mothers.
- Ben Wheeler. Intermittent maternal vitamin D supplementation to prevent vitamin D deficiency in the breastfed infant and lactating mother.
- Carla Thomson. Teaching and learning reflective practice in dietetic education
- Maria Polak. Vitamin D and emotional well-being in the general population.
Master of Science
- Deborah McIntosh. Adequacy of complementary diets and nutritional status of disadvantaged Indian children
Master of Dietetics
- Briar McKenzie. Retrospective study on the growth trajectories and nutritional support of preterm infants at Dunedin Hospital
- Sue MacDonell. Optimising the nutritional status, health and well-being of older New Zealand adults in residential care.
- Rebecca Lander. Nutritional status of disadvantaged preschool children attending daycares in Salvador, Northeast Brazil: a cross-sectional study. 2012.
Master of Science
- Aimee Richardson. The effect of selenium and iron status on well-being of young adults. 2014
- Sarah Beaumont. Compliance of rural mothers in Emali, Kenya to WHO guiding principles for complementary feeding practices and behaviours. 2013
- Simonette Mallard. Prevalence of awareness and use of supplemental folic acid before and during pregnancy, Does long-term folic acid supplementation have an impact on 1-carbon metabolism? 2012.
- Rose Stamm. An evaluation of the accuracy of the folate microbiologic assay and comparison with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. 2011
- Nicola Hursthouse. Validation of a food frequency questionnaire to assess folate intake of NZ reproductive-aged children. 20111
- Victoria Logan. Predictors of vitamin D status in New Zealand adults and the effect of vitamin D2 and vitamin D3 supplementation on 25-hydroxyvitamin D and parathyroid hormone concentrations. 2011
Peddie, M., Scott, T., Ranasinghe, C., Fleming, E., Webster, K., Brown, R., Houghton, L., & Haszard, J. (2022). A sample of female adolescent self-identified vegetarians in New Zealand consume less protein and saturated fat, but more fiber than their omnivorous peers. Nutrients, 14, 711. doi: 10.3390/nu14030711
Diana, A., Haszard, J. J., Irda Sari, S. Y., Rahmannia, S., Fathonah, A., Sofiah, W. N., … Harper, M., … Houghton, L., & Gibson, R. (2021). Determination of modifiable risk factors for length-for-age z-scores among resource-poor Indonesian infants. PLoS ONE, 16(2), e0247247. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247247
Bērziņš, K., Harrison, S. D. L., Leong, C., Fraser-Miller, S. J., Harper, M. J., Diana, A., Gibson, R. S., Houghton, L. A., & Gordon, K. C. (2021). Qualitative and quantitative vibrational spectroscopic analysis of macronutrients in breast milk. Spectrochimica Acta Part A, 246, 118982. doi: 10.1016/j.saa.2020.118982
Leong, C., Gibson, R. S., Diana, A., Haszard, J. J., Rahmannia, S., Ansari, M. B., … Houghton, L. A. (2021). Differences in micronutrient intakes of exclusive and partially breastfed Indonesian infants from resource-poor households are not accompanied by differences in micronutrient status, morbidity, or growth. Journal of Nutrition, 151, 705-715. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxaa381
Green, T. J., Whitfield, K. C., Daniels, L., Brown, R. C., & Houghton, L. A. (2021). Modeling thiamine fortification: A case study from Kuria atoll, Republic of Kiribati. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1498, 108-115. doi: 10.1111/nyas.14561