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Dr Katherine Black

BSc(Hons)(Salf) MSc PhD(Lough)

Katherine Black 2019 imageEmail katherine.black@otago.ac.nz

Katherine Black is a senior lecturer within the Department of Human Nutrition. She is responsible for the Sport and Exercise Nutrition papers and programmes within the Department.  Her research interests are in the area of elite sporting performance, nutrition and health. She has worked with some leading athletes with New Zealand to investigate nutritional practices to optimise their performance. Recently, her research has focused on the health of female athletes, both high performance and recreational, to asses the impact of inappropriate energy intakes on reproductive and bone health. 

Originally from Yorkshire, Katherine gained a BSc (Hons) in Exercise and Health Sciences at the University of Salford, an MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University investigating blood brain barrier permeability, hydration and exercise in the heat followed by a PhD studying the fluid and electrolyte balance of special populations, focusing on paralympic athletes and kidney transplant recipients.

She is paper coordinator for:

HUNT232: Sport and exercise nutrition
HUNT355: Perspectives in sports nutrition

NUTN407/SPME703: Advanced sports nutrition

Current postgraduate students

Master of Science

Sam Christensen. Markers of cardiovascular disease risk in elite rugby players with and without Low Energy Availability

Recent Graduates

PhD

Pouya Saeedi. Associations between dietary patterns and fitness, and indices of arterial stiffness among primary school children aged 9 to 11 years.

Anna Howe. Dietary patterns and health in New Zealand adolescents.

Master of Science

Brittany Davison. The association between parent and child dietary patterns.

Rachel Scrivin. Meta-analysis on the effects of sodium supplementation and intake on hydration and athletic performance in physically active people.

Luke Scullion. Health And Bread Intervention Trials (HABIT)

Hannah Gentle. Pre-exercise protein ingestion on muscle damage and performance in high-intensity exercise.

Alex Lubransky. Active commuting and fitness in Otago adolescents.

Master of Dietetics

Brylee Haywood. Effects of probiotic supplementation on upper respiratory tract infections in team sports.

Dave Shaw. Sports nutrition knowledge differences between able bodied and spinal cord injured athletes.

Jessica Moulds. Nutrition knowledge differences between able bodied and spinal cord injured athletes.

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Publications

Smith, S., Sims, S. T., Thorpe, H., Baker, D., Haszard, J., Badenhorst, C., & Black, K. E. (2020). Hepcidin and iron: Novel findings for elite female rugby sevens players. Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical Fitness, 60(2), 289-293. doi: 10.23736/s0022-4707.19.10096-5

Jones, M. A., Skidmore, P. M. L., Stoner, L., Harrex, H., Saeedi, P., Black, K., & Gibbs, B. B. (2020). Associations of accelerometer-measured sedentary time, sedentary bouts, and physical activity with adiposity and fitness in children. Journal of Sports Sciences, 38(1), 114-120. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2019.1685842

White, N., Naldoza-Drake, P., Black, K., Scullion, L., & Machado, L. (2020). Can improving the nutritional content of bread enhance cognition? Cognitive outcomes from a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 4, 167-178. doi: 10.1007/s41465-019-00149-0

Stoner, L., Higgins, S., Black, K., Boggess, K., Meyer, M. L., Chou, A., Galland, B., Haszard, J. J., Meredith-Jones, K., … Skeaff, S., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2020). Short sleep duration is associated with central arterial stiffness in children independent of other lifestyle behaviors. Journal of Science in Sport & Exercise. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s42978-020-00062-5

Kuroko, S., Black, K., Chryssidis, T., Finigan, R., Hann, C., Haszard, J., Jackson, R., … Robinson, C., Thomson, C., … Skidmore, P. (2020). Create Our Own Kai: A randomised control trial of a cooking intervention with group interview insights into adolescent cooking behaviours. Nutrients, 12(3), 796. doi: 10.3390/nu12030796

Journal - Research Article

Smith, S., Sims, S. T., Thorpe, H., Baker, D., Haszard, J., Badenhorst, C., & Black, K. E. (2020). Hepcidin and iron: Novel findings for elite female rugby sevens players. Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical Fitness, 60(2), 289-293. doi: 10.23736/s0022-4707.19.10096-5

Kuroko, S., Black, K., Chryssidis, T., Finigan, R., Hann, C., Haszard, J., Jackson, R., … Robinson, C., Thomson, C., … Skidmore, P. (2020). Create Our Own Kai: A randomised control trial of a cooking intervention with group interview insights into adolescent cooking behaviours. Nutrients, 12(3), 796. doi: 10.3390/nu12030796

Stoner, L., Higgins, S., Black, K., Boggess, K., Meyer, M. L., Chou, A., Galland, B., Haszard, J. J., Meredith-Jones, K., … Skeaff, S., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2020). Short sleep duration is associated with central arterial stiffness in children independent of other lifestyle behaviors. Journal of Science in Sport & Exercise. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s42978-020-00062-5

White, N., Naldoza-Drake, P., Black, K., Scullion, L., & Machado, L. (2020). Can improving the nutritional content of bread enhance cognition? Cognitive outcomes from a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 4, 167-178. doi: 10.1007/s41465-019-00149-0

Jones, M. A., Skidmore, P. M. L., Stoner, L., Harrex, H., Saeedi, P., Black, K., & Gibbs, B. B. (2020). Associations of accelerometer-measured sedentary time, sedentary bouts, and physical activity with adiposity and fitness in children. Journal of Sports Sciences, 38(1), 114-120. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2019.1685842

Black, K. E., Hindle, C., McLay-Cooke, R., Brown, R. C., Gibson, C., Baker, D. F., & Smith, B. (2019). Dietary intakes differ by body composition goals: An observational study of professional rugby union players in New Zealand. American Journal of Men's Health, 13(6), 1-10. doi: 10.1177/1557988319891350

Black, K. E., Baker, D. F., & Sims, S. T. (2019). Nutritional needs of the female athlete: Risk and prevention of low energy availability. Strength & Conditioning Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000464

Gibson, C., Hindle, C., McLay-Cooke, R., Slater, J., Brown, R., Smith, B., … Black, K. (2019). Body image amongst elite rugby union players. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 33(8), 2217-2222. doi: 10.1519/jsc.0000000000002312

Scullion, L., Baker, D., Healey, P., Edwards, A., Love, T., & Black, K. (2018). No association between vitamin D and acute respiratory tract infections amongst elite New Zealand rugby players and rowers. International Journal for Vitamin & Nutrition Research, 88, 8-15. doi: 10.1024/0300-9831/a000285

Scrivin, R., & Black, K. (2018). Sports drinks consumed during exercise, which affect thermoregulation and/or athletic performance in the heat: A review. Strength & Conditioning Journal, 40(5), 108-119. doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000394

Black, K. E., Witard, O. C., Baker, D., Healey, P., Lewis, V., Tavares, F., Christensen, S., … Smith, B. (2018). Adding omega-3 fatty acids to a protein-based supplement during pre-season training results in reduced muscle soreness and the better maintenance of explosive power in professional Rugby Union players. European Journal of Sport Science, 18(10), 1357-1367. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2018.1491626

Black, K. E., Black, A. D., Baker, D., & Fairbairn, K. (2018). Body mass changes during training in elite rugby union: Is a single test of hydration indices reliable? European Journal of Sport Science, 18(8), 1049-1057. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2018.1470677

Black, K., Thomson, C., Chryssidis, T., Finigan, R., Hann, C., Jackson, R., Robinson, C., Toldi, O., & Skidmore, P. (2018). Pilot testing of an intensive cooking course for New Zealand adolescents: The Create-Our-Own Kai Study. Nutrients, 10(5), 556. doi: 10.3390/nu10050556

Black, K., Slater, J., Brown, R. C., & Cooke, R. (2018). Low energy availability, plasma lipids, and hormonal profiles of recreational athletes. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 32(10), 2816-2824. doi: 10.1519/jsc.0000000000002540

Saeedi, P., Black, K. E., Haszard, J. J., Skeaff, S., Stoner, L., Davidson, B., Harrex, H. A. L., Meredith-Jones, K., Quigg, R., … Skidmore, P. M. L. (2018). Dietary patterns, cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness in 9-11-year-old children from Dunedin, New Zealand. Nutrients, 10, 887. doi: 10.3390/nu10070887

Love, T. D., Baker, D. F., Healey, P., & Black, K. E. (2018). Measured and perceived indices of fluid balance in professional athletes. The use and impact of hydration assessment strategies. European Journal of Sport Science, 3, 349-356. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2017.1418910

Harrex, H. A. L., Skeaff, S. A., Black, K. E., Davison, B. K., Haszard, J. J., Meredith-Jones, K., Quigg, R., Saeedi, P., … Skidmore, P. M. L. (2018). Sleep timing is associated with diet and physical activity levels in 9-11-year-old children from Dunedin, New Zealand: The PEDALS study. Journal of Sleep Research, 27(4), e12634. doi: 10.1111/jsr.12634

McIntosh, N. D., Love, T. D., Haszard, J. J., Osborne, H. R., & Black, K. E. (2018). β-hydroxy β-methylbutyrate (HMB) supplementation effects on body mass and performance in elite male rugby union players. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 32(1), 19-26. doi: 10.1519/jsc.0000000000001695

Francois, M. E., Cosgrove, S. D., Walker, N. M., Lucas, S. J. E., & Black, K. E. (2018). Physiological responses to a five-day adventure race: Continuous blood glucose, hemodynamics and metabolites the 2012 GODZone field-study. Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness, 16(3), 78-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jesf.2018.07.002

Davison, B., Saeedi, P., Black, K., Harrex, H., Haszard, J., Meredith-Jones, K., Quigg, R., Skeaff, S., … Skidmore, P. (2017). The association between parent diet quality and child dietary patterns in nine- to eleven-year-old children from Dunedin, New Zealand. Nutrients, 9(5), 483. doi: 10.3390/nu9050483

Slater, J., Brown, R., McLay-Cooke, R., & Black, K. (2017). Low energy availability in exercising women: Historical perspectives and future directions. Sports Medicine, 47(2), 207-220. doi: 10.1007/s40279-016-0583-0

Slater, J., McLay-Cooke, R., Brown, R., & Black, K. (2016). Female recreational exercisers at risk of low energy availability. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, 26(5), 421-427. doi: 10.1123/ijsnem.2015-0245

Howe, A. S., Skidmore, P. M. L., Parnell, W. R., Wong, J. E., Lubransky, A. C., & Black, K. E. (2016). Cardiorespiratory fitness is positively associated with a healthy dietary pattern in New Zealand adolescents. Public Health Nutrition, 19(7), 1279-1287. doi: 10.1017/S1368980015002566

Sharma, M., Tuaine, J., McLaren, B., Waters, D. L., Black, K., Jones, L. M., & McCormick, S. P. A. (2016). Chemotherapy agents alter plasma lipids in breast cancer patients and show differential effects on lipid metabolism genes in liver cells. PLoS ONE, 11(1), e0148049. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0148049

McLean, A., Brown, R. C., & Black, K. E. (2016). The fluid and electrolyte balance of New Zealand European and Maori/Pacific Island athletes: An observational study. European Journal of Sport Science, 16(3), 336-343. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2015.1017539

Wong, J. E., Parnell, W. R., Howe, A. S., Lubransky, A. C., Black, K. E., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2015). Diet quality is associated with measures of body fat in adolescents from Otago, New Zealand. Public Health Nutrition, 18(8), 1453-1460. doi: 10.1017/s1368980014001645

Black, K. E., Skidmore, P., & Brown, R. C. (2014). Fluid balance of cyclists during a 387-km race. European Journal of Sport Science, 14(Suppl. 1), S421-S428. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2012.711860

Gentle, H. L., Love, T. D., Howe, A. S., & Black, K. E. (2014). A randomised trial of pre-exercise meal composition on performance and muscle damage in well-trained basketball players. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 11, 33. doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-11-33

Clark, E. M., Quigg, R., Wong, J. E., Richards, R., Black, K. E., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2014). Is the food environment surrounding schools associated with the diet quality of adolescents in Otago, New Zealand? Health & Place, 30, 78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.08.008

Haywood, B. A., Black, K. E., Baker, D., McGarvey, J., Healey, P., & Brown, R. C. (2014). Probiotic supplementation reduces the duration and incidence of infections but not severity in elite rugby union players. Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport, 17(4), 356-360. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.08.004

Walker, N., Love, T. D., Baker, D. F., Healey, P. B., Haszard, J., Edwards, A. S., & Black, K. E. (2014). Knowledge and attitudes to vitamin D and sun exposure in elite New Zealand athletes: A cross-sectional study. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 11, 47. doi: 10.1186/s12970-014-0047-6

Cosgrove, S. D., Love, T. D., Brown, R. C., Baker, D. F., Howe, A. S., & Black, K. E. (2014). Fluid and electrolyte balance during two different preseason training sessions in elite rugby union players. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 28(2), 520-527. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3182986d43

Skidmore, P. M. L., Howe, A. S., Polak, M. A., Wong, J. E., Lubransky, A., Williams, S. M., & Black, K. E. (2013). Sleep duration and adiposity in older adolescents from Otago, New Zealand: Relationships differ between boys and girls and are independent of food choice. Nutrition Journal, 12, 128. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-12-128

Howe, A. S., Black, K. E., Wong, J. E., Parnell, W. R., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2013). Dieting status influences associations between dietary patterns and body composition in adolescents: A cross-sectional study. Nutrition Journal, 12(1), 51. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-12-51

Cosgrove, S. D., & Black, K. E. (2013). Sodium supplementation has no effect on endurance performance during a cycling time-trial in cool conditions: A randomised cross-over trial. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 10, 30. doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-10-30

Wong, J. E., Parnell, W. R., Howe, A. S., Black, K. E., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2013). Development and validation of a food-based diet quality index for New Zealand adolescents. BMC Public Health, 13, 562. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-562

Black, K. E., Huxford, J., Perry, T., & Brown, R. C. (2013). Fluid and sodium balance of elite wheelchair rugby players. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, 23, 110-118.

Cosgrove, S. D., Love, T. D., & Black, K. E. (2013). Sodium supplementation during prolonged exercise: Effects on plasma sodium and performance. OA Sports Medicine, 1(2), 12.

Wong, J. E., Parnell, W. R., Black, K. E., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2012). Reliability and relative validity of a food frequency questionnaire to assess food group intakes in New Zealand adolescents. Nutrition Journal, 11, 65. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-11-65

Black, K. E., Skidmore, P. M. L., & Brown, R. C. (2012). Energy intakes of ultraendurance cyclists during competition: An observational study. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, 22(1), 19-23.

Black, K. E., Skidmore, P., & Brown, R. C. (2012). Case study: Nutritional strategies of a cyclist with celiac disease during an ultraendurance race. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, 22(4), 304-310.

Watson, P., Black, K. E., Clark, S. C., & Maughan, R. J. (2006). Exercise in the heat: Effect of fluid ingestion on blood-brain barrier permeability. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 38(12), 2118-2124. doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000235356.31932.0a

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Journal - Research Other

Badenhorst, C. E., Black, K. E., & O'Brien, W. J. (2019). Hepcidin as a prospective individualised biomarker for individuals at risk of low energy availability. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, 29(6), 671-681. doi: 10.1123/ijsnem.2019-0006

Black, K. E., Black, A. D., & Baker, D. F. (2018). Macronutrient intakes of male rugby union players: A review. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, 28(6), 664-673. doi: 10.1123/ijsnem.2017-0400

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Francois, M. E., Cosgrove, S. D., Walker, N. M., Lucas, S. J. E., & Black, K. E. (2013). Physiological impact of adventure racing: The 2012 GODZone field study [Minipaper]. In J. D. Cotter, S. J. E. Lucas & T. Mündel (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics (ICEE). (pp. 296-297). International Society for Environmental Ergonomics. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Winter, J., Black, K., & Brown, R. (2019). Knowledge of low energy availability, relative energy deficiency in sport and the female athlete triad amongst female athletes and active individuals. Proceedings, 37(1), 24. doi: 10.3390/proceedings2019037024

Skidmore, P. M. L., Howe, A. S., Lubransky, A., Stoner, L., Wong, J. E., & Black, K. E. (2017). The relationship between social jetlag and cardiorespiratory fitness in New Zealand adolescents. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 49(Suppl. 5), (pp. 323). doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000517754.13621.f4

Davison, B., Saeedi, P., Black, K., Harrex, H., Haszard, J., Meredith-Jones, K., Quigg, R., Skeaff, S., … Skidmore, P. (2017). The association between parent diet quality and child dietary patterns in nine to eleven year old children from Dunedin, New Zealand. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. (pp. 364-365). ISBNPA. Retrieved from https://www.isbnpa.org

Saeedi, P., Skeaff, S. A., Haszard, J., Black, K., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2017). Dietary patterns and markers of arterial health in primary school-age children. Proceedings of the Otago Global Health Institute (OGHI) 10th Annual Conference. (pp. 9). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/global-health/annual-conference

Harrex, H., Skeaff, S., Black, K., Davison, B., Haszard, J., Meredith-Jones, K., Saeedi, P., … Quigg, R., … Skidmore, P. (2017). Accelerometry-derived sleep-wake timing is associated with diet and physical activity in children: The PEDALS study. Journal of Sleep Research, 26(Suppl. 1), (pp. 5-6). doi: 10.1111/jsr.12617

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