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Professor Lisa Houghton

MSc(Guelph) PhD (Tor)

Lisa Houghton Photo 2017

Email lisa.houghton@otago.ac.nz

Lisa Houghton is a 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.

She is a member of the Otago Global Health Institute Leadership Group.

Teaching and paper coordination

Lisa teaches in the area of maternal, infant and young child nutrition along with coordination of the following papers:

HUNT313 Lifecycle Nutrition
HUND5A Research Methods

Current postgraduate students

PhD

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

Recent graduates

PhD

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

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Publications

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

Gibson, R. S., Rahmannia, S., Diana, A., Leong, C., Haszard, J. J., Hampel, D., Reid, M., … Houghton, L. A. (2020). Association of maternal diet, micronutrient status, and milk volume with milk micronutrient concentrations in Indonesian mothers at 2 and 5 months postpartum. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 112, 1039-1050. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqaa200

Houghton, L. A., McIntosh, D. R., Trilok-Kumar, G., Haszard, J. J., & Gibson, R. S. (2020). Suboptimal feeding and caring practices among young Indian children aged 12 to 24 mo living in the slums of New Delhi. Nutrition, 69, 110553. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2019.110553

Morrison, A. L., Lewthwaite, H., Houghton, L. A., Nasak, D. S. J., Sharples, K. J., Brown, P., Crump, J. A., & Jack, S. J. (2020). Child undernutrition in households with microbiologically safer drinking water and ‘improved water’ in Tanna, Vanuatu. Journal of Water & Health, 18(3), 416-429. doi: 10.2166/wh.2020.262

Ranque, C. L., Stroble, C., Amicucci, M. J., Tu, D., Diana, A., Rahmannia, S., … Gibson, R. S., … Houghton, L. A., & Lebrilla, C. B. (2020). Examination of carbohydrate products in feces reveals potential biomarkers distinguishing exclusive and nonexclusive breastfeeding practices in infants. Journal of Nutrition, 150, 1051-1057. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxaa028

Chapter in Book - Research

O'Connor, D. L., Houghton, L. A., & Sherwood, K. L. (2008). Nutrition issues during lactation. In C. J. Lammi-Keefe, S. C. Couch & E. Philipson (Eds.), Handbook of nutrition and pregnancy. (pp. 257-282). Totowa, NJ: Humana Press. doi: 10.1007/978-1-59745-112-3

Houghton, L. A., & O'Connor, D. L. (2008). Pregnancy and lactation. In L. U. Thompson & W. E. Ward (Eds.), Optimizing women's health through nutrition. (pp. 65-92). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

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Journal - Research Article

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

Houghton, L. A., McIntosh, D. R., Trilok-Kumar, G., Haszard, J. J., & Gibson, R. S. (2020). Suboptimal feeding and caring practices among young Indian children aged 12 to 24 mo living in the slums of New Delhi. Nutrition, 69, 110553. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2019.110553

Morrison, A. L., Lewthwaite, H., Houghton, L. A., Nasak, D. S. J., Sharples, K. J., Brown, P., Crump, J. A., & Jack, S. J. (2020). Child undernutrition in households with microbiologically safer drinking water and ‘improved water’ in Tanna, Vanuatu. Journal of Water & Health, 18(3), 416-429. doi: 10.2166/wh.2020.262

Ranque, C. L., Stroble, C., Amicucci, M. J., Tu, D., Diana, A., Rahmannia, S., … Gibson, R. S., … Houghton, L. A., & Lebrilla, C. B. (2020). Examination of carbohydrate products in feces reveals potential biomarkers distinguishing exclusive and nonexclusive breastfeeding practices in infants. Journal of Nutrition, 150, 1051-1057. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxaa028

Bromage, S., Daria, T., Lander, R. L., Tsolmon, S., Houghton, L. A., Tserennadmid, E., … Gibson, R. S., & Ganmaa, D. (2020). Diet and nutrition status of Mongolian adults. Nutrients, 12(5), 1514. doi: 10.3390/nu12051514

Gibson, R. S., Rahmannia, S., Diana, A., Leong, C., Haszard, J. J., Hampel, D., Reid, M., … Houghton, L. A. (2020). Association of maternal diet, micronutrient status, and milk volume with milk micronutrient concentrations in Indonesian mothers at 2 and 5 months postpartum. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 112, 1039-1050. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqaa200

Diana, A., Purnamasari, D. M., Rahmannia, S., Luftimas, D. E., Haszard, J. J., Gibson, R. S., & Houghton, L. A. (2019). Multimicronutrient biomarkers are related to anemia during infancy in Indonesia: A repeated cross sectional study. Current Developments in Nutrition, 3, nzz022. doi: 10.1093/cdn/nzz022

Houghton, L. A., Trilok-Kumar, G., McIntosh, D., Haszard, J. J., Harper, M. J., Reid, M., … Bailey, K., & Gibson, R. S. (2019). Multiple micronutrient status and predictors of anemia in young children aged 12-23 months living in New Delhi, India. PLoS ONE, 14(2), e0209564. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0209564

Daniels, L., Gibson, R. S., Diana, A., Haszard, J. J., Rahmannia, S., Luftimas, D. E., … Reid, M., … Houghton, L. A. (2019). Micronutrient intakes of lactating mothers and their association with breast milk concentrations and micronutrient adequacy of exclusively breastfed Indonesian infants. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 110, 391-400. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqz047

Michaux, K. D., Hou, K., Karakochuk, C. D., Whitfield, K. C., Ly, S., Verbowski, V., … Houghton, L. A., … Green, T. J. (2019). Effect of enhanced homestead food production on anaemia among Cambodian women and children: A cluster randomized controlled trial. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 15(Suppl. 3), e12757. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12757

Houghton, L. A., Brown, R. C., Beaumont, S., Jennings, S., Bailey, K. B., Haszard, J. J., … Daniels, L., & Gibson, R. S. (2019). Micronutrient status differs among Maasai and Kamba preschoolers participating in a supplementary feeding program in Kenya. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 15, e12805. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12805

Liu, Z., Diana, A., Slater, C., Preston, T., Gibson, R. S., Houghton, L., & Duffull, S. B. (2019). Development of a parsimonious design for optimal classification of exclusive breastfeeding. Clinical & Translational Science, 8, 596-605. doi: 10.1002/psp4.12428

Haszard, J. J., Diana, A., Daniels, L., Houghton, L. A., & Gibson, R. S. (2019). Development of a nutrient quality score for the complementary diets of Indonesian infants and relationships with linear growth and stunting: A longitudinal analysis. British Journal of Nutrition, 122, 71-77. doi: 10.1017/S0007114519000813

Rahmannia, S., Diana, A., Luftimas, D. E., Gurnida, D. A., Herawati, D. M. D., Houghton, L. A., & Gibson, R. S. (2019). Poor dietary diversity and low adequacy of micronutrient intakes among rural Indonesian lactating women from Sumedang district, West Java. PLoS ONE, 14(7), e0219675. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0219675

Holmes, J. B., Kroeun, H., Houghton, L. A., Gibson, R. S., Harding, K. B., De-Regil, L. M., … Karakochuk, C. D. (2019). Including 60 mg elemental iron in a multiple micronutrient supplement blunts the increase in serum zinc after 12 weeks of daily supplementation in predominantly anemic, nonpregnant Cambodian women of reproductive age. Journal of Nutrition, 149, 1503-1510. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxz097

Bulloch, R. E., McCowan, L. M. E., Thompson, J. M. D., Houghton, L. A., & Wall, C. R. (2019). Plasma folate and its association with folic acid supplementation, sociodemographic and lifestyle factors among New Zealand pregnant women. British Journal of Nutrition, 122, 910-918. doi: 10.1017/S0007114519001788

Lawley, B., Otal, A., Moloney-Geany, K., Diana, A., Houghton, L., Heath, A.-L. M., Taylor, R. W., & Tannock, G. W. (2019). Fecal microbiotas of Indonesian and New Zealand children differ in complexity and bifidobacterial taxa during the first year of life. Applied & Environmental Microbiology, 85(19), e01105-1. doi: 10.1128/aem.01105-19

Liu, Z., Diana, A., Slater, C., Preston, T., Gibson, R. S., Houghton, L., & Duffull, S. B. (2019). Development of a nonlinear hierarchical model to describe the disposition of deuterium in mother-infant pairs to assess exclusive breastfeeding practice. Journal of Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics, 46, 1-13. doi: 10.1007/s10928-018-9613-x

Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., de Lange, M., Harper, M. J., Jones, S., Mekhail, A., & Houghton, L. A. (2018). A longitudinal study of 25-hydroxy vitamin D and parathyroid hormone status throughout pregnancy and exclusive lactation in New Zealand mothers and their infants at 45° S. Nutrients, 10(1), 86. doi: 10.3390/nu10010086

McKenzie, B. L., Edmonds, L., Thomson, R., Haszard, J. J., & Houghton, L. A. (2018). Nutrition practices and predictors of postnatal growth in preterm infants during hospitalization: A longitudinal study. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, 66(2), 312-317. doi: 10.1097/mpg.0000000000001747

Mazahery, H., Cairncross, C., Conlon, C., Houghton, L., Coad, J., Camargo, Jr, C., … von Hurst, P. (2018). Type of cows' milk consumption and relationship to health predictors in New Zealand preschool children. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1468), 54-68. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Stamm, R. A., March, K. M., Karakochuk, C. D., Gray, A. R., Brown, R. C., Green, T. J., & Houghton, L. A. (2018). Lactating Canadian women consuming 100μg folic acid daily have high circulating serum folic acid above a threshold concentration of serum total folate. Journal of Nutrition, 148(7), 1103-1108. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxy070

MacDonell, S. O., Miller, J. C., Harper, M. J., Reid, M. R., Haszard, J. J., Gibson, R. S., & Houghton, L. A. (2018). A comparison of methods for adjusting biomarkers of iron, zinc, and selenium status for the effect of inflammation in an older population: A case for interleukin 6. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 107(6), 932-940. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqy052

Choukri, M. A., Conner, T. S., Haszard, J. J., Harper, M. J., & Houghton, L. A. (2018). Effect of vitamin D supplementation on depressive symptoms and psychological wellbeing in healthy adult women: A double-blind randomised controlled clinical trial. Journal of Nutritional Science, 7, e23. doi: 10.1017/jns.2018.14

Chebaya, P., Karakochuk, C. D., March, K. M., Chen, N. N., Stamm, R. A., Kroeun, H., … Houghton, L. A., … Whitfield, K. C. (2017). Correlations between maternal, breast milk, and infant vitamin B12 concentrations among mother-infant dyads in Vancouver, Canada and Prey Veng, Cambodia: An exploratory analysis. Nutrients, 9(3), 270. doi: 10.3390/nu9030270

Karakochuk, C. D., Whitfield, K. C., Rappaport, A. I., Barr, S. I., Vercauteren, S. M., McLean, J., … Houghton, L. A., Bailey, K. B., … Green, T. J. (2017). Comparison of four immunoassays to measure serum ferritin concentrations and iron deficiency prevalence among non-pregnant Cambodian women and Congolese children. Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine, 55(1), 65-72. doi: 10.1515/cclm-2016-0421

Karakochuk, C. D., Barker, M. K., Whitfield, K. C., Barr, S. I., Vercauteren, S. M., Devlin, A. M., … Houghton, L. A., … Green, T. J. (2017). The effect of oral iron with or without multiple micronutrients on hemoglobin concentration and hemoglobin response among nonpregnant Cambodian women of reproductive age: A 2 x 2 factorial, double-blind, randomized controlled supplementation trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 106(1), 233-244. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.116.140996

Dennis, N. A., Houghton, L. A., Pankhurst, M. W., Harper, M. J., & McLennan, I. S. (2017). Acute supplementation with high dose Vitamin D3 increases serum anti-Müllerian hormone in young women. Nutrients, 9, 719. doi: 10.3390/nu9070719

Karakochuk, C. D., Barr, S. I., Boy, E., Bahizire, E., Tugirimana, P. L., Akilimali, P. Z., Houghton, L. A., & Green, T. J. (2017). The effect of inflammation on serum zinc concentrations and the prevalence estimates of population-level zinc status among Congolese children aged 6-59 months. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 71, 1467-1470. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2017.127

Engle-Stone, R., Nankap, M., Ndjebayi, A. O., Allen, L. H., Shahab-Ferdows, S., Hampel, D., … Houghton, L. A., … Stamm, R. A., & Brown, K. H. (2017). Iron, zinc, folate, and vitamin B-12 status increased among women and children in Yaoundé and Douala, Cameroon, 1 year after introducing fortified wheat flour. Journal of Nutrition, 147(7), 1426-1436. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.245076

Diana, A., Haszard, J. J., Purnamasari, D. M., Nurulazmi, I., Luftimas, D. E., Rahmania, S., … Gibson, R. S., & Houghton, L. (2017). Iron, zinc, vitamin A and selenium status in a cohort of Indonesian infants after adjusting for inflammation using several different approaches. British Journal of Nutrition, 118(10), 830-839. doi: 10.1017/S0007114517002860

Diana, A., Mallard, S. R., Haszard, J. J., Purnamasari, D. M., Nurulazmi, I., Herliani, P. D., … Gibson, R. S., & Houghton, L. (2017). Consumption of fortified infant foods reduces dietary diversity but has a positive effect on subsequent growth in infants from Sumedang district, Indonesia. PLoS ONE, 12(4), e0175952. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175952

Cairncross, C. T., Stonehouse, W., Conlon, C. A., Grant, C. C., McDonald, B., Houghton, L. A., … von Hurst, P. R. (2017). Predictors of vitamin D status in New Zealand preschool children. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 13(3), e12340. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12340

Mark, H. E., Houghton, L. A., Gibson, R. S., Monterrosa, E., & Kraemer, K. (2016). Estimating dietary micronutrient supply and the prevalence of inadequate intakes from national Food Balance Sheets in the South Asia region. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 25(2), 368-376. doi: 10.6133/apjcn.2016.25.2.11

Miller, J. C., MacDonell, S. O., Gray, A. R., Reid, M. R., Barr, D. J., Thomson, C. D., & Houghton, L. A. (2016). Iodine status of New Zealand elderly residents in long-term residential care. Nutrients, 8(8), 445. doi: 10.3390/nu8080445

MacDonell, S. O., Miller, J. C., Harper, M. J., Waters, D. L., & Houghton, L. A. (2016). Vitamin D status and its predictors in New Zealand aged-care residents eligible for a government-funded universal vitamin D supplementation programme. Public Health Nutrition, 19(18), 3349-3360. doi: 10.1017/S1368980016001683

Cheong, M., Xiao, H. Y., Tay, V., Karakochuk, C. D., Liu, Y. A., Harvey, S., … Houghton, L. A., … Green, T. J. (2016). Folic acid fortified milk increases blood folate to concentrations associated with a very low risk of neural tube defects in Singaporean women of childbearing age. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 25(1), 62-70. doi: 10.6133/apjcn.2016.25.1.08

MacDonell, S. O., Miller, J. C., Waters, D. L., & Houghton, L. A. (2016). Dietary patterns in the frail elderly. Current Nutrition Reports, 5(1), 68-75. doi: 10.1007/s13668-016-0156-8

Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., Herbison, P., Haszard, J. J., Mekhail, A., Jones, S., Harper, M. J., & Houghton, L. A. (2016). High-dose monthly maternal cholecalciferol supplementation during breastfeeding affects maternal and infant vitamin D status at 5 months postpartum: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Nutrition, 146(10), 1999-2006. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.236679

Cairncross, C., Grant, C., Stonehouse, W., Conlon, C., McDonald, B., Houghton, L., … von Hurst, P. (2016). The relationship between vitamin D status and allergic diseases in New Zealand preschool children. Nutrients, 8(6), 326. doi: 10.3390/nu8060326

Mallard, S. R., Houghton, L. A., Filteau, S., Chisenga, M., Siame, J., Kasonka, L., … Gibson, R. S. (2016). Micronutrient adequacy and dietary diversity exert positive and distinct effects on linear growth in urban Zambian infants. Journal of Nutrition, 146(10), 2093-2101. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.233890

Htet, M. K., Fahmida, U., Thurnham, D. I., Hlaing, L. M., Akib, A., Utomo, B., & Houghton, L. A. (2016). Folate and vitamin B12 status and dietary intake of anaemic adolescent schoolgirls in the delta region of Myanmar. British Journal of Nutrition, 116(S1), S36-S41. doi: 10.1017/S0007114515001609

Harvey-Leeson, S., Karakochuk, C. D., Hawes, M., Tugirimana, P. L., Bahizire, E., Akilimali, P. Z., … Houghton, L. A., Gibson, R. S., & Green, T. J. (2016). Anemia and micronutrient status of women of childbearing age and children 6-59 months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nutrients, 8(2), 98. doi: 10.3390/nu8020098

Bromage, S., Rich-Edwards, J. W., Tselmen, D., Baylin, A., Houghton, L. A., Baasanjav, N., & Ganmaa, D. (2016). Seasonal epidemiology of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations among healthy adults living in rural and urban areas in Mongolia. Nutrients, 8, 592. doi: 10.3390/nu8100592

Mallard, S. R., Howe, A. S., & Houghton, L. A. (2016). Vitamin D status and weight loss: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized and nonrandomized controlled weight-loss trials. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 104(4), 1151-1159. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.116.136879

Houghton, L. A., Parnell, W. R., Thomson, C. D., Green, T. J., & Gibson, R. S. (2016). Serum zinc is a major predictor of anemia and mediates the effect of selenium on hemoglobin in school-aged children in a nationally representative survey in New Zealand. Journal of Nutrition, 146(9), 1670-1676. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.235127

MacDonell, S. O., Miller, J. C., Waters, D. L., & Houghton, L. A. (2015). Obesity in older adults: Prevalence, health risk and management of care among nursing home residents. Current Geriatrics Reports, 4(3), 211-220. doi: 10.1007/s13670-015-0137-6

Richardson, A. C., Heath, A.-L. M., Haszard, J. J., Polak, M. A., Houghton, L. A., & Conner, T. S. (2015). Higher body iron is associated with greater depression symptoms among young adult men but not women: Observational data from the Daily Life Study. Nutrients, 7, 6055-6072. doi: 10.3390/nu7085270

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