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Qualifications

PhD, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand 2015
BSc (Hons) Psychology, Swansea University

About

Dr Amy Romijn is Senior Research Assistant for The Dyscovery Centre research team (Research Dyscovery). She is an early career researcher with expertise in nutrition and mental health, with a particular focus on associations between the gut microbiome and depression. Other areas of research interest include omega 3 fatty acids, nutrient supplements, inflammation and immune function, and links between autism and the gut microbiome. Since starting work at The Dyscovery Centre she has been developing knowledge in the area of neurodevelopmental disorders and she is keen to explore the relationships among neurodevelopmental disorders, eating and feeding behaviours, nutrition, obesity and other health-related behaviours.

Publications

Romijn, AR, Rucklidge, JJ, Kuijer, RG and Frampton, C. (In Press). A double blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial of Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium longum for the symptoms of depression. Australian New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, In press.

Romijn, AR and Rucklidge, JJ. (2015). Systematic review of evidence to support the theory of psychobiotics. Nutrition Reviews. DOI: 10.1093/nutrit/nuv025.

Kaplan, BJ, Rucklidge, JJ, Romijn, AR and McLeod, K. (2015). The Emerging Field of Nutritional Mental Health: Inflammation, the Microbiome, Oxidative Stress, and Mitochondrial Function. Clinical Psychological Science. DOI: 10.1177/2167702614555413.

Kaplan, BJ, Rucklidge, JJ, Romijn, AR and Dolph, M. (2015). A randomised trial of nutrient supplements to minimise psychiatric illness after a natural disaster. Psychiatry Research, 228 (3), 373-379. DOI : 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.05.080i.

External

Conference proceedings:

Purcell, CP and Romijn, AR. Appropriateness of Road Safety Education for Children with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD). Poster presentation. DCD-UK biennial conference. Leeds, UK, July 2016.

Rucklidge, J, Blampied, N, Kaplan, B, Gorman, B, Romijn, AR, […] Gordon, H. Diet and recovery: The role of nutrients after a natural disaster. People In Disasters Conference. Christchurch, NZ, February 2016.

Romijn, AR and Rucklidge, JJ. Efficacy of a probiotic agent as an intervention for depression: A work-in-progress report. Oral presentation. International Society of Nutritional Psychiatry Research; Annual Meeting. Melbourne, Australia, April 2014.

Invited talks:
Nutrition and Mental Health. The Dandelion Project; Thrive 2020 conference. Guernsey, October 2015
The gut and mental health. Invited lecture to Masters students, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 2014

Areas of Expertise

Nutrition, gut microbiome, immune function, depression

Twitter

@amyromijn

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