Who are we?

Dr Cath Conlon

Senior Lecturer, Massey University, Auckland

CathConlon 2016 Cath initially trained as a paediatric nurse at Great Ormond Street in London, UK and she has extensive clinical experience of working with children with feeding issues. She undertook her MSc in Human Nutrition and then undertook a PhD investigating the nutrition of preterm babies at the University of Sheffield in the UK. She came out to New Zealand in 2003 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition at Massey University. She teaches within her field of expertise which is maternal, infant and paediatric nutrition. Her research interests include fussy eating, nutrition of preterm babies, maternal diets and feeding babies and young children. She has worked with Emily Jones and a number of other health professionals to develop the ACTIVEating programme.

Emily Jones, MNZSTA

Speech-Language Therapist, Feeding Therapist, Clinical Educator

EmilyProfile Emily qualified as a speech-language therapist from the University of Sydney in 1997. She completed her post graduate intermediate and advanced certification in paediatric dysphagia in 2002, and has specialised in working with infants and children with feeding and swallowing difficulties ever since.

Emily has a special interest in working with children and their families overcoming oral aversion, weaning from enteral tube feeding and developing oral motor sensory skills. She is clinical educator and teaches Paediatric Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders course at Massey University.


Visiting Professionals

(upon request)

Lindy Thomas, BA (Psych), BA Hons (Psych), MA (Couns Psych)

Lindy Thomas is our consultant psychologist. She has a Masters degree in psychology from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Lindy Thomas 2015 University (NMMU)) in South Africa. She worked for the NMMU at both the University Clinic and the Student Counselling Career and Development Centre as well as in private practice. She emigrated to new Zealand in 2008 working as a psychologist for both the Ministry of Education and the WDHB. Lindy also works part-time in her private practice, enAble Psychology. She has a special interest and experience working with children who have feeding difficulties and with supporting their families. She will form part of the trans-disciplinary team at Massey University and assist with the ongoing research and development of a feeding programme that specifically meets the needs of the NZ population.

Reena Soniassy Reena Soniassy, NZRD

Dietetic Practice Coordinator, Massey University, Auckland

Reena Soniassy is a Registered Dietitian with clinical experience in Australia and New Zealand. She is the Dietetic Practice Coordinator for the new  MSc Nutrition and Dietetics degree at Massey University. She also works as Clinical Dietitian for the Waitemata District Health Board. Reena has a special interest in neonatal and paediatric nutrition. She completed the SOS training (Sequential Oral Sensory) programme this year and is working with the team at Massey University to evaluate and design research which addresses feeding issues in children.

Dr Pamela von Hurst

Dr Pamela Von Hurst is a lecturer in Human Nutrition at Massey University, and co-director of the Massey University Vitamin D Research Centre.
She is also a member of the management team of the recently-launched Massey Paediatric Feeding and Nutrition Clinic (PIFAN).
Pamela teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate nutrition, across a range of topics including nutrition for sport and exercise, nutrition during
pregnancy, bone health and nutrition research.

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