• Parkway Entrance, School of Human Sciences (Building 444)

    6009 Crawley


  • The University of Western Australia (M503), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 1 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
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Personal profile


With a Bachelor of Science (with First Class Honours) from the University of Western Australia and a PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Professor Amanda Salis (nee Sainsbury) leads a research team at the University of Western Australia's School of Human Sciences that aims to help people to attain and maintain an optimum body weight and composition.

Her translational research into hypothalamic control of appetite, eating behavior, energy expenditure, body weight and body composition spans transgenic mice, adults with overweight or obesity (with or without eating disorders), as well as adult athletes.

Her randomized controlled trials comparing long-term effects of fast versus slow weight loss – using intermittent versus continuous energy restriction – are funded by a Senior Research Fellowship and Project Grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia.

She is the author of two books about adult weight management that are available internationally in three languages and are used by consumers, community health centres / gyms, and by healthcare professionals (e.g. general practitioners, physiotherapists, dieticians, diabetes educators and psychologists).

Previous positions

University of Sydney: Sydney, NSW, AU

2012-03 to 2019-12 | NHMRC Senior Research Fellow (The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, Sydney Medical School)

Garvan Institute of Medical Research: Darlinghurst, NSW, AU

2001-02 to 2012-02 | Senior Research Officer, then Research Fellow, then Senior Research Fellow (Neuroscience Program)

Garvan Institute of Medical Research: Darlinghurst, NSW, AU

1998-02 to 2001-01 | Postdoctoral Research Fellow, then Senior Research Officer (Diabetes and Metabolism Program)

Universite de Geneve: Geneva, GE, CH

1997-02 to 1998-01 | Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Division de Genetique Medicale)

University of Western Australia: Crawley, WA, AU

1991-02 to 1991-10 | Research Assistant (Department of Biochemistry)


English (maternal language)

French (fluent)

Turkish (conversational)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Université de Genève


BSc (Hons), The University of Western Australia



  • Ageing
  • Clinical Trials
  • Digital Health
  • Health
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Obesity
  • Weight loss
  • Body composition
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sarcopenia
  • Binge eating

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Research Output 2018 2019

  • 1 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 5 Article
  • 2 Review article

Effectiveness and Characterization of Severely Energy-Restricted Diets in People with Class III Obesity: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Maston, G., Gibson, A. A., Kahlaee, H. R., Franklin, J., Manson, E., Sainsbury, A. & Markovic, T. P., 7 Dec 2019, In : Behavioral Sciences. 9, 12

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

low calorie diet
systematic review

Effect of Weight Loss via Severe vs Moderate Energy Restriction on Lean Mass and Body Composition Among Postmenopausal Women With Obesity: The TEMPO Diet Randomized Clinical Trial

Seimon, R. V., Wild-Taylor, A. L., Keating, S. E., McClintock, S., Harper, C., Gibson, A. A., Johnson, N. A., Fernando, H. A., Markovic, T. P., Center, J. R., Franklin, J., Liu, P. Y., Grieve, S. M., Lagopoulos, J., Caterson, I. D., Byrne, N. M. & Sainsbury, A., 2 Oct 2019, In : JAMA Network Open. 2, 10, p. e1913733

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Body Composition
Weight Loss
Randomized Controlled Trials

Less Binge Eating and Loss of Control over Eating Are Associated with Greater Levels of Mindfulness: Identifying Patterns in Postmenopausal Women with Obesity

Smith, V. M., Seimon, R. V., Harris, R. A., Sainsbury, A. & da Luz, F. Q., 8 Apr 2019, In : Behavioral Sciences. 9, 4, 36.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The real happy study: Protocol for a prospective assessment of the real-world effectiveness of the HAPIFED program — A healthy Approach to weight management and food in eating disorders

Pattinson, A. L., Nassar, N., da Luz, F. Q., Hay, P., Touyz, S. & Sainsbury, A., 1 Jul 2019, In : Behavioral Sciences. 9, 7, 72.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
eating disorder
eating disorders
Program Evaluation
weight control

Rationale and Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Fast versus Slow Weight Loss in Postmenopausal Women with Obesity-The TEMPO Diet Trial

Seimon, R. V., Gibson, A. A., Harper, C., Keating, S. E., Johnson, N. A., da Luz, F. Q., Fernando, H. A., Skilton, M. R., Markovic, T. P., Caterson, I. D., Hay, P., Byrne, N. M. & Sainsbury, A., 20 Jul 2018, In : Healthcare. 6, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Weight Loss
Randomized Controlled Trials
Body Composition