Professor Felice Jacka is Director of the Food & Mood
Centre at Deakin University in Australia, founder and president of
the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research, and
immediate past-president of the Australian Alliance for the
Prevention of Mental Disorders. She holds Honorary Principal
Research Fellow appointments at the Centre for Adolescent Health,
Murdoch Children's Research Centre, and the Black Dog Institute.
Professor Jacka's current research focuses closely on the links
between diet, gut health and mental and brain health.
You feel how you eat.
Professor Felice Jacka's love of food led her to question
whether what we put in our mouths every day affects more than our
waistline. Felice set out on a journey of discovery to change the
status quo and uncover the truth through rigorous science.
Beginning her PhD in 2005, she examined the association between
women's diets and their mental health, focusing on depression and
What Felice found fundamentally changes the way we think about
mental and brain health, and the importance of the nutrition-mental
Her book, Brain Changer explains how and why we should
consider our food as the basis of our mental and brain health
throughout our lives. It includes a selection of recipes featuring
ingredients beneficial to mental health. It also highlights the
practical things we can do to help prevent mental health problems
in the first place and offers strategies for treating these
problems if they do arise.
This is not a diet book to help you on the weight scales. This
is a guide to good habits to save your brain, improve the lives of
future generations, and to optimise your mental and brain health at
every stage of life.