Ian is a Research Scientist within the Nutrition and Health research program at the CSIRO in Australia. He is also a registered Psychologist working in private practice, thus maintaining a dual research/clinical role.
Ian’s research projects relate to the development and substantiation of nutritional and dietary interventions for health benefits, with a particular focus on human cognitive function and Psychological wellbeing. Ian’s research has involved large-scale clinical substantiation trials in all age groups (including young children and the elderly) and also individuals with chronic disease (e.g., Diabetes).
Recent projects have explored nutrient-enriched dairy products, D and B-group vitamins, caloric-restriction patterns and weight-loss interventions on cognitive function, fatigue and mood. In addition to this, Ian has a track record in the area of preventive health behaviours (e.g., cancer screening) and has worked collaboratively with Government and other organisations to translate research into practice to improve health outcomes. Current work in this area includes exploring the utility of wearable technologies in a mental health context, as well as improving the identification of mental health difficulties in at-risk groups, including men.
In his clinical role as a Psychologist, Ian undertakes psychosocial and cognitive assessments, and also offers therapeutic support drawing heavily on a values-guided behavioural modification approach. In this role, he works with adolescents and adults experiencing a range of mental health disorders including but not limited to, anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties and eating disorders.
With thanks to the Maurice and Phylliss Paykel Trust for supporting Dr Zajac to come to New Zealand.