Dr Gael Mearns

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Associate Head of Postgraduate Studies, School of Clinical Sciences, Senior Lecturer, Pathway Leader for Nurse Prescribing

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7108

Email: gael.mearns@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AA 238, Akoranga Campus, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote
Postal Address:
Faculty of  Health & Environmental Sciences
School of Clinical Sciences
Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
Links to relevant web pages:
New Zealand Nurses Organization 


MHSc (Hons)

Memberships and Affiliations:

AUT Centre for Midwifery and Women’s Health Research
New Zealand Nurses Organisation
New Zealand Nutrition Society
Public Health Association New Zealand

Teaching Areas:

  • Biological sciences
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Legislative frameworks for professional practice

Research Areas:

  • Women’s health
  • Micronutrient deficiencies
  • Vitamin B12 research
  • Public health nutrition
  • Educational preparation of health professionals for advanced practice roles

Research Summary:

Gael is a co-director for the Centre for Midwifery and Women’s Health Research. Her research focuses on the health and well-being of women and their families. Gael’s research projects include public health nutrition, vitamin B12 and micronutrient deficiencies, and health professional education for advanced practice roles. Gael supervises master and doctoral research students across a range of topics and research methodologies. The latter includes quantitative and qualitative research approaches, mixed methods and grounded theory. 

Current Research Projects:

  • Lead investigator on the Nurses Nutrition Study
  • Co-researcher on projects investigating food environments and its impact on families.


Past six years only

Chepulis, L., Mearns, G., Hill, S., Wu, J., Crino, M., Alderton, S., & Jenner, K. (2018). The nutritional content of supermarket beverages: A cross-sectional analysis of New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK. Public Health Nutritition, epub ahead of print, February 7, 2018. doi: 10.1017/S1368980017004128.

Mearns, G. J., & Chepulis, L. M., Sally Britnell, S & Skinner, K (2017). Health and Nutritional Literacy of New Zealand Nursing Students. Journal of Nursing Education, 56(1) 43-48. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20161219-09

Chepulis, L., Mearns, G. J., & Skinner, K. (2017). Sugar content of supermarket beverages commonly consumed by children in New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(3), 321-322. doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12638

Chepulis, L., Hill, S., & Mearns, G. (2017). The nutritional quality of New Zealand breakfast cereals: an update. Public Health Nutrition, 20(18), 3234-3237. doi:10.1017/S1368980017002397

Mearns, G., & Rush, E. C. (2016). Screening for inadequate dietary vitamin B-12 intake in South Asian women using a nutrient-specific, semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 26(6), 1119-1124. doi:10.6133/apjcn.112016.06

Chepulis, L. M., & Mearns, G. J. (2015). Evaluation of the nutritional knowledge of undergraduate nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education, 54 (9), S103-S106. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20150814-19

Mearns, G. J., Koziol-McLain, J., Obolonkin, V., & Rush, E. C. (2014). Preventing vitamin B12 deficiency in South Asian women of childbearing age: a randomised controlled trial comparing an oral vitamin B12 supplement with B12 dietary advice. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 68(8), 870–875 doi:10.1038/ejcn.2014.56

Mearns, G. J. (2012). Preventing vitamin B12 deficiency in South Asian women of childbearing age- the VitB12 study. ( A thesis submitted to Auckland University of Technology in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, November, 2012). AUT University: Auckland, New Zealand.

Mearns, G. J., Rush, E. C., & Koziol-McLain, J. (2012). Vitamin B12 deficiency and body anthropometry in South Asian women of child bearing age. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, 6, 65 doi:10.1016/j.orcp.2012.08.134


2009 - Three-year STAR PhD Scholarship
2013 – STAR Post-doctoral scholarship