In 2011, Helen led a clinical trial focused on reducing excessive gestational weight gain. This research moved the field away from a sole focus on behavioural changes to prevent excessive gestational weight gain, to emphasizing the importance of behavioural and psychological factors during pregnancy and post birth. Briony Hill was Helen’s PhD student on this work.

Helen’s work in this area has resulted in >75 peer reviewed papers.

In November 2013, Helen and Briony established the Health in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum (HiPPP) Collaborative, a multidisciplinary national network with the primary aim of improving lifestyle and preventing maternal obesity using a systems approach, underpinned by partnership, research, capacity building and knowledge translation to impact practice and policy.

In late 2019 Helen was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council, Centre of Research Excellence in Health in Preconception and Pregnancy (CRE HiPP 2020-2024) and leads a team of 10 Chief Investigators and 10 Associate Investigators.

The CRE HiPP website can be found here: