Nutritional Psychiatry and Mental Illness: The Story so Far (1 CME Point)

Event Dates:

7:00 pm Monday 30th Oct 2023

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Alice Benskin


Alice has a BSc and MSc in Nutrition, and has worked over the past 10 years in the food industry, agriculture, nutrition education and research, most recently at University of Oxford where she was on placement pre pandemic, investigating breast and bottle feeding nutrition and nociception in neonates. She is a registered nutritionist with Association for Nutrition in the domain of Nutrition Science, and currently an MSc Psychology student at University of Wolverhampton. She has a keen interest and passion for research in the areas of nutritional psychiatry and psychotraumatology, and works in a freelance capacity as a Nutritional Scientist, doing consultancy work, as well as volunteering as a career development advisor for newly graduated nutritionists and dietitians looking to work in industry and research. Alice is head of partnerships for Nutritank, co supervises the university placement students with our lead dietitian and serves as a representative for the nutrition implementation coalition. She also volunteers as part of Nutritank’s writing and research teams. Aside from Nutritank, Alice is a vicar’s wife, a mum to three small children, a yoga teacher and plays for her local ladies’ football team. Overall, her ambition is to empower others to live healthier lives using nutrition and lifestyle strategies, contribute to the field of nutritional psychiatry as a researcher, and see more women empowered to pursue careers in research and education in the field of nutritional science.


We will be exploring the research to date regarding nutrition, dietary quality and mental illness, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar, PTSD and BPD.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand key nutrients required for brain health and mental wellbeing
  • To examine the role of poor dietary quality in mental health incidence
  • To explore three cases studies of mental illness with relation to dietary modification and lifestyle interventions
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