Dr Evelyn Parr

Senior Research Fellow
Exercise and Nutrition Research Program

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Areas of expertise: exercise; diet; nutrition; obesity; type 2 diabetes; glycemic control; body composition

HDR Supervisor accreditation status: Full

ORCID ID:0000-0003-1710-6381

Phone: (03) 9230 8278


Dr Evelyn Parr is a senior research fellow with research interests in reducing obesity through changes in body composition and the management of blood glucose in response to exercise and nutritional interventions. Evelyn’s current research portfolio in the Exercise and Nutrition Research Program involves work regarding manipulating the timing and composition of nutritional intake and exercise on the development of type 2 diabetes in conjunction with overweight/obesity. Evelyn completed her undergraduate Physical Education and Science degrees at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. She then completed a research masters in Exercise Metabolism investigating the effects of exercising in the cold on metabolism in female cyclists. A move to Australia to work with Prof Hawley, originally at RMIT and then at ACU, enabled Evelyn to run a large-scale weight loss exercise and diet intervention, aimed at preventing the loss of skeletal muscle mass in older adults, as a part of her PhD studies. Evelyn was awarded her PhD in May of 2016, titled “Exercise and nutrient interactions: Effects on skeletal muscle and body fat mass”. As a keen cyclist, Evelyn’s research interests centre around optimizing and enabling the best prescription of exercise to individuals with a previous history of not exercising. Evelyn’s major projects, in collaboration with Prof Hawley, Dr Brooke Devlin (La Trobe) and A/Prof Leah Brennan (La Trobe) are investigating the effects of time restricted eating in the management of glycaemic control for individuals with type 2 diabetes. In a larger, multi-centre trial with the University of Adelaide, the team are also investigating the effects of time restricted eating to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Select publications

  • Parr, E.B., Steventon-Lorezen, N., Johnston, R., Maniar, N., Devlin, B.L., Lim, K.H.C., Hawley, J.A. (2023) Time-restricted eating improves measures of daily glycaemic control in people with type 2 diabetes, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 197, 110569. DOI: 10.1016/j.diabres.2023.110569
  • Parr, E.B., Kouw, I.W.K., Wheeler, M.J., Radford, B.E., Hall, R.C., Senden, J.M, Goessens, J.P.B., van Loon, L.J.C., Hawley, J.A. (2023) Eight-hour time-restricted eating does not lower muscle protein synthesis rates: A randomised control trial, Obesity, 31(S1), 116-126. DOI: 10.1002/oby.23637.
  • Parr, E.B., Devlin, B.D., Hawley, J.A. (2022) Perspective: Time-Restricted Eating—Integrating the What with the When, Advances in Nutrition, 13(3), 699-711. DOI: 10.1093/advances/nmac015.
  • Callahan, M.J., Parr, E.B., Snijders, T., Concerição, M.S., Radford, B.E., Timmins, R.G., Devlin, B.L., Hawley, J.A., Camera, D.M. (2021) Skeletal Muscle Adaptive Responses to Different Types of Short-Term Exercise Training and Detraining in Middle-Age Men. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 53(10), 2023-2036. DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002684.
  • Moholdt, T., Parr, E.B., Devlin, B.L., Debik, J., Giskeodegard, G., Hawley, J.A. (2021) The effect of morning vs evening exercise training on glycaemic control and serum metabolites in overweight/obese men: a randomised trial. Diabetologia, 64(9), 2061-2076. DOI: 10.1007/s00125-021-05477-5.
  • Callahan, M.J., Parr, E.B., Hawley, J.A., Camera, D.M. (2021) Can high-intensity interval training promote skeletal muscle anabolism? Sports Medicine, 51(3), 405-421. DOI: 10.1007/s40279-020-01397-3.
  • Lundell, L.S.*, Parr, E.B.*, Devlin, B.L., Ingerslev, L.R., Altintas, A. Sato, S., Sassone-Corsi, P., Barres, R., Zierath, J., & Hawley, J.A. (2020) Time-restricted feeding alters lipid and amino acid metabolite rhythmicity without perturbing clock gene expression. Nature Communications, 11(1), 4643. *Joint first author. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-18412-w.
  • Parr, E.B., Devlin, B.L, Lim, K.H.C., Moresi, L.N.Z., Geils, C., Brennan, L., Hawley, J.A. (2020) Time-restricted eating as a nutrition strategy for individuals with type 2 diabetes: A feasibility study. Nutrients, 12(11), 2338. DOI: 10.3390/nu12113228.
  • Parr, E. B., Devlin, B. L., Radford, B. E., & Hawley, J. A. (2020). A delayed morning and earlier evening time-restricted feeding protocol for improving glycemic control and dietary adherence in men with overweight/obesity: a randomized controlled trial. Nutrients, 12(2), 505. DOI: 10.3390/nu12020505.
  • Parr, E.B., Heilbronn, L.K., Hawley, J.A. (2020) A time to eat and a time to exercise. Exercise and Sports Sciences Reviews, 48(1), 4-10. DOI: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000207.


  • 2020-2024, NHMRC Medical Research Future Fund, Preventive and Public Health: Heilbronn, L., Hawley, J.A., Hutchison, A., Devlin, B.D., Parr, E.B., Time-Restricted EATing to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes (TREAT). $1,067,000
  • 2019-2020, Diabetes Australia Research Program Grant: Parr, E.B., Hawley, J.A., Devlin, B.L., Kouw, I.K., Brennan, L. Improving glycaemic control in individuals with type 2 diabetes through time-restricted eating: a 6-month RCT. $60,000
  • 2019, Alliance of Potato Research and Education Grant: Camera, D.M., Parr, E.B., Devlin, B.D., Burniston, J., Hawley, J.A., A short-term potato enriched diet to support muscle accretion and promote substrate metabolism adaptations in recreationally active individuals. $200,000
  • 2018-2019, European Society for Clinical Nutrition (ESPEN) Early Career Fellowship: Parr, E.B., A time for food: The effects of time-restricted feeding on glycaemic control and gut microbiome in individuals with type 2 diabetes. $79,000

 Accolades and awards

  • Exercise and Sports Science Reviews, Best paper of 2020, awarded in 2021
  • European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Conference, International Travel Award, 2019
  • Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship at Australian Catholic University, 2014-2015
  • Best student presentation at SESNZ conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2014

 Appointments and affiliations 

  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (November 2016 – present), Exercise and Nutrition Research Program, Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, 2016-
  • Research Officer (November 2015 – October 2016), Centre for Exercise and Nutrition, Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, 2015-2016
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Accredited Exercise Scientist and member
  • Member of European Society for Clinical Metabolism (ESPEN)
  • Member of The Obesity Society (US)
  • Member of Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS)
  • Member of European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)

Editoral Roles

  • Topic Editor for Nutrients

International journal review panel 

Journal reviewer (selection):

  • Nutrients
  • Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Obesity (Silver Spring)
  • Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (MSSE)
  • Obesity Reviews
  • Diabetologia
  • Exercise and Sports Science Reviews
  • Scandinavian Sports Medicine Reviews

Grant agency review panel

  • Diabetes Australia peer reviewer
  • NHMRC Project grant peer reviewer

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