Dr David Gonzalez

David is an Ecuadorian medical doctor. He holds a Masters and a PhD in Epidemiology (life-course epidemiology), receiving a prize to the Best Brazilian PhD Thesis in the Public Health area due to his contributions in the field of early growth and obesity in adulthood. David has postdoctoral expertise in nutritional epidemiology and body composition analysis a
nd is a specialist in professional education. Between 2010 and 2015, he worked at the Federal
University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) as an Assistant Professor in the Nutrition and Public Health Departments, lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has supervised five master degree students, onePhD, and two postdoctoral fellows, and co-supervised another nine postgraduate students.


Between 2012 and 2015 he coordinated a Brazilian population-based cohort study, which investigated the determinants and consequences of obesity and chronic diseases in adulthood. Since 2010, David has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals (H-index=10; 20 articles with impact factor >2.0). In 2015, he started working at the University of Adelaide as a Senior Researcher Fellow at the Discipline of General Practice, School of Medicine. He has vast experience in cohort studies, chronic disease epidemiology, nutritional epidemiology, obesity and body composition analysis, quality of life, biostatistics, and public health.


Senior Research Fellow in cardiovascular diseases and quality of life.

Dr Gonzalez current research activities are in the field of reducing inequalities among patients with cardiovascular diseases and improving the quality of life. The principal aims of the projects he is currently involved are to evaluate the use of the quality of life as a subjective indicator of health status change and prognostic factor of complications among patients with cardiovascular diseases in Australian general practice.

  1. González-Chica DA, Mnisi Z, Avery J, Duszynski K, Doust J, Tideman P, Murphy A, Burgess J, Beilby J, Stocks N. Effect of Health Literacy on Quality of Life amongst Patients with Ischaemic Heart Disease in Australian General Practice. PLoS One. 2016;11(3):e0151079. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone. (ERA A)

  2. Tessari AA, Giehl MWC, Schneider IJC, González-Chica DA. Nutritional status change and quality of life in elderly people: a longitudinal population-based study in Southern Brazil. Quality of Life Research (2016). doi:10.1007/s11136-016-1330-6 (ERA A)

  3. Ozcariz SG, de O Bernardo C, Cembranel F, Peres MA, González-Chica DA. Dietary practices among individuals with diabetes and hypertension are similar to those of healthy people: a population-based study. BMC Public Health. 2015;15:479 (ERA B)

  4. Kraemer MV, Oliveira RC, Gonzalez-Chica DA, Proença RP. Sodium content on processed foods for snacks. Public Health Nutr. 2015; 9:1-9 (ERA B)

  5. Leal DB, de Assis MA, González-Chica DA, da Costa FF. Trends in adiposity in Brazilian 7-10-year-old schoolchildren: evidence for increasing overweight but not obesity between 2002 and 2007. Ann Hum Biol. 2014; 41(3):255-62. (ERA C)

  6. Tassitano RM, Dumith S., González-Chica DA. Aggregation of the four main risk factors to non-communicable diseases among adolescents. Rev Bras Epidemiol. 2014; 17(2): 465-478. (ERA C)

  7. Silva DA, Peres KG, Boing AF, Gonzalez-Chica DA, Peres MA. Clustering of risk behaviors for chronic noncommunicable diseases: a population-based study in southern Brazil. Prev Med. 2013 Jan;56(1):20-4. (ERA A)

  8. Vianna CA, da Silva Linhares R, Bielemann RM, Machado EC, Gonzalez-Chica DA, Matijasevich AM, et al. Accuracy and adequacy of waist circumference cut-off points currently recommended in Brazilian adults. Public Health Nutr. 2013 Mar 12:1-9. (ERA B)

  9. Silveira BM, Gonzalez-Chica DA, da Costa Proenca RP. Reporting of trans-fat on labels of Brazilian food products. Public Health Nutr. 2013 Feb 7:1-8. (ERA B)

  10. Gonçalves, H, González, DA., Araújo, CP; Muniz, L; Tavares, P; Assunção, MC; Menezes, AMB; Hallal, PC. Adolescents' Perception of Causes of Obesity: Unhealthy Lifestyles or Heritage?. Journal of Adolescent Health. , v.51, p.S46 - S52, 2012. (ERA A)

  11. Vianna CA, Gonzalez DA, Matijasevich A. [Aspirin use in cardiovascular disease prevention: a population-based study]. Cad Saude Publica. 2012 Jun;28(6):1122-32. (ERA C)