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Research Interests

I have been working in the field of children’s eating behaviour for over twenty years. In that time much of my research has focussed on the biological, affective and cognitive factors of parents and their children which influence parent-child interaction, particularly in the context of feeding and eating problems. I have a particular interest in children’s fussy eating including poor fruit and vegetable acceptance, emotional eating, and obesity.

My broad research interests are: 

  • Early origins of children’s emotional eating 
  • Breastfeeding, complementary feeding practices, childhood feeding practices
  • Development of flavour preferences
  • Individual differences in sensory processing, particularly of taste
  • Children’s fruit and vegetable consumption 
  • Feeding problems and eating behaviour in children with disorders such as autism 
  • Maternal mental health and parent child interaction
  • Infant gut microbiome: relationships with early diet and infant development
  • Fetal facial expression in response to flavour stimuli in utero
  • Cultural differences in feeding and eating behaviour

Teaching Activity

Alongside tutorials, undergraduate project supervision and Masters project supervision, I also teach:

The Psychology of Childhood Obesity (PY3018)

and contribute to teaching of 

Lifespan Development (PY2240) and Child Development (PY3351).

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Member of the British Psychological Society.

Qualifications

Ph.D. Psychology (1998) School of Psychology, University of Birmingham.

B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology, (1994) University College Swansea. 

Contact Details

Email: j.blissett1@aston.ac.uk
Phone: +44(0) 121 204 3784
Room: SW607

Keywords

  • BF Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • feeding and eating behaviour

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Research Output

Caregiver influences on eating behaviors in young children: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association

Wood, A., Blissett, J., Brunstrom, J., Carnell, S., Faith, M., Fisher, J., Hayman, L., Singh Khalsa, A., Hughes, S., Miller, A., Momin, S., Welsh, J., Woo, J. & Haycraft, E., 18 May 2020, In : Journal of the American Heart Association. 9, 10, 014520.

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  • Interactive effects of impulsivity and dietary restraint over snack intake in children

    Bennett, C. & Blissett, J., 1 Mar 2020, In : Appetite. 146, 104496.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The relationship between sensory sensitivity, food fussiness and food preferences in children with neurodevelopmental disorders

    Smith, B., Rogers, S. L., Blissett, J. & Ludlow, A. K., 1 Jul 2020, In : Appetite. 150, 104643.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Using pictorial nudges of fruit and vegetables on tableware to increase children's fruit and vegetable consumption

    Sharps, M., Thomas, E. & Blissett, J., 1 Jan 2020, In : Appetite. 144, 104457.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Associations between Otitis media, taste sensitivity and adiposity: Two studies across childhood

    Fogel, A. & Blissett, J., 1 Sep 2019, In : Physiology & Behavior. 208, 112570.

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