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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.


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


  • BF Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • feeding and eating behaviour

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Research Output 2005 2020

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

Daucus carota
Child Behavior

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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Otitis Media
Sex Characteristics

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., 3 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Circulation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cultural adaptation of a children’s weight management programme: Child weigHt mANaGement for Ethnically diverse communities (CHANGE) study

Pallan, M., Griffin, T., Hurley, K., Lancashire, E., Blissett, J., Frew, E., Gill, P., Griffith, L. B., Jolly, K., McGee, E., Parry, J., Thompson, J. L. & Adab, P., 28 Jun 2019, In : BMC Public Health. 19, 1, 848.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Weights and Measures
Pediatric Obesity
Focus Groups

Cultural adaptation of an existing children’s weight management programme: the CHANGE intervention and feasibility RCT

Pallan, M., Griffin, T., Hurley, K. L., Lancashire, E., Blissett, J., Frew, E., Griffith, L., Hemming, K., Jolly, K., Mcgee, E., Thompson, J. L., Jackson, L., Gill, P., Parry, J. & Adab, P., 1 Jul 2019, In : Health Technology Assessment. 23, 33, p. vii-165 166 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Weights and Measures
Biomedical Technology Assessment
National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
Costs and Cost Analysis