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2015 - 2019 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Public Health Nutrition, University of Alberta, Canada

2009 - 2015 Research Assistant in Public Health Nutrition, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit and NIHR Nutrition Biomedical Research Centre, Southampton UK

Membership of Professional Bodies

2009 - present, member of International Society of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

2010 - present, member of UK Society of Behavioural Medicine

2011 - present, member of International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity

2017 - present, member of the UK Society of Social Medicine

Research Interests

I am interested in the development of dietary patterns in early childhood, particularly the preschool years. I work across the disciplines of nutrition, epidemiology, and health psychology to assess influences on the establishment of healthy diets. My current research also crosses the discpline of computer science by incorporating the use of complex systems modelling to simulate the multiple influences, and their interactions, on diet development in the Agent-based Modelling of Behaviours In Early NuTrition (AMBIENT) study.

Teaching Activity

2016 - I co-taught the module 'Controversies in Nutrition' (NUFS-458) to 4th year Nutrition and Food Science undergraduate students, University of Alberta

Research Projects/Collaborations

2018 - present 'Infant Feeding Following Diabetes in Pregnancy (IFFDiP) study. Collaboration between University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services. A mixed methods project incorporating a nested case-control study and qualitative interviews to assess the impact of diabetes management in pregnancy on subsequent infant feeding.

2015 -  present Food texture introduction and childhood diet quality in the Alberta PRegnancy Outcomes and Nutrition (APRON) Study. Collaboration between University of Alberta, University of Calgary and Aston University. Project is assessing infant temperament, timing of food texture introduction and diet quality at age 3 years.



Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Improving the Diets of Preschool Children, University of Southampton

Award Date: 20 Jun 2014

MSc, Public Health Nutrition, University of Southampton

Award Date: 30 Sept 2008


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