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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, University of Southampton

MSc, University of Southampton

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Research Output 2015 2019

Healthy conversation skills as an intervention to support healthy gestational weight gain: Experience and perceptions from intervention deliverers and participants

Jarman, M., Adam, L., Lawrence, W., Barker, M. & Bell, R. C., 1 May 2019, In : Patient Education and Counseling. 102, 5, p. 924-931 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Weight Perception
Weight Gain
Prenatal Care
Quality of Health Care

Prevalence and experiences of food insecurity among immigrant women connected to perinatal programs at a community-based organization in Edmonton, Canada

Quintanilha, M., Mayan, M. J., Jarman, M. & Bell, R. C., 30 May 2019, 15, 2, p. 121-132 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Food Supply
nutrition situation

Dietary Patterns Prior to Pregnancy and Associations with Pregnancy Complications

Jarman, M., Mathe, N., Ramazani, F., Pakseresht, M., Robson, P. J., Johnson, S. T. & Bell, R. C., 17 Jul 2018, In : Nutrients. 10, 7, 914.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
pregnancy complications
Pregnancy Complications
eating habits

Adherence to Canada's Food Guide Recommendations during Pregnancy: Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health

Jarman, M., Bell, R. C., Nerenberg, K. & Robson, P. J., 1 Jul 2017, 1, 7, e000356.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
food guides
public health

The relationship between maternal self-efficacy, compliance and outcome in a trial of vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy

Barker, M., D’Angelo, S., Ntani, G., Lawrence, W., Baird, J., Jarman, M., Vogel, C., Inskip, H., Cooper, C., Harvey, N. C., Bishop, N. J., Kennedy, S., Papageorghiou, A. T., Schoenmakers, I., Fraser, R., Gandhi, S. V., Carr, A., Crozier, S. R., Moon, R. J., Arden, N. K. & 7 othersDennison, E. M., Godfrey, K. M., Prentice, A., Mughal, M. Z., Eastell, R., Reid, D. M. & Javaid, M. K., 1 Jan 2017, In : Osteoporosis International. 28, 1, p. 77-84 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Self Efficacy
Vitamin D


Alberta Innovates Postdoctoral Fellowship

Megan Jarman (Recipient), 1 Apr 2016

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Nutrition Policy
Pregnant Women

AXA Research Fund Future Research Leader Fellowship

Megan Jarman (Recipient), 1 May 2019

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


The Louis Bonduelle Research Prize

Megan Jarman (Recipient), 1 Jun 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Invited talk

Nutrition Journal (Journal)

Megan Jarman (Editorial board member)
1 Nov 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Translating Evidence into Practice: targeting modifiable risk factors during prenatal care in Alberta

Megan Jarman (Speaker)
1 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk