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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 2011 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, In : International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care. 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, In : Current nutrition reports. 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 others, Dennison, 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


    AXA Research Fund Future Research Leader Fellowship

    Megan Jarman (Recipient), 1 May 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


    Alberta Innovates Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Megan Jarman (Recipient), 1 Apr 2016

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Nutrition Policy
    Pregnant Women

    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