Jason Michael Thomas

Jason Michael Thomas

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Research interests

I am interested in the biopsychological aspects of human eating behaviour, and interventions aimed at altering food intake and food selection to improve health. I am particularly interested in psychopharmacological, cognitive, and social influences on human eating behaviour.


I graduated with a degree in Psychology from Swansea University in 2008, after which I spent time as an Assistant Clinical Psychologist. In 2009 I undertook a Masters at the University of Birmingham and then a PhD in 2010. My PhD experimental work was undertaken both at Birmingham and at the University of Oxford in collaboration with my industrial sponsor P1vital. Between 2013-2016 I worked on a social norms approach to healthy eating as an ESRC Research Fellow at University of Birmingham. I am presently a Lecturer in Psychology at Aston University and an Honorary Research Fellow at University of Birmingham.


PGCert Learning & Teaching in Higher Education - Aston University (2017) 
PhD Psychology "Neuropsychopharmacology of Appetite in Healthy Volunteers" University of Birmingham (2015)
MRes Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience - University of Birmingham (2010)
BSc (Hons) Psychology - Swansea University (2008)   


2016 – present: Lecturer in Psychology, Life and Health Sciences, Aston University    
2013 – 2016: Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham 

Administrative Roles

Placement Year Tutor (Psychology)

Teaching Activity

PY1128 - Studying Psychology in Higher Education (Personal Tutor) 
PYPL06 - Psychology Placement (Module Convenor)
PY3012 - Neural Control of Appetite (Module Convenor)
PY3346 - Final Year BSc Research Project (Project Supervisor)
PY707 - Health Psychology MSc Research Project (Project Supervisor)

Funding Applications and Awards

  • 2018 - £68,244 (LHS) Full-Time PhD Studentship; Chris Delivett (Associate Supervisor).
  • ​2017 - £68,244 (LHS) Full-Time PhD Studentship; Lily Hawkins (Primary Supervisor).
  • 2017 - £10,000 (BPS) Fruit and Vegetable Maths Masters: disseminating psychological evidence in a fun mobile application to improve children’s eating through the home, preschool or school (Co-Investigator).
  • ​2016 - £68,244 (LHS) Part-Time PhD Studentship; Nicola-Jayne Tuck (Primary Supervisor).
  • 2016 - £4000 (AHRG) Development of a Food Cognition Battery to Investigate Memory for Food (Principal Investigator).
  • 2015 - £800,000 (BBSRC) Interactions between metabolic, cognitive and reward processes in appetite (Co-Investigator).
  • 2014 - £1600 (UoB) Summer Studentship - Comparing social norm effects in lean and obese volunteers (Principal Supervisor).
  • 2013 - £333,000 (ESRC) A social norms approach to encourage healthier eating (Co-Investigator).
  • 2012 - £2388 (UoB) Summer Studentship - Testing of a social norms approach to encouraging healthier eating (Co-Supervisor).

PhD Supervision

Current PhD Students:

  • Chris Delivett (Associate Supervisor)
  • Lily Hawkins (Primary Supervisor)
  • Nicola-Jayne Salmon (Primary Supervisor)

 I am happy to supervise PhD students who are interested in researching human eating behaviour.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Past/Present Membership:
British Association of Psychopharmacology (BAP)
Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)
British Feeding and Drinking Group (BFDG)
Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour (SSIB)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 
Institute of Food Science & Technology

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