Areas of Expertise

  • Infant nutrition
  • Breastfeeding
  • Weaning
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Postnatal depression
  • Parenting

Publications

  1. & Baby-Led Weaning: The Evidence to Date. Current Nutrition Reports 6(2), 148-156.
  2. Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies?. Pinter & Martin.
  3. The Impact of Maternal Weight, Body Image and Eating Behavior on Infant Feeding Decisions during the First Year. In John Worobey (Ed.), Infant Feeding: Parental Perceptions, Behaviors, and Health Effects. Nova Publishers.
  4. What Do Women Really Want? Lessons for Breastfeeding Promotion and Education. Breastfeeding Medicine 11(3), 102-110.
  5. & Higher Facebook use predicts greater body image dissatisfaction during pregnancy: The role of self-comparison. Midwifery 40, 132-140.

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Teaching

  • EYXM07 Dissertation

    The aim of this module is for students to undertake an independent study on an approved topic related to childhood studies. This could involve empirical research or a literature review. Students will be given individual as well as group advice and support either in the selection of their chosen focus for literature review or with their research design, data collection and data analysis. All students will be given guidance in relation to the presentation and structure of their dissertation.

  • EYXM14 Child Health

    This module will examine determinants of child health and wellbeing from a biopsychosocial approach. Students will consider key components of child health such as nutrition, physical activity, mental health and physical illness and explore the multitude of biopsychosocial, cultural and economic factors which influence these. Central themes will run throughout the module, namely how environmental, familial and socio- demographic factors, together with government and legal policies, initiatives and legislation affect child health and well-being. Students will debate topics from multiple perspectives, considering legal, ethical and moral issues as to who is responsible for child health and well-being. Finally Child Health Services and roles will be examined, exploring evidence based approaches to working and communicating with and empowering young children in health care settings. The module will be of interest to anyone wishing to gain a detailed understanding of the influences upon child health, and how child health can impact upon wider child well-being and development. It will be relevant to practitioners working with children across a range of health, social and educational settings.

  • EYXM18 Childhood Nutrition and Growth

    This module explores current public health issues surrounding food, nutrition and the diet of infants and children aged 0 ¿ 11 years in light of biological, psychological and social perspectives. Central issues will target the importance of early diet and growth, the interaction between nutrition, wellbeing and behavior the growing problem of childhood obesity. The role of different individuals in influencing child diet, eating behavior and weight will be considered alongside the impact of different campaigns in public health, education and the media to promote a healthy child diet.

  • EYXM19 Influences Upon Child Health

    This module will examine the evidence base behind a range of child public health issues relating to children aged 0 ¿ 11 years. It will explore the epidemiology, risk factors and impact of key issues such as perinatal health, immunisation uptake and wellbeing. Topics will consider how child health can have wide reaching outcomes for emotional, social and educational development and how health is affected by a range of biological, psychological and social factors. The module will explore how environmental, familial and socio-demographic factors, together with government and legal policies, initiatives and legislation influence child health and well-being. Legal, ethical and moral issues will also be considered alongside the role of child health services in supporting child health and wellbeing.

  • SHBM01 Theoretical Perspectives on Leadership and Management in Health Care

    This module will help students to develop a critical understanding of management and leadership issues in the context of health and social care systems. This module focuses on theoretical perspectives often drawn from industry, commerce and elsewhere, and examines their application within health and social care and the public sector.

  • SHHM15 Data Collection Methods

    This module aims to provide students with an overview of the range of data collection methods available to individuals undertaking research and to enable the student to consider the implications, application strengths and weaknesses of the various data collection methods. The module will also provide insight into the ways that such methods may be applied effectively and ethically in social research.

Supervision

  • Understanding Gestational Diabetes in Oman: How can levels be reduced? (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mrs Alyson Einion
  • Empowering the Future, Embracing the Past- Head Start's role in preserving the culture for the Choctaw Nation's youngest members (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Peter King
    Other supervisor: Dr Justine Howard
  • 'Promoting Healthy Eating Habits in Preschool Children in Saudi Arabia: Barriers and Challenges' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee
  • Exploring nutrient and energy intake in infants weaned using a baby-led or traditional feeding style (current)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee
  • Exploring cultural differences in childhood obesity (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Peter King
    Other supervisor: Dr David Rea
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance
  • Student withdrew before Confirmation of Candidature (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cristina Izura
  • Exploring fathers experiences of becoming a parent (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Louise Condon
    Other supervisor: Dr Eryl Maunder
  • How might weaning approach affect infant weight and appetite regulation? (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee
  • Exploring the influence of childbirth experience upon infant behaviour (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mrs Alyson Einion
    Other supervisor: Dr Claire Williams