Lecturer
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
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Sophia is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background on Nutrition and Dietetics with specialization in Obesity and Weight Management.

Her PhD work falls into the area of Health Psychology and focuses on the impact of prenatal nutrition and parental feeding practices, both milk feeding and weaning, on infants’ and toddlers’ eating behaviour. More specifically she looked at how milk and complementary feeding practices impact on outcomes, like vegetable acceptance and early eating behaviour, using a variety of methods.

Her research interest include parental feeding practices and early years development .

She is currently a Lecturer on Infant and Child Public Health at Swansea University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Infant Feeding
  • Weaning
  • Formation of food preferences
  • Parental feeding practicies

Publications

  1. & Differences in the emotional and practical experiences of exclusively breastfeeding and combination feeding mothers. Maternal & Child Nutrition 13(3), e12364
  2. & The emotional and practical experiences of formula-feeding mothers. Maternal & Child Nutrition

Teaching

  • EYXM01 Researching Childhood

    This module will examine and critically analyse the advantages and limitations of various research models and research methods relevant to the social sciences. Students will examine the significance of research for professional practice with children and critically evaluate relevant published research studies. The module serves to prepare students for the completion of literature based and empirical projects. It is a requirement that all students on this module have enhanced DBS clearance.

  • 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.

  • SHQM39 Evidence and Research for Health Care Management

    The aim of this module is to provide a critical understanding of the research process and methods of sound research. The module concerns the skills required to ensure healthcare managers are able to critically evaluate research and evaluation reports to inform students┬┐ decision making at strategic and operational level. The module is also designed as preparation for Part Two of the MSc Health Care Management, the dissertation, and will require students to prepare and present an a research proposal for a MSc level dissertation.