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

  • 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.