Lecturer in Psychology
Telephone: (01792) 295711
Room: Office - 905
Ninth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

My research focuses on psychological factors affecting our eating behaviour. I am particularly interested in when some individuals (especially weight-loss surgery recipients) regulate their emotions using food and why individual differences in this behaviour exist (e.g., attachment orientation). I also have an interest in the effect of food variety in our eating environment and the development of disordered eating in survivors of domestic abuse.

  • BSc (Hons), Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol
  • PhD, Experimental Psychology (Nutrition and Behaviour), University of Bristol

Areas of Expertise

  • Eating behaviour
  • Obesity
  • Dietary variety
  • Attachment orientation
  • Domestic abuse


  1. & Explaining the relationship between attachment anxiety, eating behaviour and BMI. Appetite 127, 214-222.
  2. & Disinhibited eating mediates differences in attachment insecurity between bariatric surgery candidates/recipients and lean controls. International Journal of Obesity 41(12), 1831-1834.
  3. & Sensory specific satiety: More than ‘just’ habituation?. Appetite 103, 221-228.
  4. & Presenting a food in multiple smaller units increases expected satiety. Appetite 118, 106-112.
  5. & Using food to soothe: Maternal attachment anxiety is associated with child emotional eating. Appetite 99, 91-96.

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  • Managed Indulgence: Investigating different approaches to limit your food intake for a healthy weight (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Mrs Menna Price
    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee
  • Understanding the psychological journey of patients undergoing weight loss surgery. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee
  • Prevention of major amputations secondary to diabetic foot disease (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Co-Chair - Athena Swan University Data Working Group

    2016 - Present

  • Academic lead - Qualtrics (College of Human & Health Sciences)

    2016 - Present

  • Employability Lead - Department of Psychology

    2016 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 2015 Senior Research Analyst SafeLives, UK
2011 2012 Research Assistant Nutrition & Behaviour Unit, University of Bristol, UK
2007 2008 Intern Nestlé Research Centre, Switzerland