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

Publications

  1. & Disinhibited eating mediates differences in attachment insecurity between bariatric surgery candidates/recipients and lean controls. International Journal of Obesity
  2. & Presenting a food in multiple smaller units increases expected satiety. Appetite 118, 106-112.
  3. & Sensory specific satiety: More than ‘just’ habituation?. Appetite 103, 221-228.
  4. & Using food to soothe: Maternal attachment anxiety is associated with child emotional eating. Appetite 99, 91-96.
  5. & Keeping Pace with Your Eating: Visual Feedback Affects Eating Rate in Humans. PLOS ONE 11(2), e0147603

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Supervision

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MD
    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