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

I am an experimental psychologist with a research interest in eating behaviour. My current aims and lines of research are two-fold; firstly, to understand how variety in our food environment affects our eating behaviour and secondly, to investigate disinhibited eating and how it can be managed.

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Eating behaviour
  • Obesity
  • Dietary variety
  • Disinhibited eating
  • Attachment orientation

Publications

  1. & Disorganized attachment predicts body mass index via uncontrolled eating. International Journal of Obesity
  2. & Understanding everyday strategies used to manage indulgent food consumption: A mixed-methods design. Appetite 136, 70-79.
  3. & Food-variety-focused labelling does not increase ideal portion size, expected fullness or snack intake. Food Quality and Preference 73, 46-55.
  4. & Explaining the relationship between attachment anxiety, eating behaviour and BMI. Appetite 127, 214-222.
  5. & Disinhibited eating mediates differences in attachment insecurity between bariatric surgery candidates/recipients and lean controls. International Journal of Obesity 41(12), 1831-1834.

See more...

Teaching

  • PSY345 Contemporary Issues in Eating Behaviour Research

    The module provides an in depth look at the issues being considered by Eating Behaviour researchers today. This module comprises 3 hours per week across five weeks. Five key papers will be covered in a 2 hour interactive lecture (mostly through use of small group discussions and clicker responses) and in the third hour of the week, a 1 hour lecture focused on contemporary research skills. A key paper will be provided for each week, to be read before the lectures so that some discussion can take place. The key papers will cover: 1. Weight stigma 2. Food insecurity 3. Food variety 4. Attachment and overeating and 5. Impulsivity. The supporting research skills lectures will cover 1. Research posters (in preparation for the coursework) 2. Research abstracts and titles 3. Food research in the media 4. Critically examining an introduction 5. Critically examining a discussion. This module should help you to become a critical reader of research papers, enhance skills that will be needed for final year project write-ups and knowledgeable about the psychology of eating behaviour.

Supervision

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

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

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
  • Understanding and combatting the effects of food variety in the ‘hypermodern’ food environment. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Co-Chair - Athena Swan University Data Working Group

    2016 - Present

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

    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