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Research Interests

I have been working in the field of children’s eating behaviour for over twenty years. In that time much of my research has focussed on the biological, affective and cognitive factors of parents and their children which influence parent-child interaction, particularly in the context of feeding and eating problems. I have a particular interest in children’s fussy eating including poor fruit and vegetable acceptance, emotional eating, and obesity.

My broad research interests are: 

  • Early origins of children’s emotional eating 
  • Breastfeeding, complementary feeding practices, childhood feeding practices
  • Development of flavour preferences
  • Individual differences in sensory processing, particularly of taste
  • Children’s fruit and vegetable consumption 
  • Feeding problems and eating behaviour in children with disorders such as autism 
  • Maternal mental health and parent child interaction
  • Infant gut microbiome: relationships with early diet and infant development
  • Fetal facial expression in response to flavour stimuli in utero
  • Cultural differences in feeding and eating behaviour

Teaching Activity

Alongside tutorials, undergraduate project supervision and Masters project supervision, I also teach:

The Psychology of Childhood Obesity (PY3018)

and contribute to teaching of 

Lifespan Development (PY2240) and Child Development (PY3351).

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Member of the British Psychological Society.


Ph.D. Psychology (1998) School of Psychology, University of Birmingham.

B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology, (1994) University College Swansea. 

Contact Details

Phone: +44(0) 121 204 3784
Room: SW607

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • BF Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • feeding and eating behaviour


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