BSc, MSc, MBPsS, MPhil
DPhil Candidate & Junior Dean
I am interested in behavioural interventions for the management of disorders and disease. I have focused on childhood obesity, vitamin D and B12 deficiency, and dyslipidaemia as exemplar health outcomes. My methodological expertise spans qualitative data collection and analyses, feasibility testing and randomised controlled trials.
My doctoral research aims to develop an intervention to manage obesity in people with serious mental illnesses. In 2019, I was awarded the Division of Medical Sciences doctorate scholarship. I also serve as a Junior Dean at Brasenose College, Oxford.
I trained in Psychology and Language at UCL. My research won first prize at the Faculty of Brain Sciences annual conference. In 2015, I received two scholarships to train in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. I later received the Sackler Institute Award for highest overall mark. In 2016, I returned to UCL at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. In 2018, I joined Oxford.
Awards and Scholarships
Doctorate scholarship, Medical Sciences Division graduate school (2019), University of Oxford
Sackler Institute award for highest postgraduate mark (2016), King's College London
Postgraduate scholarship (2015), Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust and King's College London
Evaluation of an intervention to provide brief support and personalised feedback on food shopping to reduce saturated fat intake (PC-SHOP): a randomised controlled trial
PIERNAS SANCHEZ C. et al, (2020), PLoS Medicine
Nagpal J. et al, (2020), BMJ Open, 10
Piernas C. et al, (2020), PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY, 79, E571 - E571
Sethna V. et al, (2019), Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 40
Primary Care Shopping Intervention for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, NIHR CLAHRC Oxford and the Oxford NIHR BRC, Co-Investigator, Oct 2018-Oct-2019.
A randomised controlled trial to compare two different doses of maternal B12 supplementation in improving infant B12 deficiency and neurodevelopment, MRC, Co-Investigator, Oct 2018-Sept 2021.
Patient and public involvement prioritisation pilot, CLAHRC West London and Internis Pharmaceuticals, Co-Investigator, 2018.