Postdoctoral Researcher - Health Behaviours (LEAP Project)
Behavioural intervention; eating behaviour; population health
I am a postdoctoral researcher on the Wellcome-funded Future of Food LEAP project coordinated by the Oxford Martin School and Nuffield Primary Health Care. My role involves the development and implementation of behavioural interventions aimed at reducing meat consumption.
I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology (BSc) from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida. During this time I worked as a researcher in two laboratories, one focusing on temperamental contributions to children's social behaviour, and the other with a focus on quality of life for caregivers of individuals with prostate cancer.
Subsequently, I worked as a clinical research assistant at Brown University Medical School/Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. As part of the Childhood Asthma Research Innovation Program, I worked with over 100 families with children with severe asthma and allergic rhinitis. The aim of the project was to investigate the role of asthma on sleep and subsequent school performance over the course of the school year.
I completed my PhD at the University of Bristol in the Department of Experimental Psychology. Working with the Nutrition and Behaviour Unit, I investigated eating behaviours that lead to obesity in children (aged 4 – 17) and adults. Specifically, my research investigated the roles of portion size, expected satiety, eating rate, sibling number/parity, and beliefs about healthiness and intermittent fasting in the development of obesity and barriers to behaviour change. My work with parents and children involved substantial public engagement and field work at the local interactive science centre, We the Curious.
I am a member of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, the Association for the Study of Obesity, and an active STEM ambassador.