UCL Behavioural Science and Health
Honorary Research Associate
INTERVIEWS AND PRESS COVERAGE
Liver disease related to obesity and diabetes rising in the US - Reuters
Weight loss support helps people with fatty liver disease - Reuters
Association of weight loss interventions with changes in NAFLD biomarkers - JAMA Internal Medicine
Supermarkets should help shoppers improve their heart health by listing low fat items higher on their websites - Daily Mail
RD PhD MSc AFHEA
Senior Research Fellow
Diet, Obesity, and Behavioural Sciences
I am a dietitian and my research focuses on testing how behavioural science can change dietary intake and improve outcomes for patients with obesity-related diseases.
In 2017, I completed my PhD in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Behavioural Sciences at University College London funded by the UCL Grand Challenges. For my PhD, I adapted a theory-based behaviour change intervention for endometrial cancer survivors and piloted it in a randomised controlled trial. As a post-doc at UCL, I worked in two clinical trials of dietary and physical activity interventions in cancer survivors.
Funded by NIHR, I am currently building a programme of work on weight loss for the treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. This works uses a variety of approaches, such as systematic reviews, meta-analyses, observational analyses, and clinical trials of low-energy diets.
Koutoukidis DA. et al, (2019), JAMA Internal Medicine, 179, 1262 - 1271
Association between the month of starting a weight management programme and weight change in people at high risk of type 2 diabetes: a prospective cohort study in the English NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
KOUTOUKIDIS D. et al, (2023), Obesity
Breathnach S. et al, (2022), International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 19
Wren GM. et al, (2022)
Changes in Virus-Transmission Habits During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-National, Repeated Measures Study
Rebar A. et al, (2022), Psychology and Health: an international journal