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Personal profile


I am a social scientist with keen interest on diet and health. Since working at the UEA, I have worked on several projects in health-related areas. My PhD award was for qualitative research on the psychological factors on fruit and vegetable consumption in young men (18-24). I like to explore new research methods and incorporate these with established qualitative and quantitative methods. I am a Graduate member of the British Psychological Society and the Health Psychology Division and a member of the Nutrition Society.


While looking after my children I changed career from catering to psychology and research. This gives me unique understanding of how to cook and what might stop people following a healthy diet. Since my undergraduate degree, I have worked for Social Services for ten years, managing a day centre for older people. Now, with my PhD, I have enjoyed a successful researching career at the UEA. I have worked on numerous projects on subjects including health literacy, obesity, rehabilitation, dehydration in older people. I am keen to gain funding to lead research following up ideas from my PhD.

Key Research Interests

Diet, nutrition and health, qualitative research, mixed methods research and systematic reviews.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kent

Award Date: 1 Jan 2014

Master of Research, Open University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

External positions

Research Associate, University of Liverpool

1 Dec 201628 Feb 2018

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