I am Professor of Psychology of Eating Behaviour in the Department of Psychology, Institute of Population Health, at the University of Liverpool. I lead a programme of research focused on appetite and obesity, and the psychological determinants of healthy and sustainable food choices. I am passionate about tackling dietary inequalities, and current research is focused on urban food growing and its potential to create a healthy, sustainable and equitable food system. I am a founding member of the Liverpool Food Growers Network and a trustee of Feeding Liverpool. I receive competitive research funding from major funders including UKRI and the European Commission, and have published more than 85 peer-reviewed articles in international scientific journals.
I have a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Leeds (1st Class) and a PhD from Bangor University. I have held post-doctoral research positions at Bangor University and the University of Bristol. I joined the University of Liverpool as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2013, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018, and to Personal Chair in 2023.