I am a lecturer in the Department of Psychological Sciences. I am interested in psychological determinants of appetite and eating behaviour and in the application of this knowledge to interventions for health behaviour change.
I have a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Leeds (2000; 1st Class). I then obtained a research assistant position at Bangor University working on a multi-component intervention to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in primary school children (the Food Dudes programme). In my PhD research, also conducted at Bangor, I developed a novel intervention to increase physical activity in children. I was supervised by Dr Pauline Horne and Professor Fergus Lowe. Following completion of my PhD in 2005, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher first at Bangor University and then at the School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol. At Bristol, I worked with Professor Peter Rogers to conduct several research projects on the biological and psychological determinants of appetite and food reward. In 2013, I moved to the University of Liverpool to take up my first academic position as lecturer.