I graduated from University College Dublin with an honours degree in Biochemistry in 1996 followed by a Masters in Human Nutrition from the University if Ulster at Coleraine (1998). From there I took up a position as Food and Nutrition Researcher with the Consumers' Association of Ireland for over 2 years. I then worked in industry as an area manager for Nutricia Clinical Care for a further 2 years during which time I completed a postgraduate diploma in Health Promotion from the National University of Ireland, Galway (2003). In September 2003 I joined the National Nutrition Surveillance Centre in the School of Public Health and Population Science as the principal researcher which primarily involved analysis of diet and health data from the Survey of Lifestyle Attitudes and Nutrition (SLAN) and Lifeways datasets. In 2010 I completed a PhD in Public Health Nutrition examining maternal factors during pregnancy which contribute to early life risk of childhood obesity. My research interest continues to focus on childhood obesity and the role of the family, early life nutrition, food behaviour, and the food environment during childhood.. Following a two year teaching fellowship in UCD I was appointed as Lecturer in 2012.
- BScUniversity College Dublin
- MScUniversity of Ulster
- PhDUniversity College Dublin
- Prof Dip University Teaching & LearningUniversity College Dublin
- Postgraduate DiplomaNational University of Ireland, Galway, Health Promotion, Galway, IrelandOther
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