Dr Claire Farrow
Claire is a Reader in Child Eating Behaviour at Aston University. Claire is interested in the factors that influence child eating behaviour, overeating and fussy eating in children. She has overseen several longitudinal and observational research studies with families and children exploring the factors that can help or exacerbate feeding difficulties from the earliest stages of infancy.
Claire has expertise in the use of digital technology to support healthy eating behaviour. Claire is passionate about developing resources to support families to overcome fussy eating and is co-creator of the Child Feeding Guide website which offers support to tackle fussy eating. She is also mum to 2 children, both of whom have been described as “fussy” at some stage.
Dr Lilit Hakobyan
Lilit is a researcher in the field of human computer interaction. She has extensive experience of adopting participatory design approaches for the design and development of mobile assistive healthcare technologies, and of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to technology design and evaluation.
Central to Lilit’s approach is a user-centred, participatory design philosophy in an attempt to promote healthy, independent ageing underpinned by sophisticated technology. This range of research has been made possible through effective collaborations between technology development, the psychology of healthcare interventions, and clinical expertise to maximise the potential to support the elderly in changing their health behaviour, remaining independent and improving quality of life.
Dr Helen Coulthard
Helen is a Reader in Eating Behaviour at De Montfort University. She has been carrying out research since 1998, mainly focusing on factors associated with fruit and vegetable consumption across the lifespan. She is particularly interested in individual characteristics that lead to food rejection such as food neophobia, disgust, sensory processing and anxiety.
She has recently been developing interventions for children that are based on making fruits and vegetables fun and rewarding by using game-based strategies. These are often messy but work really well for developing children’s positive relationships with healthy foods.
Dr Emma Haycraft
Emma is a Reader in Psychology at Loughborough University. Emma’s research focuses on caregiver-child interactions, particularly in the context of feeding, eating and mealtimes. Emma researches children’s eating behaviours (e.g., discovering effective ways to help children to eat more healthily), as well as caregiver feeding practices (e.g., identifying successful methods of supporting parents/caregivers with child feeding).
Emma is a co-creator of the award-winning Child Feeding Guide, which provides support around feeding to caregivers and professionals. She has a keen interest in conducting research which helps to bring about health behaviour change and in working with families and professionals to share the findings from her research.
Dr Joanna Lumsden
Jo is a Reader in human computer interaction. She has 20+ years’ experience in the field of human computer interaction and is Director of the Aston Interactive Media lab which is designed to support applied research in the field of human computer interaction – in particular, design of mobile technology and its evaluation.
Her research interests are varied and include the design and evaluation of mobile assistive technologies, trust in e-Commerce, audio feedback design for non-visual user interfaces, and participatory design approaches for special needs users (a subject on which she has published recognised guidelines), and evaluation methods for non-standard technologies. She has extensive experience of interdisciplinary research.
Dr Jason Thomas
Jason is a Lecturer in Psychology at Aston University. He has been conducting research on eating behaviour since 2009 and has conducted a number of studies exploring different ways to support people to eat more healthily.
He is particularly interested in social approaches to encourage people to eat more vegetables, but also conducts research trying to understand why we eat in the way we do, by examining: (1) the complicated thought processes that guide what we eat (cognitive processes); (2) how the pleasure we derive from eating food guides our food choices (reward processes), and; (3) our basic physiological need to consume food (metabolic processes).
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