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My research explores the biopsychosocial factors associated with overeating and obesity. The prevalence of obesity has increased globally over the past four decades, and one of the primary factors implicated is the increased availability of highly processed, inexpensive, energy-dense foods that offer palatability but little nutritional value. However, not all humans are obese, suggesting that individual and environmental factors play a role in moderating eating behaviour and responses to palatable food cues. My research investigates (a) how the increased availability of highly palatable energy-dense foods, served in large portions yet containing little nutritional value, impacts appetite and amounts eaten; (b) how the individual variation in psychological, physiological, biological and socio-economic characteristics increases the susceptibility to overeating these foods.

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Drivers of Obesity: Characterising the biopsychological and environmental drivers of overeating, University of Roehampton


Award Date: 30 Aug 2019

Sports & Exercise Science, MSc, Investigating changes in energy intake, appetite and flavour-nutrient learning responses following a low-protein breakfast in physically active and sedentary individuals, University of Roehampton


Award Date: 30 Sept 2013

Exercise Science, BSc (Hons), Investigating the physiological and psychological performance responses to downhill running in novice and veteran endurance athletes, University of Cape Town


Award Date: 1 Dec 2003

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