Dr Claire McEvoy
Dr Claire McEvoy is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Public Health (CPH) and an affiliate with the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health Research, Queen’s University Belfast. She qualified as a Dietitian in 1998 (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen) and worked for 10 years in the NHS specialising in neurology and neurotrauma. She was awarded a HSC Northern Ireland Research and Development MPhil Fellowship to investigate energy requirements in patients recovering from severe traumatic brain injury and completed this in 2007 (Queen’s University Belfast). In 2008, she joined CPH as a Trial Manager for the ‘FIRST’ randomised controlled trial and completed a part-time PhD examining the dose-response effect of fruit and vegetable intake on cardiovascular disease and eye health (Queen’s University Belfast, 2012). Claire then began a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in CPH in 2012, taking the role of Trial Manager on the NPRI funded ‘TEAM-MED’ Study to develop and pilot test a novel peer support intervention to encourage dietary behaviour change towards a Mediterranean diet in adults at high cardiovascular disease risk. Her work in public health nutrition has been recognised nationally by a British Dietetic Association Elizabeth Washington Award.
Claire’s research interests focus on using quantitative and qualitative methodology to design and evaluate novel dietary interventions to prevent and treat disease. She currently holds a Paul Beeson Career Development Fellowship (2015-2018) in Aging Research from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) and the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH). This 3-year research programme will investigate the role of a Mediterranean diet for prevention of cognitive decline in ageing, by integrating both epidemiologic (from existing UK and US cohorts) and randomised controlled trial data. The Fellowship involves a 12-month Visiting Fellow position with Professor Kristine Yaffe, University of California San Francisco, to conduct collaborative research and undertake specialist training in translational research methodology in older populations. Claire’s research programme is further supported by a recently awarded Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Science, and an Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) pump prime Award.