McKinley, Dr Michelle C

Keywords: nutrition; diet; behaviour change; complex interventions; obesity; type 2 diabetes; cardiovascular disease; weight management; dietary patterns

Michelle is a senior lecturer in Nutrition working within the Centre for Public Health in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast. Michelle’s research investigates the ability of dietary interventions to modify nutritional status and risk of chronic disease, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as exploring novel approaches to encouraging and supporting diet and lifestyle behaviour change and weight management throughout the lifecycle.  Examples of research activities in these areas include developing and evaluating complex interventions to support dietary and lifestyle change: in the school-setting; before, during and after pregnancy; and for people with type 2 diabetes. This work encompasses the use of app and web-based technology to support behaviour change.  Current research is also exploring the effect of vitamin D supplementation on insulin resistance in people with pre-diabetes.