Dr Laura McGowan

  • Dr Laura McGowan

RESEARCH FOCUS

As a psychologist, my research focuses on theory-based behavior change interventions to improve diet and nutrition status and to prevent and treat obesity in a variety of population groups.

I have a particular interest in the role of novel behavior-change methods such as habit formation and peer support, and I am keen to explore dietary behaviour change across the life-course, including in preconception, pregnancy and aging populations.

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Dr McGowan is open to PhD supervision opportunities

  • Behaviour change interventions focusing on diet and/or obesity across a range of population groups
  • Obesity management
  • Preconception health for men and women - improving health status before pregnancy

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PUBLIC OUTREACH AND KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Regional Lead for the Association for the Study of Obesity Northern Ireland Network

  • Part of the Obesity Prevention Steering Group at the Dept of Health NI.

  • I’m an invited member of the All-Island Obesity Coalition – Safefood

  • Committee member for the Division of Health Psychology in NI (British Psychological Society).

  • Regularly contributes to the popular press via articles and interviews (TV and radio).

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Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biological Sciences

Centre for Public Health

Institute for Global Food Security

Nutrition Group

 

Research students

PhD Title: The Impact of a Tailored Dietary Intervention Coupled with Oral Rehabilitation on the Nutritional Status of Older Adults


Name: Leigh-Ann McCrum
Years of Study: 2
Country: Northern Ireland

  

Alumni: where are they now?

Fiona Lavelle


PhD Title: Learning cooking skills to increase cooking from basic ingredients: Barriers and Facilitators

Years of Study: 2014-2017
Country: Republic of Ireland
Current position: Research Fellow, Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast

  

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