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Dr McKinleys’ research focuses on the ability of dietary interventions to modify nutritional status and risk of chronic disease, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

She also focuses on developing and evaluating complex interventions to support dietary and lifestyle change and weight management throughout the life cycle: examples of work include interventions in the school-setting; before, during and after pregnancy; and for people with type 2 diabetes. This work encompasses the use of e-health and m-health technology to support behaviour change.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of nutrition and prevention/management of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Including observational and intervention approaches; mixed methods E.g.

  • Weight management before, during and after pregnancy
  • Understanding diet and lifestyle behaviours of different groups
  • Developing and evaluating behaviour change interventions

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  • Extensive work with various research funders including: NIHR PHR, NICHS, MRC, Invest NI, FSA , R&D Office NI, CARDI, Safefood


Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Centre for Public Health

Institute for Global Food Security

Research students

PhD Title: Exploring the nutrition and health needs of women with Gestational Diabetes

Name: Ayah Zaidalkilani
Years of Study: 2016- Present
Country: Jordan

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Dr Helen Wallace

PhD Title: Effect of vitamin D3 supplementation on insulin resistance and β cell function in prediabetes

Years of Study: 2013- 2018

Country: UK

Current position: Specialist Registrar Endocrinology & Diabetes

Dr Claire McEvoy

PhD Title: Fruit, vegetables and dietary patterns in relation to cardiovascular and eye health

Years of Study: 2008 - 2012 

Country: UK

Current position: Lecturer in Nutrition, Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Sinead Watson

PhD Title: Body weight, body composition and cardiovascular risk – epidemiology and intervention

Years of Study: 2009 - 2013

Country: UK

Current position: Research Fellow, Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast

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