Colette completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Glasgow and a Masters of Medical Science in Human Nutrition at the University of Sheffield. Between studying and undertaking her PhD, she worked with children in the early years, teaching English as a Second Language. This role led to her interest in early years nutrition, an interest which she took forward into her Master’s degree by working with the Children’s Food Trust to evaluate their early years nutrition training for childminders. Upon completion of her Masters, she worked as a research assistant in ScHARR investigating methods to reduce the consumption of high energy dense snacks in pre-school children. Colette’s research interests are within the fields of obesity prevention, childhood nutrition and public health economic modelling. She is particularly interested in methods to promote healthy eating in the early years and the impact this may have on long term health outcomes.
As part of the Wellcome Programme Colette has received training in the basic principles of Economic Evaluation, Cost–effectiveness Modelling for Health Technology Assessment, decision analytic modelling and discrete event simulation. She is currently undertaking further training in qualitative research design and analysis and has begun working towards becoming an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Title of PhD
New insights into the role of caregivers in early childhood obesity prevention: improving both child and caregiver health
Samantha Caton, Penny Breeze
Colette’s PhD is focused on caregivers of 2-4 year old children. She will explore how caregivers can influence the diets of children aged 2-4 years old, with a particular focus on grandparents. She is also interested in how interventions targeting early childhood obesity prevention may benefit caregivers. By investigating the spill-over effects from early childhood obesity prevention strategies on caregiver’s health, Colette will consider how these spill-over effects can be incorporated into economic evaluations.
Colette has published the following papers:
Reale S, Kearney C, Hetherington M, Croden F, Cecil J, Carstairs S, et al. The Feasibility and Acceptability of Two Methods of Snack Portion Control in United Kingdom (UK) Preschool Children: Reduction and Replacement. Nutrients. 2018;10:1493. doi:10.3390/nu10101493.
Reale S, Marr C, Cecil JE, Hetherington MM, Caton SJ. Maternal decisions on portion size and portion control strategies for snacks in preschool children. Nutrients. 2019;11(12). doi:10.3390/nu11123009
Pradeilles R, Marr C, Laar A, et al. How ready are communities to implement actions to improve diets of adolescent girls and women in urban Ghana? BMC Public Health. 2019;19(1). doi:10.1186/s12889-019-6989-5
Rousham EK, Pradeilles R, Akparibo R, et al. Dietary behaviours in the context of nutrition transition: A systematic review and meta-analyses in two African countries. Public Health Nutr. 2020;23(11). doi:10.1017/S1368980019004014
Reale S, Kearney C, Hetherington M, et al. The Feasibility and Acceptability of Two Methods of Snack Portion Control in United Kingdom (UK) Preschool Children: Reduction and Replacement. Nutrients. 2018;10(10):1493. doi:10.3390/nu10101493
Mahdi S, Marr C, Buckland N, Chilcott J. Methods for the economic evaluation of obesity prevention dietary policies and population level interventions in children: a systematic review and critical appraisal of the evidence. Obes Abstr. September 2019. doi:10.1530/obabs.01.rfc1.3
Marr C, Reale S, Breeze, P, Caton S. Grandparental dietary provision, feeding practices and feeding styles when caring for preschool aged grandchildren: a systematic mixed methods review. Obesity Reviews (In press). DOI:10.1111/obr.13157