||Dr Lucy Cooke
Senior Research Associate
Children's food preferences and eating habits, childhood obesity.
- Development and modification of children's food preferences
- The impact of the family food environment on children's eating habits
- Design of effective dietary interventions
Previous research has included a large-scale survey examining the factors associated with fruit and vegetable consumption in preschoolers,
a school-based questionnaire study of food preferences in 5-16 year-olds and a trial of the effectiveness of an exposure-based intervention,
carried out by parents in the home, in increasing children's acceptance of a previously disliked vegetable.
POPPETS Study: The first part of the study is a large-scale community survey to assess the family environment correlates of healthy dietary
choices in preschool children (including parental nutrition knowledge, feeding practices, social norms, availability of foods, meal patterns
and snacking rules). In the next stage we shall develop interventions to modify aspects of the home food environment and assess their impact
on food choices. Ultimately these will be combined to create a disseminable intervention that health professionals can be trained to deliver.
A proposal for a series of studies investigating the impact of incentives on children's food choices is currently under review at the MRC.
2007 - Senior Research Associate, Health Behaviour Research Centre,
UCL Epidemiology & Public Health
2000 - 2007 Research Associate, Health Behaviour Research Centre, UCL,
Epidemiology & Public Health
2007 PhD in Psychology, University College London
2000 MSc in Health Psychology, University College London
1998 BSc Psychology, University College London
Chartered Health Psychologist
Member, Association for the Study of Obesity
Member, British Psychological Association, Division of Health Psychology
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