Research Assistant and PhD Student
Children's food preferences and eating habits, childhood obesity, twin research.
The main focus of my PhD is to understand food preferences in infancy and early childhood, and to develop effective interventions
aimed at increasing preferences for, and intake of, fruit and vegetables. Specifically my research is investigating:
- The aetiology and modification of children's food preferences.
- The impact of early intervention on children's diets.
- Heritability of food preferences and responses to diet interventions.
- Design of effective dietary interventions.
The data for my PhD comes from two studies:
Trial of Advice on Starting Taste Exposure (TASTE): TASTE is an intervention study investigating of the impact of evidence-based
guidance to parents on the introduction of vegetables, during the transition to solid foods. The TASTE study is part of a large
European Union funded project entitled Habeat. The project's main objectives are to further understanding how food habits are
formed in infants and young children and to propose strategies for changing these habits within early childhood.
GEMIMI Study: A longitudinal study of appetite and growth in a cohort of 2400 families with twins, followed from birth to
5 years of age. Data collection began in January 2008 and is currently on-going.
2007 MA Psychology, University of Edinburgh
2010-present: Research Assistant, Habeat Project; Health Behaviour Research Centre, UCL.
2009-2010: Research Assistant, Gemini Study; Health Behaviour Research Centre, UCL.
Cooke, L., Fildes, A. (2011). The impact of flavour exposure in utero and during milk feeding on food acceptance at weaning and beyond. Appetite doi:10.1016/j.appet.2011.05.317.
Fildes, A., van Jaarsveld, C., Llewellyn, C., Fisher, A., Cooke, L., Wardle, J. (2011). Parental Feeding Styles in early infancy: are they shaped by maternal or child's characteristics? (In preparation).
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