Hayley Syrad


Research interests: 

  • Childhood obesity
  • Dietary behaviours
  • Appetitive traits
  • Nutrition

Current research: 

I am using 3 day diet diary records of children within the Gemini twin cohort study to explore associations between appetite, behavioural aspects of diet such as frequency of eating, and weight gain. 



  • 09/2012-10/2016: PhD Student. Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London, 1-19 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 6BT
  • 09/2011 – 09/2012: Research Assistant. Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London, 1-19 Torrington Place, London WC1E 6BT
  • 09/2009 – 09/2011: Research Assistant. National Academy for Parenting Practitioners. King’s College London, 1-4 Windsor Walk, Denmark Hill PO 86, London SE58AF.
  • 06/2008 – 09/2009: Research Assistant. CAMHS Evidence Based Practice Unit, The Anna Freud Centre, 21 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, London NW3 5SD


  • PhD Behavioural Nutrition. University College London (2016)
  • BSc Psychology: 1st Class Honours. University of Southampton (2007)
  • A-level Psychology: Grade A. Alton College (2004)
  • A-Level Biology: Grade A. Alton College (2004)
  • A-Level English language: Grade B. Alton College (2004)
  1. Syrad, H, Llewellyn CH, Johnson L, Boniface D, Jebb SA, van Jaarsveld CHM, et al. Meal size is a critical driver of weight gain in early childhood. Scientific reports. Nature publishing group; 2016; 6: 1-7.
  2. Syrad, Hayley, Clare H. Llewellyn, Cornelia HM van Jaarsveld, Laura Johnson, Susan A Jebb, Jane Wardle. Energy and nutrient intakes of young children in the UK: findings from the Gemini twin cohort. The British Journal of Nutrition. 2016;115(10):1843-50.
  3. Syrad, Hayley, Laura Johnson, Jane Wardle, and Clare H. Llewellyn. "Appetitive traits and food intake patterns in early life. The American journal of clinical nutrition 103, no. 1 (2016): 231-235. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.115.117382
  4. Syrad, H., Van Jaarsveld, C. H. M., Llewellyn, C., & Wardle, J. (2015). The role of infant appetite in extended formula feeding. Archives of Diseases in Childhood. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2014-307683
  5. McDonald, L., Wardle, J., Llewellyn, C. H., Johnson, L., Jaarsveld, C. H. M., Syrad, H., & Fisher, A. (2015). Sleep and nighttime energy consumption in early childhood: a population‐based cohort study. Pediatric obesity. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12006
  6. Park, MH; Skow, A., Puradiredia, D., Lucas, A., Syrad, H., Sovio, U., White, B., Kessel, A, Saxena, S., Taylor, B., Viner, R. & Kinra, S. (2015) Development and evaluation of an online tool for management of overweight children in primary care: a pilot study.  BMJ Open.
  7. Syrad, H., Falconer, C., Cooke, L., Saxena, S., Kessel, A. S., Viner, R.,... & Croker, H. (2014). ‘Health and happiness is more important than weight’: a qualitative investigation of the views of parents receiving written feedback on their child's weight as part of the National Child Measurement Programme. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. DOI: 10.1111/jhn.12217
  8. Van den Eynde, Frederique; Koskina, Antonia; Syrad, Hayley; Guillaume, Sébastien; Broadbent, Hannah; Campbell, Iain; Schmidt, Ulrike (2012) State and trait food craving in people with bulimic eating disorders. Eating Behaviors,13(4):414-7.

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