Job: Senior Lecturer
Faculty: Health and Life Sciences
School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences
Address: De Montfort, University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.
T: +44 (0)116 207 8828
A developmental psychologist who is primarily interested in the development of eating behaviour and psychopathology. Particular areas of interest include fruit and vegetable consumption, and food neophobia, throughout the lifespan.
Dr Coulthard's research centres on furthering understanding of the strategies that relate to increasing healthy food consumption, including exposure, modelling, restriction, pressure, as well as individual characteristics which contribute to pathology, such as anxiety and sensory processing.
She is also interested in the early predictors of problematic eating behaviour in later life.
Click here for a full listing of Helen Coulthard's publications and outputs.
Core areas in psychology
Comparison of feeding behaviour in infants weaned early and late, Danone, research project, 01/10-08/11, CI, project based at University of Birmingham.
Journal reviewing activities
Grant reviewing activities
Dr Coulthard's research is very relevant to the advice given to parents about the strategies that are most effective in promoting a healthy diet in children. She has frequently attended postnatal groups and children’s centres, and talked to mothers about eating behaviour in children.
In addition, her research has been published in the media, especially on local news programmes and radio programmes. In addition there has been coverage on websites for both parental advice and the national media. She recently contributed to the BBC website, ‘Scrubbing Up’ which showcases opinions from experts in their field.
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