NameDr Mary Barker
QualificationsBSc, MSc, PhD, C Psychol
RoleAssociate Professor of Psychology
Previously, senior research officer with the Home Office Research and Planning Unit, and research fellow in the Faculty of Law, University of Bristol, Mary joined the MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit in 1994. She obtained her PhD in 1999 with a thesis on the factors influencing food choices of adolescent girls.
Her main research interests are the food choices of young women and the complex of psychological, social and environmental factors that affect them and the food choices they make for their children. She is concerned with identifying ways to support women to improve their diets and lifestyles. Together with her colleague, Janis Baird, Mary leads on the Southampton Initiative for Health, a training intervention working with Sure Start Children’s Centre staff to improve the diets and physical activity levels of disadvantaged women and their families in Southampton. This is being run in conjunction with NHS Southampton City and Southampton City Council.
She has an ongoing collaboration with the Oregon Research Institute in the US, aiming to develop a sister intervention to the Southampton Initiative for Health, and has published with the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort (MOBA).