RoleSenior Research Assistant and PhD student
Sarah is a Registered Associated Nutritionist working as a research assistant on the Engaging Adolescent in Changing Behaviour (EACH-B) Study. She is also currently completing her PhD on a part-time basis.
Her role on the EACH-B study uses both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to understand adolescents’ behaviours relating to diet and physical activity. She has also been heavily involved in developing the dietary and physical activity assessment methods that will measure the primary outcomes of the EACH-B intervention study.
Sarah’s PhD project aims to understand the combination of social and physical environmental issues that influence adolescents’ dietary behaviours by combining ecological momentary assessment, GPS mapping and social network analysis. Her project will help to identify contextual barriers to health behaviours, aiding the development and implementation of future behavioural interventions among adolescents.
Sarah originally joined the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit in September 2013 as a research assistant on the Hertfordshire Cohort Study. During her time in this role, she was responsible for the management of the cohort as well as conducting data collections and systematic reviews relating to musculoskeletal health, nutrition and ageing.