NameDr Christina Vogel
QualificationsBSc (Hons), PhD
RoleSenior Research Fellow
Christina Vogel (nee Black) has had a long term interest in understanding what is it that makes people choose to eat the foods they do and, accordingly, completed undergraduate training in Nutrition and Dietetics and in Psychology at the Newcastle University, Australia. Christina has worked in public health nutrition for ten years in Australia and Europe. Her work has involved designing and delivering programs in remote indigenous and urban communities, conducting public health observational and intervention research, and developing public health policy. She completed a postgraduate diploma in Politics and Policy at Deakin University, Australia to fuel her interest in public policy development.
Christina has worked at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, UK since 2009. She is part of the team that designed, implemented and evaluated the ‘Healthy Conversations Skills’ workforce development intervention and has developed a programme of observational research to enhance understanding of how the local food environment affects the dietary behaviours of mothers with young children.
Supported by an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship, Christina completed her PhD in 2014. Her research is the first in the UK to examine the psychosocial and educational pathways between the local food environment and dietary behaviours. She has developed a number of novel environmental metrics to describe place-health relations that provide alternatives for categorising the food environment. Her work in structural equation modelling has been used to identify environmental, social and psychological focal points for an intervention to improve the dietary behaviours of mothers which is in the early stage of development. Christina is particularly interested in identifying effective interventions that will provide mothers, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with the environments and skills to make more healthy dietary choices for themselves and their families.