• 2623 Citations
  • 29 h-Index
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Professor Jackie Blissett is a developmental psychologist with expertise in feeding and eating behaviour from the earliest stages of life. She has over 80 peer reviewed publications, most examining eating behaviour at both ends of the continuum – from fussy eating and feeding problems through to obesity and emotional overeating. Recent work has included identification of the best strategies to encourage toddlers to try new foods, and the identification of the long term effects of parents’ use of food as a reward on children’s emotional eating.

Professor Blissett has received funding from NIHR, research councils, charities and industry. Current projects include the CHANGE study, an NIHR funded feasibility study at the University of Birmingham to examine the benefits of culturally adapting weight management programmes in Birmingham to better accommodate the needs of families of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin, and a project funded by Epilepsy Action, examining the parenting experiences of women with epilepsy.

Jackie’s research is regularly featured in a variety of media, most recently including BBC World Service Radio (The Food Chain; March 2015), ‘Born Naughty’ (Channel 4, May 2015) and Horizon ‘The Truth about Taste’ (April 2013).

Research Interests

Obesity; Parenting; Eating psychopathology; Fruit and vegetable consumption; Infant and childhood eating behaviour

Vision Statement

Children’s eating behaviour can be a serious problem, for public health and for family life. Both fussy eating (e.g. unwillingness to eat vegetables or new foods) and overeating (e.g. consumption of large amounts of unhealthy foods or emotional overeating) have significant implications for our long term health and economic productivity. Through my research, I am working to identify the best ways to facilitate children’s healthy eating behaviour. Parents, carers and health professionals need clear and consistent guidance not just about what but how to feed children, to promote the best chance of facilitating fruit and vegetable preference and reducing emotional eating.

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Research Output 2000 2019

  • 2623 Citations
  • 29 h-Index
  • 70 Article
  • 6 Review article
  • 2 Abstract
1 Citation (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)

Effects of lay support for pregnant women with social risk factors on infant development and maternal psychological health at 12 months postpartum

Popo, E., Kenyon, S., Dann, S-A., MacArthur, C. & Blissett, J., 28 Aug 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 8, 14 p., e0182544.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
infant development
pregnant women
Child Development
Postpartum Period
Pregnant Women
10 Citations (Scopus)
16 Downloads (Pure)

Microstructural abnormalities in white and gray matter in obese adolescents with and without type 2 diabetes

Nouwen, A., Chambers, A., Chechlacz, M., Higgs, S., Blissett, J., Barrett, T. G. & Allen, H. A., 2017, In : NeuroImage: Clinical. 16, p. 43-51 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Weights and Measures
White Matter
Gray Matter
4 Citations (Scopus)
15 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access