Dr Sharon Carstairs

Dr Sharon Carstairs
Research Fellow



Dr Sharon Carstairs has an interest in research and teaching within the field of health improvement; specifically within the fields of nutrition and physical activity.

I obtained my BSc Hons in Physiology, Sports Science and Nutrition from the University of Glasgow in 2004. I went on to work within Dundee City Council as an Eating for Health Advisor in a local primary school whilst piloting a healthy eating initiative in Dundee after-schools clubs.

In 2006 I became a Teaching Fellow at the University of Abertay Dundee where I lectured and co-ordinated modules in the fields of Nutrition and Physiology to a wide variety of undergraduate students.

I completed my PhD at the University of Aberdeen graduating in June 2017. My research, titled "Determinants of seafood provision and exclusion by mothers during infant and young child feeding: An exploration using a mixed methods design” – provided the opportunity to learn and develop knowledge and skills of mixed methodologies including; - quantitative surveys, focus group discussions, internet discussion forums, and Q Methodology think aloud interviews.

I was employed at the University of St Andrews in 2016 on a collaborative project entitled “Downsizing meal items in the pre-school using variety, repeated exposure and learning to acquire portion control”. In July 2018 I was employed as a Research Fellow working on a NHS Fife Endowment Fund project “Increasing physical activity levels: Designing a pathway to community-based and volunteered-led physical activity programmes”.

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Research Overview from research@st-andrews

I have an interest in research and teaching within the field of health improvement; specifically within the fields of nutrition and physical activity. I have expereice of mixed methods research design and in addition I have interests in co-design and participatory research.


Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
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Can reduced intake associated with downsizing of a high energy dense meal item be offset by increased vegetable variety in 3-5-year-old children? Sharon Ann Carstairs, Samantha J Caton, Pamela Blundell-Birtill, Barbara J. Rolls, Marion M. Hetherington, Joanne Elizabeth Cecil
Nutrients 2018 vol.10 
Downsizing meal items in pre-schoolers using variety Joanne Elizabeth Cecil, Sharon Ann Carstairs, S. Caton, P. Blundell-Birtill, B. Rolls, M. M. Hetherington
Appetite 2018 vol.123 pp.460
Increasing physical activity levels Gozde Ozakinci, Sharon Ann Carstairs, Rayna Hilary Rogowsky, Kathryn Burns Cunningham, Louise Margaret Wilkie, Jo Stevens, Malcolm McTavish, Ian Shield, Frank Sullivan
 2018 
The feasibility and acceptability of two methods of snack portion control in United Kingdom (UK) preschool children Sophie Reale, Colette Kearney, Marion Hetherington, Fiona Croden, Joanne Elizabeth Cecil, Sharon Ann Carstairs, Barbara Rolls, Samantha Caton
Nutrients 2018 vol.10 
Factors influencing mothers' decisions on whether to provide seafood during early years’ feeding Sharon Ann Carstairs, Leone Craig, Debbi Marais, Kirsty Kiezebrink
Appetite 2017 vol.108 pp.277-287
How important are the influencing factors to the decision on whether to provide seafood in infant and young child feeding? Sharon Ann Carstairs, Debbi Marais, Leone C. A. Craig, Kirsty Kiezebrink
Appetite 2017 vol.117 pp.224-233
A comparison of pre-prepared commercial infant feeding meals with home-cooked recipes Sharon Ann Carstairs, Leone C. A. Craig, Debbi Marais, Ourania E. Bora, Kirsty Kiezebrink
Archives of Disease in Childhood 2016 vol.101 pp.1037-1042
Seafood inclusion in commercial main meal early years' food products Sharon Ann Carstairs, Debbi Marais, Leone Craig, Kirsty Kiezebrink
Maternal and Child Nutrition 2016 vol.12 pp.860-868
Something fishy about home-cooked infant feeding recipes Sharon Ann Carstairs, Debbi Marais, Leone Craig, Kirsty Kiezebrink
Community Practitioner 2016 vol.89 pp.36-41
Seafood inclusion in early years feeding Sharon Ann Carstairs, Debbi Marais, Leone C A Craig, Kirsty Kiezebrink
 2014 
Seafood inclusion in early years feeding: A review of information resources Sharon Ann Carstairs, Debbi Marais, Leone Craig, Kirsty Kiezebrink
Appetite 2014 vol.83 pp.358
Seafood inclusion ion early years' feeding Sharon Ann Carstairs, Debbi Marais, Leone Craig, Kirsty Kiezebrink
 2014