Dr Sharon Carstairs

Dr Sharon Carstairs
Research Fellow



Dr Sharon Carstairs has an interest in research and teaching within the field of health prevention and 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 referral pathway to community-based and volunteered-led physical activity programmes”.

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Research Overview from research@st-andrews

Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Cecil, JE, Carstairs, S, Caton, S, Blundell-Birtill, P, Rolls, B & Hetherington, MM 2018, 'Downsizing meal items in pre-schoolers using variety' Appetite, vol. 123, pp. 460. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.11.051
Carstairs, SA, Marais, D, Craig, L & Kiezebrink, K 2016, 'Something fishy about home-cooked infant feeding recipes' Community Practitioner, vol. 89, no. 4, pp. 36-41.
Carstairs, SA, Marais, D, Craig, L & Kiezebrink, K 2014, 'Seafood inclusion in early years feeding: A review of information resources' Appetite, vol. 83, pp. 358.
Carstairs, SA, Marais, D, Craig, L & Kiezebrink, K 2014, 'Seafood inclusion ion early years' feeding: a comparison of commercial products to home-cooking' Second International Conference on Nutrition and Growth, Barcelona, Spain, 30/01/14 - 1/02/14, .
Carstairs, SA, Marais, D, Craig, LCA & Kiezebrink, K 2014, 'Seafood inclusion in early years feeding: a review of information resources' British Feeding and Drinking Group, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, 3/04/14 - 4/04/14, .