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”.
data source: symbiosis
, Caton, SJ, Blundell-Birtill, P, Rolls, BJ, Hetherington, MM & Cecil, JE
2018, '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?
, vol. 10, no. 12, 1879. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10121879
Ozakinci, G, Carstairs, SA, Rogowsky, RH, Cunningham, KB, Wilkie, LM
, Stevens, J, MacTavish, M, Shield, I & Sullivan, F
2018, 'Increasing physical activity levels: Designing a referral pathway to a community- and volunteer-based physical activity programme
' Scottish Physical Activity Research Connections (SPARC), Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 7/11/18
Reale, S, Kearney, C, Hetherington, M, Croden, F, Cecil, JE, Carstairs, SA
, Rolls, B & Caton, S 2018, 'The feasibility and acceptability of two methods of snack portion control in United Kingdom (UK) preschool children: reduction and replacement
, vol. 10, no. 10, 1493. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10101493
Cecil, JE, Carstairs, S
, Caton, S, Blundell-Birtill, P, Rolls, B & Hetherington, MM 2018, 'Downsizing meal items in pre-schoolers using variety
, vol. 123, pp. 460. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2017.11.051
, Craig, LCA, Marais, D, Bora, OE & Kiezebrink, K 2016, 'A comparison of pre-prepared commercial infant feeding meals with home-cooked recipes
' Archives of Disease in Childhood
, vol. 101, no. 11, pp. 1037-1042. https://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2015-310098
, Marais, D, Craig, L & Kiezebrink, K 2016, 'Seafood inclusion in commercial main meal early years' food products
' Maternal and Child Nutrition
, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 860-868. https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12185
, Marais, D, Craig, L & Kiezebrink, K 2016, 'Something fishy about home-cooked infant feeding recipes
' Community Practitioner
, vol. 89, no. 4, pp. 36-41.
, 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
, 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