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Research Fellow in Behavioural Obesity; NIHR Obesity Policy Research Unit, UCL

Dr Andrea Smith is a postdoctoral researcher in the Obesity group at the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health at UCL. Andrea’s current research focuses on front-line ideas regarding behavioural obesity research and public health-related policy issues. She is passionate about the development of innovative tools to inform policies which support healthy weight development from infancy in the UK.
Previously, Andrea studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Sussex before completing an MPhil in Public Health at the University of Cambridge. She joined UCL in 2014 to pursue an MRC-funded PhD on the genetic and environmental aetiology of dietary preferences, and relationships with adiposity.

Andrea has experience in behavioural genetic modelling (twin analyses), meta-analytic techniques (dose-response modelling), and the design of dietary behaviour change Interventions. She also is a core member of the UCL-based Gemini twin study team (a longitudinal birth cohort of 2400 families studying the origins of appetite and growth in early childhood), and leads the London Regional group for the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO).


  • 2018–present
    Research Fellow , NIHR Obesity Policy Research Unit (UCL)
  • 2014–2018
    PhD candidate in Epidemiology/Public Health, UCL


  • 2018 
    University College London, PhD in Epidemiology/Public Health
  • 2014 
    University of Cambridge, MPhil in Public Health
  • 2013 
    University of Sussex, BSc in Biomedical Science

Professional Memberships

  • Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)