Lecturer in Behavioural Obesity Research, UCL

Clare is a Lecturer in Behavioural Obesity Research at UCL’s Health Behaviour Research Centre, where she leads the Obesity Research Group. She is also an honorary Research Fellow at Liverpool University. After an initial career in the pharmaceutical industry, Clare retrained as a Psychologist, undertaking an MSc and PhD at UCL, and post-doctoral training at UCL and King’s College London. Her research interest is understanding how genes and the environment interact to determine variation in early weight gain, with a focus on appetite regulation and eating behaviour. In 2007, with Professor Jane Wardle she established Gemini, the largest population-based birth cohort of twins ever set up to study genetic and environmental contributions to early life growth. Clare currently leads the Gemini study. She is also an elected Trustee for the UK Association for the Study of Obesity, and recently established their first London Regional Group.

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Lecturer, University College London

Education

  • 2011 
    University College London, PhD
  • 2011 
    British Psychological Society, Chartered Psychologist
  • 2007 
    University College London, MSc
  • 2000 
    University of Oxford, MA (Oxon)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Sweeteners and sweetness enhancers: Impact on health, obesity, safety and sustainability
    Role:
    Principal Investigator (UCL)
    Funding Source:
    European Commission (Horizon 2020)
  • 2018
    Understanding the role of appetite in eating disorders
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    MQ
  • 2016
    Tips for Tots
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Cancer Research UK
  • 2007
    PhD studentship
    Role:
    PhD Student
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2007
    PhD studentship
    Role:
    PhD Student
    Funding Source:
    Medical Research Council
  • 2006
    MSc Advanced Masters studentship
    Role:
    MSc student
    Funding Source:
    Medical Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Association for the Study of Obesity
  • British Psychological Society