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Katherine Appleton

Professor of Psychology, Bournemouth University

I graduated from the University of Southampton in 1993 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, and from the University of Leeds in 1998 with a PhD in Biological Psychology / Nutrition. Since, I have worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds (1999), University of Surrey (2000-2002), University of Bristol (2002-2005) and as a lecturer at Queen’s University, Belfast (2005-2012). I joined Bournemouth University in Sept. 2012, following a year long sabbatical at the University of Iowa, US. I am a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society, 2001) and a Registered Nutritionist (UK Association for Nutrition, 2001).

My research interests are based in human eating behaviour, with particular focus on the optimisation of human health and well-being in the general population. My research focuses on understanding and encouraging healthy and sustainable eating, and includes investigation of different strategies to promote fruit and vegetable consumption; to improve nutrition and under-nutrition in older adults; and to aid appetite and weight control, primarily with the aim of improving weight management.


  • 2015–present
    Professor, Bournemouth University, UK
  • 2012–2015
    Associate Professor, Bournemouth University, UK
  • 2005–2012
    Lecturer, Queen's University, Belfast, UK


  • 1999 
    University of Leeds, UK, PhD (Psychology)
  • 1993 
    University of Southampton, UK, BSc (Psychology)

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society, UK)
  • Registered Nutritionist (Association for Nutrition, UK)