I trained as a dietitian and nutritionist in Ireland, and, after moving to Sweden, completed a doctorate in medical sciences and postgraduate training in nutritional epidemiology and public health sciences.
I am currently employed at the Centre for Epidemiology and Social Medicine at the Stockholm County Council, and am affiliated with the research group Community Nutrition and Physical Activity here at the Dept. of Public Health Sciences.
BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Trinity College Dublin & Dublin Institute of Technology (conjoined course), Ireland (2004)
PhD Medical Sciences, Karolinska Institutet (2010)
My research is focused on the importance of diet for health and for sustainable public health. I work mainly with an innovative system for evaluating school meals and how it can help lead to improved school meal quality.
In the project "Fostering healthy and sustainable dietary habits through optimised school meals", with funding from the Swedish research council Formas, we are looking at ways to enhance school meals with respect to nutrition, climate impact, cost and acceptability. The collaborators are the National Food Agency and Metropolitan University Copenhagen. The project will run until 2019.
In summary, my research interests lie broadly along this spectrum:
Dietary assessment -> School meals -> Nutritional epidemiology -> Children's diets -> Public health nutrition -> Sustainable diets
Co-supervisor for doctoral student (registered 2017).
Supervisor for final year student projects within Nutrition (B), Dietary science (A), Public Health (A) and Global Health (A) programmes.
Lecturer on the programmes Public Health (A), Nutrition (B), Physiotherapy (B) and Health Sciences (A) on courses Applied Epidemiology, Nutrition Epidemiologi and Health Promotion. I give lectures mainly on the topics of nutritional epidemiology, public health nutrition and dietary assessment methods, in both English and Swedish.
B=Basic level, A=Advancerad level
Association between dairy food consumption and risk of myocardial infarction in women differs by type of dairy food
The Journal of nutrition 2013;143(1):74-9
Association between self-reported sleep duration and dietary quality in European adolescents
BRITISH JOURNAL OF NUTRITION 2013;110(5):949-59
Breakfast consumption and CVD risk factors in European adolescents: the HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) Study
Public health nutrition 2013;16(7):1296-305
Design, testing and validation of an innovative web-based instrument to evaluate school meal quality
Public health nutrition 2013;16(6):1028-36
Breakfast habits among European adolescents and their association with sociodemographic factors: the HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) study
Public health nutrition 2012;15(10):1879-89
European adolescents' level of perceived stress is inversely related to their diet quality: the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence study
BRITISH JOURNAL OF NUTRITION 2012;108(2):371-80
Validation of personal digital photography to assess dietary quality among people with intellectual disabilities
JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH 2012;56(2):221-6
Adolescents' perceptions of food healthiness and food intake patterns: results from the HELENA study
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY 2011;:S164-S164
Assessment of folate and vitamin B12 intake in European adolescents
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY 2011;:S156-S156
Evaluation of iron status in European adolescents through biochemical iron indicators: the HELENA Study
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION 2011;65(3):340-9
Body fat and dairy product intake in lactase persistent and non-persistent children and adolescents
Food & nutrition research 2010;54():-
Congestion Road Tax and Physical Activity
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE 2010;38(2):171-7
Dietary energy density as a marker of dietary quality in Swedish children and adolescents: the European Youth Heart Study
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION 2010;64(4):356-63
Sources of saturated fat and sucrose in the diets of Swedish children and adolescents in the European Youth Heart Study: strategies for improving intakes
PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION 2010;13(12):1955-64
INTERNET-BASED NETWORKING TO FURTHER PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION: THE YOUNG PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION NETWORK (YPHN)
ANNALS OF NUTRITION AND METABOLISM 2009;:425-425
MEAL PATTERNS OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN SWEDEN: THE EUROPEAN YOUTH HEART STUDY
ANNALS OF NUTRITION AND METABOLISM 2009;:154-155
The tracking of dietary intakes of children and adolescents in Sweden over six years: the European Youth Heart Study
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 2009;:91-
Dietary energy density as a marker of dietary quality in Swedish children and adolescents
ANNALS OF NUTRITION AND METABOLISM 2007;:132-132
Homocysteine levels in children and adolescents are associated with the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase 677C > T genotype, but not with physical activity, fitness or fatness: The European Youth Heart Study
BRITISH JOURNAL OF NUTRITION 2007;97(2):255-62
The European Youth Heart Study (EYHS)
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2006;:22-22