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