Professor Jacqueline Blissett

Professor of Childhood Eating Behaviour

Prof Jacqueline Blissett
Prof Jacqueline Blissett

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
Birmingham, B4 7ET

Phone: +44(0) 121 204 3784
Room: SW607

I joined the Department of Psychology in January 2018. Previous posts include Professor of Childhood Eating Behaviour at Coventry University and Reader in Childhood Eating Behaviour at the University of Birmingham.

I have been working in the field of children’s eating behaviour for over twenty years. In that time much of my research has focussed on the biological, affective and cognitive factors of parents and their children which influence parent-child interaction, particularly in the context of feeding and eating problems. I have a particular interest in children’s fussy eating including poor fruit and vegetable acceptance, emotional eating, and obesity. 

  • B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology, (1994) University College Swansea.
  • Ph.D. Psychology (1998) School of Psychology, University of Birmingham.
  • P.G.Cert. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. (2002) University of Birmingham.
  • Reader in Childhood Eating Behaviour, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. August 2012-August 2016.
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. Sept 2006- July 2012.
  • Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. Sept 2001- Sept 2006
  • Lecturer and Course Tutor in MSc. Applied Social Learning Theory and Counselling. School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. Jan 1998- Sept 2001

 I teach a third year module in Psychology.

  • Early origins of children’s emotional eating
  • Breastfeeding, complementary feeding practices, childhood feeding practices
  • Development of flavour preferences
  • Individual differences in sensory processing, particularly of taste
  • Children’s fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Feeding problems and eating behaviour in children with disorders such as autism
  • Maternal mental health and parent child interaction
  • Infant gut microbiome: relationships with early diet and infant development
  • Fetal facial expression in response to flavour stimuli in utero
  • Cultural differences in feeding and eating behaviour
  • Naomi Bartle, Jackie Blissett, Katherine Brown. A community-centred intervention to improve infant feeding practices among Pakistani and Bangladeshi families living in the UK. 18 Months September 2017- current. MRC PHIND.
  • Pallan, M. Adab, P. Blissett, J. Frew, E. Gill, P. Hindle, Jolly, K. Lancashire, E. Redwood, Thompson, S. Development of a culturally adapted weight management programme for children of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin. NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme. 2014-2017 (completed).

Current Students: Rachael Barker (Coventry University) Understanding children’s emotional eating.
I welcome applicants for PhD study in the area of childhood eating behaviour, specifically concerning breastfeeding, introduction of complementary foods, childhood obesity, fruit and vegetable consumption, pregnancy diet, parent-child interaction during eating, or infant gut microbiome relationships with diet and development.

 Member of the British Psychological Society