Dr Nicola Buckland

Dr Nicola Buckland

Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield
Cathedral Court
1 Vicar Lane, Sheffield, S1 2LT
Tel:  +44 (0)114 2226508
Email: n.buckland@sheffield.ac.uk


PhD Psychology (University of Leeds)
BSc Psychology with American Studies (University of Sussex)

Research Interests

My research specialises in the psychology of eating behaviour and weight management. My research
career began with a BSc in Psychology from the University of Sussex. During this time, I undertook
research positions at Arizona State University’s Health and Ageing Laboratory and Conditioned
Feeding Laboratory which inspired my interest in human appetite research. I subsequently obtained
my PhD from the University of Leeds in 2013 which examined the impact of goal priming on snack
and meal intake. I then spent three years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Human Appetite and
Research Unit at the University of Leeds conducting a clinical trial which investigated the effects of
energy density on appetite control and weight loss. Following my post-doctoral positions, in 2017 I
joined the University of Sheffield as a lecturer in Psychology.


  • White Rose Collaboration Fund, £10,997 (Jan 2020-2021)
  • Cancer Research UK, BUPA Foundation Fund Innovation grant, £20,000 (2016-2019)
  • N8 Industry Innovation grant, £2,300 (2015)

PhD Students

  • Denisa Lungu, 2017-2021 (with Dr Fuschia Sirois). Topic: Strategies for weight loss maintenance
  • Sundus Mahdi, 2018-2022 (with Prof. James Chilcott). Topic: Public health interventions to reduce sugar intake
  • Vibhuti Patel, 2018-2022 (with Prof. Helen Kennedy). Grantham Centre Scholar. Topic: social influences and meat intake
  • Zhuozhuo Hu with Dr Chantelle Wood, 2019-2022. Topic: self-objectification


I am the stream leader for Social Psychology. I teach on PSY1001 and PSY2001 Social Psychology I & II, PSY1005 Psychological Research Methodology, PSY331 Extended Essay in Psychology, PSY335 Health Psychology and PSY346 Research Project in Psychology. I also supervise MSc Research Projects in Psychology

Professional Activities

  • Association for the Study of Obesity
  • British Feeding and Drinking Group
  • Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour

Office Hours

During term time, students can book a meeting with me in Cathedral Court by selecting an
appointment slot here: https://tinyurl.com/y6wrra4y
Please allow at least 24-hours’ notice when booking an appointment. If my office hours clash with
your teaching timetable, please email me directly to make an alternative appointment


A list of key publications can be found below.  For a full list of publications please click here

Journal articles