Colette Kearney

MMedSci, MA

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

PhD student

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Colette Kearney
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I began my PhD at the University of Sheffield in September 2017 as part of the second cohort on the Wellcome Trust PhD programme in Public Health, Economics and Decision Science. Prior to this I completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Glasgow and a Masters of Medical Science in Human Nutrition at the University of Sheffield.

Between studying and undertaking my PhD, I worked with children in the early years, teaching English as a second language. This role led to my interest in early years nutrition, an interest which I took forward into my Master’s degree by working with the Children’s Food Trust to evaluate their early years nutrition training for childminders. Upon completion of my Masters, I worked as a research assistant in ScHARR investigating methods to reduce the consumption of high energy dense snacks in pre-school children.

Research interests

My research interests are within the fields of obesity prevention, childhood nutrition and public health economic modelling. I am particularly interested in methods to promote healthy eating in the early years and the impact this may have on long term health outcomes. My PhD is exploring the role that grandparents have on the diets of children aged 1-4 and to assess whether they could be a target for intervention to improve children’s health outcomes.

Research group


  • Dr Samantha Caton
  • Dr Penny Breeze