Role: Associate Director
Phone: 0191 2274875
Crystal is Associate Director of the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre. Upon graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2001 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology sheÂ went on to work as a Research Assistant at the University of Strathclyde. She joined Northumbria University in February 2003 as a PhD Researcher and is nowÂ a Research Fellow in the School of Life Sciences. Current teaching includes ‘Diet, Brain and Behaviour' at MSc level (Nutrition and Psychological Sciences MSc). Crystal is a member of the British Psychological Society (Psychobiology Section), British Association of Psychopharmacology, Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research,Â British Feeding and Drinking Group and theÂ Medicinal Plant Research Group.
The focus of Crystal's researchÂ is the impact of numerous food ingredients andÂ food supplementsÂ on cognitive function and mood, with a further aim to understand the mechanisms underlying these effects. She has a specific interest in caffeine and other components of caffeinated beverages following on from her doctoral thesis examining the biobehavioural effects of caffeine in isolation as well as in combination. Her research also covers neurocognitive effects of a number of other food components and supplements including glucose (GI), vitamins, plant polyphenols, Ginkgo biloba, Panax ginseng, sage, valerian and lemon balm.
Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
4th Floor, Northumberland Building
Newcastle upon Tyne