Role: PhD Researcher
Phone: 0191 2274468
Room: NB 405
Fiona graduated from Northumbria University in 2004 with a BSc (Hons) in Food Science and Nutrition. Following a year working within the food industry in a product development role, she returned to Northumbria University in 2006 to complete an MSc in Nutritional and Psychological Sciences as she wanted to pursue a career in research. She joined the BPNRC in May 2007 as a research assistant and has been involved in various projects investigating the cognitive impact of both herbal and food supplements. In September 2008 she was awarded her PhD studentship and is currently in her finalÂ year.
The focus of Fiona's PhD is the impact of nutritional interventions on physiological brain activation as measured by the techniques of Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) and Electroencephalography (EEG). Her research whilst at the BPNRC has included an investigation into the cognitive and mood effects of sage as well as the cognitive effects of 12 weeks supplementation with a nutritional supplement containing sage, omega-3 and vitamins/minerals. She has also worked on a study investigating the effects of cocoa and fruit polyphenols on mentally demanding tasks. Her interests include all aspects of nutrition related psychological research including food supplements, herbal extracts and functional foods in addition to the effects of basic nutrition.
Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
4th Floor, Northumberland Building
Newcastle upon Tyne