Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Emma Foster

Lecturer

Background

Introduction

I graduated from Aberdeen University in 1998 with an MSc in Human Nutrition and Metabolism. In September 1998 I came to Newcastle University to work as a Research Assistant at the Human Nutrition Research Centre and in January 1999 secured a post as a Research Associate. Most of my research to date has focused on methods of assessing dietary intake of children. In 2004 I completed my PhD on the subject of Dietary Assessment in Primary School Children under staff regulations. In 2011 I was appointed Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition.

Roles and Responsibilities

  •  FMS Ethics Committee
  •  Nutrition Research Journal editorial board

Qualifications

BSc Animal Biology, University of East London
MSc Animal Nutrition, University of Aberdeen
MSc Human Nutrition and Metabolism, University of Aberdeen
PhD, Newcastle University
Registered Public Health Nutritionist

Previous Positions

Junior Research Associate, Newcastle University. 5-a-Day the BASH St way - school based fruit and vegetable intervention. Principal Investigator Prof Annie Anderson (University of Dundee)

Research Associate and Project Manager, Newcastle University. Dietary assessment tools for use with children. Co Applicant, Principal Investigator Dr Ashley Adamson.

Research Associate and Project Manager, Newcastle University. Measurement of packaged food intake by children by kg body weight. Co Applicant, Principal Investigator Dr Ashley Adamson.

Senior Research Associate and Principal Investigator, Newcastle University. Development of portion size assessment tools for use with children. 

Senior Research Associate and Principal Investigator, Newcastle University. Assessment of packaged food intake in 'at risk' groups.

Senior Research Associate and Principal Investigator, Newcastle University. Development of SCRAN24 A Self Completed Recall and Assessment of Nutrition. 

Memberships

Member of the Nutrition Society and Registered Public Health Nutritionist

Honours and Awards

NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Post-doctoral Award Holder 2007-2010 

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Food and Human Nutrition BSc (Hons)
  • MBBS Personal Tutor

Postgraduate Teaching

  • PhD Supervision 

Research

Research Interests

My research interests lie within the field of dietary assessment methods and include:

  • Assessing dietary intake in children
  • Portion size assessment
  • Computerised and novel methods of dietary assessment
  • Diet of children and adolescents
  • Childhood obesity - prevention

Other Expertise

Assessment of exposure to migrants from food packaging.

Research Roles

I am Principle Investigator on a Food Standards Agency Scotland Project 'Further development of SCRAN 24 – a computerised 24 hour dietary recall.'  

Esteem Indicators

  • Awarded a NIHR Post Doctoral Award
  • Member of the Nutrition Research Journal editorial board
  • Invited speaker ‘Assessing the diet at the ends of life’s spectrum’ Cambridge MRC
  • Invited speaker at the 6th Annual  Meeting of European Food Safety Authority’s Expert Group on Food Consumption Data, 2011, Parma, Italy

Funding

Current funding:

Foster, E, Adamson, A.J. (2012-2014) Further development of SCRAN 24 – a computerised 24 hour dietary recall. Food Standards Agency Scotland; £435,091

Recently completed projects: 

Foster, E, Adamson A.J. (2009-2010) Development of SCRAN24 A Self Completed Recall and Assessment of Nutrition. Food Standards Agency. £99,000

Foster, E. (2007-2010) Development and validation of methods for rapid collection of dietary intake of children. NIHR Post-doctoral Award. £183,487 

Foster, E, Adamson A.J. (2007-2009) Development of portion size assessment tools for use with children. Food Standards Agency. £418,017

Foster, E, Adamson A.J. (2007-2009) Assessment of packaged food intake in 'at risk' groups. Food Standards Agency. £359,724

 

Publications