Human Nutrition Research Centre

Staff Profile

Dr Wendy Wrieden

Principal Research Associate



I am a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) and joined the Institute of Health & Society and Human Nutrition Research Centre in April 2014. My main research experience is in 3 interlinked areas:

  • design and evaluation of practical interventions to improve diet and wellbeing, particularly in deprived areas.
  • dietary assessment in particular food portion size assessment.
  • dietary surveys - the use of  food purchase information and individual dietary records to monitor population food consumption and nutrient intakes, relationship to socioeconomic position and other variables, and more recently the addition of environmental impact indicators (greenhouse gas emissions and land use) to assess sustainability.

During my 30 year academic career I have led research projects concerned with dietary interventions, surveys and dietary assessment methodology including a project to monitor the Scottish Diet. This work informed the review of the Scottish Diet Action Plan and is used to monitor 2 of the 16 indicators for the Scottish Government’s Prevention of Obesity Route Map.  With  researchers in Dundee and  we are now established as the experts in this work and have been awarded funding  to December 2017.  From 2009 - 2014  I was a Lecturer and then Reader at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and have had a significant role in teaching and developing the BSc programmes in Nutrition and Nutrition and Dietetics.


Roles and Responsibilities

My principal role in the Human Nutrition Research Centre and Institute of Health & Society is to support and deputise for the Director of Public Health Nutrition Research, Professor Ashley Adamson by taking a take a lead in developing research within the theme; manage research, support and develop academic researchers, collaborators and post graduate students in IHS, mentor junior colleagues and co-ordinate the work of research and support staff, including identifying training and development needs. I am also involved in several projects concerned with sustainable diets, and inequalities in food intake, diet and health.



Bsc (Hons) Botany, University of Durham

Postgraduate Diploma in Nutrition, University of Cambridge

Ph.D. (C.N.A.A.) for research carried out at the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education, Clwyd, Wales.(1976-1979)


Previous Positions

Reader in Nutrition, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Sept 2013 – April 2014 (20% until October 2014).

Lecturer in Nutrition (School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences) and Senior Researcher (Institute of Health and Welfare Research), Robert Gordon University, 2009 – 2013

RCUK Research Fellow (Public Health Nutrition/Obesity), Institute of Applied Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Aberdeen, 2008 –2009             

Lecturer in Nutrition, Centre for Public Health Nutrition Research, College of Medicine, University of Dundee 2000-2008.

Lecturer in Food Science and Nutrition, School of Management and Consumer Studies, University of Dundee, 1989-2000

Formulation Scientist at E.R.Squibb & Sons Ltd, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, Wirral, Merseyside. 1979-1981


Memberships (of professional organisations)

Association for Nutrition and Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) (RNutr).

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

UK Society for Behavioural Medicine.

The Nutrition Society

Association for the Study of Obesity