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 and the use of technology based methods of dietary assessment. 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

Areas of expertise

  • Dietary intake assessment methods
  • Assessing dietary intake of children
  • Technology based methods of dietary assessment
  • Portion size assessment

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 

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Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

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

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Medicinal Plants and Functional Foods MSc
  • I supervise 6 PhD students

Research

Research Interests

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

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

Other Expertise

Assessment of exposure to migrants from food packaging.

Research Roles

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
  • I teach on the biannual Nutrition Society training course on Dietary Assessment Methods

Funding

Principal Investigator:

Foster, E. Olivier, P. (2016-2020) Development of INTAKE24 for use in United Arab Emirates. New York University Abu Dhabi. £65,000

Foster, E. Olivier, P. (2016-2019) Development of INTAKE24 for use in Denmark and Portugal for the NoHoW study. EU Horizon 2020. £67,153.38

Foster, E, Adamson, A.J, Olivier, P. (2014-2015) Field testing of INTAKE online 24hr recall system in the Scottish Health Survey population. Food Standards Scotland. £236,235

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

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


Co-Investigator5

Olivier, P, Foster, E. NARCS: Nutritional Assessment for Resource Constrained Settings. EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund. £20,076

Moynihan, P.J, Foster, E. (2015-2016) Change4Life Sugars Campaign: impact on the intake of sugars by children aged 5-11 years and identification of barriers and facilitators to reducing consumption. Public Health England £113,941
 

Publications