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Philippa is an Associate Professor of Biological Psychology and the Associate Director of the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre. She sits on the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee in the Department of Psychology as Impact Lead. Philippa teaches on the MSc Psychology programme and provides research supervision to Undergraduate, Masters and PhD students.

The aim of Philippa’s research is to understand the relationship between what we consume (e.g. micro/meso/macro-nutrients, whole foods, nutraceutical supplements) and brain function and behaviour (e.g. cognition, well-being, stress, sleep). She has a particularly interest in the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on cognition and brain health throughout the lifespan. Here her research investigates the differential effects of individual omega-3 fatty acids, and individual response to omega-3 fatty acid supplementation. Philippa works closely with industry and has expertise in running large randomised controlled trials.

Research interests

Philippa’s research aims to understand the relationship between what we consume (e.g. micro/meso/macro-nutrients, whole foods, nutraceutical supplements) and brain function and behaviour (e.g. cognition, well-being, stress, sleep). She has a particularly interest in the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on cognition and brain health throughout the lifespan.

Her current research interests are:

The effects of omega 3 fatty acids on cognition, sleep, stress and well-being

Investigating the differential effects of individual omega-3 fatty acids, and individual response to omega-3 fatty acid supplementation 

The relationship between essential nutrients and sleep

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Northumbria University

2 Oct 20061 Oct 2009

Award Date: 10 Jun 2010

Psychology, BSc (Hons), Durham University

1 Sep 200018 Jul 2003

Award Date: 18 Jul 2003

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