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Dr Helen Flaherty

About Dr Helen Flaherty

Helen is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition within the School of Clinical & Applied Sciences and a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Nutrition Society and Coeliac UK.

Helen completed a BSc (Hons) Health Studies degree and a BSc (Hons) Nutrition degree before completing a PhD focusing on the factors affecting adherence to a gluten-free diet in adults with coeliac disease at the University of East Anglia. She worked as a Lecturer and Researcher at the University of East Anglia before moving to Coventry University where she took on the role of Course Director for the BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Health course. Helen has worked in her current role at Leeds Beckett University since November 2016.

Current Teaching

Helen leads the second year undergraduate Nutrition programme and she is placement coordinator for undergraduate and postgraduate nutrition courses.

She leads three modules for the BSc (Hons) Nutrition course:

- Personal Development for Nutritionists (1st year)
- Professional Development for Nutritionists (2nd year)
- Current Issues in Nutrition (3rd year)

and one MSc Nutrition in Practice module:

- Food Systems and Policy;

She also contributes to teaching and assessment on other nutrition and dietetic modules and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and PhDs. Helen is a personal tutor for students enrolled on the BSc Nutrition course.

Research Interests

Helen’s main research interest is in the relationship between dietary behaviour and health, with a particular interest in the factors influencing dietary intake. She has a keen interest in food production, policy, advertising, marketing and environmental sustainability. 

Selected Publications

Journal articles (2)

  • smith S; D'Cruz G; Gray R; Flaherty H; Ivanecka A; Deane KHO (2015), A Concept Map of What Helps People with HD Live with their Condition. Journal of Huntington's Disease
  • Deane KHO; Flaherty H; Daley DJ; Pascoe R; Penhale B; Clarke CE; Sackley C; Storey S (2014), Priority setting partnership to identify the top 10 research priorities for the management of parkinson's disease. BMJ Open, vol. 4 (12)
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