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Dr Angeliki Papadaki

Dr Angeliki Papadaki

Dr Angeliki Papadaki
BSc(Thess), MSc(MedSci) University of Glasgow, PhD(Glas)

Senior Lecturer in Nutrition

Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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+44 (0) 117 3310453

Summary

Angeliki's research focuses on understanding the factors that influence dietary behaviour and developing strategies to change dietary habits to prevent chronic disease.

Her specialist area of research is the identification of methods to promote the Mediterranean diet, by integrating theoretical models of behaviour change into interventions. Her research involves the development and evaluation of nutrition interventions to promote the Mediterranean diet to different population groups and the investigation of their effect on dietary changes and chronic disease risk factors and incidence. Implementation areas of particular interest include worksites and primary care settings.

Angeliki's research expands to involve the development of interventions to promote healthier eating in children, adults and older adults. She is also interested in examining the effect of different methods of intervention delivery, such as face-to-face motivational counselling and modern technologies (e.g. web-based interventions or smartphone applications) on dietary behaviour change.

Co-Investigator - Current

Diet, physical activity and cardiometabolic health in Malaysian adolescents: from epidemiology to intervention (Funded by the MRC - UK, Newton-Ungku Omar Fund, PI Laura Johnson)

Principal Investigator - Completed

Harmonisation of food groups across dietary studies to assess adherence to the Mediterranean diet in a uniform way (Funded by the NIHR Bristol Nutrition Biomedical Research Unit)

Validation of the 14-item screener used to assess Mediterranean diet adherence in the PREDIMED study among people at high cardiovascular risk in the UK  (Funded by the Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative, NIHR - RCF)

Formative research to inform a web-based nutrition intervention to promote the Mediterranean diet in work-place settings in Bristol (Funded by the Research Initiatives Scheme, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Bristol

Co-investigator - Completed

NAP SACC UK: A feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial in child care settings to increase physical activity and healthy eating in 2-4 year olds (Funded by NIHR-PHR) 

Biography

Angeliki Papadaki is Senior Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition at the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition & Health Sciences, within the School for Policy Studies. Her research focuses on understanding the factors that influence dietary behaviours and developing and evaluating strategies to change dietary habits to prevent chronic disease. Her specialist area of research is the development of new approaches to promote the Mediterranean diet.

Angeliki has a BSc in Nutrition (Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece) and an MSc (MedSci) in Human Nutrition, with specialisation in Public Health Nutrition (University of Glasgow). Her PhD (University of Glasgow) explored the impact of a tailored, web-based intervention to promote the Mediterranean diet among Glasgow University employees, by using theoretical models to understand the processes of behaviour change.

Between April 2006 and December 2010, Angeliki joined the University of Crete Medical School (Faculty of Social Medicine) as a Post-doctoral researcher, where she acted as the national scientific manager of two major European nutrition intervention projects: DiOGenes (Diet, Obesity and Genes, 6th framework project DiOGenes;www.diogenes-eu.org) and PROGREENS (Promotion of vegetable and fruit consumption of school children, Programme of Community Action in the Field of Public Health 2003-2008, DG SANCO, European Commission). During this time, she was also a collaborator in the HELENA intervention project (Healthy Lifestyle by Nutrition in Adolescence, 6th framework project HELENA; www.helenastudy.com).  

Angeliki is a member of the Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s working group for obesity strategy and a member of the South Gloucestershire Council’s Childhood Obesity Task & Finish Group. She is also collaborating with Bristol City Council in a variety of projects. 

Teaching

Undergraduate and postgraduate 

Angeliki predominantly teaches on, is personal tutor and Programme Director for the MSc. in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health, where she is Co-ordinator of the Nutrition, Disease and Public Health unit and contributes to the: Determinants of physical activity and eating behavior; Physica activity and nutrition interventions: conceptualisation and design and; Practical Research Methods units.

She also teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the School (e.g. MSc in Public Policy, MSc in Policy Research, and BSc in Childhood Studies, where she is also the Co-Ordinator of the Guided Independent Study unit for medical students). 

 

PhD students:

Current students:

  • Ana Ortega Avila (Sugar sweetened beverage intake in Mexican adolescents: formative research to inform future interventions)
  • Sahar Khodabakhsh (Nutritional intake and sleep quality in people with type 2 diabetes) 
  • Maria J Vega (Obesity in Chile: Considering social group mechanisms)

Keywords

  • Mediterranean diet
  • dietary behaviours
  • nutrition interventions
  • health promotion
  • nutrition education
  • mHealth
  • eHealth

Expertise

My research focuses on understanding the factors that influence dietary behaviour and developing strategies to change dietary habits to prevent chronic disease. My specialist area is the development of new approaches to promote the Mediterranean diet by: - Integrating theoretical models of behaviour change into pragmatic interventions, particularly in work settings; - Using novel intervention methods, such as smartphone applications. My research also involves the development of interventions to promote healthier eating in children, adults and older adults.

  • Mediterranean diet
  • dietary behaviours
  • mHealth
  • ehealth
  • obesity
  • heart disease
  • Memberships

    Organisations

    School for Policy Studies

    Research centres

    Selected publications

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