My specialist area of research is the identification of methods to promote the Mediterranean diet, by integrating theoretical models of behaviour change into interventions. My 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. My research expands to involve the development of interventions to promote healthier eating and the adoption of dietary guidelines in children, adults and older adults.
I am 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 change.
My research also involves the investigation of university students’ dietary habits and health status, with an aim to develop interventions to promote healthy dietary behaviours in this population group.
I have completed my first degree in Nutrition at the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece and my MSc (MedSci) in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Glasgow. My PhD 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, I was employed as a Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Crete Medical School, where I acted as a national scientific manager of two major European nutrition intervention projects: DiOGenes (Diet, Obesity and Genes, 6th framework project DiOGenes, contract no. FOOD-CT-2005-513946;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). I also acted as an advisor/ collaborator on the computer-tailored dietary assessment component for the HELENA intervention project (Healthy Lifestyle by Nutrition in Adolescence, 6th framework project HELENA, contract no. FOOD-CT-2005-007034; www.helenastudy.com).
I have produced over 40 peer-reviewed publications, 1 chapter in a book, 7 abstracts in international journals, 44 international publications as a member of a working group and 35 conference presentations/ communications.
I teach on the MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health. I am the course's Programme Director and Unit Co-ordinator of the Nutrition, Disease and Public Health unit, while I contribute to the teachin of three other units of the course. I also teach on the BSc in Childhood Studies.
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