Dr Emma Haycraft – Academic Psychologist and Child Feeding Expert
Dr Emma Haycraft is an academic psychologist whose research focuses on children’s eating behaviours and caregiver feeding behaviours.
Emma works at Loughborough University, as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, and has been researching feeding and eating behaviours for over 12 years.
Much of Emma’s research explores the interactions between caregivers and children, particularly in the context of feeding, eating and mealtimes.
Emma is interested in learning more about ways to promote healthy, happy mealtimes in families and childcare settings, and is also keen to share the findings of her research with caregivers and professionals.
Emma is a co-developer of the Child Feeding Guide; a website and free mobile app (for Apple and Android devices) for caregivers. The Child Feeding Guide – the first of its kind to be based on scientific research – helps those responsible for feeding children to understand why children are ‘fussy’ or refuse foods, and what they can do to improve mealtimes and promote lifelong healthier eating habits. It’s full of tips for getting children to eat fruit and vegetables, and helps caregivers deal with some of the common feeding pitfalls, like what to do when your child only wants to eat junk foods, or why making children clean their plates is not a good idea.
You can find out more about Dr Emma Haycraft and the Child Feeding Guide at www.childfeedingguide.co.uk
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