Hi, my name is Lucy Porter and I’m a PhD student at the University of Exeter. My research focuses on food-specific inhibition training (a kind of healthy eating “brain training”), and I’m currently exploring whether it could be a useful tool to help children eat a more balanced diet. I came to postgraduate life after confessing my undying obsession with food to one of my undergraduate lecturers, who then introduced me to my supervisor (Dr. Natalia Lawrence) and her fascinating food psych research – and the rest is history!
I’m not too sure which year of study I’m in anymore as I took a 6 month break for a UKRI internship with Public Health England’s Behavioural Insights team, and then transitioned my studies to part-time when the internship led to employment. When I’m not putting off writing my thesis, I work as a Behavioural Insights Adviser within PHE’s Health Improvement division, where I get to apply evidence from psychology and the other behavioural sciences to national health policy and practice.
I’m really excited to join the Quarterly editorial team and can’t wait to read your submissions and help get them into print. If you’d like to get in touch, please email me on L.Porter@exeter.ac.uk