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Dr Alison Fildes
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: 0207 679 1789
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  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow
  • Behavioural Science and Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Alison Fildes is a Research Associate based in the Energy Balance group within UCL’s Health Behaviour Research Centre (HBRC). Alison obtained a first class honours degree in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh before joining the HBRC as a Research Assistant working on the newly established Gemini cohort study. Gemini is the largest population-based twin birth cohort ever set up to study genetic and environmental contributions to early life growth. Alison undertook her PhD under the supervision of Professor Jane Wardle at UCL, examining the development and modification of children’s food preferences. Alongside her PhD she managed an EU funded trial investigating the impact of evidence-based guidance for parents introducing vegetables during weaning.

Alison was subsequently awarded an Australian Government Endeavour Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Health at Queensland University of Technology working with Professor Lynne Daniels. Following a second post postdoctoral position with Professor Martin Gulliford in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at Kings College London, Alison returned to UCL in 2015.

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Research Summary
My research to date has focused on the aetiology and modification of obesogenic health behaviours. I have worked on the Gemini twin cohort study for a number of years exploring genetic and environmental influences on food preferences, appetite and growth in early childhood. I am also interested in the development and testing of behaviour change interventions to improve children’s eating habits with a particular focus on increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.

Teaching Summary
Sc Health Psychology; lecturer
MSc Reproductive Science and Women’s Health; lecturer
MSc Clinical and Public Health Nutrition; lecturer


Alison provides research supervision for 4 PhD students in the areas of: psychology; behavioural science; behaviour genetics; nutritional epidemiology. She also supervises MSc students.
Academic Background
2014   Doctorat University College London
2007   Master of Arts (Hons) University of Edinburgh
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