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I am currently employed as a Nutrition Research Associate in the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. My current role includes the project management of clinical nutrition trials in people with malnutrition, cancer or intestinal failure with data collection using surveys, body composition measures and mobile applications. Previous nutrition research projects I have led on include interventions with nutritional oral sip-feeds and the management of the largest, longitudinal national study investigating the relationship between home parenteral support and quality of life in patients with intestinal failure. I also have experience in the management of literature reviews, Cochrane reviews, James Lind Alliance projects and led on a project for setting research priorities in malnutrition and nutritional screening. 

My current work includes development and validation of the MUST mobile application for malnutrition screening and the management of a validation study for VISCGO sticks, which are used to measure liquid thickness for the management of dysphagia.


Debra is a nutrition and exercise research scientist, working in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. She is registered as a Public Health Nutritionist (RNutr) with the Association for Nutrition. Debra is educated to Masters level (MSc) in Public Health Nutrition and has 12 years experience of working in NHS and academic settings on community and hospital based, health and nutrition programmes.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

The Association of Nutrition

Registered Public Health Nutritionist (RNutr)   Jan 2014 onwards

Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr)     Oct 2010 - Jan 2014


Association for Nutrition       2014 onwards                                                                                                                                                                 Registered Public Health Nutritionist (RNutr)

University of Chester            2008-2009
MSc Public Health Nutrition                                                    

University of Manchester   2004-2008
BSc Biomedical sciences with a foundation year, 2:2                                                             

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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