Dr Faye Powell

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Faye PowellI am a Chartered Psychologist with specialist expertise in Developmental and Health Psychology.

I graduated from Loughborough University in 2008 with a BSc in Psychology (first class honours) and I then went on to complete a PhD in Developmental Psychology also at Loughborough University. Utilising a longitudinal design, my PhD explored family environmental influences on children's eating behaviour across early childhood.

I joined The University of Bedfordshire in 2013 and I am a Senior Lecturer within The School of Psychology. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and I contribute to teaching and unit coordination across the undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio. I am currently course coordinator of the BSc Health Psychology programme.

My research interests focus around health promotion in parents and children. Through my research I have explored some of the factors that influence eating behaviour during early life; specifically in relation to obesity, fussy eating and feeding problems. I have particular interest in ethnic and social disparities in health outcomes and the development and evaluation of interventions. My most recent project utilises co-production to explore how we can improve the well-being of parents who experience early pregnancy loss

I have methodological expertise in developing and conducting systematic reviews, quantitative and qualitative studies, public engagement and co-production, longitudinal research, and using observational designs. My research was included in the University's submission for the UK REF in 2014 and 2021. I am a member of The Research centre for Applied Psychology (RCAP), The Institute for Health Research (IHR) and The Maternal and Child Health Research Centre (MCHRC)




  • PG Certificate in Academic Practice
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Loughborough University (Entitled; 'Family Environmental Influences on Food Avoidant Eating Behaviour During Early Childhood; A Longitudinal And Observational Study')
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (First class) - Loughborough University

  • School of Psychology Graduate outcomes and employability Lead (2020-Present)
  • Course coordinator: BSc Psychology (2015-2017)
  • Course Coordinator: BSc Health Psychology programme (2019-Present)
  • Unit Co-ordinator MSc Applied Psychology: Developmental Psychology
  • Unit Co-ordinator BSc Psychology (all routes): Social Processes and Lifespan Development
  • Contributing to teaching within BSc Psychology programmes (all routes), MSc Applied Psychology and MSc Health Psychology.

  • Parental and child health and well-being
  • Ethnic and social disparities in health experiences and outcomes
  • Neonatal death & pregnancy loss (still birth and miscarriage)
  • Infant and child feeding & eating behaviour
  • Obesity and weight management
  • Parenting and parent-child interaction
  • Public engagement and co-production
  • Development and evaluation of interventions

  • Chartered member of the BPS
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Peer reviewer for various high impact journals
  • Member of Luton Flying Start/Public Health Luton ‘Nutrition Expert Group’

  • Powell, F., (Co-PI) & Cook, E. (2022). A co-production of an intervention package to improve the well-being of parents who experience early pregnancy loss. Research England Participatory Research Fund & School of Psychology, University of Bedfordshire. £18,000. For more information, please visit www.beds.ac.uk/earlypregnancylossproject
  • Powell, F., Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Ali, N. & Ochiang, B. (2014) University of Bedfordshire – RCAP & IHR. (2014). Exploring the barriers and facilitators that impact on the uptake of healthy eating practices in parents and children in multi-ethnic communities residing in Luton, UK. £12,600.
  • Cook, E, Powell, F., Armitage, C. & Chater, A. (2013). University of Bedfordshire – IHR. (2013). Can an intervention enhancing positive affect lead to weight loss? A pilot study (2013). £9,350.
  • Powell, F. & Farrow, C. (2012). University of Bedfordshire – Research Investment Programme. (2012). Predictors of Eating behaviour across early childhood: A longitudinal and observational study. £9,600.

Cook, E. J., Powell, F. C., Ali, N., Penn-Jones, C., Ochieng, B., Constantinou, G., Randhawa, G. (2021). They are kids, let them eat': A qualitative investigation into the parental beliefs and practices of providing a healthy diet for young children among a culturally diverse and deprived population in the UK. Obesity Knowledge and Health Risk Series. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18,13087. doi: 10.3390/ijerph182413087

Cook, E. J., Powell, F. C., Ali, N., Penn-Jones, C., Ochieng, B., Randhawa, G. (2020). Parents' experiences of complementary feeding among a United Kingdom culturally diverse and deprived community. Maternal and Child Nutrition, e13108. doi: 10.1111/mcn.13108

Powell, F., Farrow, C., Meyer, C., & Haycraft, E. (2018). The Stability and Continuity of Maternally Reported and Observed Child Eating Behaviours and Feeding Practices across Early Childhood. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(5), 1017-1031. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15051017

Bailey, D., Zakrzewski-Fruer, J. K., & Powell, F. (2018). Nutrition and Physical Activity. In Draper & G. Stratton (Eds.), Physical Activity: A Multi-disciplinary Introduction (pp. 205-226). London and New York: Routledge.

Powell, F., Farrow, C., Meyer, C., Haycraft, E. (2017). The importance of mealtime structure for reducing child food fussiness. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 13(2), e12296. doi: 1111/mcn.12296.

Haycraft, E., Powell, F. & Meyer, C. (2015). Activity-related parenting practices: Development of the Parenting Related to Activity Measure (PRAM) and links with mothers' eating psychopathology and compulsive exercise beliefs. European Eating Disorders Review, 23, 51-61. DOI: 10.1002/erv.2331

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