Dr Lou Atkinson
Dr Lou Atkinson has been conducting applied research in the fields of obesity and physical activity for over a decade. Having worked with individual and corporate clients in the health and fitness industry, she completed her MSc Health Psychology in 2007 and was employed as a full time researcher at Coventry University from 2008 to 2017, during which time she also completed a PhD in Health Psychology entitled “A multi-perspective examination of women’s engagement with weight management behaviours and services during pregnancy.” Alongside delivering research studies and consultancy projects for a variety of health-related organisations including public health teams and national charities, Lou also completed a year long secondment as an embedded health psychologist in a public health team. Lou joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Psychology in August 2017 where she continues to develop her research into weight management, dietary and physical activity behaviours in pregnancy, and in childhood obesity, particularly around parental engagement with family weight management services and the National Child Measurement Programme. Lou is excited to join the committee as Conference Chair.