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Carol Raaff

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science

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Biography

Carol graduated as a dietitian from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 1998. She moved to England in 1999, where she began her clinical career in the NHS. Her first post was in an acute-setting, and from there she moved into community-based dietetics where she specialised in paediatrics. She left her last clinic post (in child weight management) in 2015.

In 2003, she undertook an MSc in Information Technology, with the intention of combining technology with dietetics. Providing effective, evidence-based visual aids that are also engaging, has the potential to enhance communication with our patients. Ultimately, improving communication could also improve diet and health-related outcomes. She completed her PhD in 2016, which explored using interactive e-resources to facilitate communication with overweight children in dietetic settings.

Teaching Summary

Beyond the dietetic-specific topics of child health, community and health promotion as well as behaviour change topics, other areas of interest include the use of information technology in teaching.… read more

Research Summary

Dietitians rely heavily on verbal communication. However, 7 to 11 year old children are often unable to engage in adult conversation about their diet and lifestyle changes. Suitable and effective… read more

Recent Publications

Beyond the dietetic-specific topics of child health, community and health promotion as well as behaviour change topics, other areas of interest include the use of information technology in teaching. Specifically, how technology can complement and enhance classroom activities (e.g. blended teaching approaches).

Current Research

Dietitians rely heavily on verbal communication. However, 7 to 11 year old children are often unable to engage in adult conversation about their diet and lifestyle changes. Suitable and effective resources, to enable tailored discussions to the cognitive ability of preadolescent children, are scarce. Generally, children would like to be involved in their treatment. Her current research explores the potential for an e-resource (an interactive visual aid) to bridge the communication gap between children and dietitians, which may in turn lead to improved treatment outcomes.

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