Jo graduated from Sheffield University with a degree in Microbiology in 2000 and completed her MSc in Public Health Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2003. Following work as both a community nutritionist for SureStart and as a research assistant at the Centre for Pregnancy Nutrition, University of Sheffield, Jo worked as a research nutritionist at the Children's Food Trust (formerly the School Food Trust) from 2006-2012. Here her research included national surveys of food provision and consumption in primary and secondary schools, RCTs investigating the link between school food and classroom behavior and the development of eating habits in children.
Jo joined the division in 2012 to carry out a series of systematic reviews on complementary feeding and childhood obesity, before gaining a teaching-focused position in 2013. She is currently teaching on a variety of topics including public health nutrition, changing health behaviours, assessing dietary intake and systematic review methodology. Her research interests lie in the areas of infant feeding, complementary feeding, dietary intake in children and adolescents, maternal nutrition, dietary guidelines and school food. Jo is a registered nutritionist, RNutr (Public Health).
Jo convenes two undergraduate modules (D21BN4, Introduction to Health Behaviours and D23BN1, Nutrition & Health of Populations) and two postgraduate modules (D24PHN, Public Health Nutrition and… read more
GOODCHILD GA, FAULKS J, SWIFT JA, MHESURIA J, JETHWA P and PEARCE J, 2017. Factors associated with universal infant free school meal take up and refusal in a multicultural urban community. Journal of human nutrition and dietetics : the official journal of the British Dietetic Association. 30(4), 417-428 SWIFT JA, LANGLEY-EVANS SC, PEARCE J, JETHWA PH, TAYLOR MA, AVERY A, ELLIS S, MCMULLEN S and ELLIOTT-SALE KJ, 2017. Antenatal weight management: Diet, physical activity, and gestational weight gain in early pregnancy. Midwifery. 49, 40-46 SWIFT JA, PEARCE J, JETHWA PH, TAYLOR MA, AVERY A, ELLIS S, LANGLEY-EVANS SC and MCMULLEN S, 2016. Antenatal Weight Management: Women's Experiences, Behaviours, and Expectations of Weighing in Early Pregnancy. Journal of Pregnancy. 2016, 8454759
MCGIVERON, A., FOSTER, S., PEARCE, J., TAYLOR, M. A., MCMULLEN, S. and LANGLEY-EVANS, S. C., 2015. Limiting antenatal weight gain improves maternal health outcomes in severely obese pregnant women: findings of a pragmatic evaluation of a midwife-led intervention JOURNAL OF HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS. 28, 29-37
Jo convenes two undergraduate modules (D21BN4, Introduction to Health Behaviours and D23BN1, Nutrition & Health of Populations) and two postgraduate modules (D24PHN, Public Health Nutrition and D24SRN, Systematic Review in Nutrition).
As well as contributing to school-wide modules including D21BG1 (Bioscience Tutorials), D224GI (Professional Skills for Bioscientists) and D23PRO (Undergraduate Research Project), Jo teaches on the following undergraduate modules:
D21BN1 - Introduction to Nutrition
D21BN4 - Introduction to Health Behaviours
D223NA - Nutritional Regulation, Physiology & Endocrinology
D223N0 - Global issues in Nutrition
D236N0 - Research & Clinical Practice Skills for Dietitians
D23BN1 - Nutrition & Health of Populations
D247N2 - Dietetics Research Projects
And the following postgraduate modules:
D24FON - Fundamentals of Nutrition
D24RSN - Research skills in Nutrition
D24PHN - Public Health Nutrition
D24SRN - Systematic review in Nutrition