Washington Singer 230
Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK
I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology with Italian from the University of Exeter in 2015, graduating with first class honours. During this period, I undertook a year’s work experience as a marketing assistant with a company in Milan as part of the Erasmus scheme. This experience led to an increased interest in the effects of media and marketing on the consumer, influencing my final year research project. Under the supervision of Dr. Tim Kurz, this project investigated the effects of female model sexualisation and weight status on feelings of self-empowerment and self-objectification amongst female consumers.
After completing my undergraduate studies, I was fortunate enough to be awarded a 1+3 studentship from the ESRC, completing the MSc component of this project in 2016. My MSc and PhD research focuses on the effects of a simple “brain-training” game (inhibitory control training) on children’s eating behaviour, under the supervision of Prof. Natalia Lawrence, Prof. Kim Wright and Dr. Fiona Gillison (University of Bath). I was also formerly supervised by Prof. Frederick Verbruggen (University of Ghent). I am particularly interested in investigating whether this kind of training can be used to encourage greater fruit and vegetable intake and decrease intake of products containing added sugars. I am also interested in determining the feasibility and acceptability of the training game whilst optimizing it as a potential healthy-eating tool for families.
In 2018, as part of my funded programme, I took part in the RCUK Policy Internship Scheme and spent six months with Public Health England's Behavioural Insights (PHEBI) team. This has also given me a grounding in applying psychological research to solving public health issues with human behaviour at their core.
Broad research specialisms
Eating Behaviour, Childhood Obesity, Inhibitory Control, Behaviour Change, Public Health, Applied Health Psychology