Tania graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Sports Science and Physiology in 2006, and she went on to complete her masters in Human Nutrition at the University of Sheffield in 2007. Tania then moved to the University of Aberdeen for her PhD, which involved designing and investigating the effect of an educational intervention for primary school children focusing on dietary sugars and the importance of physical activity.
Tania is currently working on the WAVES study, focusing on the prevention of obesity and the promotion of healthy lifestyles, in primary school aged children.
Previously Tania conducted research into the impact of an educational intervention on children’s knowledge of nutrition, at the University of Aberdeen as part of the Public Health Nutrition Research Group. The research was with children aged 10-12 years and had a primary focus on sugars, as well as the importance of physical activity for good health.
She has also researched the challenges faced by parents in preparing a healthy pack lunch for primary school children, and the impact of an exercise programme for on Quality of Life in the elderly.
Griffin, T., Macdiarmid J., Loe, J., Jackson, D., and McNeill, G. Development of a tool to assess children's knowledge of non-milk extrinsic sugars, general nutrition, energy balance and physical activity. (2010) Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 69: E415
Griffin, T., Macdiarmid J., Loe, J., Jackson, D., and McNeill, G. Knowledge of non-milk extrinsic sugars and general nutrition in children aged 10–12 years. (2010) Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 69: E7
Griffin, T.L & Barker, M.E. (2008) Packed lunches for primary-school children: A qualitative study of parents' views. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 67: E218