Dr Jackie Blissett BSc, PhD, PGCert

Dr Jackie Blissett

School of Psychology
Honorary Reader in Childhood Eating Behaviour

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jackie is an applied developmental psychologist whose specific interest is in parenting and childhood eating behaviour and obesity.


  • P.G.Cert. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
  • PhD. Psychology (1998) School of Psychology, University of Birmingham.
  • BSc. (Hons) Psychology, (1994) University College Swansea.


Jackie completed her undergraduate degree at Swansea University before moving to Birmingham to study for her PhD. After finishing her PhD. she began a lectureship at Birmingham and worked within the School of Psychology from 1998.


I currently teach a third year course in Parental Cognition, Psychopathology and Behaviour.

Postgraduate supervision

My current postgraduate students are:

  • Maria Pomoni, who is investigating feeding problems in children with autistic spectrum disorders.
  • Fahdah Alhussainan, who is investigating PTSD after childbirth in samples from Saudi Arabia and the UK.


My research is focused on the affective and cognitive factors which determine detrimental parenting behaviour and parent child interaction, particularly in the context of feeding and eating problems. For example, recently, I have used experimental observational methods to demonstrate that feeding practices teach emotional eating in preschool children. I am also involved in studies using a variety of methodologies from fMRI, infant EEG, behavioural observations, questionnaires, and qualitative methods.

My studies involve a wide variety of participants including mothers with clinically diagnosed mental health problems and their infants, obese children, adolescents with type II diabetes, pregnant women and mothers of neonates.

Listen to my podcast 'Early development of taste in children' (MP3 - 13.4MB) or read the podcast transcript.

Listen to my podcast 'Emotional eating' (MP3 - 1.61MB).


Selected Publications since 2010 (full listing available on request).

Blissett, J.; Bennett, C.; Fogel, A.; Harris G.; Higgs, S. (2015). Parental modelling and prompting effects on acceptance of a novel fruit in 2-4 year old children are dependent on children’s food responsiveness. British Journal of Nutrition, in press.

Farrow, C; Haycraft, E; Blissett J. (2015) Teaching our children when to eat: how parental feeding practices inform the development of emotional eating. A longitudinal experimental design. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 101, 908-913.

Maxine Sharps, Suzanne Higgs, Jackie Blissett, Arie Nouwen, Magdalena Chechlacz, Harriet A Allen, Eric Robinson (2015). Examining evidence for behavioural mimicry of parental eating by adolescent females: an observational study. Appetite, 89, 56-61.

Fogel A., & Blissett, J. (2014) Effects of Sucrose Detection Threshold and Weight Status on Intake of Fruit and Vegetables in Children. Appetite, 83, 309-316.

Carmel Bennett, Jackie Blissett, Douglas Carroll, Annie T. Ginty. (2014) Rated and measured impulsivity in children is associated with diminished cardiac reactions to acute psychological stress. Biological Psychology, 102, 68-72.

Farrow, C & Blissett, J. (2014) Maternal mind-mindedness during infancy, general parenting sensitivity and observed child feeding behaviour: a longitudinal study. Attachment and Human Development, 16, 230-241.

Bennett, C. & Blissett, J. (2014) Measuring Hunger and Satiety in Primary School Children: Validation of a New Picture Rating Scale. Appetite, 78, 40-48.

Rogers, S., Hughes, BA., Jones, CA, Freedman, L, Smart, K., Stewart, PM, Shackleton, CM, Krone, NM., Blissett, J., Tomlinson, JW. (2014). Reduced 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 activity is associated with decreased weight and weight gain across the first year of life. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 99, E821-E831.

Blissett, J. & Fogel, A. (2013).Intrinsic and Extrinsic Influences on Children's Acceptance of New Foods. Physiology & Behavior, 121, 89-95.

Blissett, J., & Bennett, C. (2013) Cultural differences in parental feeding practices and children's eating behaviours and their relationships with child BMI: a comparison of Black Afro-Caribbean, White British and White German samples. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 67, 180-184.

Robinson, E; Blissett, J; Higgs, S. (2013). Social influences on eating: implications for nutritional interventions. Nutrition research reviews. 26: 166-76.

Haycraft, E., Farrow, C. & Blissett, J. (2013) Maternal symptoms of depression are related to observations of controlling feeding practices in mothers of young children. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 159-164.
Robinson, E; Blissett, J; Higgs, S (2013). The Influence of recent tasting experience on expected liking for foods. Food Quality and Preference, 27, 101-106 DOI: 10.1016/j.foodqual.2012.07.001

Haycraft, E. & Blissett, J. (2012). Predictors of maternal and paternal controlling feeding practices with 2-5 year old children. Journal of Nutrition, Education and Behavior, 44, 390-397.

Blissett, J., Donohoe, J., Bennett, C., Rogers, S. & Higgs, S. (2012) Predicting successful introduction of novel fruit to preschool children. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 112, 1959-67.

Robinson, E, Blissett, J & Higgs, S. (2012). Changing Memory of Food Enjoyment to Increase Food Liking, Choice and Intake. British Journal of Nutrition, 108, 1505-1510.

Farrow, C. & Blissett, J. (2012). Stability and continuity of parentally reported feeding practices and child eating behaviours from 2-5 years of age. Appetite, 58, 151-156.

Blissett, J. (2011) Relationships between parenting style, feeding style and feeding practices and fruit and vegetable consumption in early childhood. Appetite, 57, 826-831

Robinson, E, Blissett, J & Higgs, S. (2011) Recall of vegetable eating affects future predicted enjoyment and choice of vegetables. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 111, 1543-1548.

Farrow, C., Haycraft, E., & Blissett, J (2011). Does child weight influence how mothers report their feeding practices? International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 6, 306-313

Robinson, E, Blissett, J & Higgs, S. (2011) Peak and end effects on remembered enjoyment of eating in low and high restrained eaters. Appetite, 57, 207-212.

Blissett, J., Meyer, C., & Haycraft, E. (2011). The Role of Parenting in the Relationship between Childhood Eating Problems and Broader Behaviour Problems. Child: Care, Health & Development, 37, 642-648

Blissett, J. & Haycraft, E. (2011) Parental Eating Disorder Symptoms and Observations of Mealtime Interactions with Children. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 70, 368-371

Haycraft, E., Farrow, C., Meyer, C., Powell, F., & Blissett, J. (2011). Relationships between temperament and eating behaviours in young children. Appetite, 56, 689-692.

Blissett, J; Haycraft, E. & Farrow, C. (2010). Inducing preschool children’s emotional eating: relationships with parental feeding practices.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 92:359–65.
Haycraft, E. & Blissett, J. (2010). Eating Disorder Symptoms and Parenting Styles. Appetite. 54(1), 221–224.

Haycraft, E. & Blissett, J. (2010).  The role of parents’ romantic relationship warmth and hostility in child feeding practices and children’s eating behaviours. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 6, 266-274.


How parents feed their children and how their feeding practices are related to children's eating behaviour