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Dr Helen Flaherty


About Dr Helen Flaherty

Helen is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition within the School of Clinical & Applied Sciences and a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Nutrition Society and Coeliac UK.

Helen completed a BSc (Hons) Health Studies degree and a BSc (Hons) Nutrition degree before completing a PhD focusing on the factors affecting adherence to a gluten-free diet in adults with coeliac disease at the University of East Anglia. She worked as a Lecturer and Researcher at the University of East Anglia before moving to Coventry University where she took on the role of Course Director for the BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Health course. Helen has worked in her current role at Leeds Beckett University since November 2016.

Current Teaching

Helen leads the second year undergraduate Nutrition programme and she is Placement Co-ordinator for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

She leads two modules for the second year:

  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition course (Nutrition and Public Health;
  • Professional Development in Nutrition)

and two MSc Nutrition in Practice modules:

  • Food Systems and Policy;
  • Professional and Collaborative Practice.

She also contributes to teaching and assessment on other nutrition and dietetic modules and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and PhDs. Helen is a personal tutor for students enrolled on the MSc Nutrition in Practice course.

Research Interests

Helen’s main research interest is in the relationship between dietary behaviour and health, with a particular interest in the factors influencing dietary intake. She also has an interest in food production, policy, advertising, marketing and sustainability.

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