Professor Marion Hetherington

Professor Marion Hetherington

Professor of Biopsychology

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Summary: Professor Hetherington is a Biopsychologist with interests in human appetite across the lifespan.


Marion Hetherington has a BSc (Hons) first class from University of Glasgow, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford (St Hugh’s and Green Colleges). She also has a postgraduate certificate in education (Primary) and a DipEd from Glasgow. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a Fogarty International Fellow at NIH in Bethesda, MD. She was a Lecturer, Senior lecturer and Reader in Psychology at the University of Dundee, then chair in Psychology, University of Liverpool and Futures Professor of Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. She came to Leeds as a Professor in Biopsychology in 2008. She has established an infant lab within the Human Appetite Research Unit, Institute of Psychological Sciences.

Interests include researching human appetite across the lifespan. Thus research in the HARU Lifespan group involves the characterising appetite expression from the early years of life to the end of life.  In particular the group is interested in the development of food preferences in early life, the expression of hunger and satiety cues in infancy and how mothers respond to these; also the group has developed an interest in the loss of appetite in ageing specifically how to manage malnutrition at the end of life.  This lifespan approach also includes an interest in triggers for overeating in young adults and particularly the response of young people to environmental pressures to overconsume.  Her research interests fall predominantly within the Health and Wellbeing and Successful ageing Grand challenges in IPS.