Dr Karen Barton

Lecturer

School School of Science, Engineering and Technology

Department Division of Food and Drink

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8612

Biography

I am a Registered Public Health Nutritionist and a Lecturer within the Division of Food and Drink. I was a Research Nutritionist at the Centre for Public Health Nutrition Research, University of Dundee for 16 years where I completed my PhD.

My PhD research, “An exploratory analysis of the Scottish Diet 2001-2009 using Household Purchase Data” continues to be the main focus of my research, and my work remains focused on public health nutrition.  I am interested in food choice, disease prevention through diet and lifestyle intervention, and food and nutrition policy.

My current research project includes conducting secondary analysis of the Living Costs and Food Survey, investigating dietary patterns within the Scottish Population and monitoring progress towards the Scottish Dietary Goals.

As a member of the Scottish Government Cross Party Group on Food, I am involved in contributing to policy development on food issues in Scotland. 

I am a member of the Scottish section committee of the Nutrition Society, a peer reviewer for grant applications and technical reports for Food Standards Scotland and a STEM Ambassador.

Programme leader for BSc (Hons) Fitness Nutrition and Health

Lecturer on the following Programmes:

  • BSc (Hons) Food Nutrition and Health
  • BSc (Hons) Food and Consumer Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Fitness Nutrition and Health

Module tutor in the following modules:

  • Health Promotion and Public Health Nutrition 1 (stage 2)
  • Health Promotion and Public Health Nutrition 2 (stage 4)

Contributing tutor in the following modules:

  • Fundamentals of Nutrition (stage 1)
  • Nutrition and the Consumer (stage 1)
  • Nutrition Through the Lifespan (stage 2)
  • Placement for FNH/FCS (stage 3)
  • Current Topics in Food (stage 4)
  • Project Research Methods (stage 4)
  • Honours Project (stage 4)

 

Karen’s research to date has been in the field of nutrition and has involved coordinating public health nutrition research projects including work on food choice, dietary assessment methodology, diet and lifestyle interventions for disease prevention, and food and nutrition policy. Her current work is in diet survey methodology and assessment. In particular she is conducting a secondary analysis of the Living Costs and Food Survey, investigating dietary patterns within the Scottish Population and monitoring the Scottish Dietary Targets (funded by Food Standards Scotland). This project also formed the basis of her PhD studies.

At the Centre for Medical Education, University of Dundee Karen coordinated the JISC funded ‘Interactive Assessment and Collaboration via Technology’ (interACT) project which aims to re-engineer assessment and feedback systems in online distance learning to promote dialogic feedback. http://blog.dundee.ac.uk/interact/ and the NHS Education for Scotland funded project: Setting the agenda for dental education research in Scotland: A priority setting exercise (PSE) including multiple stakeholders. http://medicine.dundee.ac.uk/research-projects

2017

Stead M, MacKintosh AM, Findlay A, Sparks L, Anderson A, Barton K, Eadie D. Impact of a targeted direct marketing price promotion intervention (Buywell) on food purchasing behaviour by low income consumers: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 2017 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12441

Foster E, Hawkins A, Barton KL, Stamp E, Matthews JNS, Adamson AJ. Development and validation of the UK Young Person’s Food Atlas for use in assessing children's dietary intakes: Accuracy and precision of estimated food weights. PLOS ONE, 2017 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0169084

Ajjawi R, Dennis AA, Rees CE, Barton KL. Setting the agenda for dental education research in Scotland: A priority setting exercise (PSE) including multiple stakeholders. BMJ Open, 2017 http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013129 

Chambers S, Barton KL, Albanic V, Anderson AS, Wrieden WL. Identifying dietary differences between Scotland and England: a rapid review of the literature. Public Health Nutrition, 2017, In Press

2016

Barton KL, Schofield SJ, McAleer S, Ajjawi R. Translating best practice guidelines to improve feedback practices: a case study.  BMC Medical Education, 2016 doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0562-z.

2015

Barton KL, Wrieden WL, Sherriff A, Armstrong J, Anderson AS.  Trends in socio-economic inequalities in the Scottish diet: 2001-2009.  Public Health Nutrition, 2015 doi:10.1017/S136898001500036.

Ray S, Belch JJ, Craigie AM, Khan F, Kennedy G, Hill A, Barton KL, Dawe RS, Ibbitson S.  Can antioxidant-rich blackcurrant juice consumption improve photo-protection against ultraviolet radiation?  British Journal of Dermatology, 2015 doi: 10.1111/bdj.14299

2014

Barton KL, Wrieden WL, Sherriff A, Armstrong J, Anderson AS. Energy density of the Scottish Diet estimated from food purchase data: relationship with socio-economic position and dietary targets. British Journal of Nutrition, 2014, doi:10.1017/S0007114514000294.

Khan F, Ray S, Craigie AM, Kennedy G, Hill A, Barton KL, Broughton J, and Belch JJF. Lowering of oxidative stress improves endothelial function in healthy subjects with habitually low intake of fruit and vegetables: A randomized controlled trial of antioxidant- and polyphenol-rich blackcurrant juice. Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2014.04.006

Wrieden WL, Armstrong J, Anderson AS, Sherriff A, Barton KL. Choosing the best method to estimate the energy density of a population using food purchase data. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 2014, doi:10.1111/jhn.12227.

2013

Macleod M, Craigie AM, Barton KL, Treweek S, Anderson AS on behalf of the WeighWell team.  Recruiting and retaining postpartum women from areas of social disadvantage in a weight-loss trial - an assessment of strategies employed in the WeighWell feasibility study.  Maternal and Child Nutrition 2013 9(3): 322-331.

Schofield S, Barton K, Ajjawi R. Technology-enhanced dialogic feedback in curriculum design. Post-conference publication: Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education Conference, Glasgow 11-13th June 2013: 390-398.

Wrieden WL, Armstrong J, Sherriff A. Anderson AS, Barton KL. Slow Pace of Dietary Change in Scotland: 2001 to 2009. British Journal of Nutrition 2013, 109(10): 1892-1902.

2012

Williams B, Anderson AS, Barton KL, McGhee J. Can theory be embedded in visual interventions to promote self-management? A proposed model and worked example.  International Journal of Nursing Studies 2012, 49(12): 1598-1609.

2011

Barton KL, Anderson AS, Wrieden WL. Validity and reliability of a short questionnaire for assessing the impact of cooking skills interventions. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 2011 24(6): 588.595.

Craigie AM, Barton KL, Macleod M, Williams B, van Teijlingen E, Belch JJF, Anderson AS, and the HealthForce Team. A feasibility study of a personalised lifestyle programme (HealthForce) for individuals who have participated in cardiovascular risk screening. Preventive Medicine 2011, 52(5):387-389.

Craigie AM, Macleod M, Barton KL, Treweek S, Anderson AS and the WeighWell team. Supporting postpartum weight loss in women living in deprived communities - design implications for a randomised control trial. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2011 65(8): 952-958.

More Information

Funding

  • Masson LF, Wrieden WL, Barton KL. Estimation of food and nutrient intakes in Scotland using data from the Living Costs and Food Survey 2013-15. Food Standards Agency. 2015-2017 (£187,061)
  • Grigor J, Wilkin J, Barton K, Tsang C. KTP to develop and implement a systematic New Product Development (NPD) Plan for Mackies Chocolate. Innovate UK. 2016-2018 (£122,030)

Esteem

  • Member of the Nutrition Society
  • Committee member of the Scottish Section of the Nutrition Society
  • Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) RNutr
  • STEM Ambassador, STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network), North East of Scotland Region
  • Member of the Scottish Government Cross Party on Food
  • Peer reviewer for Appetite, Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Journal of Nutritional Science, Nutrition Journal, Public Health Nutrition and Children
  • Peer reviewer of grant applications and technical reports for Food Standards Scotland
  • Grant assessor for Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC)
  • Mentor for British Science Association, Gold Crest Award

 

Outreach

As a STEM Ambassador I have carried out a number of public engagement events in the area of food science and nutrition. I have also used these events as an opportunity to promote Abertay University as a place to study.

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