Dr Karen Barton

Senior Lecturer

School School of Applied Sciences

Department Division of Engineering and Food Sciences

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+44 (0)1382 30 8612

Biography

I am a Registered Public Health Nutritionist and Senior Lecturer within the Division of Engineering and Food Science. 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)

Interests

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 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.

2018

Time to address the double inequality of differences in dietary intake between Scotland and England

Barton, K. L., Chambers, S., Anderson, A. S. & Wrieden, W. L. (2018) Time to address the double inequality of differences in dietary intake between Scotland and England. . . p. 220-226. .
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Has the contribution of selected foods to intakes of energy, fat, saturated fat and sugar changed over time?

Barton, K. L., Masson, L. F., Wrieden, W. L., Anderson, A. S., Sherriff, A. & Armstrong, J. A. (2018) Has the contribution of selected foods to intakes of energy, fat, saturated fat and sugar changed over time?. . . .
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What can secondary data tell us about household food insecurity in a high-income country context?

Ejebu, O. Z., Whybrow, S., McKenzie, L., Dowler, E., Garcia, A. L., Ludbrook, A., Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L. & Douglas, F. (2018) What can secondary data tell us about household food insecurity in a high-income country context?. . . .
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Associations between diet quality and socio-economic factors in the UK population

Craig, L. C. A., Barton, K. L., Horgan, G. & Milne, A. (2018) Associations between diet quality and socio-economic factors in the UK population. . . p. E220-E220. .
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2017

Is the UK diet sustainable? Assessing the environmental impact, cost and nutritional quality of household food purchases

Wrieden, W. L., Leinonen, I., Barton, K. L., Halligan, J. & Goffe, L. (2017) Is the UK diet sustainable? Assessing the environmental impact, cost and nutritional quality of household food purchases. . . p. E108-E108. .
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Development of a diet quality index for the Scottish population

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Masson, L. F., Anderson, A. S., Sherriff, A. & Armstrong, J. (2017) Development of a diet quality index for the Scottish population. . . p. E116-E116. .
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2016

Impact of a targeted direct marketing price promotion intervention (Buywell) on food purchasing behaviour by low income consumers

Stead, M., MacKintosh, A. M., Findlay, A., Sparks, L., Anderson, A. S., Barton, K. L. & Eadie, D. (2016) Impact of a targeted direct marketing price promotion intervention (Buywell) on food purchasing behaviour by low income consumers. . . p. 524–533. .
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Identifying dietary differences between Scotland and England

Chambers, S., Barton, K. L., Albani, V., Anderson, A. S. & Wrieden, W. L. (2016) Identifying dietary differences between Scotland and England. . . p. 2459-2477. .
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The Scottish diet is poorer in households purchasing tobacco products

Masson, L. F., Barton, K. L. & Wrieden, W. L. (2016) The Scottish diet is poorer in households purchasing tobacco products. In: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. . . Cambridge University Press.
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Comparison of intakes of Scottish dietary goals foods and nutrients by two socio-demographic measures

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L. & Masson, L. F. (2016) Comparison of intakes of Scottish dietary goals foods and nutrients by two socio-demographic measures. In: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society . . . Cambridge University Press.
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Developing a national dental education research strategy

Ajjawi, R., Barton, K. L., Dennis, A. A. & Rees, C. E. (2016) Developing a national dental education research strategy. . . .
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Contribution of selected foods to intakes of energy, fat, saturated fat and non-milk extrinsic sugars

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Armstrong, J., Sherriff, A., Craigie, A. M. & Anderson, A. S. (2016) Contribution of selected foods to intakes of energy, fat, saturated fat and non-milk extrinsic sugars. In: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. . . Cambridge University Press.
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Development of food photographs for use with children aged 18 months to 16 years

Foster, E., Hawkins, A., Barton, K. L., Stamp, E., Matthews, J. N. S. & Adamson, A. J. (2016) Development of food photographs for use with children aged 18 months to 16 years. . . .
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Setting the agenda for dental education research in Scotland

Ajjawi, R., Barton, K., Dennis, A. & Rees, C. (2016) Setting the agenda for dental education research in Scotland. . . p. 685. .
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2015

Contribution of animal foods to intakes of energy, fat, saturated fat in the Scottish Diet

Wrieden, W. L., Barton, K. L., Leinonen, I. & Anderson, A. S. (2015) Contribution of animal foods to intakes of energy, fat, saturated fat in the Scottish Diet. . . p. E279-E279. .
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Translating evidence-based guidelines to improve feedback practices

Barton, K. L., Schofield, S. J., McAleer, S. & Ajjawi, R. (2015) Translating evidence-based guidelines to improve feedback practices. . . .
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The importance of improving diet in 'Securing Scotland's Health'

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Anderson, A. S. & Chambers, S. (2015) The importance of improving diet in 'Securing Scotland's Health'. . . .
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The importance of improving diet in "Securing Scotland's Health"

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Armstrong, J., Sherriff, A., Anderson, A. S. & Masson, L. F. (2015) The importance of improving diet in "Securing Scotland's Health". . . .
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Can antioxidant-rich blackcurrant juice drink consumption improve photoprotection against ultraviolet radiation?

Ray, S., Belch, J. J., Craigie, A. M., Khan, F., Kennedy, G., Hill, A., Barton, K. L., Dawe, R. S. & Ibbotson, S. H. (2015) Can antioxidant-rich blackcurrant juice drink consumption improve photoprotection against ultraviolet radiation?. . . p. 1101-1103. .
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2014

Researching feedback dialogue using interactional analysis

Ajjawi, R., Barton, K. L. & Boud, D. (2014) Researching feedback dialogue using interactional analysis. . . p. 690-690. .
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Trends in socio-economic inequalities in the Scottish diet

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Sherriff, A., Armstrong, J. & Anderson, A. S. (2014) Trends in socio-economic inequalities in the Scottish diet. . . p. 2970-2980. .
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Choosing the best method to estimate the energy density of a population using food purchase data

Wrieden, W. L., Armstrong, J., Anderson, A. S., Sherriff, A. & Barton, K. L. (2014) Choosing the best method to estimate the energy density of a population using food purchase data. . . p. 126-134. .
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The contribution of foods to energy intake in Scottish households

Wrieden, W. L., Sherriff, A., Armstrong, J., Anderson, A. S. & Barton, K. L. (2014) The contribution of foods to energy intake in Scottish households. . . p. 153-153. .
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2013

Proportions of different types of fat consumed by the Scottish population

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Armstrong, J., Sherriff, A. & Anderson, A. S. (2013) Proportions of different types of fat consumed by the Scottish population. . . p. E103-E103. .
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‘Mind the gap'

Ajjawi, R., Barton, K. L. & Schofield, S. J. (2013) ‘Mind the gap'. . . p. 263-263. .
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Technology-enhanced dialogic feedback in curriculum design

Schofield, S., Barton, K. & Ajjawi, R. (2013) Technology-enhanced dialogic feedback in curriculum design. . . p. 92-101. .
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Energy density of the Scottish diet estimated from food purchase data

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Sherriff, A., Armstrong, J. & Anderson, A. S. (2013) Energy density of the Scottish diet estimated from food purchase data. . . p. 80-88. .
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Lowering of oxidative stress improves endothelial function in healthy subjects with habitually low intake of fruit and vegetables

Khan, F., Ray, S., Craigie, A. M., Kennedy, G., Hill, A., Barton, K. L., Broughton, J. & Belch, J. J. F. (2013) Lowering of oxidative stress improves endothelial function in healthy subjects with habitually low intake of fruit and vegetables. . . p. 232-237. .
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2012

Can theory be embedded in visual interventions to promote self-management? A proposed model and worked example

Williams, B., Anderson, A. S., Barton, K. & McGhee, J. (2012) Can theory be embedded in visual interventions to promote self-management? A proposed model and worked example. . . p. 1598-1609. .
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The challenge of dietary change - insights from national food purchase data

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Armstrong, J., Sherriff, A. & Anderson, A. S. (2012) The challenge of dietary change - insights from national food purchase data. . . p. E13-E13. .
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Recruiting and retaining postpartum women from areas of social disadvantage in a weight-loss trial

, ., Macleod, M., Craigie, A. M., Barton, K. L., Treweek, S. & Anderson, A. S. (2012) Recruiting and retaining postpartum women from areas of social disadvantage in a weight-loss trial. . . p. 322-331. .
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Slow pace of dietary change in Scotland

Wrieden, W. L., Armstrong, J., Sherriff, A., Anderson, A. S. & Barton, K. L. (2012) Slow pace of dietary change in Scotland. . . p. 1892-1902. .
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2011

Energy density of the Scottish diet

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Armstrong, J. & Sherriff, A. (2011) Energy density of the Scottish diet. . . p. E26-E26. .
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Increasing fast food portion sizes

Doody, R., Wrieden, W. L. & Barton, K. L. (2011) Increasing fast food portion sizes. . . p. E171-E171. .
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Cost of the Scottish diet is related to energy density

Wrieden, W. L., Barton, K. L., Armstrong, J. & Sherriff, A. (2011) Cost of the Scottish diet is related to energy density. . . p. E172-E172. .
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Validity and reliability of a short questionnaire for assessing the impact of cooking skills interventions

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L. & Anderson, A. S. (2011) Validity and reliability of a short questionnaire for assessing the impact of cooking skills interventions. . . p. 588-595. .
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Supporting postpartum weight loss in women living in deprived communities

, ., Craigie, A. M., Macleod, M., Barton, K. L., Treweek, S. & Anderson, A. S. (2011) Supporting postpartum weight loss in women living in deprived communities. . . p. 952-958. .
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A feasibility study of a personalised lifestyle programme (HealthForce) for individuals who have participated in cardiovascular risk screening

, ., Craigie, A. M., Barton, K. L., Macleod, M., Williams, B., van Teijlingen, E., Belch, J. J. F. & Anderson, A. S. (2011) A feasibility study of a personalised lifestyle programme (HealthForce) for individuals who have participated in cardiovascular risk screening. . . p. 387-389. .
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2010

Meat consumption in Scotland

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Armstrong, J. & Sherriff, A. (2010) Meat consumption in Scotland. . . p. E127-E127. .
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Getting graphic

Williams, B., Anderson, A. & Barton, K. (2010) Getting graphic. . . p. S204-S204. .
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Fruit and vegetable consumption in Scotland

Barton, K. L., Gregor, A., Wrieden, W. L., Armstrong, J. & Sherriff, A. (2010) Fruit and vegetable consumption in Scotland. . . p. E411-E411. .
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2009

Estimation of portion size in children’s dietary assessment

Foster, E., Adamson, A. J., Anderson, A. S., Barton, K. L. & Wrieden, W. L. (2009) Estimation of portion size in children’s dietary assessment. . . p. S45-S49. .
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2008

Consumer views on portion size guidance to assist adult dietary choices

Anderson, A. S., Freeman, J., Stead, M., Wrieden, W. L. & Barton, K. L. (2008) Consumer views on portion size guidance to assist adult dietary choices. . . p. 375-375. .
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Have food portion sizes increased in the UK over the last 20 years?

Wrieden, W., Gregor, A. & Barton, K. L. (2008) Have food portion sizes increased in the UK over the last 20 years?. . . p. E211-E211. .
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Increasing antioxidant intake from fruits and vegetables

Haleem, M. A., Barton, K. L., Borges, G., Crozier, A. & Anderson, A. S. (2008) Increasing antioxidant intake from fruits and vegetables. . . p. 539-546. .
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2007

Children's estimates of food portion size

Foster, E., Matthews, J. N. S., Lloyd, J., Marshall, L., Mathers, J. C., Nelson, M., Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Cornelissen, P., Harris, J. & Adamson, A. J. (2007) Children's estimates of food portion size. . . p. 175-184. .
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Children's estimates of food portion size

Foster, E., O'Keeffe, M., Matthews, J. N., Mathers, J. C., Nelson, M., Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L. & Adamson, A. J. (2007) Children's estimates of food portion size. . . p. 185-190. .
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Factors that affect the food choices made by girls and young women, from minority ethnic groups, living in the UK

Lawrence, J. M., Devlin, E., Macaskill, S., Kelly, M., Chinouya, M., Raats, M. M., Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L. & Shepherd, R. (2007) Factors that affect the food choices made by girls and young women, from minority ethnic groups, living in the UK. . . p. 311-319. .
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2006

Estimation of typical food portion sizes for children of different ages in Great Britain

Wrieden, W. L., Longbottom, P. J., Adamson, A. J., Ogston, S. A., Payne, A., Haleem, M. A. & Barton, K. L. (2006) Estimation of typical food portion sizes for children of different ages in Great Britain. . . p. 1344-1353. .
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Increasing antioxidant intake from fruits and vegetables - practical possibilities in the Scottish population

Haleem, M. A., Barton, K. L., Ray, S., Anderson, A. S., Borges, G. & Crozier, A. (2006) Increasing antioxidant intake from fruits and vegetables - practical possibilities in the Scottish population. . . p. 98A-98A. .
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Calculation of typical food portion sizes for adults aged 19-64 years and older individuals aged 65 years and over

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Adamson, A. J. & Cochrane, L. (2006) Calculation of typical food portion sizes for adults aged 19-64 years and older individuals aged 65 years and over. . . p. 97A-97A. .
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Implementing lifestyle interventions to reduce chronic disease risk

Anderson, A. S., Ferguson, C. S., Barton, K. L. & Steele, R. J. C. (2006) Implementing lifestyle interventions to reduce chronic disease risk. . . p. 55A-55A. .
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Differences in typical food portion sizes eaten by institutionalised older adults compared with free-living

Wrieden, W. L., Barton, K. L., Adamson, A. J. & Cochrane, L. (2006) Differences in typical food portion sizes eaten by institutionalised older adults compared with free-living. . . p. 84A-84A. .
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2005

The impact of ‘CookWell’ on assisting dietary change in Asian young women at risk of having low birth-weight babies

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Devlin, E., MacAskill, S., Lawrence, J. M. & Raats, M. (2005) The impact of ‘CookWell’ on assisting dietary change in Asian young women at risk of having low birth-weight babies. . . p. 27A. .
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A comparison of various existing surveys on food consumption in Scotland and their usefulness in measuring the Scottish Dietary Targets

Wrieden, W. L., Armstrong, J., Barton, K. L. & Peace, H. (2005) A comparison of various existing surveys on food consumption in Scotland and their usefulness in measuring the Scottish Dietary Targets. . . p. 60A. .
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Reported fruit and vegetable intake of 50 children aged 11-13 in Dundee, Scotland

Barton, K. L., Thomson, C., Burrows, E., Reid, L., Anderson, A. S., Lietz, G. & Longbottom, P. J. (2005) Reported fruit and vegetable intake of 50 children aged 11-13 in Dundee, Scotland. . . p. 27A. .
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Validity and reliability of a short questionnaire for assessing impact of cooking skills interventions

Barton, K. L., Anderson, A. S., Wrieden, W. L. & Baxter, R. (2005) Validity and reliability of a short questionnaire for assessing impact of cooking skills interventions. . . p. 101A. .
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2003

How accurate are standard children’s food portion sizes for estimation of dietary intakes of children of different ages?

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Longbottom, P. J., Adamson, A. J. & Ogston, S. A. (2003) How accurate are standard children’s food portion sizes for estimation of dietary intakes of children of different ages?. . . p. 85A. .
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FAST

Adamson, A. J., Griffiths, J. M., Carlin, L. E., Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Matthews, J. N. S. & Mathers, J. C. (2003) FAST. . . p. 84A. .
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Dietary compliance strategies in a saturated fatty acid exchange study

Barton, K. L., Alexander, S. A., Anderson, A. S., Daly, F., Belch, J. J. F., Khan, F., McLaren, M. & Hill, A. (2003) Dietary compliance strategies in a saturated fatty acid exchange study. . . p. 436. .
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2002

Can the EPIC food-frequency questionnaire be used in adolescent populations?

Lietz, G., Barton, K. L., Longbottom, P. J. & Anderson, A. S. (2002) Can the EPIC food-frequency questionnaire be used in adolescent populations?. . . p. 783-789. .
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The development and evaluation of a school based approach to increasing vegetable intake in schoolchildren

Barton, K. L., Anderson, A. S., Woodcock, A., Robertson, E., McCaffrey, P. & Porteous, L. E. G. (2002) The development and evaluation of a school based approach to increasing vegetable intake in schoolchildren. . . p. 66A. .
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2001

Development of a dietary intervention pack for use in general dental practice

Barton, K. L., Anderson, A. S., Pine, C. M. & Paterson, M. G. (2001) Development of a dietary intervention pack for use in general dental practice. . . p. 169-169. .
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Dietary interventions in general dental practice

Barton, K. L. (2001) Dietary interventions in general dental practice. . . p. 141A. .
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Can the EPIC food frequency questionnaire be used in adolescents?

Lietz, G., Barton, K. L., Longbottom, P. & Anderson, A. S. (2001) Can the EPIC food frequency questionnaire be used in adolescents?. . . p. 156A. .
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Dietary interventions in general dental practice

Barton, K. L., Anderson, A. S., Pine, C. M., Paterson, M. G. & Burnside, G. (2001) Dietary interventions in general dental practice. . . p. 5A. .
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1998

The effect of covertly manipulating the energy density of mixed diets on ad libitum food intake in 'pseudo free-living' humans

Stubbs, R. J., Johnstone, A. M., O'Reilly, L. M., Barton, K. & Reid, C. (1998) The effect of covertly manipulating the energy density of mixed diets on ad libitum food intake in 'pseudo free-living' humans. . . p. 980-987. .
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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

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

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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