Kelly Spurlock ANutr

Health and Wellbeing

PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC +3)
Nursing and Midwifery, UWE Bristol

Start date: October 2019

Research topic: How does parental engagement with weaning advice affect wellbeing.

Using a mixed-methods approach I plan to explore how parents access infant feeding information by bringing together the medical model of nutrition and psychosocial determinants of health.


Parental feeding behaviours do not often reflect current infant feeding guidelines which can lead to reduced health outcomes.


Parents, particularly mothers, can experience judgment from healthcare providers for their feeding choices which may affect how they interact with services and information seeking to avoid feelings of guilt or shame.


I have a degree in Nutrition and practical experience providing weaning advice to mothers in the private and third sectors.

Current position:

Registered Associate Nutritionist with the Association of nutrition.

Member of the British Nutrition Society.

Research supervisors: Dr Sally Dowling, Dr Patricia Lucas