Ms Sam Boots

Casual Professional

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

+61 8 82012732
place Bedford Park (341)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

After teaching in Australia and Hong Kong for over ten years, I decided to follow my passion in child development and health psychology. I began training at Deakin University studying externally while working for the Australian International School Hong Kong and Autism Partnership Hong Kong. I returned to Australia to complete honours, with my project focusing on the moderating effect of availability of sweets and snack foods in the home on the relationship between maternal restriction and children's eating in the absence of hunger. In 2011, I began my PhD supervised by Professor Marika Tiggemann and Dr Nadia Corsini (CSIRO) titled "Moving beyong the restriction paradox: distinguishing the protective and detrimental aspects of maternal control in feeding on children's eating behaviour and weight". This project is part way through with the first study on "Managing kids food" completed. I live in the Adelaide foothills with my partner and two children.

Current   PhD Candidate - Flinders University
2010 - 2008   Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons) - Flinders University
2007 - 2005   Graduate Diploma of Psychology - Deakin University
2003 - 2001   Bachelor of Education - Inservice - University of South Australia
1990 -1988    Diploma of Teaching - Flinders University
Honours, awards and grants
ACARON (Australian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network) Award for Best Paper in Child Obesity Research - Runner Up 2013.
CSIRO Postgraduate Studentship
Expert for media contact
Obesity research
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Media expertise
  • Food
  • Obesity research

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