Dr Claire Farrow

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Claire Farrow, BSc (hons), PhD, PGCert, FHEA, AFBPsS, C.Psychol.

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

Room: SW610
Tel: 01212045384

Research Group

Applied Health Research Group

Research Centre 

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing(ARCHA)

Aston Research for CHildren's and Young people's health (ARCHY)

Claire Farrow

The University is currently recruiting PhD students. If you are interested in applying for a PhD in the field of eating behaviour (adult or child eating behaviour) please contact me directly by email for further details of potential projects. 

If you are a PhD qualified researcher from outside of the UK and are interested in applying for a Marie-Curie Fellowship to come and work at Aston on projects of mutual interest (related to eating behaviour or weight) please contact me for further details (also see: http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/about-mca/actions/index_en.htm).

Dr Claire Farrow is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. Claire is interested in the factors that influence eating behaviour and weight gain or weight loss, in adults and children. She has overseen and conducted several longitudinal studies concerned with the development of eating behaviours in early life. She is involved in research about parental influences on child food preferences and weight; how siblings influence each other’s eating; parental perceptions of child weight and weight monitoring feedback; and the experiences of discrimination for individuals who are overweight. Claire is a Chartered Psychologist and an invited committee member of the National Steering Group for Feeding Disorders in Children. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

  • 2013 – present: Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Aston University 
  • 2010- 2013: Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Loughborough University
  • 2007 - 2010: Lecturer in Psychology, Loughborough University
  • 2005 - 2009: Honorary Fellow, School of Psychology, The University of Birmingham
  • 2007: Post graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Keele University.
  • 2005 - 2007: Lecturer, School of Psychology, Keele University
  • 2004 - 2005: Research Fellow, The University of Birmingham
  • 2001 - 2004: Post-Graduate Teaching Assistant, The University of Birmingham
  • 2005: Ph.D. Applied Developmental Psychology. The University of Birmingham.
  • 2001: B.Sc. Psychology. First Class (Hons.). The University of Birmingham.

Recent grants and funding:
  • Farrow, C., Lumsden, J., Haycraft, E., Coulthard, C., & Thomas, J. (2017-2019). Vegetable Maths Masters: disseminating psychological evidence in a fun mobile application to improve children's eating through the home, preschool or school. The British Psychological Society. 
  • Haycraft, E., Witcomb, G., & Farrow, C. (2017). Enhanced optimisation of the Child Feeding Guide wesbite and app. Higher Education Innovation Funding.
  • Farrow, C., Heath, G., Pattison, H., Barrett, L., Chiswell, C., & Evans, T. (2016). Treating comorbid obesity in children with asthma, Birmingham Children's Hospital. 
  • Coulthard, H., Farrow, C., & HAycarft, E. (2016). 5-a-day fillers. Development and preliminary validation of a mobile app to increase children's exposure to, and liking of, vegetables. Higher Education Innovation Funding. 
  • Bartlett, H., Cooke, R., & Farrow, C. (2016). Impacting the nutritional behaviour of older adults at risk of visual loss, Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing.
  • Haycraft, E., Witcomb, G., & farrow, C. (2015-2016). Child Feeding Guide website sponsorship. Riverside Cares, UK.
  • Tarrant, M., Kos, K., Daly, M., & Farrow, C (2012-2015). Using social identity to promote well-being and reduce maladaptive eating amongst morbidly obese people, The Leverhulme Trust: Research Project Grant.    
  • Farrow, C. & Haycraft, E., & Mitchell, G., (2011-2015). Guide to Child Feeding Difficulties mobile app, Loughborough Enterprise Group.
  • Haycraft, E., Witcomb G., & Farrow, C. (2013 & 2014). Tips and tools for child feeding. Developing training for healthcare professionals and childcare providers. Higher Education Innovation Fund. 
  • Meyer, C., Farrow, C., Dovey, T., Wallis, D., & Haycraft, E (2010-2013). Feeding Disorders Diagnosis and Outreach. The Garfield Weston Foundation. 
  • Inglis, M., Gilmore, C., Haycraft, E., & Farrow, C. (2012-2013). Development of a Toddler Research Lab, Research Capital Investment Fund.
  • Griffiths, P., Kulkarni, B., Cameron, N., & Farrow, C.  (2011-2012). Developmental origins of inequalities for risk factors for disease/poor wellbeing through infancy – Indian-UK Scientific Seminar, The Royal Society.
  • Nominated for Astonishing Academic Award, Aston University 2016 (Most Supportive Academic); Winner 2015 (Best Personal Tutor); nominated 2014 (Most Motivational Academic) in Life and Health sciences. 
  • 2016: Nominated for the Rosalind Franklin Appathon Competition (UCL advances) to recognise leading women in STEMM who have pioneered new apps for research, societal good and enterprise.      
  • 2015: Highly Commended for the Best App for the Child Feeding Guide, Loughborough University.   
  • 2014: Winner of Social Enterprise Award for the Child Feeding Guide, Loughborough University.      
  • 2014: Highly Commended for the Intellectual Property Award for the Child Feeding Guide, Loughborough University.      


  • Farrow, C. (2016). The mealtime environment, relationships with eating behavior and food fussiness in young children. International Feeding Disorders Conference. Institute of Child Health, London (invited plenary).
  • Farrow, C. (2014). The development of emotional eating in children, School of Health and Life Sciences Seminar Series, Aston University: UK (invited speaker).
  • Farrow, C. (2012). Parental feeding practices and children’s emotional eating, The Association for Obesity, The University of Warwick Medical School: UK (invited plenary).
  • ·Farrow, C. (2012). Maternal and child anxiety; influences on child eating, National Feeding Disorders Conference, Institute of Child Health: UK (invited plenary).
  • Farrow, C (2011). The impact of responsive parental feeding practices upon subsequent child eating and growth: findings from the UK, Royal Society funded Indo-UK symposia, Hyderabad: India (invited plenary).
  • Farrow, C. (2008). Specificity in maternal behaviours in feeding and non-feeding contexts, Childhood Feeding Conference, The University of Birmingham: UK (invited speaker).
  • Farrow, C. (2008). Maternal and environmental factors and children’s feeding problems, Eating and Drinking Difficulties in Children Conference, The University of Glasgow: UK (invited keynote).
  • Farrow, C. (2007). Eating disorders and personality. Exploring Psychology Conference, Nottingham University: UK (invited speaker).
  • Farrow, C. (2007). The way forward: delivering the message on toddlers’ diets, Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum: Toddler Nutrition, Surrey: UK (invited keynote).
  • Farrow, C. (2006). Maternal control and feeding, Developmental Psychology Group, The University of Birmingham: UK (invited speaker).
  • Farrow, C. (2004). Maternal anxiety, obsessive compulsiveness and child feeding, Human Nutrition: Helping Children Who Can’t or Won’t Eat, The University of Glasgow: UK (invited keynote).
  • Farrow, C. (2004). Maternal cognitions and child feeding difficulties, British Association for Community Child Health, Wolverhampton: UK (invited speaker).

Professional qualifications, memberships and fellowships

  • Good Clinical Practice training (Secondary Care, NIHR training, 2016)
  • Informed Consent in Paediatric Research training (NIHR training, 2016)
  • Trained RITE mentor for Senior Fellowship of Higher Education Academy (2016 – present)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015 – present)
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (2014 – present)
  • Chartered Psychologist (2010 – present)
  • Committee member of National Steering Group for Children’s Feeding Problems (2008 – present)
  • Member of the British Feeding and Drinking Group (2008 – present)
  • Member of the Society for Behavioural Medicine (2014-2015)
  • Committee Member of the Association for Infant Mental Health. U.K. (2007-2010)
  • Member of the Association for Psychological Science (2008-2009)
  • Member of the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology (2006-2008)

PhD students supervised

  • Rebecca Clark: Treating comorbid obesity in children with asthma. 2017 onwards. 
  • Nichola Jane Salmon: Understanding the Effects of Vegetable Consumption on Psychological Wellbeing and Cognitive Performance. 2017 onwards.
  • Dr Clare Holley: “Why don’t you try it again?” factors associated with repeated exposure to fruits and vegetables during early childhood. Completed 2016. 
  • Dr Laura Houldcroft: Peer and friendship influences on eating behaviour in school children: a longitudinal study. Completed July 2014. 
  • Dr Faye Powell: Family- environmental influences on child eating behaviour: a longitudinal and observational evaluation from 2-4 years.  Completed December 2012. 
  • Dr Michelle Haslam: Interpersonal functioning and eating-related psychopathology. Completed January 2012. 
  • Dr Chuma Owuamalam: Responses to Meta-stereotype activation among members of devalued groups. Completed July 2009. 

Research Fellows 

  • Dr Sammyh Khan (2013 – 2015): Research fellow; Leverhulme Trust grant

  • Dr Harriet Rosenthal (2006-2007): Research fellow; ESRC grant.

  • Mr Dale Weston (2007). Research associate; Keele Psychology scholarship

  • Ms Lucinda Payne (2007-2008): Research associate; Wiley F. Smith Family Endowment fund (USA).

  • Dr Gemma Mitchell (2010-2013): Research fellow; Garfield Western Foundation grant, followed by Enterprise funded grant.

  • I have supervised a further 10 volunteer research associates


Recent Publications since 2010 only 

  • Tarrant, M., Khan, S., Farrow, C., Pooja, S., Daly, M. & Kos, K. (in press). Patient experiences of a bariatric group programme for managing obesity in secondary care: A qualitative interview study, British Journal of Health Psychologydoi: 10.1111/bjhp.12218 
  • Holley, C., Farrow, C., & Haycraft, E. (in press). A systematic review of methods for increasing vegetable consumption in early childhood, Current Nutrition Reports.
  • Holley, C., Haycraft, E., & Farrow, C. (in press). Predicting children’s fussiness with vegetables: the role of feeding practices, Maternal and Child Nutrition.
  • Farrow, C., & Coulthard, C. (in press). Multi-sensory evaluation and the neophobic food response. In S. Reilly (Ed). Food Neophobia: Behavioural and Biological Influences.
  • Powell, F., Farrow, C., Meyer, C, & Haycraft, E. (in press). The importance of mealtime structure for reducing child food fussiness, Maternal & Child Nutrition. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12296.
  • Khan, S., Tarrant, M., & Farrow, C. (in press). Can raising awareness about the psychological causes of obesity reduce obesity stigma? Health Communication. 
  • Farrow, C. & Witcomb, G.L. (2017). Definitions of Failure to Thrive, In A. E. Wenzel (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, Sage Publishers. ISBN: 9781483365831.
  • Holley, C., Haycraft., E., & Farrow, C. (2016). Investigating offering of vegetables by caregivers of preschool age children: A qualitative study. Child Health, Care and Development, 43(2) 240-249. 
  • Holley, C., Farrow, C., & Haycraft, E. (2016). Investigating the role of parent and child characteristics in healthy eating intervention outcomes. Appetite, 105, 291-7.
  • Houldcroft, L., Farrow, C., & Haycraft, E. (2016). Eating behaviours of preadolescent children over time: Stability, continuity and the moderating role of perceived parental feeding practices, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Special Issue Children, Adolescents and Nutrition, 13. 437-449.
  • Farrow, C., Blissett, J., & Haycraft, E. (2016). Mind the doughnut: emotional eating is a habit that can start in childhood, The Conversation. May 12, 2016. http://theconversation.com/mind-the-doughnut-emotional-eating-is-a-habit-that-can-start-in-childhood-58602
  • Ellis, J.M., Galloway, A.T., Webb, R., Martz, D.M., & Farrow, C.V. (2016). Recollections of pressure to eat during childhood, but not picky eating predict young adult eating behaviour, Appetite, 97, 58-63. 
  • Farrow, C., Tarrant, M., & Khan, S. (2016). Using social identity to promote health: The impact of group memberships on health in the context of obesity. In S. Buckingham, D. Frings, & I.P. Albery (Ed). Addiction, Behavioural Change and Social Identity. Chapter 4. Taylor & Francis.ISBN: 1138934089
  • Farrow, C., Houldcroft, L & Blissett, J. (2015). Are controlling parental behaviors during feeding and play moderated by child weight? In J Worobey (Ed.) Infant Feeding: Parental Perceptions, Behaviours and Health Effects, Chapter 11, Nova Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-63484-122-1.
  • Houldcroft, L., Haycraft, E. & Farrow, C. (2015). Social and individual influences on eating in preadolescents: The role of friends’ eating behaviours and individual anxiety and depression. Advances in Pediatric Research, 2:22. 
  • Farrow, C., Haycraft, E. & Blissett, J. (2015).Teaching our children when to eat: how parental feeding practices inform the development of emotional eating. A longitudinal experimental design. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 101 (5) 908-913. 
  • Holley, C., Haycraft, E., & Farrow, C. (2015). 'Why don't you try it again?' A comparison of parent led, home based interventions aimed at increasing children's consumption of a disliked vegetable, Appetite, 87, 215-22. 
  • Haycraft, E., Witcomb, G. & Farrow, C. (2015). Supporting families with a fussy eating. Community Practitioner, 88(4) 24-27.
  • Haycraft, E., Witcomb, G. & Farrow, C. (2015). Fussy eaters: Are you making a meal out of child feeding? Teach Nursery, 5.2, 57.
  • Haycraft, E., Witcomb, G. & Farrow, C. (2015). The Child Feeding Guide: A helpful resource for families who are worried about children’s fussy eating, Network Health Dieticians, 14-18.
  • Haycraft, E., Witcomb, G. & Farrow, C. (2014). Making a meal out of child feeding?  Home Childcarer: The magazine for childminders and nannies, 13, 22-23. 
  • Farrow, C. (2014). A comparison between the feeding practices of parents and grandparents. Eating Behaviours, 15, 339-342
  • Houldcroft, L., Farrow, C., & Haycraft, E. (2014). Perceptions of parental pressure to eat and eating behaviours in preadolescents: The mediating role of anxiety. Appetite, 80, 61-69. 
  • Sampasa-Kanyinga, H, Roumeliotis, P., Farrow, C., & Shi, Y. (2014). Breakfast Skipping is associated with Cyberbullying and School Bullying Victimization: A School-based Cross-sectional Study. Appetite, 79, 76-82. 
  • Farrow, C., & Blissett, J. (2014). Maternal mind-mindedness during infancy, general parenting sensitivity and observed child feeding behaviour: a longitudinal study. Attachment and Human Development, 16 (3) 230-241. 
  • Houldcroft, L., Haycraft, E., & Farrow, C. (2014). Peer and Friend Influences on Children’s Eating. Social Development, 1, 19-40. 
  • Haycraft, E., Farrow, C., & Blissett, J. (2013). Maternal symptoms of depression are related to observations of controlling feeding practices in mothers of young children. Journal of Family Psychology, 27(1), 159-164. 
  • Owuamalam, C.K., Tarrant, M., Farrow, C.V., & Zagefka, H. (2013). The Effect of Metastereotyping on Judgements of a Higher-Status Outgroup; when Reciprocity and Social Image Improvement Motives Collide. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 45(1), 12-23. 
  • Farrow, C., Haycraft, E., & Mitchell, G. (2013). Milk feeding, solid feeding and obesity risk: a review of the relationships between early life feeding practices and later adiposity. Current Obesity Reports, 2(1), 58-64. 
  • Mitchell, G.,Farrow, C., & Haycraft, E. (2013). Parental influences on children's eating behaviour and characteristics of successful parent-focussed interventions. Appetite, 60 (1), 85-94. 
  • Arcelus, J., Haslam, M., Farrow, C., & Meyer, C. (2012). The role of interpersonal functioning in the maintenance of eating psychopathology: A systematic review and testable model. Clinical Psychology Review, 33(1), 156-167
  • Haslam, M., Arcelus, J., Farrow, C., & Meyer, C. (2012). Attitudes towards emotional expression mediate the relationship between childhood invalidation and adult eating concern. European Eating Disorders Review, 20(6), 510-4. 
  • Rosenthal, H.E.S., Walsh, J., Farrow, C., Crisp, R., Millings, A., Waugh, M., & Blissett, J. (2012). Attachment anxiety and friendship group identification under attachment threat: The moderating role of priming support network expectations. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(5), 562-7. 
  • Farrow, C., & Coulthard, H. (2012). Relationships between sensory sensitivity, anxiety and selective eating in children. Appetite, 58(3), 842-6. 
  • Farrow, C. (2012). Do parental feeding practices moderate the relationships between impulsivity and eating in children? Eating Behaviors, 13(2), 150-153.
  • Farrow, C., & Blissett, J. (2012). Stability and continuity of parentally reported feeding practices and child eating behaviours from 2-5 years of age. Appetite, 58, 151-156. 
  • Powell, F., Farrow, C., & Meyer, C. (2011). Food avoidance in children: the influence of maternal feeding practices and behaviours. Appetite, 57, 683-692. 
  • Farrow, C, Haycraft, E., & Meyer, C.(2011). Similarities between Eating Attitudes among Friendship Groups in Childhood: The Moderating Role of Child Anxiety.Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36, 1144-1152. 
  • Payne, L., Martz, D., Tomkins, K.B., Petroff, A.B., & Farrow, C.V. (2011). Gender Comparisons of Fat Talk in the United Kingdom and the United States. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 65, 557-565. 
  • Farrow, C., Blissett, J., & Haycraft, E. (2011). Does child weight influence how mothers report their feeding practices? International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 6, 306-313. 
  • Farrow, C., & Fox, C. (2011). Gender differences in the relationships between bullying at school and unhealthy eating and shape related attitudes and behaviors. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 81, 409-20. 
  • Haycraft, E., Farrow, C., Meyer, C., Powell, F., & Blissett, J. (2011). Relationships between temperament and eating behaviours in young children. Appetite, 56, 689-692. 
  • Galloway, A, Farrow, C., & Martz, D. (2010) Retrospectivereports ofchildfeeding practices, current eating behaviors, and body mass index in college students, Obesity, 18, 1330-1335. 
  • Blissett, J., Haycraft, E., & Farrow, C. (2010) Inducing preschool children’s emotional eating: relationships with parental feeding practices. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 92, 359-65.