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 who joined Aston in October 2013. 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.

Grants and research 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, £1980.00.
  • Haycraft, E., Witcomb, G., & farrow, C. (2015-2016). Child Feeding Guide website sponsorship. Riverside Cares, UK. £720 awarded.
  • 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. £90,214.    
  • Farrow, C. & Haycraft, E., & Mitchell, G., (2011-2015). Guide to Child Feeding Difficulties mobile app, Loughborough Enterprise Group. £15,600.    
  • Haycraft, E., Witcomb G., & Farrow, C. (2014). A half day training event to deliver tips and tools about child feeding to healthcare professionals. Higher Education Innovation Fund, £4,387.    
  • Meyer, C., Farrow, C., Dovey, T., Wallis, D., & Haycraft, E (2010-2013). Feeding Disorders Diagnosis and Outreach. The Garfield Weston Foundation. £52,000 
  • Haycraft, E., Mitchell, G., & Farrow, C. (2013). Tips and tools for child feeding: A half day training event for childcare providers, Higher Education Innovation Fund, £4,500. 
  • Inglis, M., Gilmore, C., Haycraft, E., & Farrow, C. (2012-2013). Development of a Toddler Research Lab, Research Capital Investment Fund. £25,338 
  • 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, £5,330.
  • Farrow, C. (2012).  “Why don’t you try it again?” Factors influencing repeated offering of vegetables in children. Loughborough University Internal Studentships Fund, £80,000 
  • Farrow, C. (2010).  The impact of peers and friends upon children’s developing eating behaviours. Loughborough University Internal Studentships Fund, £75,000.     
  • Farrow, C. (2008). Feeding and eating behaviour in 5 year old children, a longitudinal follow up. Loughborough University Health Sciences Research Fund, £500. 
  • Farrow, C. (2007).  The longitudinal influence of parental feeding practices upon child eating and weight. Loughborough University Internal Studentships Fund. £70,000.
  • Farrow, C., & Haycraft, E. (2007). Emotional eating in children, an experimental and observational study. Loughborough University Research Development Fund, £3473 awarded.            
  • Farrow, C. (2006). Royal Society Travel Award, £720.    
  • Farrow, C., Crisp, R., Walsh, J., & Blissett, J. (2005-2006). Interpersonal attachment and social identification. ESRC. £43,264 (pre-FEC). 
  • Farrow, C. (2005). Social identification and eating behaviour. Keele University, £500 awarded.


 Awards for impact:


  • 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.          


Teaching awards:


  • 2016: nominated for Astonishing Academic Award (most supportive academic, Life and Health Sciences, Aston University)
  • 2015: winner of Astonishing Academic Award (best personal tutor, Life and Health Sciences, Aston University)
  • 2014: nominated for Astonishing Academic Award (most motivational academic, Life and Health Sciences, Aston University)           


  • Farrow, C. (2014). Innovative methods for developing best practice in child feeding advice, Keele University Seminar Series, Keele       
  • Farrow, C. (2014). The development of emotional eating in children, School of Health and Life Sciences Seminar Series, Aston University       
  • Farrow, C. (2012). Parental feeding practices and children’s emotional eating, The Association for Obesity, The University of Warwick Medical School       
  • Farrow, C. (2012). Maternal and child anxiety; influences on child eating, National Feeding Disorders Conference, Institute of Child Health       
  • 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        
  • Farrow, C. (2008). Specificity in maternal behaviours in feeding and non-feeding contexts, Childhood Feeding Conference, The University of Birmingham       
  • Farrow, C. (2008). Maternal and environmental factors and children’s feeding problems, Eating and Drinking Difficulties in Children Conference, The University of Glasgow       
  • Farrow, C. (2007). Eating disorders and personality. Exploring Psychology Conference, Nottingham University       
  • Farrow, C. (2007). The way forward: delivering the message on toddlers’ diets, Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum: Toddler Nutrition, Surrey       
  • Farrow, C. (2006). Maternal control and feeding, Developmental Psychology Group, The University of Birmingham       
  • Farrow, C. (2005). Developments in attachment research. Above and Beyond, Teachers of Psychology Conference, Wolverhampton       
  • 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       
  • Farrow, C. (2004). Maternal cognitions and child feeding difficulties, British Association for Community Child Health, Wolverhampton Science Park     

2014 – present: Admitted as an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (member of the British Psychological Society since 2001, chartered psychologist since 2010)

2014- present: Member of the Society for Behavioural Medicine 

2008 – present: Invited Committee member of the National Steering Group for Children’s Feeding Problems

2008 – present: Member of the British Feeding and Drinking Group  

2007- present: Admitted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Reference number: 32159)

2007 – 2010: Invited Committee Member of the Association for Infant Mental Health. U.K. 

2008 - 2009: Invited Member of the Association for Psychological Science

2006 - 2008: Member of the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology

 Funded PhD Students

  • Dr Clare Holley: “Why don’t you try it again?” factors associated with repeated exposure to fruits and vegetables during early childhood. Doctoral student. Completed June 2016. 
  • Dr Laura Houldcroft: Peer and friendship influences on eating behaviour in school children: a longitudinal study. Doctoral student. Completed July 2015
  • Dr Faye Powell: Family- environmental influences on child eating behaviour: a longitudinal and observational evaluation from 2-4 years. Doctoral student. Completed December 2012.
  • Dr Michelle Haslam: Interpersonal functioning and eating-related psychopathology. Doctoral student. Completed January 2012.
  • Dr Chuma Owuamalam: Responses to Meta-stereotype activation among members of devalued groups. Doctoral student. Completed July 2009. 

  Research Fellows 

  • Dr Sammyh Khan (2013 – 2015): Paid research fellow working on externally funded Leverhulme Trust grant. 
  • Dr Gemma Mitchell (2010-2013): Paid research fellow working on externally funded Garfield Western Foundation grant, followed by Enterprise funded grant to develop an ‘app’ to disseminate research findings.
  • Lucinda Payne (2007-2008): Paid research associate funded from host institution in America to develop cross-cultural collaborative research with myself in the UK. 
  • Dale Weston (2007). Paid research associated funded through a school scholarship to work on social identification and obesity research.
  • Dr Harriet Rosenthal (2006-2007): Paid research fellow working on 1 year externally funded ESRC grant. 
  • In addition I have supervised 10 MSc or MRes students and 9 registered Research Assistants.   


Recent Publications