Kirsty Pourshahidi


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 666 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
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Personal profile


Kirsty graduated from Ulster University with a BSc Hons (first class) Human Nutrition, followed by a PhD in Nutrition.  She worked as a Research Associate within the Nutrition team at Ulster on a range of externally funded research projects (2011-2014), before being promoted to Research Fellow in July 2014.  Kirsty also acted as Lecturer in Food Science within the School of Biomedical Sciences (maternity cover, 2015).

Her research at the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) is focused on agri-food nutrition and consumer innovation, and she also has a particular interest in vitamin D requirements for health. She has supervised a number of PhDs to successful completion across these research areas.

Kirsty has experience of conducting controlled human intervention studies in different population and clinical groups Kirsty is author on more than 35 peer-reviewed publications investigating various aspects of agri-food nutrition and consumer innovation, food choice, vitamin D and health.  In 2014, Kirsty was the inaugural recipient of the Julie Wallace Medal Lecture awarded by the Nutrition Society in recognition of early stage scientific excellence in the field of nutrition.

Education/Academic qualification


Oct 2007Oct 2010

Bachelor, School of Biomedical Sciences

Sep 2003Jul 2007

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Research Output 2008 2018

  • 666 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
  • 78 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Conference article
4 Citations (Scopus)

A qualitative exploration of the shift work experience: the perceived effect on eating habits, lifestyle behaviours and psychosocial wellbeing

Nea, F. M., Pourshahidi, L. K., Kearney, J. M., Livingstone, M. B. E., Bassul, C. & Corish, C. A., 13 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Public Health. online, p. 1-11

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Feeding Behavior
Life Style
Research Personnel
Focus Groups
Open Access
Solar System
2 Citations (Scopus)

Cow milk consumption increases iodine status in women of childbearing age in a randomized controlled trial

O'Kane, M., Pourshahidi, K., Mulhern, M. S., Strain, JJ., Mackle, E., Koca, D., Schomburg, L., Hill, S., O'Reilly, J., Kmiotek, D., Deitrich, C., Bath, S. C. & Yeates, A. J., 12 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Nutrition. 148, 3, p. 401-408

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Women's Rights
Randomized Controlled Trials
Thyroid Hormones
1 Citation (Scopus)

Dietary patterns of university students in the UK: a cross-sectional study

Sprake, EF., Russell, JM., Cecil, JE., Cooper, RJ., Grabowski, P., Pourshahidi, L. K. & Barker, ME., 5 Oct 2018, In : Nutrition Journal. 17, 90, p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cross-Sectional Studies
Life Style

How do adults define the treats they give to children? A thematic analysis

McCafferty, C., Shan, L. C., Mooney, R., O'Rourke, C., Pourshahidi, L. K., Livingstone, B., Kearney, J., Corish, C. A., Tatlow-Golden, M. & Murrin, C., 25 Oct 2018, In : Appetite. 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle




Supporting Learning

Kirsty Pourshahidi (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Other distinction


Supporting Learning with Technologies

Kirsty Pourshahidi (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Other distinction


Activities 2015 2017

  • 1 Membership of board
  • 1 Membership of network

European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP) Board (External organisation)

Kirsty Pourshahidi (Member)

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP) Network (External organisation)

Kirsty Pourshahidi (Member)

Activity: MembershipMembership of network