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Spotlight on Bobbie Smith

Posted on 13 January 2020



Bobbie Smith                                                                             



PhD Psychology student, supervised by Dr Amanda Ludlow


Where are you doing your research?

University of Hertfordshire


What is the topic of your research?

Our research has focused on eating and dietary behaviours of children with Tourette Syndrome (TS), finding that children with TS have higher levels of food fussiness than typically developing children which is predicted by their taste/smell sensitivity. The current study aims to explore eating behaviours in adults with Tourette Syndrome. We are asking you to answer an online survey which explores your sensory sensitivity, eating behaviours and frequency you consume different types of food.


How will this help people with TS?

It is hoped that this study will provide insights into how eating behaviours in individuals with Tourette Syndrome develop across childhood and into adulthood. These insights may help to inform the development of possible dietary interventions. This research, combined with our previous research, will also help to provide reliable information to support parents and individuals make important decisions over their diet.


What stage of the research are you at?

The research project is in the early stages of recruitment. We are asking adults with Tourette Syndrome (over the age of 18 years) to take part in an online survey which will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Click here to find out more and to take part.


What will happen next in the study?

We anticipate to publish the findings in a scientific journal, and share our results with you online and at conferences.


Why do you want to be a researcher?

Research can deepen our understanding of eating and dietary behaviours of individuals with Tourette Syndrome. Using this information, we will be able to provide research-informed guidance and support. This will help inform decisions and ultimately improve the lives of individuals with Tourette Syndrome and their families. We are grateful to everyone who participates in our research as without them none of this would be possible.

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