Welsh Crucible 2014
Amy Brown is a Professor in Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University. Her background is in psychology and she now applies psychology to understanding health behaviour and developing behavioural interventions.Amy is particularly interested in infant and maternal health during pregnancy and the first year postpartum. Her research explores the importance of early nutrition upon longer-term child weight and eating patterns. Specifically her work has examined how breastfeeding and baby-led weaning (where a baby feeds itself rather than being spoon fed) might allow infants to regulate their appetite better and lead to a healthier weight in childhood. Overall Amy is interested in the wider social and cultural factors that influence whether infants are breast or formula fed and when and how they are introduced to solid foods. Her long-term aim is to develop interventions to support new mothers to feel confident, informed and supported in their choices.