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Dr Eleanor Bryant

PositionBSc Psychology and Counselling Programme Leader, Lecturer
LocationRichmond Building, E7
RKT CentreApplied Social Research
Feedback HoursTuesday 15:00-16:00, Thursday 11:00-12:00
Telephone+44 (0)1274 23 5541
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Research Interests (key words only)

Obesity, eating behaviour, disinhibition, body image

PhD Supervision


  • Umar Toseeb: The Effect of the Muslim Headscarf on Face Perception. Additional supervisors: Dr David Keeble, Prof. Christine Horrocks.


  • Lisa Pepper: Body Image Perception in Children. Additional supervisors: Dr Gillian Waters.
  • Mariette Abrahams: Developing Personalized Nutrition and Dietetics. Additional supervisors: Prof. Barbara Stewart-Knox

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities


  • MSc Research Methods – lecture contribution
  • Supervise up to two MSc projects per year
  • Have taught on a PhD Energy Balance course, Copenhagen University, Denmark

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Level 3 The Psychology of Health and Eating – Joint Module Leader
  • Level 3 Research Project 
  • Supervise up to 11 third year projects per year
  • Level 2 Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis – Module Leader
  • Level 1 Professional Applications in Psychology – lecture contribution
  • Level 1 Introduction to Counselling - assessment

Personal Tutoring

  • Tutor 10 level 1 and 10 level 2 students each year
  • Personal tutor to two MSc students each year

Administrative Responsibilities

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling course leader
  • Admissions Tutor
  • Member of the Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Member of the Programme Leaders Forum


I completed my PhD, titled 'Understanding Disinhibition and its influences on eating behaviour and appetite', at the Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds in 2007. Following this I worked as a researcher on a phase one, clinical trial designed to examine the effects of a new anti-obesity drug on energy intake and body weight, in Leeds. I obtained a lectureship at University of Bradford in July 2007. Within this role, alongside my teaching, I have continued to maintain active, international research collaborations and set up an Eating Behaviour Laboratory at the University.

Study History

  • 2009 PGCHEP (Distinction); University of Bradford
  • 2007 PhD (Funded); Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds
  • 2002 BSc (Hons) 2:1; Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds

Professional History

  • 2017: Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Health and Biomedical Intervention, QUT, Australia
  • 2010: Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Health and Biomedical Intervention, QUT, Australia
  • 2009 - present: Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds
  • 2007 - present: Lecturer, Division of Psychology, University of Bradford
  • 2006 - 2007 - Research Assistant, Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds
  • 2003 - 2006 - Teaching Demonstrator, Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds
  • 2002 - 2003 - Assistant Clinical Psychologist, Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust
  • 2002 - 2002 - Project researcher, Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust
  • 2001 - 2001 - Project researcher, Hull and East Yorkshire MIND

Professional Activities

I peer review journal articles for many journals including; Appetite, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Physiology and Behavior, International Journal of Obesity, Journal of Obesity, British Journal of Nutrition.

I peer review grant applications for the Biotechnology and Biological Research Council (BBSRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Diabetes UK, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Research Grants Council, Hong Kong

Research Areas

My main research interests centre around appetite regulation and weight management. In particular, I am interested in the eating behaviour trait Disinhibition (Three Factor Eating Questionnaire; Stunkard and Messick, 1985) and its influences upon appetite regulation and weight control. This includes investigating the relationship between physical activity, appetite control and weight regulation and investigating the factors which can influence the efficacy of bariatric surgery on weight loss and eating behaviour. This work involves identifying traits; both biological and psychological, which can influence the effectiveness of weight management interventions. I investigate eating behaviour traits in both children and adults and participate in international collaborations investigating the links between psychological traits, body weight and weight loss success.

Current Projects

Development and Validation of the Child Three Factor Eating Questionnaire. In collaboration with Prof. Neil King (QUT), Dr Vicky Drapeau (Laval University), Dr JP Chaput (University of Ottowa) and Dr David Thivel (Université Blaise Pascal). 

Research Collaborations

Unit of Biocultural Variation and Obesity, University of Oxford
I am working with Prof. Stanley Ulijaszek examining the link between food insecurity and Disinhibition.

Human Appetite Research Unit, University of Leeds
I have received an Honorary Research Fellowship post at Leeds University. I offer advice on the measurement and analysis of eating behaviour traits on current projects regarding physical activity and weight loss. I specifically look at data surrounding the eating behaviour trait Disinhibition and work with Prof. John Blundell, and Dr Finlayson.

Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
With Prof. Erik Naslund and colleagues at Karolinska Institute, I have examined the relationship between eating behaviour traits and appetite peptides in obese patients pre, post 1 and 2 years following gastric surgery. I am currently looking at psychometric factors which relate to weight loss success following surgery up to 3 years post surgery.

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo, Spain
I am a co-applicant on a grant awarded to investigate eating behaviour and appetite in pre-pubescent children undertaking vigorous physical activity (PI Dr Ara).

Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
I publish papers with Prof. Neil King and colleagues in QUT regarding physical activity, appetite and eating behaviour. I am currently working with Prof King on validation of the CTFEQ which I developed.

Laval University, Department of Physical Education, Quebec, Canada
I am currently working with Dr Vicky Drapeau on the validation of a French version of the CTFEQ, which I developed. Also we are looking at the association of CTFEQ eating behaviour traits with obesity, and how TFEQ traits are transmitted through the family.

University of Ottowa, Department of Medicine, Canada
I am currently working with Dr Jean-Phillipe Chaput on the validation of the French and English versions of the CTFEQ.

Université Blaise Pascal - Clermont-Ferrand II, Clermont-Ferrand, France
I am currently working with Dr David Thivel on the validation of the French version of the CTFEQ and it's association with obesity in adolescents, and the familial aspects of TFEQ trait transmission.

Universidad De Cantabria, Spain
I am currently working with Dr Carmen Sarabia Cobo, with Prof Barbara Stewart-Knox on a study exploring the impact of stress upon eating behaviours and food intake.



See Eleanor Bryant's publications on Bradford Scholars.

Abraham M, Frewer L, Bryant E, Stewart-Knox B (In Press) Factors determining the integration of nutritional genomics into clinical practice by registered dietitians. Trends in Food Science.

Martín-García, M; Bryant, EJ; Alegre, L. M.; Plaza-Carmona, M.; García-Cuartero B., Gutin, B. (Under Review) Effects of a 3-month moderate-vigorous physical activity intervention on eating behaviors and body composition in overweight and obese boys and girls. Appetite

Ulijaszek S, and Bryant EJ (2016). Binge Eating, Disinhibition and Obesity. In Evolutionary thinking in medicine: from research to policy and practice. Alvagne A. (Ed) Springer: Oxford, UK.

Toseeb U, Bryant EJ, Keeble D (2013). The Muslim headscarf and face perception. “They all look the same don’t they?” PLoS ONE

King, NA, Horner K, Hills AP, Byrne NM, Wood RE, Bryant, EJ, Caudwell P, Finlayson G, Hopkins M, Martins C, Blundell JE (2013). The interaction between exercise, appetite and food intake: implications for weight control. The American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

Bryant EJ, King NA, Falkén Y, Hellström PM, Holst JJ, Blundell JE and Naslund E (2013). The relationships among tonic and episodic aspects of motivation to eat, gut peptides and body weight before and after bariatric surgery. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases

Gibbons C, Caudwell P, Finlayson G, Hopkins M, Horner K, Bryant E, Blundell J and King N (2013). Impact of exercise training on habitual activity and food intake in the obese. In Hansen D (Ed) Exercise Therapy in Adult Individuals with Obesity. Nova Science Publishers.

Bryant, EJ, Caudwell P, Hopkins M, King N, Blundell J. (2012). Psycho-markers of weight loss; the roles of TFEQ Disinhibition and Restraint in exercise-induced weight management. Appetite. 58: 234 – 241.

Toseeb U, Keeble D, Bryant EJ (2012). The (lack of) significance of hair for face recognition. PLoS ONE. 7 (3): e34144 IF 4.40

King, NA, Horner K, Hills AP, Byrne NM, Wood RE, Bryant, EJ, Caudwell P, Finlayson G, Hopkins M, Martins C, Blundell JE (2011). Exercise, appetite and weight management: understanding the compensatory responses in eating behaviour which could account for the variability in exercise-induced weight loss. British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Bryant, EJ (2011). Disinhibition, appetite and weight in adults. In (Eds) Preedy, VR, Martin, C & Ross-Watson, R. Handbook of Behavior, Diet and Nutrition. Springer: New York. Chapter 70: pp1069 – 1085.

Bryant, EJ. Kiezebrink, K. King, NA & Blundell, JE (2010). Interaction between Disinhibition and Restraint: implications for body weight and eating disturbance. Eating and Weight Disorders. 15 (1); 43 – 52.

Blundell, JE. Bryant, EJ. Lawton, C. Halford, J. Naslund, E. Finlayson G & King, NA (2010). Characterising the Homeostatic and Hedonic Markers of the Susceptible Phenotype. In (Eds) Dube, L. et al Obesity Prevention: The Role of Society and Brain on Individual Behavior: A Handbook for Integrative Science, Policy and Action to Stop the Progression of the Obesity Pandemic. Elsevier: USA. Pp 231 – 240.

Finlayson, G, Bryant, EJ, Blundell JE, & King, NA (2009). Acute compensatory eating following exercise is associated with implicit hedonic wanting for food. Physiology and Behavior. 97: 62 - 67.

Bryant, EJ, King, NA, Blundell, JE (2008). Disinhibition: its effect on appetite and weight regulation. Obesity Reviews. 9 (5); 409 – 419.IF 7.04

Blundell, JE, King N, Bryant, EJ (2006). Interactions among physical activity, food choice, and appetite control: health messages in physical activity and diet. In (Eds) Cameron, N, Morgon, NG, Ellison TH. Childhood Obesity: Contemporary Issues. Pp 135 – 147. 

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

  • Seminar series at Oxford University, March 2014 ‘Disinhibition and its impact on eating behaviour’
  • Seminar series at University of Bradford, April 2014 ‘Adult and child obesity - what causes it and what can we do about it?' with Professor Ulijaszek, University of Oxford
  • Otley Science Festival June 2013, ‘Disinhibition and Happiness’
  • European Congress of Obesity, Liverpool, UK May 2013 ‘Psychometric characterization of obese patients and their response to gastric surgery’
  • European Congress of Sport Science, Bruges, Belgium July 2012 'Relationships between eating behaviours and body composition in lean and obese children' Poster
  • Otley Science Festival June 2013, ‘Disinhibition and Happiness’
  • 'In Pursuit of Happiness' Event, Sofia, Bulgaria June 2012 'Can You Eat Yourself Happy?'
  • Diabesity Conference, Leeds, September 2011 ‘The psychology of hunger' Workshop
  • National Diabesity Conference, London, June 2011 'Hunger: a psychological perspective'
  • International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Portugal, May 2009 'How does high trait Disinhibition influence success in exercise-induced weight loss?'
  • Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour, 2009 'Does Disinhibition mediates or moderates exercise-induced weight loss?'
  • British Feeding and Drinking Group, Liverpool, UK 2008 'Interaction between Disinhibition and Restraint: implications for body weight and eating disturbance'
  • European Congress on Obesity 2008, Stockholm, Sweden 'Psycho-markers of weight loss; the influence of TFEQ Disinhibition and Restraint on the role of exercise in effective weight management'

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