Dr Kristine Beaulieu

Dr Kristine Beaulieu

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Dr Kristine Beaulieu is a research fellow and dietitian within the Appetite Control and Energy Balance Research (ACEB) group. Native of Canada, she completed an MSc in kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario, her thesis examining the impact of sprint interval exercise on appetite, energy intake and metabolism. Her PhD within ACEB investigated the influence of physical activity level on the sensitivity of the appetite control system, and was recognized for Research Excellence by the Dean of the Leeds Doctoral College. In her first postdoc within ACEB, she received a Research Fellowship from the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism to conduct an RCT to examine the impact of weight loss through continuous or intermittent energy restriction (alternate day fasting) on homeostatic and hedonic appetite control and eating behaviour in women with overweight or obesity (DIVA study). Currently in her second postdoc within ACEB, she is involved in several projects, including the EU-funded SWEET project and the European Association for the Study of Obesity Physical Activity Guidelines Working Group (energy intake and appetite theme lead). Kristine was recently awarded a UK Nutrition Research Partnership Travelling Skills Award for a visiting fellowship at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen to gain new skills and expertise in biopsychology of appetite and energy balance within clinical diabetes prevention in the context of time-restricted eating in adults at risk of type 2 diabetes (RESET project).

Kristine’s research has been featured in the New York Times and she has authored two expert commentaries for the American College of Sports Medicine on physical activity and appetite control, and physical activity and food reward. In 2020, she was recipient of the European Association for the Study of Obesity New Investigator in Basic Science Award.

Responsibilities

  • Psychology Research Staff Rep

Research interests

Kristine’s main research interests fall under two main themes:

  • The influence of physical activity on energy intake, satiation, satiety, and food reward. 
  • The influence of intermittent fasting (namely alternate day fasting and time-restricted eating) and meal timing on appetite control and food reward.  

 

Qualifications

  • BSc Nutrition (with dietetic internship) - University of Moncton (Canada)
  • MSc Kinesiology (exercise physiology & sport nutrition) - University of Western Ontario (Canada)
  • PhD Psychology (physical activity & appetite control) - University of Leeds
  • Postdoc - University of Leeds

Professional memberships

  • British Dietetic Association
  • UK Association for the Study of Obesity
  • European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Canadian Obesity Network
  • Canadian Nutrition Society

Student education

I have been guest lecturer and tutorial leader in the School of Psychology (Biopsychology of Human Appetite) and the School of Food Science and Nutrition (Physiology II – Impact of Exercise on Appetite). I have also mentored several students and research interns during their research projects in the lab.  

Research groups and institutes

  • Appetite control and energy balance
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