Dr Pam Birtill

Dr Pam Birtill


I studied Natural Sciences at King's College, Cambridge. I specialised in Psychology in my final year and developed an interest in brain mechanisms of reward. I studied for my PhD at the University of York, under Simon Killcross and Geoff Hall. I was appointed a lecturer in Psychology at the University of Leeds in 2003, and was promoted in 2015 to Associate Professor. 

I was previously known as Pam Blundell and publish under Blundell-Birtill.


  • Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Thought Link Tutor

Research interests

I am interested in food, the experiences of eating and the ways in which we can influence people's behaviour to eat more healthily.

With Professor Marion Hetherington, I examine eating in children, and how to encourage children and adolescents to have a more healthy diet. I have supervised both MSc and PhD students, and collaborate with colleagues in Healthcare and Food Sciences.

With Professor Aaron Meskin (School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science) I have been conducting research examining the effects of ethical information of expectation and experience of tastes of food.


  • DPhil (York) Psychology
  • MA (Cantab) Natural Sciences

Professional memberships

  • Experimental Psychology Society

Student education

My teaching is generally about learning theory, and the application of learning theory to real life issues.

Current postgraduate researchers

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