Jason C G Halford


I studied psychology at the University Leeds gaining my degree in 1991, and my PhD in 1995, and worked as a researcher until 1996 when I took up a position in the Department of Nutrition at Penn State University. 

I joined the Psychology Department at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in 1997 as a lecturer in Health and Neuroscience, and the School of Psychology, University of Liverpool 1999 as a lecturer in Appetite and Obesity. 

I spent 21 years in Liverpool broken by a sabatical at the Obesity Research Center, Columbia University, St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospitial, New York in 2006.

In 2010 I became head of Experimental Psychology at Liverpool, and in 2013 I became head of Psychological Sciences, and Deputy Head of the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society,  I received my Chair at Liverpool in 2011.

In 2015 I was appointent theme lead (Behaviour, Consumption and Health) for N8 Agrifood representing the Northern Russel Group members. 

I am a past Chair of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) and current Treasurer of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) I am also the EASO President Elect. I am also a board member of the EASO – European Coalition for People Living with Obesity (ECPO).


  • Head of School


  • PhD
  • BSc (hons)
  • C.Psychol. (Health)

Professional memberships

  • British Psychological Society (Associate Fellow)
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