Researchers at UCD

Áine McConnon

Project Manager

School Of Public Hlth, Physio & Pop Sc
Woodview House
Dublin 4



Áine McConnon graduated with a BSc in Human Nutrition from the University of Ulster (Coleraine) in 2002. She then undertook her PhD in the Nutrition Epidemiology group, University of Leeds evaluating a web-based intervention for weight control in an obese sample. In 2005 Áine started a research post in the Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, University of Surrey working on a European 6th Framework project investigating dietary approaches to the prevention and treatment of obesity (FP6 Diogenes project). Her work here involved investigating the psychosocial and attitudinal predictors of weight control in obese and overweight individuals across Europe. Áine moved to the School of Public Health and Population Science at UCD in September 2007 and is currently managing an EU funded FP7 project investigating consumer perception and communication of food risk/benefits in the food chain (FoodRisC,


Honours and Awards

Year: 2006.
Title: ENLP participant
Year: 2007.
Title: ENLP Junior Faculty
Year: 2005.
Title: Worldwide Universities Network scholarship


Association: Nutrition Society, Function/Role: -
Association: Association for the Study of Obesity, Function/Role: -


Committee : Association for the Study of Obesity
Committee : ENLP conference committee
Committee : Nutrition Society Irish Section conference committee (2008)


Employer: Carlow Institute of Technology
Position: Associate Lecturer
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Researcher
Employer: Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, University of Surrey
Position: Research Fellow


Year 2002 Institution: University of Ulster, Coleraine
Qualification: BSc (First Class Hons) Subject: Human Nutrition
Year 2006 Institution: University of Leeds
Qualification: PhD Subject: Public Health Nutrition (Obesity)



Peer Reviewed Journals

McConnon Á, Gribble R, Raats MM, Stubbs J, Shepherd R (2013) 'Health professionals¿, expert patients¿ and dieters¿ beliefs and attitudes about obesity'. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, . [Details]
McConnon Á, Horgan G, Lawton C, Stubbs J, Shepherd R, Astrup A, Handjieva-Darlenska T, Kune¿ová M, Meinert Larsen T, Lindroos AK, Martinez JA, Papadaki A, Pfeiffer AFH, van Baak MA, Raats MM (2013) 'Experience and acceptability of diets of varying protein and glycemic index in an obese cohort: results from the Diogenes trial'. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 67 (9):990-995. [Details]
Shan L, Regan A, deBrun A, Barnett J, van der Saanden M, Wall P, McConnon Á (2013) 'Food crisis coverage by social and traditional media: A case study of the 2008 Irish dioxin crisis'. Public Understanding of Science, . [Details]
Hollywood L, Cuskelly G, OBrien M, McConnon Á, Barnett J, Raats MM, Dean M (2013) 'Healthful grocery shopping: perceptions and barriers'. Appetite, 70 (1):119-126. [Details]
McConnon Á, Raats M, Astrup A, Bajzová M, Handjieva-Darlensk T, Anna Karin Lindroos AK, Martinez A, Meinert Larson T, Papadaki A, Pfeiffer A, van Baak MA, Shepherd R (2012) 'Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour to weight control in an overweight cohort: results from a pan-European dietary intervention trial (DiOGenes)'. Appetite, 58 (1):313-318. [Details]
Hudson E, McGloin A, McConnon Á (2012) 'Parental weight (mis)perceptions: Factors influencing parents¿ ability to correctly categorise their child¿s weight status'. Journal of Maternal and Child Health, 16 :1801-1809. [Details]
Rutsaert P, Pieniak Z, Regan A, McConnon Á, Verbeke W (2013) 'Consumer interest in receiving information through social media about the risks of pesticide residues Food Control'. Food Control, 34 (2):386-392. [Details]
Stubbs J, Brogelli D, Pallister C, Avery A, McConnon A, Lavin J (2012) 'Behavioural and Motivational Factors Associated with Weight Loss and Maintenance in a Commercial Weight Management Programme'. Open Obesity Journal, 4 :35-43. [Details]
Rutsaert P, Regan Á, Pieniak Z, McConnon Á, Verbeke W (2012) 'The use of social media in food risk and benefit communication'. Trends in Food Science & Technology, . [Details]
McConnon A, Regan A, Kennedy J; (2011) 'Health Risk Communication and Crisis Management'. Journal of Medical Safety, . [Details]
Barnett J, McConnon Á, Kennedy J, Raats M, Shepherd R, Verbeke W, Fletcher J, Kuttschreuter M, Lima L, Wills J, Wall P ; (2011) 'Development of strategies for effective communication of food risks and benefits across Europe: Design and conceptual framework of the FoodRisC project'. BMC Public Health, 11 (308). [Details]
Stubbs J, Whybrow S, Teixiera P, Blundell J, Lawton C, Westenhoefer J, Engel D, Shepherd R, McConnon Á, Gilbert P, Raats M; (2011) 'Problems in identifying predictors and correlates of weight-loss and maintenance: implications for weight control therapies based on behaviour change'. . [Details]
McConnon Á, Kirk SFL, Ransley JK; (2009) 'Process Evaluation of an Internet-based Resource for Weight Control: Use and Views of an Obese Sample'. Journal of Nutrition Education, 41 (4):261-267. [Details]
McConnon Á, Kirk SFL, Cockroft J, Harvey EL, Greenwood DC, Thomas JD, Ransley JK, Bojke L ; (2007) 'Results from the UK Weight Control Trial: a randomised controlled trial of an Internet-based resource for obesity management'. Biomed Central Health Services Research, 7 (206). [Details]
McConnon Á, Fletcher PL, Cade J, Greenwood DC, Pearman D ; (2004) 'Difference in perceptions of functional foods: UK public versus nutritionists'. BNF Nutrition Bulletin, 29 (1):11-18. [Details]
Kirk SFL, Harvey EL, McConnon Á, Pollard JE, Greenwood DG, Thomas JD ; (2003) 'A randomised trial of an Internet weight control resource: The UK Weight Control Trial. '. Biomed Central Health Services Research, 3 (19). [Details]
McConnon Á, Cade J, Pearman A ; (2002) 'Stakeholder interactions and the development of functional foods.  '. Public Health Nutrition, 5 (3):469-477. [Details]


Research Interests


Áine's main research interests combine consumer science and public health nutrition, with a particular interest in understanding consumer perceptions, attitudes and beliefs in relation to weight control and food choice. Aine is currently managing an EU funded 7th Framework project FoodRisC ( invesitgating consumer perception and communication of food risk/benefit issues across Europe.  Before this Aine was involved in the EU 6th Framework project Diogenes ( investigating the psychosocial predictors of weight gain and consumer attitudes, perceptions and expectations regarding weight control in eight countries across Europe.

In addition Áine's work at the National Nutrition Surveillance Centre ( includes investigation of acceptability of measuring childrens' body size in schools and analysis of attitudinal data collected in the National Teen Food Survey looking particularly at perceptions of body size and weight loss practices of Irish teenagers.



Internal Collaborators

Dr Liam Delaney, Geary Institute.

Dr Eileen Gibney, Dr Anne Nugent; Institute of Food and Health.


External Collaborators

Dr Jean Kennedy, EUFIC.

Dr Monique Raats, Prof Richard Shepherd; Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, University of Surrey.

Dr Julie Barnett, Brunel University.