BSc, MSc, MPH
Supervisors: Professor Maria Quigley, Professor Jenny Kurinczuk, Dr Claire Carson
Deon joined the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit as a DPhil student in October 2014. Her background is in Public Health with specialization in Nutrition and Health Programme Planning. She is interested in the study of predictors of maternal and child nutrition outcomes globally, specifically how sociocultural, economic and policy factors interrelate to determine maternal and child nutrition practices. Previously, she worked with the Ministry of Health in Jamaica to implement the Baby Friendly Initiative and to develop policies related to school feeding and nutrition labelling. She also coordinated a randomized controlled intervention aimed at tackling HIV/STI risk behaviours in Jamaican mother-daughter dyads. She obtained both a bachelors in Experimental Biology and masters in Nutrition from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and a Master of Public Health in International Health from the University of Leeds. Deon’s current research focuses on trends in long-term breastfeeding practices in the UK. She is also a DPhil academic representative and a coordinator for the NDPH Research Student Group.