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Dr Sundus Mahdi

Sundus is a Research Associate in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. She works on the school food work stream of FixOurFood. Sundus is passionate about food policies that aim to improve children’s diet and overall health whilst also reducing health inequalities. She also has a keen interest in whole systems approaches to see successful changes in behaviours and health outcomes.

Sundus has completed an MSc in Health Psychology at University College London and a Wellcome Trust funded PhD in Public Health, Economics and Decision Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Her research was focused on exploring feasible approaches to evaluating dietary digital interventions with a focus on the Change4Life Food Scanner app and it’s impacts on clinical, economic and health outcomes.

Throughout her PhD, Sundus established various public and third sector experience and collaborations. This included publishing a report on the salt content within crumpets in collaboration
with Action on Salt and conducting consultations with local authorities in collaboration with OHID Y&H on issues relating to food in a school setting. Sundus has also led public engagement initiatives in delivering healthy eating workshops to primary school children.