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Dr Terry Dovey
Head of Department - Life Sciences


I am a behaviourist and specialist in feeding disorders (now called avoidant/restrictive eating disorders). This is an eating disorder that typically manifests before the age of 5 year old. I am also interested in the concept of developmental differences and responsiveness to social priming, or in real world speak – how food advertisements work. You may also find me writing on the topics of appetite regulation and overlap between gastroenterology and psychology.

I would very much like to hear from anyone that shares my interests in either research or Life Sciences. Specifically, I would like to hear from any Companies, Further Education and Secondary Schools with an interest in Biology, Environmental, Psychology, Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences. Should you wish to book an appointment my diary is managed by Tina Barker at 


  • Psychology & Criminology BSc - University of Teesside
  • Psychobiology of Stress MSc - University of Surrey
  • Psychoneuroendocrinology PhD - University of Liverpool 


Head of Life Sciences.

Newest selected publications

Zagkos, L., Drenos, F., Emmett, P., Blakemore, AI., Nordström, T., Hurtig, T., et al. (2023) 'Associations of adolescents’ diet and meal patterns with school performance in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986: A Mendelian randomisation study'. Appetite, 190. pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 0195-6663 Open Access Link

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Dovey, TM., Sinopoulou, V. and Gordon, M. (2023) 'Psychological and educational interventions for childhood constipation'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2023 (7). pp. 1 - 13. ISSN: 1464-780X Open Access Link

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Ramzi, NH., Auvinen, J., Veijola, J., Miettunen, J., Ala-Mursula, L., Sebert, S., et al. (2023) 'Depression mediates the relationship between alexithymia and obesity in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 (NFBC1966)'. Journal of Affective Disorders, 331. pp. 1 - 7. ISSN: 0165-0327 Open Access Link

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Gordon, M., Sinopoulou, V., Tabbers, M., Rexwinkel, R., De Bruijn, C., Dovey, T., et al. (2022) 'Psychosocial Interventions for the Treatment of Functional Abdominal Pain Disorders in Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis'. JAMA Pediatrics, 176 (6). pp. 560 - 568. ISSN: 2168-6203

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Yen, DA., Cappellini, B. and Dovey, T. (2022) 'Primary School Children’s Responses to Food waste at School'. British Food Journal, 124 (13). pp. 109 - 125. ISSN: 0007-070X Open Access Link

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