Professor Marion Hetherington is Professor Emeritus in Biopsychology, University of Leeds, and is Affiliate Professor in Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University. An experimental psychologist by background with more than 30 years of experience researching human appetite across the life span, she is a specialist in the psychology of food choice and the development of food acceptance in early life. Marion received a first class honours degree in Psychology from the University of Glasgow, then trained as a primary school teacher and then conducted her doctoral research at the University of Oxford. During her DPhil degree she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She returned to Johns Hopkins to undertake postdoctoral research on eating disorders before completing a Fogarty International Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. She has held academic positions at the University of Dundee, University of Liverpool, Glasgow Caledonian University and University of Leeds.
She sits on the UK Government Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) Subcommittee on Maternal and Child Nutrition. She is deputy Editor-in-Chief of Appetite and has recently co-edited a special issue of the journal on the impact of COVID-19 on food intake, weight status and eating behaviour.
She is a trustee of the Give A Child A Hope charity which works in partnership with the Revival Centre, Matugga, Uganda which provides education and support to disadvantaged children.