Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
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Sophia is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background on Nutrition and Dietetics with specialization in Obesity and Weight Management.

Her PhD work falls into the area of Health Psychology and focuses on the impact of prenatal nutrition and parental feeding practices, both milk feeding and weaning, on infants’ and toddlers’ eating behaviour. More specifically she looked at how milk and complementary feeding practices impact on outcomes, like vegetable acceptance and early eating behaviour, using a variety of methods.

Her research interest include parental feeding practices and early years development .

She is currently a Lecturer on Infant and Child Public Health at Swansea University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Infant Feeding
  • Weaning
  • Formation of food preferences
  • Parental feeding practicies


  1. Komninou, S., Halford, J., Harrold, J., & Komninou, S. Differences in parental feeding styles and practices and toddler eating behaviour across complementary feeding methods: Managing expectations through consideration of effect size. Appetite, 137, 198-206.
  2. Komninou, S., Fallon, V., Halford, J., Harrold, J., & Komninou, S. Differences in the emotional and practical experiences of exclusively breastfeeding and combination feeding mothers. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 13(3), e12364
  3. Fallon, V., Komninou, S., Bennett, K., Halford, J., & Harrold, J. The emotional and practical experiences of formula-feeding mothers. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 13(4)


  • EYXM01 Researching Childhood

    This module will examine and critically analyse the advantages and limitations of various research models and research methods relevant to the social sciences. Students will examine the significance of research for professional practice with children and critically evaluate relevant published research studies. The module serves to prepare students for the completion of literature based and empirical projects. It is a requirement that all students on this module have enhanced DBS clearance.

  • EYXM18 Childhood Nutrition and Growth

    This module explores current public health issues surrounding food, nutrition and the diet of infants and children aged 0 ┬┐ 11 years in light of biological, psychological and social perspectives. Central issues will target the importance of early diet and growth, the interaction between nutrition, wellbeing and behavior the growing problem of childhood obesity. The role of different individuals in influencing child diet, eating behavior and weight will be considered alongside the impact of different campaigns in public health, education and the media to promote a healthy child diet.

  • EYXM19 Influences Upon Child Health

    This module will examine the evidence base behind a range of child public health issues relating to children aged 0 ┬┐ 11 years. It will explore the epidemiology, risk factors and impact of key issues such as perinatal health, immunisation uptake and wellbeing. Topics will consider how child health can have wide reaching outcomes for emotional, social and educational development and how health is affected by a range of biological, psychological and social factors. The module will explore how environmental, familial and socio-demographic factors, together with government and legal policies, initiatives and legislation influence child health and well-being. Legal, ethical and moral issues will also be considered alongside the role of child health services in supporting child health and wellbeing.

  • PM-001 Metabolism and Homeostasis

    The module will provide the student with a broad overview of dietary requirements, digestion processes and associated anatomy, nutrient uptake and energetic metabolism processes within the human body. The catabolism of biomolecules for energy production will be covered and the role of the kidney in removal of by-products. The role of neuronal and hormonal systems in homeostatic control of the body will also be elaborated.

  • PPS201 Interrogating Quantitative Social Science Methods

    This module will build on research knowledge attained in year one and will provide and contextualise knowledge related to science and scientific research. The module will particularly focus on developing students┬┐ understanding of survey research. It will utilise real-world examples to critically analyse quantitative research design, data collection and analysis in order to assess the research of others. It will include an appreciation of descriptive statistics and will introduce students to simple multivariate/regression analysis using computer software (SPSS).


  • Perceptions of ethics and ethical development of undergraduate student nurses (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Hugh Upton
    Other supervisor: Dr Gideon Calder