Professor Hetherington holds a chair in Biopsychology at the University of Leeds; she has held chair appointments at the University of Liverpool and Glasgow Caledonian University and started her academic career at the University of Dundee. She has more than 25 years of experience as an active researcher in the field of energy balance, appetite regulation, obesity and eating disorders. Her undergraduate degree in Psychology is from the University of Glasgow, her DPhil in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford. She held a Fulbright scholarship and then postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a Fogarty International Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. MD. Her particular interests include the development of food preferences in children; causes and consequences of childhood obesity; cues for overeating in children and adults; and the anorexia of aging. Her research operates across the lifespan. As evidence of her standing in this area: she has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and invited chapters, served as President of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) and has served as Treasurer and elected member to the Board of Trustees of the Association for the Study of Obesity. She is a member of the EASO scientific advisory committee. She has received funding from BBSRC, ESRC, EU and NIH including two grants which were linked to industry (EU IAPP; ESRC LINK award). She has served Glasgow City Council on its food in schools committee and has given many presentations to the general public for events designed to increase public understanding of science.