Sussex Ingestive Behaviour Group

Group members

Group Director

Professor Martin R Yeomans 

Martin profile photo Martin joined the University of Sussex in 1989, where he is currently Professor of Experimental Psychology and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange. He has established a strong research group exploring various aspects of human eating and drinking, with over £3 million in grant income at Sussex to date. He currently supervises 3 DPhil students, and most of his 20 previous DPhil students have gone on to research careers in academia or industry. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications and around 20 book chapters and co-edited a recent book on Flavor, Satiety and Food Intake.  

Martin has a long history of engagement with the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries internationally, with consultancy and contract work with many international companies.

An important outcome of his research has been the development of bespoke software (the Sussex Ingestion Pattern Monitor: SIPM) which facilitates experimental studies of appetite control, flavour evaluation etc.  For details please go to the SIPM website

Address: PEVENSEY 1 1C04, School of Psychology, University of Sussex.
Phone: +44 1273 678617. Internal: 8617


Research Fellow



PhD Students

Rhiannon Armitage

Rhiannon profile photoRhiannon joined as a full-time Research Assistant in September 2018 before starting her PhD in September 2020. She has a PG Cert in Mental Health Practice and a BSc in Psychology with Legal Studies, both from the University of Sussex. She has previously held three different Research Assistant positions, worked as an Assistant Psychologist and has experience with a range of statistical methods including fMRI. Her research focuses on understanding the genetic and neural basis of individual differences in liking for sweet tastes as a marker of risk for the development of obesity and consequent type-2 diabetes, drawing on methods from genetics, psychology, neuroscience and nutrition.

Address: 4B9, Pevensey 2, School of Psychology, University of Sussex.
Phone: +44 (0) 1273 678916. Internal: 8916.




Giada Brianza

Giada profile photoGiada joined in October 2018, as an internal collaborator. She is running studies in collaboration with the SIGB group. She is a PhD student in the SCHILab, Department of Informatics. She received her MSc in Clinical, Developmental Psychology and Neuropsychology in 2017 and her BSc in Psychological Science in 2015, both from the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy). For her PhD, she is studying how multisensory stimulation (especially the sense of smell) can impact our body perception, exploiting various techniques such as Virtual Reality. Her ambition is to develop therapies and recommendations for body perception diseases.

Address: 3R253, Chichester III, School of Informatics, University of Sussex.



Tatum Sevenoaks

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Tatum joined the group in September 2022 as a PhD student funded by a SoCoBio DTP scholarship. She was award her MSc in Neuroscience from the University of Cape Town and BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology from Newcastle University. Her research focuses on the effects of habitual caffeine use and acute caffeine abstinence on mood, cognitive performance and brain activity. 

Address: BEED GA12, School of Psychology, University of Sussex.
Phone: +44 (0) 7384 506522.




Placement Students

Giorgia Marzola

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Giorgia joined the group in September 2022 as a placement student. She is currently doing her undergraduate degree in Psychology with Criminology at the University of Sussex.

 Address: School of Psychology, University of Sussex.




Phebe Green

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Phebe started her Psychology BSc in 2020 at the University of Sussex. She is a Research Assistant at the ‘SIBG’ for the placement year of her course.

 Address: School of Psychology, University of Sussex.




Honorary Members

Dr. Chi Thanh Vi

Chi profile photoChi was a Research Fellow in SIBG from 2018-2022 and remains a key collaborator. More information. 

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Vasiliki Iatridi

Vasiliki profile photoVasiliki was a PhD from 2017-2021. She is currently lecturer in Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University, but remains a key collaborator on a number of ongoing projects. (more information)




Una Masic

Research Psychologist, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Keri McCrickerd

Experimental Psychologist based in the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences


Previous Members

Helena Blackmore

Helena profile photoHelena was a PhD in SIBG from 2018 - 2022., funded by a  Fonds Baillet Latour scholarship. Her research focused on expectations and how these can be manipulated to improve consumer experience and promote acceptance of low and non-alcoholic beer.



Jenny Morris 

Jenny profile photoJenny started her PhD in Psychology at Sussex in 2016. She also received her BSc in Psychology at Sussex and worked as a research assistant during this time on a project investigating how reward influences intrusive thoughts. Her research involves cognitive psychology and behavioural methods to test the mechanisms of distraction induced over-eating. This includes the effect of distraction, specifically perceptual load, on awareness of food cues, intake, flavour and satiety.

Address: 4B9, Pevensey 2, School of Psychology, University of Sussex.
Phone: +44 (0) 1273 678916. Internal: 8916.

Peter Hovard

PhD Student 

Aaron Brace

PhD Student

Tomo Ridley-Siegert

PhD Student