National Childhood Obesity Foundation®
Foundation Board of Advisors

Jean Whyte; Ph.D., M.Sc., B.A. {Emeritus Fellow}

Dr. Whyte is the first Emeritus Fellow of the N.C.O.F.® Advisory Board. She was an active N.C.O.F.® Advisory Board member for three years before retiring from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. While at Trinity, she. was a Senior Fellow at the Children's Research Centre. Earlier, she was a Senior Lecturer Emerita in Psychology and lectured in the School of Clinical Speech and Language Studies at Trinity. Even earlier, Dr. Whyte worked as an Educational Psychologist in Belfast and subsequently held research and teaching positions at the University of Ulster, the Northern Ireland Council for Educational Research, and at Queen's University. During her tenure in Northern Ireland she was instrumental in developing training programmes for literacy and dyslexia tutors. Even earlier still, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and was a Fulbright Senior Fellow at the Center for Developmental Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Whyte holds a Ph.D. degree in Psychology and a M.Sc. in Educational and Developmental Psychology from Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a B.A. degree in Modern Languages from the National University of Ireland. She also holds a Dottore in Lettere at Università del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy. Dr. Whyte is an Associate Fellow and Registered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland and an Associate Fellow and Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. She has presented over 100 research papers at national and international conferences since joining Trinity College. Dr. Whyte has over 105 publications to her name including a book as sole author, contributions to and co-authorship of other books, papers in peer-reviewed journals and research reports. She has also worked on projects with organizations such as the Ombudsman for Children¹s Office, the Social Services Inspectorate, the Office of the Minister for Children, the National Disability Authority, and a number of voluntary agencies.


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