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Prof Greta Defeyter

Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor

Department: Psychology

HLS M Defeyter Staffprofile 255Greta took her first degree in Psychology at the University of Essex. After completing an ESRC funded PhD she began working as a Senior Research officer at the University of Essex. She came to Northumbria in 2003. Greta is a Professor of Enterprise within the Department of Psychology and is currently Director of Business and Employer Engagement and Director of Healthy Living. Greta is a committee member of the All Party Parliamentary School Food Group; a committee member of the North East of England Branch of the BPS; a member of the National Steering Group for Breakfast Clubs; and co-founder of the Northumbria Newcastle Developmental Psychology Initiative; she has also been an advisor to the Westminster Health and Education Forum. Greta has led a number of successful knowledge transfer and public engagement events; including British Science Festival Events; a Full of Beans exhibit at the Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne; and an ESRC knowledge exchange conference. She has presented a number of Parliamentary Papers to the Westminster Health and Education Forum; the House of Lords; Annual Westminster Briefing Events and at HRH Prince of Wales, Seeing is Believing Visits.


  • Education PCAP June 30 2004
  • Psychology PhD September 01 1999
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2005
  • Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) British Psychological Society (BPS) 2003
  • Full Member Breakfast Club Plus National Steering Group 2003
  • Member American Psychological Association (APA) 2003
  • Member Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2003

Key Publications

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  • A Pedometer-Based Physically Active Learning Intervention, Morris, J., Daly-Smith, A., Defeyter, M., McKenna, J., Zwolinsky, S., Lloyd, S., Fothergill, M., Graham, P. 6 Jan 2019, In: Pediatric Exercise Science
  • ‘A really good balance’, McCullogh, N., Boyle, S., Fothergill, M., Defeyter, M. 9 Jul 2019, In: PLoS One
  • Holiday clubs as Community Organizations, Stretesky, P., Defeyter, M., Long, M., Sattar, Z., Crilley, E. 8 Jul 2019
  • Hunger in the primary school setting, Gooseman, A., Defeyter, M., Graham, P. 4 Apr 2019, In: Education 3-13
  • A question of justice: are holiday clubs serving the most deprived communities in England?, Mann, E., Long, M., Stretesky, P., Defeyter, M. 2018, In: Local Environment
  • Cognitive Development, Defeyter, M. May 2018, An Introduction to Developmental Psychology 3rd Ed., Wiley-Blackwell
  • Holiday Hunger: Feeding Children During the School Holidays, Graham, P., Stretesky, P., Long, M., Mann, E., Defeyter, M. 9 Oct 2018, Feeding Children Inside and Outside the Home, Taylor & Francis
  • Systematic review of acute physically active learning and classroom movement breaks on children’s physical activity, cognition, academic performance and classroom behaviour: understanding critical design features, Daly-smith, A., Zwolinsky, S., Mckenna, J., Tomporowski, P., Defeyter, M., Manley, A. 27 Mar 2018, In: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
  • The Impact of Holiday Clubs on Household Food Insecurity—A Pilot Study, Stretesky, P., Long, M., Graham, P., Palmer, K., Steinbock, E., Defeyter, M. Mar 2018, In: Health and Social Care in the Community
  • A review of school-based studies on the effect of acute physical activity on cognitive function in children and young people., Daly Smith, A., McKenna, J., Defeyter, M., Manley, A. 18 Aug 2017, Physical Activity and Educational Achievement : Insights from Exercise Neuroscience, London, Taylor & Francis

Current and Recent Projects

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  • An evaluation of Kitchen Social:l: the impact on individuals and communities, Defeyter, G., Mayor’s fund for London, 08/01/18 - 07/01/21, £31,138.00
  • Summer Holiday Project, Defeyter, G., Big Lottery Fund, 01/05/17 - 31/03/18, £70,000.00
  • Online Breakfast club training (2nd cohort), Defeyter, G., Kelloggs, 01/09/16 - 31/08/17, £55,140.00
  • An evaluation of the provision of holiday clubs and after school clubs for 2-18 year olds in terms of health, social, economic and educational outcomes, Defeyter, G., Brake Bros Limited, 11/01/16 - 10/01/19, £36,545.00
  • Evaluation - HITZ, Defeyter, G., Premiership Rugby, 02/11/15 - 28/02/17, £15,000.00
  • Training for school cooks, Defeyter, G., Hartlepool Borough Council, 01/11/15 - 30/04/16, £3,500.00
  • Breakfast Club Training Sept 2015 academic year, Defeyter, G., Kelloggs, 01/09/15 - 31/07/16, £33,495.00
  • Evaluation Brakes Summer Holiday Enrichment Programme, Defeyter, G., Brake Bros Limited, 20/07/15 - 20/01/16, £10,000.00
  • Study proposal for Public Health Wales re Pilot Evaluation of Brakes Summer Holiday Enrichment Programme, Defeyter, G., Public Health Wales, 15/07/15 - 14/01/16, £5,000.00
  • Investigating the impact of Maker Faire on STEM interest, education and careers, Defeyter, G., Centre for Life, 25/04/15 - 30/06/15, £4,165.00

PGR Supervision

  • Sarah Foster . Start: 01/11/2015
  • Emily Mann Holiday Provision: A mixed methods investigation of holiday clubs in terms of location, implementation, delivery and impact Start: 01/10/2015
  • Jackie Shinwell An Investigation of Holiday Club Provision: Impact on Children’s Educational Attainment, Nutritional Intake and Wider Family Benefits Start: 11/01/2016
  • Eilish Crilley Start: 01/03/2018
  • Louise Harvey-Golding Universal Free School Breakfast: A Socioecological Perspective of Breakfast Behaviours Within a Deprived Town in the North-West of England, UK Start: 09/12/2013


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