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Prof Crystal Ramsay


Department: Psychology

Crystal is a Professor of Biological Psychology. She is Postgraduate Research Lead for the Psychology Department and Deputy Lead of the Health and Wellbeing Group. Crystal’s research focuses on the impact of nutrition on cognition and wellbeing. Crystal has over 15 years’ experience in the assessment of cognitive performance, with her early work exploring the neurocognitive effects of caffeinated plants. She leads on undergraduate teaching within the Health Psychology pathway, and provides supervision of Undergraduate, Masters and PhD research.

Crystal Ramsay

Current research interests:

Biobehavioural effects of (poly)phenolic compounds from sources including coffee, cocoa, berries and nuts

Characterising individual differences in response to nutritional intervention

The interplay between stress, nutrition and wellbeing

Gender differences in response to nutritional challenges

Food insecurity and its impact on wellbeing

Relationships between women’s wellbeing and nutrition at key stages across the lifespan (e.g. adolescence, menopause)

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Inter-Individual Responses to a Blueberry Intervention across Multiple Endpoints, Wang, Y., Haskell-Ramsay, C., Gallegos, J., Lodge, J. 20 Mar 2024, In: Nutrients
  • Editorial: Women in nutrition and brain health, Hogervorst, E., Haskell-Ramsay, C., Jadavji, N. 13 Sep 2023, In: Frontiers in Nutrition
  • Effect of Intensified Training on Cognitive Function, Psychological State & Performance in Trained Cyclists, Costello, S., Rossiter, J., Howatson, G., Bell, P., O’Neill, B., van Someren, K., Haskell-Ramsay, C. 3 Jul 2023, In: European Journal of Sport Science
  • Effects of chronic consumption of specific fruit (berries, cherries and citrus) on cognitive health: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials, Wang, Y., Haskell-Ramsay, C., Lara Gallegos, J., Lodge, J. 1 Jan 2023, In: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
  • Food insecurity, poor dietary intake and a lack of free meal uptake amongst 16–17-year-old college students in the northeast of England, UK, Graham, P., Haskell-Ramsey, C., Fothergill, M., Young, J. 1 May 2023, In: Children and Society
  • Measuring Adherence with the New Zealand Dietary Guidelines Using an Index and Associations with Metabolic Syndrome and Cognitive Function in Older Adults Living in Auckland, New Zealand, Mumme, K., de Seymour, J., Conlon, C., von Hurst, P., Jones, B., Haskell-Ramsay, C., Beck, K. 17 Mar 2023, In: NSNZ 2022
  • Nutritional interventions in treating menopause-related sleep disturbances: a systematic review, Polasek, D., Santhi, N., Alfonso-Miller, P., Walshe, I., Haskell-Ramsay, C., Elder, G. 11 Sep 2023, In: Nutrition Reviews
  • Role of fruit and vegetables in sustaining healthy cognitive function: evidence and issues, Haskell, C., Docherty, S. 1 Sep 2023, In: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
  • Vitamin B and One-Carbon Metabolite Profiles Show Divergent Associations with Cardiometabolic Risk Markers but not Cognitive Function in Older New Zealand Adults: A secondary analysis of the REACH Study, Gillies, N., Milan, A., Cameron-Smith, D., Mumme, K., Conlon, C., Von Hurst, P., Haskell-Ramsay, C., Jones, B., Roy, N., Coad, J., Wall, C., Beck, K. 1 Dec 2023, In: The Journal of Nutrition
  • Acute cognitive performance and mood effects of coffee berry and apple extracts: A randomised, double blind, placebo controlled crossover study in healthy humans, Jackson, P., Haskell-Ramsay, C., Forster, J., Khan, J., Veasey, R., Kennedy, D., Wilson, A., Saunders, C., Wightman, E. 2 Nov 2022, In: Nutritional Neuroscience

  • Anthony Watson The Psychopharmacological Effects of Blackcurrant Phytochemicals in Humans Start Date: 04/05/2010 End Date: 22/05/2014
  • Sarah Browne The effects of strenuous exercise on cognitive performance and mood in trained individuals Start Date: 01/10/2014 End Date: 30/05/2019
  • Fiona Dodd Technologies and Novel Methodologies for the Assessment of Nutritional Interventions Start Date: 16/09/2008 End Date: 27/02/2017
  • Sarah Docherty Assessing and Improving Everyday Functioning in Older Adults Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 11/05/2023
  • Hannah Avery Iron status and iron-vitamin C co-supplementation effects on cognition, subjective mood and fatigue in menstruating, non-anaemic women aged 18-49 years Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 27/10/2021

  • PhD July 15 2008
  • PhD February 24 2003
  • Psychology BSc (Hons) June 01 2001

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