Dr Heather MacKenzie
After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, I went on to complete a PhD in Health Sciences investigating the impact of food allergy on the health-related quality of life of teenagers. I now work as the Researcher Development Coordinator in the Graduate School while continuing to contribute to the School of Health Sciences and Social Work’s ‘Allergic and respiratory disorders’ research theme.
My primary research interest is the impact of food allergy on health-related quality of life. The aims of my PhD were to describe the personal experiences of teenagers with FHS, develop a disease-specific HRQL measure for this group and evaluate the reliability and validity of the HRQL measure. More recently, I have been a supervisor for PhD students studying fish and shellfish allergy, and the food choice behaviour and nutritional intake of food-allergic consumers. I have also been part of a team working on a series of systematic reviews of the literature related to the worldwide prevalence of food allergies, the effect of food processing on food allergens and methods of detection of food allergens.