Volunteers - Food for the Brain

At Food for the Brain we have a vibrant, dynamic, flexible and fully online volunteer programme. We also partner with universities and academic institutions to offer placements. We presently have a group of enthusiastic students and graduates in the fields of dietetics, medicine, nutrition science, nutritional therapy, psychology and neuroscience from around the world.

Students are involved in projects across the charity, from researching and helping to build our evidence based educational resources for our specific nutrient, lifestages and nutrition for conditions sections, writing articles and social media posts, critically analysing papers for our evidence database, as well as fundraising and awareness activities.

For more information on our volunteer programme and placement opportunities, please contact: info@foodforthebrain.org

Some of our wonderful volunteers are listed below:

Celebrating our Volunteers

Linda Albinsson

Linda is a Nutritional Therapist with more than ten years’ experience in private practice. She has a special interest in the gut microbiome and gastrointestinal health, and is the co-founder of Thrive Kids Clinic.

Cecilia Jennings

Cecilia has a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition. She has a special interest in micronutrient deficiencies in frailty – particularly cognitive frailty – in older adults.

Dr Emma Weymouth

Emma is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in neuropsychology and clinical health psychology. She is also a Nutritional Therapist and combines these skills with psychological interventions to promote psychological and cognitive health and wellness.

Rebecca Cerasa

Rebecca is studying a BSc Dietetics at London Metropolitan University. She has a strong passion for using nutrition as a tool for mental health support and helping to educate others.

Connar Nicol

Connar is dietetic student at London Metropolitan, as well as a qualified nutritional therapist, and fitness instructor. He has a lifelong interest in nutrition science and is keen to help others.

Dr Natália Oliveira

Dr Oliveira is a paediatrician, currently completing her MSc in Nutrition and Behaviour at Bournemouth University. She has a keen interest in children’s brain development and mental health.

Amy Jade Surman

Amy is a student at Oxford Brookes University where she is studying an MSc Applied Human Nutrition. She did her undergraduate BSc in Culinary Arts Management at University of West London, graduating with a first class degree. In her spare time she is passionate reviewing new and current research on allergies and cancer.

Ellie Winch

Ellie has a BSc in Nutrition from Bournemouth University as well as a MSc in Global Public Health Nutrition. She is also a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the AFN. Ellie’s MSc thesis looked at how Covid-19 affected foodbank users in the London borough of Bexley, leading to an interest in food insecurity and how nutrition can affect mental health.

Lucy Richards

Lucy has been passionate about the benefits of nutrition for health for many years, initially channelling that into creating and running a health food business. More recently she has been focused on education and is currently in the second year of a nutritional science degree and nutritional therapy diploma at CNELM.

Elisa Sciandro

Elisa has a BSc Nutritional Science from CNELM and is currently completing her Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma. Her dissertation focused on nutritional interventions that may impact on the development of Alzheimer’s Disease, particularly relating to mitochondrial biogenesis. As a result of this work, Elisa has a strong interest in nutrition to support mental health and cognition.

Hazel De Maeijer

Hazel has a BSc Psychology from the University of Exeter and has since worked as a SEN Learning Support Practitioner, developing a keen interest in the role of nutrition in supporting learning and behaviour in developing children & adolescents. Her varied interests, including utilising nutrition to reduce crime, have led her to begin MSc Nutrition & Behaviour at the University of Bournemouth.

Nehal Koradia

Nehal is a Food, Nutrition and Dietetics graduate, currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Nutrition at University of Roehampton, London. She is passionate about working at the grassroot level in spreading nutrition education and helping provide aid for a healthier future generation.

Tracey Hipkiss

Tracey Anne has been awarded a Natural Sciences (Biology) degree with honours from the Open University and a Master of Science degree awarded by Middlesex University. She is passionate about promoting the benefits of a personalised diet that is healthy for people and the planet.

Danielle Williams

Danielle is studying BSc Nutritional Science and Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma at CNELM. Her interest in nutrition began when her son was diagnosed with food allergies and her interest grew when she used food to put her autoimmune condition into remission. She has a passion for helping people with chronic health conditions heal so that they can lead a functional life.

Laura Campbell

Laura Campbell has a BSc in biomedicine from University of Warwick, and is
half way through a neuroscience MSc at the University of Roehampton. She is due to start an MSc in nutrition in September.

Nissa Dewshi

Nissa has a BSc Hons in Naturopathy, from the University of Westminster and diploma in Nutritional Therapy, from the CNM. She has a particular interest in the gut brain axis.

Joanne Hart

Joanne is a Nutritional Therapist and Yoga Teacher with over 10 years experience. She works in private practice and corporate wellbeing, with an in interest in working with all types of sporty people

Catia Soares

Catia is a Psychologist/Therapist with > 11 years of experience. She is a Nutritional Therapist, Trainer and Academic Tutor at IoN. Her keen interest is in Nutritional Psychology and system change.

Vanessa Bostock

Vanessa is a qualified nutritional therapist through CNM. Her specialist areas are gut-brain axis and anxiety in perimenopause.

Aseel Sharkas

Aseel has a BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and is an MSc Nutrition and Behavior student at Bournemouth University. She is passionate about promoting mental well-being through nutrition education

Huda Set Abouha

A nutritionist and content creator, Huda helps people improve their relationship with food and their bodies. She is currently doing her MSc in Nutrition & Behavior at Bournemouth University.

Hanna Pryce

Hanna has a BSc in Biological Sciences and is currently completing an MSc in Nutrition and Behaviour at Bournemouth University. She has a interest in the effect of nutrition on brain & mental health.

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