Dr Fiona Geaney
Dr. Fiona Geaney
Dr. Fiona Geaney, PhD, MPH, BSc
Address: Suite 2.25, Second Floor, Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, Western Road, Cork
Phone: +353 (0)21 4205338
Dr Fiona Geaney is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Food Choice at Work Ltd and also holds an Adjunct Lecturer position in Public Health Nutrition with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in University College Cork (UCC). Dr Geaney holds a BSc in Nutritional Sciences from UCC and a Master of Public Health also from UCC. While studying for her Masters, Dr Geaney discovered her keen interest in public health nutrition and health promotion. In 2015 she obtained her PhD in Public Health Nutrition. Dr Geaney was the lead investigator of the Food Choice at Work Study (FCW) (2010 – 2015), where she developed, conducted and evaluated a large scale dietary intervention study over a period of 23 months. Due to considerable interest from national enterprises, the Food Choice at Work Study was successfully commercialised in 2015 as a spin-out company from UCC. Food Choice at Work delivers an evidence based, leading edge healthy eating management system for employees. Current clients range from SMEs to multi-national corporations.
In her time with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Dr Geaney has been involved in tutoring at undergraduate and post-graduate level, supervision of undergraduate student assignments, masters and PhD supervision. Dr Geaney has also recently qualified as an adjunct lecturer in Public Health Nutrition. Dr Geaney has also acted as a post-doctorate researcher on the Safefood funded ‘Lifetime costs of childhood overweight & obesity’ project where she worked within a team to conduct a review on the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland. Dr Geaney also acted as Lead Investigator on the Department of Health’s ‘Evaluation of calorie labelling in Ireland’ research, which focused on the level of uptake of menu calorie posting by Irish restaurateurs.
Dr. Geaney had extensive knowledge and expertise in nutritional epidemiology, public health and mixed research methods. The major focus of Dr. Geaney’s research is focused on dietary behaviours and long-term methods to improve diet and reduce diet-related disease risk. Currently there are 12 peer reviewed academic publications relating to the FCW study, of which Dr Geaney has contributed to as both a lead and co- author. Dr Geaney has been responsible for the academic dissemination of publications at a number of national and international conferences including Nutrition Society Conferences and International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Conferences. Dr Geaney is also a member of the All Island Obesity Forum Action Group and has been a member of the advisory committee for the Musgrave Group Project Sláinte since 2013.