Suzanne Higgs

Research interests

My research is focused on the psychology of eating and the biological mechanisms that underpin the decisions about what and how much we eat. I am particularly interested in the cognitive processes involved in appetite and how social context influences food choice and food intake. 


Prof. Suzanne Higgs has a degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology from The University of Oxford, UK and a PhD in Psychology from Durham University (UK). She worked as a Post-Doctoral researcher at The University of Oxford before moving to the University of Birmingham, UK in 1999. Suzanne leads a research group interested in cognitive processes involved in food intake and food choice. Work in this area has focused on the role of learning and memory processes in appetite. Suzanne has current research support from the Economic and Social Research Council and Biology and Biotechnology Research Council in the UK. She is Editor in Chief  of the journal Appetite and Past President of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. 



Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

If you are interested in studying for a PhD in the psychobiology of Appetite please contact me to discuss your research proposal.