Dr Hayley Young

Dr Hayley Young

Associate Professor, Psychology

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295908

Email address

Office - 910A
Ninth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


My research focuses on understanding how nutrition influences cognition, mood and / or eating behaviour. 

Recent examples include:

(1) the role of dietary carbohydrates and glucoregulation on the performance of children in school, ageing, and sleep,

(2) the cognitive, affective and cardiovascular consequences of minor changes in hydration,

(3) individual differences in the processes underlying satiety. 

I have a particular interest in unravelling the interoceptive, autonomic and neural underpinning of emotion regulation, and how diet may impact upon these processes. 

In order to achieve these goals my research utilises methods spanning the social, behavioural and biological sciences.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Nutrition
  • Glycaemic control
  • Hydration
  • Emotion regulation
  • Interoception
  • Psychophysiology (e.g., sleep polysomnography)
  • Cardiovascular functioning (e.g., heart rate variability and endothelial functioning)
  • Satiety / eating behaviour

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I teach third year modules in Psychology of Sports and Exercise and Nutrition and Behaviour. 

PhD supervision

Danielle George

Tuning into your body to manage self-harm (ESRC collaborative studentship starting October 2020)

Tom Seabury

Title: The effect of interoceptive awareness and alexithymia on performance (current).

Chantelle Gaylor

Title: The influence of polyphenols on glycaemic control, mood, and cognition in older adults (current).

Anthony Brennan

Title: Associations between disordered eating, obesity and interoception (current).

Alecia Cousins

Title: Hydration, Cognition and Physiological Behaviour (awarded 2020).

Simon Newstead

Title: A multimodal investigation of the effects of fronto-cerebellar transcranial stimulation (awarded 2020)

Research Award Highlights Collaborations