CHErIsH at the Oireachtas

Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar and Professor Patricia Kearney, on behalf of the CHErIsH study team, recently submitted to the Oireachtas the Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs, Tackling Childhood Obesity. The written submission outlined key and recommendations of the CHErIsH study to date and can be read here.


As a result of this submission, Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar was invited to speak as part of the Committees ‘Tackling Childhood Obesity’ parliamentary discussions. The meeting was held in Leinster House on May 30th 2018 and was chaired by Alan Farrell (TD). The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Association of Teachers of Home Economics; the home economics department of St. Angela’s College in Sligo, and a second session included representatives of the No Fry Zone 4 Kids committee; the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute; and the school of education, childhood youth and sport, faculty of well-being, education and language studies of the Open University. A video of the Committee Meeting can be viewed here and the transcript of the meeting can be read here.


CHErIsH at European Health Psychology Society conference 2017

CHErIsH post doc Karen Matvienko-Sikar recently presented CHErIsH research at the 2017 European Health Psychology Society Conference in Italy. The conference took place from August 29th to September 2nd in the beautiful city of Padova. Karen presented the overall CHErIsH project in the first poster session on Tuesday 29th, to much interest and discussion.

posterKaren Matvienko-Sikar (left) & Elaine Toomey (right)

On Saturday September 2nd, Karen presented the results of her qualitative evidence synthesis on parental experiences and perceptions of infant complementary feeding.


This work was presented as part of a symposium titled: Maximising the value of qualitative methods in the development and evaluation of behavior change interventions. The symposium was chaired by fellow CHErIsH post doc Elaine Toomey and CHErIsH collaborator Dr Jenny McSharry. Dr McSharry, Dr Molly Byrne, and Marita Hennessy, who are all involved in the CHErIsH project also presented and facilitated activities on the day.

symposiumL-R: Dr Annegret Schneider, Prof Val Morrison, Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar, Dr Molly Byrne, Dr Jenny McSharry, Marita Hennessy

Infant Feeding Core Outcome Set Workshop (COS-IF)


Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar, Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the CHErIsH study, recently organised the COS-IF workshop in University College Dublin as part of the Association for the Study of Obesity on the island of Ireland (ASOI) Annual Conference.

The aim of the workshop was to identify and prioritise outcomes for inclusion in an infant feeding core outcome set for childhood obesity interventions. The workshop was attended by dieticians, nutritionists, public health nurses, general practitioners, practice nurses, paediatricians, and researchers. The workshop forms part of a larger piece of research led by Dr Matvienko-Sikar, that is supported by the Health Research Board, the Irish Research Council, and the HRB Trials Methodology Research Network.