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Prof. Suzanne Piscopo

Prof. Suzanne Piscopo

B.Ed.(Hons)(Melit.),M.A.(HumanEcology)(Halifax),Ph.D.(Birm.),R.Nutr.,R. European Health Promotion Practitioner,C.T.E.F.L.A.

Associate Professor
Health, Physical Education and Consumer Studies
Faculty of Education
Room 324
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
Msida
contact+356 2340 2310

Head of Department
Health, Physical Education and Consumer Studies
Faculty of Education
Room 324
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
Msida
contact+356 2340 2310

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Biography

Dr. Suzanne Piscopo is the Head of the Department for Health, Physical Education and Consumer Studies within the Faculty of Education at the University of Malta. She is an Assistant Professor teaching in the B.Sc. (Hons) Home Economics, the B.Ed. (Hons) Nutrition, Family & Consumer Studies, and the M.Ed Health, Family & Consumer Studies courses, as well as in the Bachelors courses in Gender Studies and in Industrial Relations, and at the University of the Third Age. She has presented widely at different national and international conferences on her areas of research interest, including food choice and dietary patterns, the Mediterranean Diet and health, health, nutrition, consumer and sustainabiity education, and Home Economics education. Suzanne has published in various genre of publications and websites, and is the author of peer-reviewed articles, chapters in books, healthier lifestyle-related stories for children, Teachers' Resource Kits and other educational materials for young schoolchildren. She is active in the local mass media, a frequent guest speaker at NGOs and public events, and is currently the Academic Coordinator for 'Ghaqal id-Dar Hajja Ahjar', a nation-wide community course on sustainable living. Suzanne sits on various international and national boards, including the Executive Committee of Home Economists in Action the Maltese professional organisation for Home Economics educators. She is also National Liaison for Malta with the International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE), Member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the NNeDPro group out of the University of Cambridge (UK), Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Foundation for the Mediterranean Diet (London), Member of the Council for the Teaching Professions (Malta) and Member of the National Centre for Family Research of the President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society (Malta) Suzanne is a Registered Nutritionist (UK) and a Registered European Health Promotion Practitioner (IUHPE. She is Past President of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour (SNEB, USA) and has been the recipient of two awards from the SNEB, namely the ‘Award for Best Research by a Recent Graduate' in 1994 and the ‘Mid-Career Achievement Award’in 2009.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Socio-ecological influences on lifestyles
  • Food, nutrition and consumption perceptions, attitudes, knowledge and behaviours
  • Food, nutrition and health education
  • Consumer, financial and sustainability education
  • Home Economics education and marketing
  • Health promotion and school, community or media interventions
  • Sustainable lifestyles and school, community or media interventions


Selected Publications

Tourlouki, E., Matalas, A., Bountziouka, V., Tyrovolas, S., Zeimbekis, A., Gotsis, E., Tsiligianni, I., Protopapa, I., Protopapas, C., Metallinos, G., Lionis, C., PISCOPO, S. & Polychronopoulos E & Panagiotakos, DB. 2013, "Are current dietary habits in Mediterranean islands a reflection of the past? Results from the MEDIS Study.", Ecology of Food and Nutrition, vol. 52, no. 5, pp. 371.

Butler, F., Gottschau, J., Gunnlaugsdottir, S.A., Gudmundsdottir, S., Jepson, M., Melo, N., O'Donoghue, M., PISCOPO, S., & Torkar, G. 2012, Financial Literacy - Personal Finance Management: Images and Objects Active Methodology (Toolkit 3). , PERL, Hamar, Norway.

McKay, L., Sammut, J., Farrugia, K., & PISCOPO, S. 2012, A Minimum Budget for a Decent Living: A research study by Caritas Malta focusing on three low-income household categories, Malta.

PISCOPO, S. & Mugliett, K. 2012, "Capacity-Building in the Home Economics Profession: The Maltese Experience" in Creating Home Economics Futures, eds. D. Pendergast, S.L.T. McGregor & K. Turkki, Australian Academic Press, Queensland, Australia., pp. 228.

PISCOPO, S. 2011, Stejjer minn Ikelandja, BDL, Malta.

PISCOPO, S. 2009, "The Mediterranean diet as a nutrition education, health promotion and disease prevention tool", Public Health Nutrition, vol. 12, no. 9A, pp. 1648--1655.

PISCOPO, S. 2005, "Influences on Maltese children's food intake: proposing a 'socio-ecological culture-cuisine food model'. ", Consumer and Nutrition: Challenges and Chances for Research and Society: Proceedings of the 9th Karlsruhe Nutrition Congress held in Karlsruhe, Germany, 10-12 October 2004. .

Other

ONGOING PROJECTS:

Access to Food - President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society (Malta)
This project is studying the feasibility of recommendations for access to quality
healthy food at a reasonable cost to consumers and with a fair proce to producers

Sustaining Couple Relationships - President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society
(Malta)
This project is studying the factors which influence couple relationships in Malta

Nieklu bil-Ghaqal ma' Fonzu - Healthy Eating with Fonzu
This project involves the development,implementation and evaluation of resource packs
for primary schoolchildren and teachers to encourage adoption of a healthier diet and
physical activity.

MEDIS Study - Harokopio University, Athens, Greece
The main aim of this epidemiological study is to evaluate bioclinical, lifestyle,
behavioural and dietary characteristics of elderly people (65 years of age and older)
living in the Mediterranean basin or of Mediterranean descent.

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