Imperial College London

Dr Suzanne Barr

Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Senior Teaching Fellow







ICTEM buildingHammersmith Campus





Dr Suzanne Barr is a senior Registered Dietitian with particular interests in cardiovascular disease, weight management, diabetes and women’s health.

Her current research focus is on the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in high risk populations through dietary and lifestyle modification. She completed her Undergraduate degree in Physiology, Sports Science and Nutrition (1st Class) at the University of Glasgow, Masters degree in Dietetics at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and PhD in Human Nutrition at Roehampton University, London. Her PhD work investigated dietary management strategies for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), including implementing a low glycaemic idex diet to improve insulin sensitivity. Suzanne was previously employed as a research dietitian at King's College London on a large multi-centre gestational diabetes prevention trial (UK Better Eating and Pregnancy Trial (UPBEAT)).

Suzanne is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow on the Imperial College MSc in Preventive Cardiology and related postgraduate programmes, where she is module leader on the ‘research project’ module and co-leads on the ‘nutrition and weight management’ module with Professor Gary Frost .

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:                                                                  

Flynn AC, Dalrymple K, Barr S, Poston L, Goff LM, Rogozińska E, van Poppel MN, Rayanagoudar G, Yeo S, Barakat Carballo R, Perales M, Bogaerts A, Cecatti JG, Dodd J, Owens J, Devlieger R, Teede H, Haakstad L, Motahari-Tabari N, Tonstad S, Luoto R, Guelfi K, Petrella E, Phelan S, Scudeller TT, Hauner H, Renault K, Sagedal LR, Stafne SN, Vinter C, Astrup A, Geiker NR, McAuliffe FM, Mol BW, Thangaratinam S; i-WIP (International Weight Management in Pregnancy) Collaborative Group. Dietary interventions in overweight and obese pregnant women: a systematic review of the content, delivery, and outcomes of randomized controlled trials. Nutr Rev. 2016 May;74(5):312-28. doi: 10.1093/nutrit/nuw005. Review.

Poston L, Bell R, Croker H, Flynn AC, Godfrey KM, Goff L, Hayes L, Khazaezadeh N, Nelson SM, Oteng-Ntim E, Pasupathy D, Patel N, Robson SC, Sandall J, Sanders TA, Sattar N, Seed PT, Wardle J, Whitworth MK, Briley AL; UPBEAT Trial Consortium. Effect of a behavioural intervention in obese pregnant women (the UPBEAT study): a multicentre, randomised controlled trial. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2015 Oct;3(10):767-77. doi: 10.1016/S2213-8587(15)00227-2. Epub 2015 Jul 9.

Briley AL, Barr S, Badger S, Bell R, Croker H, Godfrey KM, Holmes B, Kinnunen TI, Nelson SM, Oteng-Ntim E, Patel N, Robson SC, Sandall J, Sanders T, Sattar N, Seed PT, Wardle J, Poston L. A complex intervention to improve pregnancy outcome in obese women; the UPBEAT randomised controlled trial. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014 Feb 18;14:74. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-14-74. Erratum in: BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015;15:111.

J Jones, S Barr, C Jennings, T Grove, K Kotseva, S Connolly, A Dornhorst, G Frost, P Bassett, DA Wood. Training opportunities in preventive cardiology: MSc, Diploma and Certificate in Preventive Cardiology. Br J Cardiol 2013;20(suppl 3):S1–S19doi:10.5837/bjc.2013.s09

Poston L, Briley AL, Barr S, Bell R, Croker H, Coxon K, Essex HN, Hunt C, Hayes L, Howard LM, Khazaezadeh N, Kinnunen T, Nelson SM, Oteng-Ntim E, Robson SC, Sattar N, Seed PT, Wardle J, Sanders TA, Sandall J. Developing a complex intervention for diet and activity behaviour change in obese pregnant women (the UPBEAT trial); assessment of behavioural change and process evaluation in a pilot randomised controlled trial. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2013 Jul 15;13:148. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-13-148.

Rowlands G, Khazaezadeh N, Oteng-Ntim E, Seed P, Barr S, Weiss BD. Development and validation of a measure of health literacy in the UK: the newest vital sign. BMC Public Health. 2013 Feb 7;13:116. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-116.

Barr S, Reeves S, Sharp K, Jeanes YM. An isocaloric low glycemic index diet improves insulin sensitivity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013 Nov;113(11):1523-31. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2013.06.347. Epub 2013 Aug 30

Gardner B, Croker H, Barr S, Briley A, Poston L, Wardle J; UPBEAT Trial. Psychological predictors of dietary intentions in pregnancy. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2012 Aug;25(4):345-53. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-277X.2012.01239.x. Epub 2012 Mar 2.

Barr S, Hart K, Reeves S, Sharp K, Jeanes YM. Habitual dietary intake, eating pattern and physical activity of women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2011 Oct;65(10):1126-32. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2011.81. Epub 2011 Jun 1.

Jeanes YM, Barr S, Smith K, Hart KH. Dietary management of women with polycystic ovary syndrome in the United Kingdom: the role of dietitians. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2009 Dec;22(6):551-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-277X.2009.00988.x.

Book chapters:

Jeanes, YM & Barr, S. entitled ‘Metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)’. Multicultural Handbook of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics. 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Duncan, A & and Barr, S. Disorders associated with insulin resistance. Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics in Diabetes. 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Editor(s): Louise Goff, Pamela Dyson