Dr. Alexandra Richardson

Alex Richardson is best known for her research into how nutrition (and particularly fatty acids) can affect behaviour, learning and mood, although her work also involves several large-scale collaborative programmes that include studies of epidemiology, genetics, brain imaging, biochemistry and nutrition as well as physiological and psychological functioning. Her current research centres on the role of fatty acids in relation to both normal individual differences and developmental and psychiatric disorders such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, autism, depression and schizophrenia. Recent and ongoing work includes controlled treatment trials to investigate the effects of dietary supplementation with fatty acids in relation to features of these conditions, experimental studies of possible underlying mechanisms, and collaborative investigations of the epidemiology and genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Alex has more than 80 research publications in peer-reviewed journals and academic books. She is also the author of They Are What You Feed Them - a widely-acclaimed book written for parents and professionals that explains how and why children's diets can affect their behaviour, learning and mood, and offers easy-to-follow practical advice based on the latest scientific evidence.