Hey, I'm Brittany Markides.
Researcher, designer, and analyst.
I develop digital interventions that change health behaviours.
In a nutshell.
After a career in web development, I trained and worked as a dietitian. I kept finding ways to merge these interests, leading me to commence a PhD in digital health behaviour interventions. I’ve found my happy place in this space, where I leverage my experience as a designer, clinician, programmer, researcher, and entrepreneur.
Designing for positive parent feeding practises.
The Fussy Eating Project
Currently, I am a PhD candidate at Deakin University, where I lead The Fussy Eating Project. The aim of the project is to help parents of toddlers manage fussy eating. We are using participatory design to develop an app to support parents of toddlers with fussy eating.
The app is currently undergoing its final rounds of usability testing. A randomised-controlled feasibility pilot is scheduled for mid 2021.
Designing for increased access to public services.
Chat with WIC
I am a Chief Investigator of the “Chat with WIC” study, which involves the development of a chatbot to increase participation rates in the Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
The chatbot was deployed in 2020. We are continuing its iterative design, informed by ongoing research into the needs of potential end-users via interviews, surveys, focus groups, and chatbot usage analytics.
Papers and presentations
Fraser K, Markides BR, Barrett N, Laws R. Fussy eating in toddlers: A content analysis of parents’ online support seeking. Maternal and Child Nutrition. 2021. doi:10.1111/mcn.13171t
Markides BR, Crixell SH, Page J. High protein intake among preschoolers in a region at elevated risk for obesity. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2020. doi:10.1007/s10995-020-02935-1
Crixell SH, Markides BR, Biediger‐Friedman L, Reat A, Bishop N. Designing a WIC App to improve health behaviors: A latent class analysis. Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine. 2018. doi:10.7309/jmtm.7.2.2.
Markides BR, Crixell SH, Thompson C, Biediger‐Friedman L. Staff Workshop Improves Child Care Center Menus in South Central Texas: A Best Food for Families, Infants, and Toddlers (Best Food FITS) Intervention. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2017. doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2017.02.002
Biediger‐Friedman L, Crixell SH, Silva M, Markides BR, Smith KS. User‐centered Design of a Texas WIC App: A Focus Group Investigation. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2016. doi:10.5993/AJHB.40.4.8.
Methodologies in research and analysis
This recording is, unfortunately, behind a paywall but I am happy to answer any questions about the novel methodologies we used in this study.
Markides BR, Crixell SH, Biediger-Friedman L. Webinar “Staff workshop improves child care center menus in south central Texas: A Best Food for Families, Infants and Toddlers (Best Food FITS) intervention.” Fall Journal Club focusing on Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Interventions/Programs: Study Design and Methods of Application. The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, October 9, 2017.