Hey, I'm Brittany Markides.

Researcher, designer, and analyst.

I develop digital interventions that change health behaviours.

Brittany Reese Markides, MS, RD

About me

In a nutshell.

After an accidental 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.

 

Current projects

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.

Currently, we are inviting parents of toddlers in Australia to register their interest by completing an online survey. Co-design sessions and beta-testing of the app will take place in mid to late 2020.

Designing for increased access to public services.

Chat with WIC

To address declining enrollment rates, the Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is developing a chatbot to improve clients’ access to information regarding eligibility and appointment scheduling.

I have been involved in this project since its inception in 2017. I serve as the user-centred design expert on the evaluation team. The chatbot is expected to deploy in late 2020.

This project is underpinned by formative research our team conducted in 2013-2014. We used user-centred design to develop a Texas WIC app prototype.

Designing for COVID19 challenges.

I am involved in several projects related to behaviour design in the context of COVID-19.

These projects are being developed iteratively and are presented as a series of case studies.

 

Papers and presentations

Peer-reviewed publications.

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. In press.

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.

Recorded presentations.

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.

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