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Kara Roberts

Kara Roberts R.D., R.Nutr, FHEA

Lecturer

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 3543 ext. 3543 Room no. RM206

Biography

Kara developed a passionate interest in nutrition, exercise and health from a young age due to competing in sport at a high level. This led to her starting the early stages of her career as a personal trainer. After working in the fitness industry, her desire to learn more about different aspects of sport and exercise performance led to her studying BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science at Exeter University, where she became particularly interested in the role of nutrition.

Drawn to the varied and clinical nature of dietetics, Kara studied BSc (Hons) Dietetics at Plymouth University and began her career as a Band 5 dietitian in Birmingham where she was able to complete a number of rotations including diabetes, HIV and bariatrics. Through this work, Kara discovered that her real passion lay in counselling and supporting people to make the lifestyle and dietary changes needed to manage weight and long-term health conditions, leading to her taking up a Band 6 specialist diabetes post in 2014, with a particular focus on patient education, Type 2 diabetes and weight management. She also completed several courses in motivational interviewing and behaviour change techniques during this time, and she continues to apply these skills, whether it be supporting student development or helping people make lifestyle changes within her dietetic practice.

Outside of work, Kara loves travelling, playing touch rugby and generally being outdoors, whether it be cycling, surfing, swimming or enjoying a walk with family and friends. Her other love is of course both cooking and eating food – particularly when there is sunshine and good company involved!

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Kara has experience working as a dietitian and spent time as a specialist diabetes dietitian.
    • Two years working as a band 5 dietitian
      • Completed rotations in diabetes, HIV, elderly care (including sole dietetic cover of a stroke ward), and bariatrics
    • Two-and-a-half years working as a specialist diabetes dietitian
      • Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes
  2. Teaching experience

    Follow the link below to find out more about Kara's teaching experience.

    In her previous role as both a general dietitian and specialist diabetes dietitian, Kara delivered dietetic education to patients with a variety of health conditions, as well as talks at several training days for health care professionals.

    Solent University has been her first full-time teaching job within higher education. Since being in post (February 2017), Kara has completed a postgraduate certificate in teaching and learning in higher education through Solent, gaining her fellowship with the Higher Education Academy following this.

  3. Research interests

    Kara's research interests include the role of motivational interviewing in supporting people to initiate dietary behavioural change. Follow the link below to find out more.
    • Initiating and maintaining behaviour change in the management of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
    • Reflective practice and professional development.
    • Use of blogging and journal writing as a medium to develop academic writing and critical reflection.
    • The role of motivational interviewing in supporting people to initiate dietary behaviour change.
    • The effect of practitioner counselling skills on motivation and engagement in patients/clients.
  4. Work in progress

    Research with Claire Saunders: Does the process of blogging encourage reflective and critical thinking skills in students?
  5. Awards

    Quality in care awards 2016 for 'structured group education for people with new onset Type 2 diabetes'.