Marita is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Pregnancy Loss Research Group, INFANT Centre at University College Cork and an Adjunct Lecturer with the MSc Public Health Programme at the School of Medicine, University of Limerick. She completed her PhD in the School of Psychology at NUI Galway in 2020, under the supervision of Dr Caroline Heary and Professor Molly Byrne (Health Behaviour Change Research Group), through the Health Research Board SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education) Programme. For her doctoral studies, she examined behavioural interventions delivered by health professionals during the first 1,000 days to promote ‘healthy’ growth and associated behaviours, with particular emphasis on how such interventions can be optimised and integrated into routine care. During this time, she was also a member of the: Health Service Executive’s Healthy Weight for Children Working Group, Association for the Study of Obesity on the island of Ireland Committee, Irish Heart Foundation Nutrition Council, and QUESTS (Qualitative Research In Trials) Centre at NUI Galway. She has served as Track Co-Chair (Health, Families and Children) for EHPS Conferences 2019-2021 and peer reviewer for Psychology & Health. Marita’s research interests include maternal and child health, men’s health, the commercial determinants of health, health behaviour change, and dissemination and implementation science. She is a passionate public health and social justice advocate.