Dr. Victoria Hall Moran

Reader/Associate Professor in Maternal & Child Nutrition

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB215

+44 (0) 1772 89 3830


Victoria Hall Moran is a Reader in Maternal & Child Nutrition who has an academic background in physiology and nutrition. She is Senior Editor of Maternal & Child Nutrition (Impact Factor: 2.973, ranked 13th of 117 Pediatric journals).

Victoria is research active within the area of midwifery and maternal child health and is a member of the Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit. She is also a member of the International Institute of Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies.

Full Profile

Victoria is a Reader within the Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit (MAINN) in the University of Central Lancashire. Victoria is a nutritionist whose research interests are in the area of maternal and child nutrition. Her research has focused on the nutritional intake and status during pregnancy and lactation, and in particular during adolescence; adolescent mothers’ experiences and support needs related to infant feeding; and the evaluation of knowledge, attitudes and skills of health practitioners and voluntary supporters in supporting breastfeeding women. Recently she was a partner in the European Commission funded EURRECA project, a Network of Excellence established to address the variance in micronutrient recommendations across Europe. Current research includes a realist evaluation of Best Beginnings resources in the North of England and the RESPITE postnatal study, exploring whether different forms of pain relief in labour can influence breastfeeding and maternal and infant behaviours.

Together with Prof Kay Dewey of University of California, Davis, she edits the international and interdisciplinary journal Maternal & Child Nutrition (Wiley-Blackwell). Victoria is editor of Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture: Controversies and Challenges, second edition (2013, Quay books) and Infant and co-editor of Young Child Feeding: Challenges to Implementing a Global Strategy(2009, Wiley-Blackwell). She is course leader for the Professional Doctorate in Health.



Warthon Medina M, Moran VH, Stammers AL, Dillon S, Qualter P, Nissensohn M, Serra-Majem L, Lowe N (2015) Zinc intake, status and indices of cognitive function in adults and children: a systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Moran, V. H.; Morgan, H; Rothnie, K; MacLennan, G; Stewart, F; Thomson, G; Crossland, N; Tappin, D; Campbell, M; Hoddinott, P.(2015) Incentives to Promote Breastfeeding: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics. doi: 10.1542/peds.2008-1536 Impact Factor: 5.297

Hoddinott P Morgan H, Thomson G, Crossland N, Farrar S, Yi D, Hislop J, Hall Moran V, MacLennan G, Dombrowski S, Rothnie K, Stewart F, Bauld L, Ludbrook A, Dykes F, Sniehotta FF, Tappin D, Campbell MK (2014) The push me, pull you of financial incentives and health inequalities: a mixed methods study investigating smoking cessation in pregnancy and breastfeeding. The Lancet, 384, S37, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62163-2

NissenNissensohn M, Sánchez-Villegas A, Fuentes Lugo D, Henríquez Sánchez P, Doreste Alonso J, Peña Quintana L, Ruano C, Lowe NL, Hall Moran V, Skinner AL, Warthon-Medina M, Serra-Majem L (2014) Effect of zinc intake on growth in infants: A meta-analysis. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2013.802661. Impact Factor: 5.548

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External Affiliations and Roles

Senior Editor of Maternal & Child Nutrition

Research Activities

Research activities predominantly concern identification and exploration of factors that influence peri-natal maternal wellbeing.


Excellence in Paediatrics: member of Expert Committee for Gastroenterology and Nutrition

The Nutrition Society

The Physiological Society

Higher Education Academy

External Activities

EURRECA Network of Excellence April 2007 – 2012. Harmonising nutrient recommendations across Europe with special focus on vulnerable groups and consumer understanding. Income: £90,000 Euros

February 2012 – Sept 2013 BIBS: Benefits of Incentives for Breastfeeding and

Smoking cessation. Dr Pat Hoddinott (PI), University of Aberdeen. UCLAN bid led by Fiona Dykes. Funded by the NIHR-HTA programme grant

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities


  • MW4109 - Maternal & Infant Nutrition: Biocultural Perspectives (module leader)
  • MW4027 – Postgraduate Research Methods
  • MW4028 - Women’s Health


  • MW1053 Nutrition and Nurture
  • MW2053 Nutrition and Nurture of Mother and Baby
  • MW2707 Research in Midwifery


Hall Moran V (2013) Micronutrients and the developing brain. The 7th biennial conference on "Diet and Optimum Health", May 15-18, 2013, Oregon State University, USA

Hall Moran V (2013) Promoting and supporting breast feeding in young mother. Breastfeeding Festival, March 2013, Ulverston

Hall Moran V (2012) Promoting and supporting breast feeding in young mothers. National Child Health, April 2012, Telford.

Hall Moran V (2011) Writing for Publication. Maternal & Infant Nutrition and Nurture conference, Dec 2011, Grange over Sands

Hall Moran V (2011) Encouraging adolescent mothers to breastfeed. Primary Health Care, May 2011, London.

Hall Moran V (2011) Why the peer reviewing system is good. Excellence in Paediatrics, June 2011, London

Hall Moran V (2010) Nutrition issues and feeding methods of preterm infants. Dalarna University, May 2010, Sweden

Hall Moran V (2009) Writing for Publication. Maternal & Infant Nutrition and Nurture conference, Sept 2009, Grange over Sands

Hall Moran V (2007) Writing for Publication. Maternal & Infant Nutrition and Nurture conference, June 2007, Grange over Sands

Hall Moran V & Dykes FC (2003) Disadvantaged at birth or by life? An analysis of the relationship between socio-economic factors, in-utero environment and later health. Second World Congress on Fetal Origins of Adult Disease, Brighton 7-10 June 03. Pediatric Research 53 (6), 43A

Hall Moran V (2003) The effect of mode of delivery on the neonate’s immune response: A systematic review of the literature. Women Centred Research, The Human Approach: The 6th Annual Midwifery Research Conference, Oct 2003, Liverpool

Edwards J, Dykes F, Hall Moran V and Downe S (2003) A systematic review of the support for adolescent mothers who breastfeed their babies. Research in Midwifery & Perinatal Health Conference, Aston University, June.

Hall Moran V & Downe S (2002). The effect of mode of delivery on the neonate’s immune response: A systematic review of the literature. 1st Annual Normal Birth Research Conference, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

Dykes F, Hall Moran V, Burt S & Edwards J (2002) The support needs of teenage mothers who breastfeed their babies, peer reviewed conference: The Fourth International Conference on Adolescent Health and Welfare and The World Youth Forum, London.

Hall Moran V (2001) The ‘normal’ experience of the menstrual cycle. National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome, March 2001, Glasgow

Hall Moran V (2001) Using the UCLan BeSST tool to evaluate breastfeeding support skills. WHO/UNICEF Consultation for the WHO European Region for the Development of a Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding, May 2001, Budapest

Hall VL & Leathard HL (2000). Age-related variation in physiological and central nervous system functioning in healthy women during the menstrual cycle. Joint Meeting of Chilean and UK Physiological Societies in Pucon, Chile, Journal of Physiology 523P, 67P.

Hall Moran V, Dykes F, Dinwoodie K & Bramwell R (2000). An evaluation of midwifery skills acquisition following the WHO/UNICEF Breastfeeding Management course. The 8th International Conference of Maternity Care Researchers, Glasgow.

Dinwoodie K, Hall Moran V, Bramwell R (2000). Aquanatal exercise in maternity care. The 8th International Conference of Maternity Care Researchers, Glasgow.

Hall VL & Leathard HL (2000). Central nervous system functioning in healthy women: a comparison of natural cycles and oral contraceptive regulated cycles. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 49, 514P-515P.

Hall VL & Leathard HL (1999). Urinary sex hormone levels during the menstrual cycle in women with sub-clinical premenstrual syndrome. Proceedings of the Congress of the Federation of European Physiological Societies in Prague, Physiological Research 48 (SUPPL 1), S77.

Hall VL & Leathard HL (1999). Signs and symptoms of the menstrual cycle: an analysis of daily subjective scores reported by naturally cycling healthy women. Proceedings of the Second International Interdisciplinary Conference on Women and Health in Edinburgh.

Hall VL & Leathard HL (1999). Menstrual cycle influences on cardiovascular functioning. Journal of Physiology 515P, 78P-79P.

Hall VL & Leathard HL (1999). Menstrual cycle phase effects on central nervous system functioning in healthy women. Journal of Physiology 518P, 106P.

Hall VL, Foley P, Dinwoodie K, Bramwell R & Dykes FC (1999). The development of a tool to assess breastfeeding skills within midwifery education. Proceedings of the Research and Practice in Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Conference, Leeds.

Hall VL & Leathard HL (1999). Symptoms and sex hormone levels in women with sub-clinical premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 17, 223.

Hall Moran V (1999) Quantitative methodologies in menstrual cycle research. Northern & Yorkshire R&D Network for Nurses, Nov 1999, Midwives and Health Visitors, Wakefield

Hall VL & Leathard HL (1998). Effects of menstrual cycle phase on aspects of physiological and psychological functioning. Proceedings of the American Psychosomatic Society in Florida, Psychosomatic Medicine 60, 110-111.

Hall VL & Leathard HL (1997). Physiological and psychological changes during the menstrual cycle. Proceedings of the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Women and Health in Amsterdam.

Hall Moran V (1995) The menstrual cycle and the physiological and psychological functioning of healthy women. Unipath, Bedford