I started at LJMU in 2008 as a Teaching and Research Assistant in food and nutrition. I taught across the food programmes within the Centre for Tourism, Events and Food and started my PhD research into endurance sports nutrition. I designed the ENDURE project: Exercise, Nutrition and Diet Recommendations for extreme Endurance, a project to define and investigate the theoretical and practical nutritional and dietary implications of taking part in extreme events.
In 2010 I was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition. Since completing my PhD I have continued to work on the ENDURE project and have also taken on a PHD student of my own to investigate the dietary habits of elite youth football players and its impact on health and performance.
As well as a passion for sports nutrition I am also interested in the field of Public Health Nutrition. I have previously carried out projects on the effects of climate change on food supply and public health and was involved in the CHANGE project (Children’s Health, Activity and Nutrition – Get Educated!) investigating the physical activity, nutrition and eating habits of 10- and 11-year old children in Wigan. I have also recently been involved in securing funding for, and am the Director of Studies of, a PhD studentship investigating the health, social and environmental aspects of group walking.
Throughout my time at LJMU I have been interested in learning and teaching methods and how best to improve practise and engage students. I was the Learning and Teaching Assessment Coordinator for our Centre whilst the role existed and was involved in many staff development sessions. I have also written collaboratively with the other LTA coordinators within our faculty on teaching pedagogy.
Over the last couple of years I have taken on the role of programme leader for our new MSc Public Health Nutrition programme. I led the design phase of this and am currently leading this with our first student cohort who started in September 2016. Recently, I have also taken on the role of Programme Leader for our BSc Sport and Nutrition for Health programme.
2013, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD Endurance Sports Nutrition
2011, International Olympic Committee, United Kingdom, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Nutrition
2009, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
2008, University of Chester, United Kingdom, MSc Public Health Nutrition
2005, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons) Zoology
Naughton RJ, Drust B, O'Boyle A, Abayomi J, Mahon E, Morton JP, Davies IG. 2017. Free-sugar, total-sugar, fibre, and micronutrient intake within elite youth British soccer players: a nutritional transition from schoolboy to fulltime soccer player APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY NUTRITION AND METABOLISM, 42 :517-522 >DOI >Link
Naughton RJ, Drust B, O'Boyle A, Morgans R, Abayomi J, Davies IG, Morton JP, Mahon E. 2016. Daily Distribution of Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat Intake in Elite Youth Academy Soccer Players Over a 7-Day Training Period INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORT NUTRITION AND EXERCISE METABOLISM, 26 :473-480 >DOI >Link
Williams L, Nixon S, Hennessy C, Mahon E, Adams G. 2016. Inspiring to inspire: Developing teaching in higher education Cogent Education, 3 >DOI
Naughton RJ, Drust B, O'Boyle A, Morgans R, Abayomi J, Davies IG, Morton JP, Mahon E. 2016. Daily Distribution of Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat Intake in Elite Youth Academy Soccer Players Over a 7-day Training Period. International journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism,
Hennessy C, Adams G, Mahon E, Nixon S, Pratt A, Williams L. 2014. Discovering inspiring teaching: Immersive models of staff development Quality Assurance in Education, 22 :240-254 >DOI
Mahon E. 2014. An Assessment of the Hydration Status of Recreational Endurance Athletes During Mountain Marathon Events American Journal of Sports Science, 2 :77-77 >DOI
Mahon E. 2010. Understanding the Experiences and Concerns of a Multi-National Cohort of First-Year Students. CETL Journal: Innovations in Practise, 2 :35
Mahon E. 2010. The influence of macronutrient intake on the well-being and cognitive performance of recreational mountain marathon competitors. Journal of the Institute of Food Science & Technology, 24 :12-14 >DOI
Mahon E, Hackett A, Stott T, George K, Davies I. Macronutrient consumption prior to, and during, a mountain marathon American Journal of Sports Science, 2 :5-12
Conference Publication (journal proceedings)
Mahon E, Stott TA, George K, Davies IG. 2015. IS A HIGH CARBOHYDRATE INTAKE SUSTAINABLE DURING ULTRA-ENDURANCE RUNNING EVENTS? 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Science
Warburton GL, Mahon E, Davies IG, Gobbi R, Mackintosh K, Fairclough SJ, Abayomi JC. 2014. Food knowledge and IMD score of Year 6 children participating in the CHANGE! Project PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY, 73 :E109-E109 >DOI >Link
Warburton GL, Mahon E, Davies IG, Gobbi R, Mackintosh K, Fairclough SJ, Abayomi JC. 2013. BMI status of children in the CHANGE! Project and its association with the consumption of 'positive marker' and 'negative marker' foods PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY, 72 :E145-E145 >DOI >Link
Warburton GL, Abayomi JC, Mahon E, Gobbi R, Mackintosh K, Fairclough SJ, Boddy LM, George K, Davies IG. 2012. Comparison of the reported intakes of fruits and vegetables in Year 6 children: The CHANGE! Project PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY, 71 :E227-E227 >DOI >Link
Mahon E. Are current carbohydrate recommendations for endurance exercise appropriate and attainable for mountain marathoners? Annual Congress for European College of Sports Science
Mahon E. Meeting carbohydrate recommendations during a mountain marathon. Nutrition Society Annual Summer Conference
Mahon E, Hackett A, Davies I. The influence of macronutrient intake on the well-being and cognitive performance of recreational mountain marathon competitors. The Nutrition Society Summer Meeting. Nutrition and Health: Cell to Community.
Mahon E, Hackett A, Davies I. An observational study assessing the hydration status of recreational endurance athletes during a mountain marathon. The Nutrition Society Summer Meeting. Nutrition and Health: Cell to Community.
Mahon E, Hackett A, Davies I. Macronutrient intakes of recreational endurance athletes prior to, and during, a mountain marathon: an observational study. The Nutrition Society Summer Meeting. Nutrition and Health: Cell to Community
Engagement & Impact
Award title: Vice Chancellors Learning and Teaching Award: Team Award, Awarding body: LJMU, URL: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/NewsUpdate/viewarticle/849/
Award title: Institute of Food Science & Technology (North of England Branch) Young Scientist of the Year, Awarding body: IFST
Company: HF Holidays, Position or project: Collaborative PhD studentship investigating and health and social benefits of group walking.
Company: World Challenge, Position or project: This collaboration involved providing nutrition advice to the organisation and research work examining the inter-related health benefits of outdoor expeditions for young people. We secured funding for a post-doctoral researcher to carry out feasibility work in this area to understand the physiological and psychological effects of expeditions on young people and gain a better appreciation for the complexities of data collection in an expedition setting.
Company: Rob Laurie Adventure, Position or project: Providing nutritional guidance and student-designed snack foods to athletes completing cycling sportive events
Membership of professional bodies:
Registered Nutritionist, Association for Nutrition
Member of the UK Public Health Association, UK Public Health Association
Member of the IFST, Institue of Food Science & Technology
Member of the Nutrition Society, The Nutrition Society