Amy van der Heijden is a Lecturer and Researcher at the chair group Strategic Communication of Wageningen University & Research. She conducts multidisciplinary research in the fields of communication science, psychology and nutrition science. She studies, for example, how the social and interactional meaning of liking and disliking foods is constructed in conversations during family meals, thereby taking an interactional approach to food preference. Furthermore, she is particularly interested in eating practices and beliefs in populations that are underrepresented in research, such as families with a low socioeconomic position.
In addition, she teaches courses in the field of strategic communication in relation to the life science domains (including, but not limited to, nutrition and health), and research methods for communication sciences.