Alex Richardson

Department of Social Policy and Social Work
Barnett House
32 Wellington Square

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Policy and Intervention

Alex Richardson’s research focuses on how nutrition can affect behaviour, learning and mood.

In particular, she has carried out studies looking at whether omega-3 fatty acids produce improvements in ADHD-type symptoms in children, as well as multidisciplinary research into the biology of developmental and psychological disorders and the importance of diet for mental health.

She co-founded the UK charity, Food and Behaviour Research, and has written a book entitled “They are what you feed them” which contains advice, based on her extensive research, for parents and carers on the effects of diet on children.


Recent Relevant Publications: 

Review: omega-3 fatty acids produce a small improvement in ADHD symptoms in children compared with placebo. Richardson, AJ. Evid Based Mental Health published online Feb 18th 2012 doi: 10. 1136/ebmental-2011-100523

Omega-3 for bipolar disorder. Montgomery P, Richardson AJ (2008) . Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008 Apr 16;(2) CD005169. Free Full Text

N-3 fatty acids and mood: the devil is in the detail. Richardson AJ (2007) Br J Nutr. 2008 Feb;99(2):221-3.  Free Full Text

Membrane fatty acids, reading and spelling in dyslexic and non-dyslexic adults. Cyhlarova E, Bell JG, Dick JR, Mackinlay EE, Stein JF, Richardson AJ. (2007)  Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 17(2) 116-21. PubMed Abstract

Omega-3 fatty acids: evidence basis for treatment and future research in psychiatry. Freeman MP, Hibbeln JR, Wisner KL, Davis JM, Mischoulon D, Peet M, Keck PE Jr, Marangell LB, Richardson AJ, Lake J, Stoll AL.  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2006, 67(12): 1954-67. Free Full text

Omega-3 fatty acids in ADHD and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Richardson AJ.  Int Rev Psychiatry. 2006, 18(2):155-72. Pubmed Abstract

Omega-3 for child behaviour, learning and mood: ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and related conditions. Richardson, A.J. (2006) Nutrition Practitioner, Summer 2006.

They Are What You Feed Them  Richardson Alex, Harper Thorson 2006.

The Oxford-Durham study: a randomized controlled trial of dietary supplementation with fatty acids in children with developmental coordination disorder. Richardson AJ, Montgomery P. (2005) Pediatrics 115 (5) 1360-1366.  Free Full Text