Dr Heidi Bergmeier is a developmental psychology research leader, renowned as one of few international researchers to pioneer ground-breaking methodologies for assessing dyadic parent-child interactions implicated in child eating and weight development. She has expertise in incorporating a developmental lens to public health research priorities and has led conceptual advancements highlighting modifiable psychosocial factors linking maternal and child adverse outcomes across the first 2000 days of a child’s life, from a life course perspective. Her research expertise has been applied across a range of contexts, including family, clinical, community support and advocacy and education settings. Dr Bergmeier works closely with people with lived experiences of relevant issues to ensure their voices are central to research initiatives and recently led the co-development an international consumer and community involvement framework, with key stakeholders including clinicians, researchers and women in perinatal life stages. Her current work emphasises integrating a holistic life-course approach to childhood obesity prevention, by including an equitable developmental perspective, from conception to five years of age. As an emerging research leader, Dr Bergmeier holds a number of appointments including co-chair of the Health in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum Early and Mid-Career Researcher Collective and is a postgraduate supervisor and mentor.