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Dr Adrienne Hughes


Physical Activity for Health

Personal statement

I am a Lecturer in Physical Activity for Health in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health. I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Medicine in 1998 followed by a PhD in 2003, both from the University of Glasgow. After my PhD, I was a Research Fellow in the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Glasgow, followed by seven years as a Lecturer in the School of Sport at the University of Stirling before joining the University of Strathclyde in 2012.



Has expertise in:

    Expertise and Capabilities include:  

    • Development and testing of health behaviour change interventions
    • Measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
    • Patterns of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and growth in childhood 


Physical activity interventions in early life aimed at reducing later risk of obesity and related non-communicable diseases : a rapid review of systematic reviews
Reilly John J, Hughes Adrienne R, Gillespie Jennifer, Malden Stephen, Martin Anne
Obesity Reviews, pp. 1-34, (2018)
Utilising active play interventions to promote physical activity and improve fundamental movement skills in children
Johnstone Avril, Hughes Adrienne R., Martin Anne, Reilly John J.
BMC Public Health Vol 18, (2018)
An examination of objectively measured sedentary behavior and mental well being in adults across week days and weekends
Gibson Ann-Marie, Muggeridge David J., Hughes Adrienne R., Kelly Louise, Kirk Alison
PLoS ONE Vol 12, (2017)
Pragmatic evaluation of the Go2Play Active Play intervention on physical activity and fundamental movement skills in children
Johnstone Avril, Hughes Adrienne R., Janssen Xanne, Reilly John J.
Preventive Medicine Reports Vol 7, pp. 58-63, (2017)
Early life obesity prevention : critique of intervention trials during the first 1000 days
Reilly John J., Martin Anne, Hughes Adrienne R.
Current Obesity Reports Vol 6, pp. 127-133, (2017)
Quantitative and qualitative analysis of an individualized consultation to change sedentary behavior in the workplace
Kirk Alison, Gibson Ann-Marie, Hughes Adrienne, Muggeridge David
American College of Sports Medicine 64th Annual Meeting, (2017)

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I co-ordinate the following classes in the BSc Sport and Physical Activity degree:  Advanced Topics in Physical Activity and Physical Activity for Health, Fitness and Wellbeing, and I supervise undergraduate dissertation projects and postgraduate MPhil and PhD students.


Research interests

My research interests are multidisciplinary and include developing generalisable interventions to promote physical activity and change other health behaviours (e.g. diet and sedentary behaviour) in a range of groups including obese children, adolescent girls, postnatal women, survivors of colorectal cancer and cardiac rehabilitation patients, and evaluating the efficacy of these interventions on physical activity and sedentary behaviour (using objective and subjective methods), health outcomes (e.g. weight, body composition, cardiovascular fitness, quality of life), and using qualitative approaches. Recent research in this area includes the Scottish Childhood Obesity Treatment Trial (SCOTT) and the More Active MuMs in Stirling (MAMMiS) trial. Other research interests involve exploring patterns of sedentary behaviour, physical activity and growth across childhood and their influence on disease outcomes (e.g. obesity and cardiometabolic health) and measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children and adults. Recent/current research in these areas have focused on the influence of early adiposty rebound on obesity in adolescence, changes in objectively measured PA (total and MVPA) across childhood and evaluation of the Girls on the Move (GOTM) national programme. 

Professional activities

American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting
UK Society of Behavioural Medicine
External examiner for a PhD on 'Physical activity and depression in people with coronary heart disease'.
External Examiner
External Examiner for a Masters by Research on ‘Validation of combined tri-axial accelerometry and heart rate for predicting energy expenditure during walking in overweight and obese adults.
External Examiner

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Development and evaluation of active and outdoor play as a strategy for increasing physical activity of children.
Hughes, Adrienne (Co-investigator) Reilly, John (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2018
Narrative review of the evidence for exercise-related interventions to prevent overweight/obesity in children
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator) Hughes, Adrienne (Co-investigator)
Period 12-Aug-2016 - 31-Jan-2017
Prevention of obesity, diabetes and some cancers in early childhood: translation of the 'ToyBox' pre-school intervention to Scotland
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator) Gibson, Ann-Marie (Co-investigator) Hughes, Adrienne (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2019
Healthy Habits Happy Homes: Translation of an Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention to Socio-economically Deprived Families in Scotland : 3 year studentship for Kyla Booth
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator) Gibson, Ann-Marie (Co-investigator) Hughes, Adrienne (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 30-Sep-2018
Reliability, validity and feasibility of the IceTag accelerometer to monitor different modes and intensities of physical activity.
Hughes, Adrienne (Academic)
Sports Technology Award for Research (STAR) £5000
Period 01-Aug-2012 - 31-Mar-2013
The association between timing of adiposity rebound and later obesity and cardiometabolic risk in adolesence (age 15 years) in a large contemporary cohort (The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, ALSPAC ).
Hughes, Adrienne (Academic) Reilly, John (Academic)
Period 01-Jun-2011

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