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 


Longitudinal changes in moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity in children and adolescents : a systematic review and meta-analysis
Farooq Abdulaziz, Martin Anne, Janssen Xanne, Wilson Matthew G, Gibson Ann-Marie, Hughes Adrienne, Reilly John J
Obesity Reviews Vol 21 (2020)
Procedures and challenges of adapting an existing public health intervention for use in another setting : the ToyBox-Scotland preschool obesity prevention program
Malden Stephen, Reilly John, Gibson Ann-Marie, Bardid Farid, Hughes Adrienne
SAGE Research Methods Cases (2020)
Assessing the acceptability of an adapted preschool obesity prevention programme : ToyBox-Scotland
Malden Stephen, Reilly John J, Hughes Adrienne, Bardid Farid, Summerbell Carolyn, De Craemer Marieke, Cardon Greet, Androutsos Odysseas, Manios Yannis, Gibson Ann-Marie
Child: Care, Health and Development Vol 46, pp. 213-222 (2020)
GRADE-ADOLOPMENT process to develop 24-hour movement behavior recommendations and physical activity guidelines for the under 5s in the United Kingdom, 2019
Reilly John J, Hughes Adrienne R, Janssen Xanne, Hesketh Kathryn R, Livingstone Sonia, Hill Catherine, Kipping Ruth, Draper Catherine E, Okely Anthony D, Martin Anne
Journal of Physical Activity and Health Vol 17, pp. 101-108 (2020)
A feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial of a preschool obesity prevention intervention : ToyBox-Scotland
Malden Stephen, Reilly John, Gibson Ann-Marie, Bardid Farid, Summerbell Carolyn, De Craemer Marieke, Cardon Greet, Androutsos Odysseas, Manios Yannis, Hughes Adrienne
Pilot and Feasibiliity Studies Vol 5 (2019)
Associations of screen time, sedentary time and physical activity with sleep in under 5s : a systematic review and meta-analysis
Janssen Xanne, Martin Anne, Hughes Adrienne R, Hill Catherine M, Kotronoulas Grigorios, Hesketh Kathryn R
Sleep Medicine Reviews Vol 49 (2019)

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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 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
External examiner for a PhD on 'Physical activity and depression in people with coronary heart disease'.
External Examiner

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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)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2019
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)
30-Jan-2016 - 29-Jan-2018
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)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2019
Reliability, validity and feasibility of the IceTag accelerometer to monitor different modes and intensities of physical activity.
Hughes, Adrienne (Academic) Galloway, Stuart (Academic) Brooks, Naomi (Academic) Boyce, Robert (CoI)
Sports Technology Award for Research (STAR) £5000
31-Jan-2012 - 31-Jan-2013
Qualitative study of the experiences of postnatal women participating in the More Active MuMs in Stirling (MAMMiS) trial.
Hughes, Adrienne (Academic) Gilinsky, Alyssa S. (Researcher) McInnes, Rhona J. (Academic) Jepson, Ruth (Academic) Guthrie, Wendy (Researcher)
Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office £43,000
30-Jan-2011 - 31-Jan-2012
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) Sherriff, Andrea (Academic) Ness, Andrew R. (Academic)

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Physical Activity for Health
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