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Dr Alison Kirk

Senior Lecturer

Physical Activity for Health

Personal statement

Alison is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity for Health at Strathclyde University and a core member of the Physical Activity for Health group.  She completed a BSc in Physiology and Sports Science at the University of Glasow (1998) before undertaking a PhD through the same university (completed 2003).  She was a Lecturer at Dundee University (2003-2008) before moving to Strathclyde University in 2009.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    Has expertise in:

    • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour and behaviour change
    • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in preventions and management of Non Communicable Disease (NCD)
    • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in individuals with diabetes

Publications

The associations of sedentary time and breaks in sedentary time with 24-hour glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes
Paing Aye C., McMillan Kathryn A., Kirk Alison F., Collier Andrew , Hewitt Allan, Chastin Sebastien F. M.
Preventive Medicine Reports Vol 12, pp. 94-100, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.09.002
Dose–response between frequency of interruption of sedentary time and fasting glucose, the dawn phenomenon and night-time glucose in Type 2 diabetes
Paing A C, McMillan K A, Kirk A F, Collier A, Hewitt A, Chastin S F M
Diabetic Medicine, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dme.13829
Feasibility and pilot study of an intervention to support active lifestyles in youth with type 1 diabetes : the ActivPals study
Mitchell Fiona, Wilkie Louise , Robertson Kenneth , Reilly John J, Kirk Alison
Pediatric Diabetes Vol 19, pp. 443-449, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pedi.12615
The impact of sedentary time and breaks in sedentary time on 24 hour hypoglycaemia, euglycaemia and hyperglycaemia in type 2 diabetes
Paing AC, McMillan KA, Kirk A, Collier A, Hewitt A, Chastin SFM
Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference, (2018)
Sedentary time and sedentary bout duration and waking glucose in adults with Type 2 diabetes
McMillan K A, Kirk A, Hewitt A, Paing A C, Chastin S F M, Collier A, MacRury S
Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference, (2018)
Exploring children's perceptions of their local environment in relation to time spent outside
Hayball Felicity , McCrorie Paul , Kirk Alison, Gibson Ann-Marie, Ellaway Anne
Children and Society Vol 32, pp. 14–26, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/chso.12217

more publications

Teaching

Core teaching member - BSc Sport and Physical Activity degree programme

  • Module leader for several classes (Foundations of Physical activity for health; Culture and Context; Physical Activity with Specialist Populations).
  • Honours Year dissertation supervisor.
  • Second year co-ordinator

Several invited external duties

  • Invited external examiner for PhD thesis; University of Birmingham (2007); University of Bristol (2009); University of Victoria, Australia (2001); University of Ulster (2011); University of Newcastle (2014); University of Stirling (2014).
  • Invited external examiner for the BSc Sport, Physical Activity and Health degree programme at the University of Leeds Metropolitan (2012-2016).

Research interests

Research expertise in physical acitivity and sedentary behaviour and behaviour change, with emphasis towards prevention and management of chronic disease.  Focus towards diabetes research, but with past and current funded research in breast and colon cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular disease.  She is a successful researcher evident from: an extensive publication profile; list of presentations at National and International conferences; strong grant income history and evidence of past and current leadership of small research teams and supervision of successful postgraduate research students. Alison has a drive towards implementation of research findings and knowledge exchange within community and clinical practice and has worked with a number of community and clinical groups on related projects and guidelines.

Professional activities

Oman Diabetes Association
Keynote/plenary speaker
11/2014
Scottish Consultant Diabetologist Forum
Invited speaker
9/2014
Highland Diabetes Symposium
Invited speaker
8/2014
Scottish Diabetes in Pregnancy Group
Invited speaker
3/2014
Presentation within University of Strathclyde Coffee House lecture series
Speaker
1/2014
Scottish Study Group for the Care of Young Diabetics
Invited speaker
8/11/2013

more professional activities

Projects

Development of a cross platform, personalised digital intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour and improve physical and mental well-being at work
Terzis, Sotirios (Principal Investigator) Kirk, Alison (Principal Investigator) Roper, Richard (Co-investigator) Wallace, William (Co-investigator) Gibson, Ann-Marie (Co-investigator) Cogan, Nicola (Co-investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator)
Period 01-May-2018 - 31-Oct-2018
Development and feasibility/pilot testing of an intervention to support active lifestyles in youth with Type 1 diabetes. The ActivPals programme
Muirhead, Fiona (Fellow) Kirk, Alison (Principal Investigator) Reilly, John (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2015 - 31-Aug-2016
Researching the impact and sustainability of the Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund (Spirit of 2012)
Rogerson, Robert (Principal Investigator) Burns, Henry (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator) Kirk, Alison (Co-investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator)
Period 29-Oct-2015 - 31-May-2017
Development and feasibility/pilot testing of an intervention to support active lifestyles in youth with Type 1 diabetes. The ActivPals programme
Kirk, Alison (Principal Investigator) Reilly, John (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2015 - 31-Aug-2016
Methods of physical activity promotion for people with Type 2 diabetes
Kirk, Alison (Academic)
Funded by Diabetes UK
Period 01-Jul-2005 - 31-Dec-2008
STAND study: Strathclyde integrating Technology for Activity and Nutrition promotion in Diabetes prevention .
Kirk, Alison (Academic)
Period 01-Aug-2012 - 31-May-2014

more projects

Address

Physical Activity for Health
Graham Hills Building

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