Dr Ann-Marie Gibson

Senior Lecturer

Physical Activity for Health

Personal statement

I joined the School of Psychological Sciences and Health in 2012 and I am currently a Lecturer in Physical Activity for Health. My main areas of teaching are Sport Psychology and Physical Activity Psychology. My current research interests focus on the psychological determinants of physical activity behaviour in adolescent girls, physical activity and sedentary behaviour in school and key transitions in sport and phyiscal activity contexts.

I am a BASES accredited Sport Scientist (Psychology) and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. I currently provide psychological support to a number of elite athletes and coaches in Scotland, working with Basketball, Rugby, Golf and Football.



Has expertise in:

    • Psychological determinants of physical activity behaviour
    • Physical activity behaviour in adolescent girls
    • Transitions in sport and physical activity
    • Qualitative research methods in sport and physical activity
    • Applied sport psychology


The association between obesity and cognitive function in otherwise healthy premenopausal Arab women
Farooq Abdulaziz, Gibson Ann-Marie, Reilly John J, Gaoua Nadia
Journal of Obesity Vol 2018 (2018)
An Integrative, Systematic Review Exploring the Research, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance of Interventions to Reduce Sedentary Behaviour in Office Workers
MacDonald Bradley, Janssen Xanne, Kirk Alison, Patience Mhairi, Gibson Ann-Marie
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 15 (2018)
Adapting the Toybox obesity prevention intervention for use in Scottish preschools : protocol for a feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial
Malden Stephen, Hughes Adrienne R, Gibson Ann-Marie, Bardid Farid, Androutsos Odysseas, De Craemer Marieke, Manios Yannis, Summerbell Carolyn, Cardon Greet, Reilly John J
BMJ Open Vol 8 (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)
Increasing physical activity among teenage girls : establishing the theoretical basis for an intervention
Verma Nina, Eklund Robert , Gibson Ann-Marie, Howle Tim , Arthur Calum
Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (2017)
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)

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I am class leader for the Sport and Physical Activity Psychology classes on the undergradute degree programme and contribute to the Research Project and Culture and Context in Sport classes. I supervise undergraduate dissertation projects and postgraduate MPhil and PhD students.

Research interests

My research interests mainly involve the psychological determinants of physical activity behaviour and the psychology of elite sport. Previous doctoral work focused on the psychological determinants of physical activity behaviour in adolescent girls during the transition from primary to secondary school. More recent work with this population sample is examining the efficacy of a physical activity consultation intervention with adolescent girls using social media as a follow-up strategy for behaviour change. Additional work examining physical activity and sedentary behaviour of adolescents within the school environment is also on-going.  I have a keen interest in transitions in sport and physical activity contexts, with a current postgraduate student project examining student health behaviours during the transition to University.

Professional activities

Psychology of Sport and Exercise (Journal)
Peer reviewer
American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting
External Examiner
External Examiner
British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference
American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting
MPhil VIVA examination
External Examiner

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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, Marc (Co-investigator) Wallace, William (Co-investigator) Gibson, Ann-Marie (Co-investigator) Cogan, Nicola (Co-investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2018
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
Increasing Physical Activity Among Teenage Girls: Establishing the Theoretical Basis for an Intervention
Gibson, Ann-Marie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2017
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
MUSE: Models of University and Schools Engagement
Bedford, Tim (Principal Investigator) Angus, Michael (Academic) Biggs, James (Academic) Clark, Andrew (Academic) Gibson, Ann-Marie (Academic) Haw, Mark (Academic) Jamieson, Jonathan (Academic) Leckie, Joy Susan (Academic) Marlow, Marion (Academic) McIvor, Arthur (Academic) McMichan, Lauren (Academic) McMichan, Lauren (Academic) Murdoch, Graham (Academic) Newlands, Emma (Academic) Pratt, Judith (Academic) Ross, Kirsty (Academic) Rowe, David (Academic) Santoro, Ninetta (Academic) Suau, Cristian (Academic) Thomson, David (Academic) Marshall, Stephen (Co-investigator) Mulholland, Anthony (Co-investigator) Nash, David (Co-investigator) Wilson, Alastair (Co-investigator)
This project aims to explore how substance misuse affects the brain and how this leads to changes in mood and behaviour. It will synergise with and enhance the Health and Wellbeing curriculum area of the Curriculum for Excellence. In the first year of this project, a multidisciplinary team of Strathclyde researchers led by Professor Judith Pratt have established a link with a secondary school and its associated feeder school. It is envisaged that this vertically integrated approach will contribute to supporting the transition between primary and secondary school and enable the secondary pupils to become mentors for the primary pupils. In discussion with teachers the specific drugs for the project have been established based upon their impact on society and legal status; alcohol, tobacco and cannabis. Senior pupils (S3) have been selected based upon the criteria that they would benefit most from being introduced to the value of research as a knowledge building tool. To date the team of an early career researcher and established researchers have led on an interactive workshop with the primary (P7) and S3 pupils to discuss how drugs affect brain function, mood and behaviour. Pupils have also been introduced to the concept of how drugs may highjack the brain reward system which may lead to addiction. Armed with this information, pupils have been provided with research weblinks by Strathclyde researchers. Pupils will work in teams to further research a particular drug and produce a poster of their findings with guidance from Strathclyde researchers and teachers. Additionally S3 pupil will visit the Strathclyde Fabrication lab to produce models of the brain. Pupils will present their findings to parents and the wider school community at Strathclyde campus events.
01-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2016

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Physical Activity for Health
Graham Hills Building

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