My background is in Exercise and Health Psychology (MSc, PhD) and my research interests are mainly focussed around investigating behaviour change, particularly in hard to reach populations. I have recently been awarded a University of Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellowship, which will focus on designing, developing and evaluating lifestyle interventions for youth with special health needs. This will build on the ActivPals project, which involved developing and piloting a physical activity intervention for youth with Type 1 Diabetes. I will also develop work which explores the physical activity and dietary patterns and choices of young people with intellectual disabilities.
I am involved in two externally funded Cancer Research UK projects; Incentivized smoking cessation for tobacco treatment-resistant diabetics (UK PI) and Project HATCH -Staying Healthy AfTer Childbirth: A cross-national study to support smoking abstinence and inter-related cancer prevention behaviours among postpartum women (CO-I).
I am also in the supervisory team for three PhD studentships:
1) Exploring psychological, social and environmental determinants in physical activity in young people with intellectual disabilities
2) Integrating technology to support active lifestyles in youth with Type 1 diabetes: The ActivPals programme.
3) Adapting an intervention to Increase the Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) Content of Primary School Physical Education Lessons
Before moving to the University of Strathclyde, I was a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow. I worked on a variety of studies with individuals with intellectual disabilities, including an RCT, which examined the effectiveness of a walking intervention (Walk Well) with adults with intellectual disabilities. Walk Well was a multi- disciplinary study which involved collaborations from the University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, University of Edinburgh and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
I have also played a key role in the evaluation of national physical activity programmes. For example, the Fit for Girls programme (funded by sportscotland and the Youth Sport Trust), which aimed to increase physical activity in adolescent girls across schools in Scotland. I also led the evaluation of the Venture Trust Next Steps programme, an outdoor education programme for female offenders.