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I am an Exercise and Health Psychologist and my work spans a wide range of behavioural & methodological techniques to understand people exercise engagement behaviours.  I trained as an experimental Psychologist and use many of those techniques in my current work, though I have publication using survey and qualitative methodologies. 

Current research activities

Recent projects have focused on 4 main themes, engagement with exercise prescriptions, the social cognitive pre-determinants of exercise engagement, the implicit attitudes and beliefs about exercise, healthy food consumption and innovative methods of measurement and interventions. 

Desired research direction

The goal of my research is to understand what motivates us to engage in a healthy lifestyle.  As the research continues I wish to build an evidence base of work that can assist multidisciplinary teams to plan, design and evaluate interventions for those on journeys toward healthy living.   

Target collaborative companies

Health Authorities

Exercise and Fitness companies

Exercise and Fitness Professionals

Target collaborative organisations


Local Authorities

Private Exercise and Fitness Providers 

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Research Output 2006 2019

Effectiveness of primary-care based community-links practitioners in areas of high socioeconomic deprivation

Wyke, S., Fitzpatrick, B., Grant, L., Chng, N. R., McConachie, A., Bakhshi, A., James-Rae, G., O'Donnell, C. & Mercer, S., 3 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 73, Supplement 1, p. A35-A36 2 p., OP72.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

2 Citations (Scopus)
98 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Self Efficacy
Social Theory
Social Support

Examining the social cognitive predictors of adherence to an exercise referral scheme

Eynon, M., O'Donnell, C. & Williams, L., 1 Mar 2018, In : International Journal of Sport Psychology. 49, 2, p. 153-164 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Referral and Consultation
Self Efficacy
Social Support
Self Report

Do social cognitive constructs predict physical activity behaviour within individuals? a series of N-of-1 studies

Smith, G., Williams, L., O'Donnell, C. & McKechnie, J., 6 Sep 2017, p. 90-90. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Self Efficacy
Social Support
Self Report
1 Citation (Scopus)
92 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Referral and Consultation
Personal Autonomy
Mental Competency

Activities 2001 2018

  • 2 Examination
  • 1 Types of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

External Examiner BSc (Hons) Psychology & Sociology

Christopher O'Donnell (Examiner)
1 Sep 20181 Sep 2020

Activity: Examination

External Examiner BSc (Hons) Psychology

Christopher O'Donnell (Examiner)
1 Sep 20131 Sep 2017

Activity: Examination

Elected Member

Christopher O'Donnell (Examiner)
1 Jul 2001

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation


earning a doctorate
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