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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

Perceptions of drink driving legal limits in England: a qualitative investigation

Keatley, D., O'Donnell, C. & Joyce, T., 1 Mar 2020, In : Psychology, Crime and Law. 26, 8, p. 733-744 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    163 Downloads (Pure)

    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
  • 13 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • Activities

    • 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