I am currently completing a White Rose Network funded PhD in the Department for Ageing and Stroke Research in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences developing an intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in community-dwelling older adults aged ≥75 years.
I graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a First Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy, after which I undertook a Research Masters which profiled the physical performance of people with narcolepsy. I was awarded a White Rose Network Scholarship from the Univeristy of Leeds and University of York to develop an intervention to reduce frailty in older adults.
I have a keen interest in mixed-methods research and throughout my PhD I have undertaken several stuides including:
- A mixed-method review of the literature relating to interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour in community-dwelling older adults.
- A co-production study informed by the Thoeretical Domains Framework and Behavioural Change Wheel to develop an intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in community-dwelling older adults aged ≥75.
- A mixed-method pilot study which explored the delivery of the co-produced intervention.
The majority of my PhD has explored intervention development with populations of older adults that are underrepresented in sedentary behaviour research (i.e. adults aged ≥75).
In 2022, I was appointed to the Yorkshire Consortium for Equity in Doctoral Education (YCEDE) Scholars Board, which help imporve diveristy, and inclusion in doctoral education for BAME students. I am also acting as PGR Representative for the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.
- Sedentary Behaviour
- Physical Inactivity
- Older Adults
- Sleep Medicine
- Health sciences
- Behavioural science
- Quantitative and qualitative research methods
- BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin
- MSc (Res) Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin