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  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 2661 Citations
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Marie is Professor of Exercise and Health and Dean of Postgraduate Research / Director of the Doctoral College. She graduated from Ulster with a BA Hons Sport & Leisure and PGCE in Physical Education and was awarded an MSc in Sports Science and a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Loughborough University. Marie has been at Ulster since 1992 serving as Head of the School of Sport and co-director of the Ulster Sports Academy from 2006-20014. Marie is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the Higher Education Academy is a member of the WHO Europe Health Enhancing Physical Activity Steering Committee (HEPA Europe) and former member of the Board of the International Society of Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH). She was a member of sub-panel 26 Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism for the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and is Chair of the sub-panel for REF2021. Marie’s research focuses on the effect of physical activity and exercise, in particular walking, on health and uses multidisciplinary approach which includes outcome measures ranging from the behavioural to the biochemical. Marie’s work has contributed to the evidence base underlying the current physical activity guidelines in the US, UK and Ireland and she was a co-author of the most recent guidelines by the four Chief Medical Officers in the report “Start Active Stay Active” (DoH 2011). She is a member of the CMOs expert advisory group on physical activity and leading the preparation of the new UK Physical Activity Guidelines for adult.  Marie has over 120 peer-reviewed publications and is PI on a number of funded research projects including the Cross-border Healthcare Intervention Trials (CHITIN) funded Walking In ScHools (WISH) trial.

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  • Physical activity: concepts, assessment methods and public health considerations

    Carlin, A., Murphy, M. H. & Gallagher, A. M., Jan 2020, Introduction to Human Nutrition: The Nutrition Society Textbook Series. Lanham-New, S. A., Hill, T. R., Gallagher, A. M. & Vorster, H. H. (eds.). 3 ed. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, p. 352-366 (The Nutrition Society Textbook Series).

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    Active 10-A new approach to increase physical activity people in England

    Brannan, M., Foster, C., Timpson, C., Clarke, N., Sunyer, E., Amlani, A. & Murphy, M. H., 1 Mar 2019, In : Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. 62, 2, p. 135-139 5 p.

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    Development and testing of a school-based multi-component walking intervention for children with intellectual disabilities

    Author: Johnston, A., Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Murphy, M. H. (Supervisor) & Taggart, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Reducing Sedentary Behaviour in the Workplace: Using Digital Health Technology

    Author: Stephenson, A., 1 Mar 2019

    Supervisor: Murphy, M. H. (Supervisor), Nugent, C. (Supervisor), McDonough, S. (Supervisor) & Mair, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis