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Marie Murphy


  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 2558 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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Exercise Medicine & Life Sciences
Walking Medicine & Life Sciences
Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Randomized Controlled Trials Medicine & Life Sciences
Meta-Analysis Medicine & Life Sciences
Sports Medicine & Life Sciences
Ireland Medicine & Life Sciences
Cardiovascular Diseases Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1996 2019

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mobile Applications
Cell Phones

Exercise for advanced prostate cancer: a multicomponent, feasibility, trial protocol for men with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (EXACT)

Brown, M., Murphy, M. H., McDermott, L., McAneney, H., O"Sullivan, J., Jain, S. & Pru, G., 16 Aug 2019, In : Pilot and Feasibility Studies. p. 1-11 12 p., 102.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Clinical Protocols
Prostatic Neoplasms
Physical Fitness
Northern Ireland

Identification of health-related behavioural clusters and their association with demographic characteristics in Irish university students

Murphy, J., MacDonncha, C., Murphy, M. H., Murphy, N., Timperio, A., Leech, R. & Woods, C., 28 Jan 2019, In : BMC Public Health. 19, 1, p. 1-10 11 p., 121.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cluster Analysis

Infographic. Self-rated walking pace and all-cause, cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality: individual participant pooled analysis of 50 225 walkers from 11 population British cohorts

Stamatakis, E., Williamson, C., Kelly, P., Strain, T., Murtagh, E., Ding, D. & Murphy, M. H., 1 Nov 2019, In : British Journal of Sports Medicine. 53, 21, p. 1381-1382 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Open Access


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