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Academic Biography

Alison started working as a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Exercise Science in January 2014, teaching on the Sport and Exercise programmes.

After completing a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science in 2008, Alison went on to complete her MSc in Sport and Exercise Science in 2009 and her PhD in 2014 at Teesside University. Prior to starting her current post, Alison worked as a Research Assistant in the School of Health and Social Care, working on an externally funded project.

Alison's main research interests are in physical activity interventions, primarily in children and young people, focusing on methods to increase physical activity. Alison also has a keen interest in the measurement of physical activity, evaluation of interventions and physical fitness. Outside of University, Alison is a field hockey coach, coaching children from grassroots to regional level.

Summary of Research Interests

Alison's main research interest are:

  • Physical activity interventions (primarily children and young people)
  • Physical activity measurements
  • Physical activity evaluations
  • Fundamental movement skills
  • Physically active learning

Research Projects & External Funding

Current Funded Projects

Title: You've Got This Intervention Mapping Process

Role: Co-Investigator

Funder: Redcar & Cleveland Council


Title: Kinship Active Programme

Role: Principal Investigator

Funder: Grandparent Plus


Previous Funded Projects

Title: Measurement of the energy cost real-world stair climbing: cross-validation of the Templer stair climbing equations in men and women.


Role: Research Assistant

Date: 2012 -2013

Funder: StepJockey, Department of Health

Title: Effect of exercise on fluoride metabolism in adult humans.

Role: Research Assistant

Date: 2013-2014

Funder: Teesside University (RIF).

Title: Evaluation of & Hearty-BEATS whole school approach to tackling cardiovascular disease (CVD) among young people and families in Middlesbrough

Role: Prinpical Investigator

Date: 2014 -2015

Funder: Middlesbrough Environmental City

Title: 'Obesgonic Evaluation of Middlesbrough'

Role: Prinpical Investigator

Date: 2014 -2015

Funder: Middlesbrough Environmental City



PhD and Research Opportunities

Alison currently supervises the following PhD students


1. Gemma Nelson. 'Can Increased Physical Activity Benefit People and Communities in the Tees Valley?' Started  2018. Director of Studies

2. Alan Shepherd (part time). ' The Effect of an Innovative Workplace Exercise Programme on Functional Fitness of Taxi Drivers'. Started 2019. Director of Studies


3. Michael Graham (Graduate Tutor): 'Is the school playground a suitable environment to enhance fundamental movement skills and promote a higher level of physical activity in primary school children?An ecological investigation to inform the development of a primary school playground intervention' Director of Studies. 2016-2020

4. Dan Jones (Graduate Tutor): 'Physical Activity, Motor Skills and School Readiness: Prevalence and Associations in Early Years'. Director of Studies. 2016-2020


External Roles and Professional Activities

Alison is an Associate Member of Fuse, The Centre for Translational Research, and a member of the sub-committe for Fuse Physical Activity group. Alison is also a member of the North East Obesity Committee

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Exercise Science, Teesside University

Award Date: 15 Jul 2015


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