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Academic Biography

Dr Kathryn Weston is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Biosciences for Health at Teesside University. She graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2008 with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science; then went on to complete an MSc in Physical Activity and Health at Loughborough University in 2009. Kathryn then completed her PhD at Teesside University, through an Economic and Social Research Council studentship via Fuse: the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health. In 2014 she was awarded her PhD, which examined the effect of a novel school-based high-intensity interval training intervention on cardiometabolic risk factors and physical activity levels in adolescents.

Prior to joining the HSCI as a research staff member, Kathryn was Head of Research at Speedflex Europe, where she built research links with the Freeman Hospital (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and North Tyneside General Hospital. These collaborations have led to a series of research projects examining the effects of novel forms of high-intensity interval training in patient and older adult populations. Kathryn is also a member of the Exercise Science and Health Team at Teesside, and co-leads the monthly Exercise Science and Health journal club with Prof. Greg Atkinson.

Summary of Research Interests

Current research interests:

  • Use of high-intensity interval training in community settings (e.g. schools and workplaces)
  • Paediatric exercise science
  • Effects of high-intensity interval training in healthy and patient populations
  • Cardiometabolic health
  • Novel approaches to non-laboratory based exercise interventions
  • Use of exercise for prehabilitation and rehabilitation
  • Measurement of physical activity and physical fitness
  • Intervention fidelity evaluation
  • Meta-analysis and systematic reviews
  • Use of qualitative research methods to inform the development and evaluation of exercise interventions

PhD supervision:

Christopher Hurst: Evaluation and application of a novel multicomponent exercise training system in older adults: Health and Fitness perspectives. (3rd year, full-time).

Lorenzo Lolli: Normalisation of health-related indices. (1st year, full-time).

External Research Collaborations

  • Newcastle University
  • Northumbria University
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • Freeman Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • North Tyneside General Hospital
  • Speedflex Europe

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Research Output

Influence of personality and self-efficacy on perceptual responses during high-intensity interval exercise in adolescents

Malik, A. A., Williams, C., Weston, K. & Barker, A. R., 14 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The BASES Expert Statement on the Role of High-intensity Interval Exercise for Health and Fitness Promotion in Young People

    Weston, K., Barker, A. R., Bond, B., Costigan, S., Ingul, C. & Williams, C., 30 Apr 2020, In : The Sport and Exercise Scientist. 64, p. 8-9 2 p.

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    Comparing the influence of exercise intensity on brain derived neurotrophic factor serum levels in people with Parkinson’s disease: A pilot study: BDNF levels in people with PD

    O'Callaghan, A., Harvey, M., Houghton, D., Gray, W. K., Weston, K., Oates, L. L., Romano, B. & Walker, R. W., 12 Oct 2019, In : Aging clinical and experimental research. 8 p.

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