Catherine Woods


Contact Details

Chair, Physical Activity for Health
Physical Activity for Health Research Cluster, Health Research Institute
Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences
Faculty of Education and Health Sciences
University of Limerick
T: +35361202379
E: Catherine.Woods@ul.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Prof. Woods is Chair of Physical Activity for Health in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick (UL).  She is a member of UL’s Health Research Institute (https://www.ul.ie/research/hri), and Director of  Collaboration & Internationalisation within the recently established Physical Activity for Health Research Cluster in UL (https://www.ul.ie/hri/hri-research/research-clusters).   Prof. Woods' research cuts across the HRI themes of lifestyle, health and technology.  She enjoys developing and testing theoretically sound interventions to change population levels of physical activity, and seeks better, more systematic methods of bringing research, practice and policy closer together to achieve real and sustainable impact.  Prof. Woods believes that physical activity is a best buy for public health as it has the potential to improve health and wellbeing for everyone, irrespective of age, ability or condition.  

Professor Woods has led - as Principal or Co-Investigator – successful grant applications generating a total income of €14,100,242 (€4,070,512 to UL/DCU).    Professor Woods has successfully trained 10 PhD and 6 MSc research students, and currently has one research fellow and five post-doctoral researchers, four full-time research assistants and five PhD students within her physical activity for health research team.  This team have published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at >30 (inter)national conferences.

Research Interests

Prof Woods' area of expertise is Physical Activity for Health.  Her research is framed within the social ecological model and consequently she works across individual, interpersonal, community and policy levels. This multi-level approach is necessary to understand and influence population levels of physical activity for health; however, it requires an extensive knowledge and an appreciation for inter-disciplinary work.  Current research priorities are listed below with an example of ongoing projects in each priority area. 

  •  The promotion of physical activity and healthy lifestyles in clinical and older adult populations.
  • Understanding the determinants of physical activity in children and young people, and developing evidence-based interventions to promote physical activity in this cohort.
  • Physical activity policy evaluation and development.
Clinical and Older Adult Populations
Prof Woods 
chaired a working group tasked by the Health Services Executive to develop a National Exercise Referral Framework (NERF).  The NERF provides individuals living with non-communicable diseases three levels of support; level 1 - high-support centre-based activity, level 2 is medium-support community-based activity and level 3 is independent, self-managed home-based exercise.  (see: https://www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/healthwellbeing/our-priority-programmes/heal/heal-docs/national-exe...).

Prof. Woods developed a community-based chronic illness rehabilitation programme in UL as a partnership between Limerick, Ennis and Nenagh hospitals.  MedEx UL caters provides high level support (NERF Level 1) for individuals living with cardiovascular disease.  The focus is on learning self-management strategies, underpinned by structured exercise, as a form of secondary prevention. Prof. Woods’ research aligned to MedEx has involved studying the key factors responsible for sustaining long term adherence to MedEx, this information has been used to design an intervention to enhance recruitment and retention to the programme.  Examining NERF level 3 (home-based arm), research through PATHway (Physical Activity Towards Health) a Horizon 2020 €4.9 million research project.  PAHway combined the work of nine partners (from 7 different countries) to provide individualised mHealth (mobile health) rehabilitation pathways for individuals living with established cardiovascular disease (CVD).  The primary aim was to increase daily minutes of physical activity, underpinned by behavioural change theory and using innovative technology for intervention delivery.

The ‘Move for Life project’ (www.moveforlife.ie), is funded by the Health Services Executive, Healthy Ireland and Atlantic Philanthropies and is a collaboration with Local Sports Partnerships, Healthy Limerick, Age friendly Limerick and Clare and the HSE.  Its purpose is to develop an intervention to increase physical activity in inactive adults aged 50+.  700+ adults across counties Clare and Limerick engaged in the study, with 601 meeting study inclusion criteria (>50 years and inactive).  

Children & Young People
The Healthy Ireland Demonstration Project aims to develop and test the feasibility of a complex school-based intervention targeting the main modifiable risk factors for prevention of noncommunicable diseases, in particular physical inactivity and poor diet. The multiple components of this intervention will be developed from existing evidence-based programmes, behavior change theory and (inter)national collaborations.  Although in its early stages, this project which is a collaboration between UL, UCD, the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Health, has already secured funding for intervention development and feasibility testing of the Active School Flag post primary programme (www.activeschoolflag.ie). 

The Childrens’ Sport Participation and Physical Activity (CSPPA) study, provides a 9-year follow-up to the original CSPPA study.  Its purpose to provide important surveillance data on the physical activity behaviours and their determinants in school-aged children.  Questionnaire, physical health and qualitative data were collected on a representative sample of 6,651, 10-18 year olds from 115 schools across Ireland.  Prof. Woods co-ordinated this complex multi-site study in collaboration with Dublin City University (DCU), University of Ulster and University College Cork.  This research was funded by Sport Ireland, Healthy Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland. 

Keeping Youngsters Involved. (https://www.kenniscentrumsport.nl/en/international-projects/keep-youngsters-involved/).  
The project 'Keep Youngsters Involved' aims to find answers to the question: ‘How can we prevent youngsters (age 12-19) from dropout from sport?’. In many European countries we see that a lot of youngsters give up sport due to a lack of motivation, problems with school or job schedule or different interests. The project targets youngsters (12-19 years) in general and specifically those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.  

The six international project partners want to increase and share knowledge by creating a common understanding of effective and practice-based elements, partner countries are able to share their good practices and interventions.  The project is funded by the European Commission. It is a collaborative partnership project in the Erasmus+ Sport programme (2016). The project will take place from 1 January 2017 until 30 September 2019.

Physical Activity Policy 
Prof. Woods is vice co-ordinator of a Joint Programme Initiative, Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life; the Policy Evaluation Network (https://www.jpi-pen.eu/).  This network of 28 research groups across Europe is examining the impact of public policy on improving healthy eating, physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour.  This research is funded by the Health Research Board.

The I-PARC project (Irish Physical Activity Research Collaboration) jointly led by Prof. Woods and Dr. Fiona Mansergh (Healthy Ireland), will bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners from PA in order to develop a systematic method for identifying examples of effective PA interventions and effective implementation strategies (
https://i-parc.ie/). This adheres to the National Implementation Research Network’s formula for success “Effective Interventions X Effective Implementation Methods X Enabling Context = Socially Significant Outcomes”.   Ireland's National Physical Activity Plan provides the enabling context for PA interventions, however we know little about how to identify effective interventions and even less about effective implementation strategies applicable to the Irish context.  This research is funded by the Health Research Board.
                        

Contract Researchers

  Researcher Name Project Role Funding Body
Ms. Jemima Cooper Irish Physical Activity Research Collaboration Research staff Health Research Board
Ms. Caera Grady Irish Physical Activity Research Collaboration Research staff Health Research Board
Mr. Kevin Volf Policy Evaluation Network Research Assistant Health Research Board
Dr. Kwok Ng Healthy Ireland Demonstration Project Postdoctoral Researcher Dept of Education and Science
Dr. Sarah Taylor Policy Evaluation Network (PEN) Postdoctoral Researcher Health Research Board
Dr. Ciaran Doyle Move for Life Postdoctoral Researcher Health Service Executive
Dr. Liam Kelly Move for LIfe & Policy Evaluation Network Postdoctoral Researcher Health Service Executive
Dr. Enrique Garcia Bengochea Dean's Research Fellow and Move for Life Research Fellow UL Internal
Dr. Joey Murphy Irish Physical Activity Research Collaboration (I-PARC) Postdoctoral Researcher Health Research Board

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 'Putting physical activity on the policy agenda'
Woods, C.B. and Mutrie N. (2018) 'Putting physical activity on the policy agenda' In: Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice. New York: Routledge. [Details]
2019 'Intervention studies, training studies and determining the acute responses to bouts of exercise'
Bird, S. and Woods, C. (2019) 'Intervention studies, training studies and determining the acute responses to bouts of exercise' In: Stephen R. Bird (eds). Research Methods in Physical Activity and Health. New York: Routledge. [Details]
2019 'Producing the Research Proposal'
Murphy, M. and Woods, C. (2019) 'Producing the Research Proposal' In: Stephen R. Bird (eds). Research Methods in Physical Activity and Health. New York: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'Barriers and facilitators to implementing community-based physical activity interventions: a qualitative systematic review'
Jemima Cooper1 , Joey Murphy1 , Catherine Woods1,2* , Femke Van Nassau3 , Aisling McGrath4 , David Callaghan5 , Paula Carroll4 , Paul Kelly6 , Niamh Murphy4 , Marie Murphy7 and Irish Physical Activity Research Collaboration (I-PARC) (2021) 'Barriers and facilitators to implementing community-based physical activity interventions: a qualitative systematic review'. International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity, 18 [DOI] [Details]
2021 '“Getting Ireland Active”—Application of a Systems Approach to Increase Physical Activity in Ireland Using the GAPPA Framework'
Joseph J. Murphy, Fiona Mansergh, Marie H. Murphy, Niamh Murphy, Benny Cullen, Sarah O’Brien, Stephen Finn, Grainne O’Donoghue, Niamh Barry, Shirley O’Shea, Kevin M. Leyden, Peter Smyth, Jemima Cooper, Enrique G. Bengoechea, Nick Cavill, Andrew J. Milat, Adrian E. Bauman, and Catherine B. Woods (2021) '“Getting Ireland Active”—Application of a Systems Approach to Increase Physical Activity in Ireland Using the GAPPA Framework'. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, [DOI] [Details]
2021 'The Association of Family, Friends, and Teacher Support With Girls' Sport and Physical Activity on the Island of Ireland'
O'Brien W;Coppinger T;Hogan I;Belton S;Murphy MH;Powell C;Woods C; (2021) 'The Association of Family, Friends, and Teacher Support With Girls' Sport and Physical Activity on the Island of Ireland'. Journal Of Physical Activity & Health, [DOI] [Details]
2021 'Socio-ecological correlates of physical activity in a nationally representative sample of adolescents across Ireland and Northern Ireland'
Woods CB;Crowley E;Powell C;O'Brien W;Murphy MH;Belton S;Saunders J;Connolly S;Farmer O;Ng K; (2021) 'Socio-ecological correlates of physical activity in a nationally representative sample of adolescents across Ireland and Northern Ireland'. Preventive Medicine Reports, 23 [DOI] [Details]
2021 'The evidence for the impact of policy on physical activity outcomes within the school setting: A systematic review'
Woods CB;Volf K;Kelly L;Casey B;Gelius P;Messing S;Forberger S;Lakerveld J;Zukowska J;Bengoechea EG; ; (2021) 'The evidence for the impact of policy on physical activity outcomes within the school setting: A systematic review'. Journal of Sport and Health Science, [DOI] [Details]
2021 'Selection of key indicators for European policy monitoring and surveillance for dietary behaviour, physical activity and sedentary behaviour'
Garnica Rosas L;Mensink GBM;Finger JD;Schienkiewitz A;Do S;Wolters M;Stanley I;Abu Omar K;Wieczorowska-Tobis K;Woods CB;Murrin C;Ahrens W;Hebestreit A; ; (2021) 'Selection of key indicators for European policy monitoring and surveillance for dietary behaviour, physical activity and sedentary behaviour'. The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, 18 (1) [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2021 'The added value of using the HEPA PAT for physical activity policy monitoring: a four-country comparison'
Gelius P;Messing S;Forberger S;Lakerveld J;Mansergh F;Wendel-Vos W;Zukowska J;Woods C; ; (2021) 'The added value of using the HEPA PAT for physical activity policy monitoring: a four-country comparison'. Health Research Policy And Systems, 19 (1) [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2021 'Policy Evaluation Network (PEN): Protocol for systematic literature review examining the evidence for impact of policies on across seven different policy domains'
Volf K, Kelly L, García Bengoechea E., Casey, B., Gobis, A., Lakerveld, J., Zukowska, J., Gelius, P., Messing, S., Forberger, S., and Woods, C. (2021) 'Policy Evaluation Network (PEN): Protocol for systematic literature review examining the evidence for impact of policies on across seven different policy domains'. Hrb Open Research, 3 (62) [DOI] [Details]
2020 'How to improve recruitment, sustainability and scalability in physical activity programmes for adults aged 50 years and older: A qualitative study of key stakeholder perspectives'
O'Regan A;García Bengoechea E;Clifford AM;Casey M;Gallagher S;Glynn L;Doyle C;Woods C; (2020) 'How to improve recruitment, sustainability and scalability in physical activity programmes for adults aged 50 years and older: A qualitative study of key stakeholder perspectives'. Plos One, 15 (10) [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2020 'The (mis)alignment between young people¿s collective physical activity experience and physical education curriculum development in Ireland'
Coulter M.;Scanlon D.;MacPhail A.;O¿Brien W.;Belton S.;Woods C. (2020) 'The (mis)alignment between young people¿s collective physical activity experience and physical education curriculum development in Ireland'. Curriculum Studies In Health And Physical Education, [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2020 'A qualitative exploration of cardiovascular disease patients' views and experiences with an eHealth cardiac rehabilitation intervention: The PATHway Project'
O'Shea O.;Woods C.;McDermott L.;Buys R.;Cornelis N.;Claes J.;Cornelissen V.;Gallagher A.;Newton H.;Moyna N.;McCaffrey N.;Susta D.;McDermott C.;McCormack C.;Budts W.;Moran K. (2020) 'A qualitative exploration of cardiovascular disease patients' views and experiences with an eHealth cardiac rehabilitation intervention: The PATHway Project'. Plos One, 15 (7) [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2020 'Advancing the evidence base for public policies impacting on dietary behaviour, physical activity and sedentary behaviour in Europe: The Policy Evaluation Network promoting a multidisciplinary approach'
Lakerveld J.;Woods C.;Hebestreit A.;Brenner H.;Flechtner-Mors M.;Harrington J.M.;Kamphuis C.B.M.;Laxy M.;Luszczynska A.;Mazzocchi M.;Murrin C.;Poelman M.;Steenhuis I.;Roos G.;Steinacker J.M.;Stock C.C.;van Lenthe F.;Zeeb H.;Zukowska J.;Ahrens W. (2020) 'Advancing the evidence base for public policies impacting on dietary behaviour, physical activity and sedentary behaviour in Europe: The Policy Evaluation Network promoting a multidisciplinary approach'. Food Policy, [DOI] [Details]
2020 'Physical Activity Across the Cancer Journey: Experiences and Recommendations From People Living With and Beyond Cancer'
Cantwell M.;Walsh D.;Furlong B.;Loughney L.;McCaffrey N.;Moyna N.;Woods C. (2020) 'Physical Activity Across the Cancer Journey: Experiences and Recommendations From People Living With and Beyond Cancer'. Physical therapy, 100 (3):575-585 [DOI] [Details]
2020 'Feasibility, Acceptability, and Clinical Effectiveness of a Technology-Enabled Cardiac Rehabilitation Platform (Physical Activity Toward Health-I): Randomized Controlled Trial'
Claes J.;Cornelissen V.;McDermott C.;Moyna N.;Pattyn N.;Cornelis N.;Gallagher A.;McCormack C.;Newton H.;Gillain A.;Budts W.;Goetschalckx K.;Woods C.;Moran K.;Buys R. (2020) 'Feasibility, Acceptability, and Clinical Effectiveness of a Technology-Enabled Cardiac Rehabilitation Platform (Physical Activity Toward Health-I): Randomized Controlled Trial'. Journal Of Medical Internet Research, 22 (2) [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2020 'Clusters of Adolescent Physical Activity Tracker Patterns and Their Associations With Physical Activity Behaviors in Finland and Ireland: Cross-Sectional Study'
Ng K.;Kokko S.;Tammelin T.;Kallio J.;Belton S.;O'Brien W.;Murphy M.;Powell C.;Woods C. (2020) 'Clusters of Adolescent Physical Activity Tracker Patterns and Their Associations With Physical Activity Behaviors in Finland and Ireland: Cross-Sectional Study'. Journal Of Medical Internet Research, 22 (9) [DOI] [Details]
2020 'Barriers and facilitators to changes in adolescent physical activity during COVID-19'
Ng K.;Cooper J.;McHale F.;Clifford J.;Woods C. (2020) 'Barriers and facilitators to changes in adolescent physical activity during COVID-19'. Bmj Open Sport And Exercise Medicine, 6 (1) [DOI] [Details]
2020 'Teacher experiences implementing the `Active School Flag¿ initiative to support physically active school communities in Ireland'
McGann J.;Meegan S.;Woods C.;Murtagh E.;Duff C.;Belton S. (2020) 'Teacher experiences implementing the `Active School Flag¿ initiative to support physically active school communities in Ireland'. Irish Educational Studies, [DOI] [Details]
2020 'A feasibility study of an exercise intervention to educate and promote health and well-being among medical students: the 'MED-WELL' programme'
Worobetz A., Retief P.J., Loughran S., Walsh J., Casey M., Hayes P., Bengoechea E.G., O'Regan A., Woods C., Kelly D., O'Connor R., McGrath D., Glynn L.G. (2020) 'A feasibility study of an exercise intervention to educate and promote health and well-being among medical students: the 'MED-WELL' programme'. BMC medical education, 20 (1) [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2020 'The effect of a pre- And post-operative exercise programme versus standard care on physical fitness of patients with oesophageal and gastric cancer undergoing neoadjuvant treatment prior to surgery (The PERIOP-OG Trial): Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial'
Tully R.;Loughney L.;Bolger J.;Sorensen J.;McAnena O.;Collins C.G.;Carroll P.A.;Arumugasamy M.;Murphy T.J.;Robb W.B.;Hickey W.;Coleman C.;Buckley L.;Lombard E.;McCaffrey N.;Gallagher P.;Timon C.;Kearney P.;Quinn A.;Houlihan E.;O'Dwyer D.J.;Woods C.;O'Connor R.;Kelly S.;Kehoe B.;McManus M.;Twomey A. (2020) 'The effect of a pre- And post-operative exercise programme versus standard care on physical fitness of patients with oesophageal and gastric cancer undergoing neoadjuvant treatment prior to surgery (The PERIOP-OG Trial): Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial'. Trials, 21 (1) [DOI] [Details]
2020 'The effect of participating in MedEx Wellness, a community-based chronic disease exercise rehabilitation programme, on physical, clinical and psychological health: A study protocol for a cohort trial'
Kehoe B.;Skelly F.;Moyna N.;Cantwell M.;Boran L.;Daly L.;McCarren A.;Dowd K.;Woods C.;McCaffrey N.;Loughney L. (2020) 'The effect of participating in MedEx Wellness, a community-based chronic disease exercise rehabilitation programme, on physical, clinical and psychological health: A study protocol for a cohort trial'. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 19 [DOI] [Details]
2020 'The Development of the MedEx IMPACT Intervention: A Patient-Centered, Evidenced-Based and Theoretically-Informed Physical Activity Behavior Change Intervention for Individuals Living With and Beyond Cancer'
Cantwell M.;Walsh D.M.J.;Furlong B.;Moyna N.;McCaffrey N.;Woods C. (2020) 'The Development of the MedEx IMPACT Intervention: A Patient-Centered, Evidenced-Based and Theoretically-Informed Physical Activity Behavior Change Intervention for Individuals Living With and Beyond Cancer'. Cancer Control, 27 (3) [DOI] [Details]
2019 '`PE should be an integral part of each school day¿: parents¿ and their children¿s attitudes towards primary physical education'
Coulter M.;McGrane B.;Woods C. (2019) '`PE should be an integral part of each school day¿: parents¿ and their children¿s attitudes towards primary physical education'. Education 3-13, [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2019 'The development and codesign of the PATHway intervention: a theory-driven eHealth platform for the self-management of cardiovascular disease'
Walsh D.;Moran K.;Cornelissen V.;Buys R.;Claes J.;Zampognaro P.;Melillo F.;Maglaveras N.;Chouvarda I.;Triantafyllidis A.;Filos D.;Woods C. (2019) 'The development and codesign of the PATHway intervention: a theory-driven eHealth platform for the self-management of cardiovascular disease'. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 9 (1):76-98 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2019 'Test-retest reliability of survey items on ownership and use of physical activity trackers'
Ng K.;Badura P.;Dzielska A.;Kokko S.;Woods C.;Hamrik Z. (2019) 'Test-retest reliability of survey items on ownership and use of physical activity trackers'. Acta Gymnica, 49 (2):67-74 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2019 'An evaluation of an intervention designed to help inactive adults become more active with a peer mentoring component: a protocol for a cluster randomised feasibility trial of the Move for Life programme'
O'Regan A;Glynn L;Garcia Bengoechea E;Casey M;Clifford A;Donnelly A;Murphy AW;Gallagher S;Gillespie P;Newell J;Harkin M;Macken P;Sweeney J;Foley-Walsh M;Quinn G;Ng K;O'Sullivan N;Balfry G;Woods C; (2019) 'An evaluation of an intervention designed to help inactive adults become more active with a peer mentoring component: a protocol for a cluster randomised feasibility trial of the Move for Life programme'. Pilot And Feasibility Studies, 5 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2019 'Feasibility study of the secondary level active school flag programme: Study protocol'
Ng K.;McHale F.;Cotter K.;O¿Shea D.;Woods C. (2019) 'Feasibility study of the secondary level active school flag programme: Study protocol'. Journal Of Functional Morphology And Kinesiology, 4 (1) [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2019 'What psychosocial factors determine the physical activity patterns of university students?'
Murphy J.;MacDonncha C.;Murphy M.;Murphy N.;Nevill A.;Woods C. (2019) 'What psychosocial factors determine the physical activity patterns of university students?'. Journal Of Physical Activity & Health, 16 (5):325-332 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2019 'Student Activity and Sport Study Ireland: Protocol for a Web-Based Survey and Environmental Audit Tool for Assessing the Impact of Multiple Factors on University Students’ Physical Activity'
Murphy, J.J., Woods, C.B., Murphy, M.H., Murphy, N., Byrne, N. and MacDonncha, C. (2019) 'Student Activity and Sport Study Ireland: Protocol for a Web-Based Survey and Environmental Audit Tool for Assessing the Impact of Multiple Factors on University Students’ Physical Activity'. Journal Of Medical Internet Research, 8 (2) [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2019 'Identification of health-related behavioural clusters and their association with demographic characteristics in Irish university students'
Murphy, J., MacDonncha, C., Murphy, M., Murphy, N. Timperio, A., Leech, R. and Woods, C.B. (2019) 'Identification of health-related behavioural clusters and their association with demographic characteristics in Irish university students'. Bmc Public Health, 19 (121):1-11 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2019 'The development of the Comprehensive Analysis of Policy on Physical Activity (CAPPA) framework'
Klepac Pogrmilovic B.;O'Sullivan G.;Milton K.;Biddle S.;Bauman A.;Bellew W.;Cavill N.;Kahlmeier S.;Kelly M.;Mutrie N.;Pratt M.;Rutter H.;Ramirez Varela A.;Woods C.;Pedisic Z. (2019) 'The development of the Comprehensive Analysis of Policy on Physical Activity (CAPPA) framework'. The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, 16 (1) [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2018 'Active Students Are Healthier and Happier Than Their Inactive Peers: The Results of a Large Representative Cross-Sectional Study of University Students in Ireland'
Murphy, MH;Carlin, A;Woods, C;Nevill, A;MacDonncha, C;Ferguson, K;Murphy, N (2018) 'Active Students Are Healthier and Happier Than Their Inactive Peers: The Results of a Large Representative Cross-Sectional Study of University Students in Ireland'. Journal Of Physical Activity & Health, 15 :737-746 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2018 'Healthcare professionals' knowledge and practice of physical activity promotion in cancer care: Challenges and solutions'
Cantwell, M,Walsh, D,Furlong, B,Moyna, N,McCaffrey, N,Boran, L,Smyth, S,Woods, C (2018) 'Healthcare professionals' knowledge and practice of physical activity promotion in cancer care: Challenges and solutions'. European Journal Of Cancer Care, 27 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Electronic Health Physical Activity Behavior Change Intervention to Self-Manage Cardiovascular Disease: Qualitative Exploration of Patient and Health Professional Requirements'
Walsh, DMJ;Moran, K;Cornelissen, V;Buys, R;Cornelis, N;Woods, C (2018) 'Electronic Health Physical Activity Behavior Change Intervention to Self-Manage Cardiovascular Disease: Qualitative Exploration of Patient and Health Professional Requirements'. Journal Of Medical Internet Research, 20 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2018 'MedFit app, a behavior-changing, theoretically informed mobile app for patient self-management of cardiovascular disease: User-centered development'
Duff O.;Walsh D.;Malone S.;McDermott L.;Furlong B.;O'Connor N.;Moran K.;Woods C. (2018) 'MedFit app, a behavior-changing, theoretically informed mobile app for patient self-management of cardiovascular disease: User-centered development'. Journal Of Medical Internet Research, 20 (4) [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2018 'Measuring Engagement in eHealth and mHealth Behavior Change Interventions: Viewpoint of Methodologies'
Short, CE;DeSmet, A;Woods, C;Williams, SL;Maher, C;Middelweerd, A;Muller, AM;Wark, PA;Vandelanotte, C;Poppe, L;Hingle, MD;Crutzen, R (2018) 'Measuring Engagement in eHealth and mHealth Behavior Change Interventions: Viewpoint of Methodologies'. Journal Of Medical Internet Research, 20 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2018 'Computerized decision support for beneficial home-based exercise rehabilitation in patients with cardiovascular disease'
Triantafyllidis, A;Filos, D;Buys, R;Claes, J;Cornelissen, V;Kouidi, E;Chatzitofis, A;Zarpalas, D;Daras, P;Walsh, D;Woods, C;Moran, K;Maglaveras, N;Chouvarda, I (2018) 'Computerized decision support for beneficial home-based exercise rehabilitation in patients with cardiovascular disease'. Computer methods and programs in biomedicine, 162 :1-10 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2017 'Validity and Reliability of Three Self-Report Instruments for Assessing Attainment of Physical Activity Guidelines in University Students'
Murphy, JJ,Murphy, MH,MacDonncha, C,Murphy, N,Nevill, AM,Woods, CB (2017) 'Validity and Reliability of Three Self-Report Instruments for Assessing Attainment of Physical Activity Guidelines in University Students'. Measurement In Physical Education And Exercise Science, 21 :134-141 [DOI] [Details]
2017 'PATHway I: design and rationale for the investigation of the feasibility, clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a technology-enabled cardiac rehabilitation platform'
Claes, J,Buys, R,Woods, C,Briggs, A,Geue, C,Aitken, M,Moyna, N,Moran, K,McCaffrey, N,Chouvarda, I,Walsh, D,Budts, W,Filos, D,Triantafyllidis, A,Maglaveras, N,Cornelissen, VA (2017) 'PATHway I: design and rationale for the investigation of the feasibility, clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a technology-enabled cardiac rehabilitation platform'. BMJ open, 7 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2016 'The impact of participation in extra-curricular physical activity on males from disadvantaged schools'
Belton, S., Wickel, E., Prior, P. and Woods, C.B. (2016) 'The impact of participation in extra-curricular physical activity on males from disadvantaged schools'. European Physical Education Review, [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Cardiac patients show high interest in technology enabled cardiovascular rehabilitation'
Buys, R. Claes, J., Walsh, D., Cornelis, N., Moran, K., Budts, W., Woods, CB., and Cornelissen, V. (2016) 'Cardiac patients show high interest in technology enabled cardiovascular rehabilitation'. Bmc Medical Informatics And Decision Making, [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2016 'Impact of physical activity domain on subsequent activity in youth: A 5-year longitudinal study'
Hardie Murphy, M., Rowe, D.A., and Woods, C.B. (2016) 'Impact of physical activity domain on subsequent activity in youth: A 5-year longitudinal study'. Journal Of Sports Sciences, [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Sports Participation in Youth as a Predictor of Physical Activity: A 5-Year Longitudinal Study'
Murphy, MH,Rowe, DA,Woods, CB (2016) 'Sports Participation in Youth as a Predictor of Physical Activity: A 5-Year Longitudinal Study'. Journal Of Physical Activity & Health, 13 :704-711 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Results From Ireland North and South's 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth'
Harrington, DM,Murphy, M,Carlin, A,Coppinger, T,Donnelly, A,Dowd, KP,Keating, T,Murphy, N,Murtagh, E,O'Brien, W,Woods, C,Belton, S (2016) 'Results From Ireland North and South's 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth'. Journal Of Physical Activity & Health, 13 :183-188 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2015 'What young people say about physical activity: the Children's Sport Participation and Physical Activity (CSPPA) study'
Tannehill, D,MacPhail, A,Walsh, J,Woods, C (2015) 'What young people say about physical activity: the Children's Sport Participation and Physical Activity (CSPPA) study'. Sport Education And Society, 20 :442-462 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Prevalence and Correlates of Physical Inactivity in Community-Dwelling Older Adults in Ireland'
Murtagh, EM,Murphy, MH,Murphy, NM,Woods, C,Nevill, AM,Lane, A (2015) 'Prevalence and Correlates of Physical Inactivity in Community-Dwelling Older Adults in Ireland'. Plos One, 10 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2014 'Results From Ireland's 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Youth'
Harrington, DM,Belton, S,Coppinger, T,Cullen, M,Donnelly, A,Dowd, K,Keating, T,Layte, R,Murphy, M,Murphy, N,Murtagh, E,Woods, C (2014) 'Results From Ireland's 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Youth'. Journal Of Physical Activity & Health, 11 :63-68 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2013 'What young people say about physical activity: The Children's Sport Participation and Physical Activity (CSPPA) Study'
Tannehill, D; MacPhail, A; Walsh, J.; Woods, C. (2013) 'What young people say about physical activity: The Children's Sport Participation and Physical Activity (CSPPA) Study'. Sport Education And Society, [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2012 'An examination of the relationship between enjoyment, physical education, physical activity and health in Irish adolescents'
Woods, CB,Tannehill, D,Walsh, J (2012) 'An examination of the relationship between enjoyment, physical education, physical activity and health in Irish adolescents'. Irish Educational Studies, 31 :263-280 [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2018 Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
Prabhu G.;Kuklyte J.;Gualano L.;Venkataraman K.;Ahmadi A.;Duff O.;Walsh D.;Woods C.;O¿Connor N.;Moran K. (2018) Design and development of the medFit app: A mobile application for cardiovascular disease rehabilitation Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST , pp.20-28 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2018 Congress of the International society of physical activity for health
McHale, F;Ng, K;O'Shea, D;Norton, C;Barrett, G;Clifford, J;Murphy, P;Woods, C (2018) Post primary school pupils' views on strategies employed by school based physical activity interventions: The Healthy Ireland Demonstration Project Congress of the International society of physical activity for health , pp.125-126 [Details]
2018 Congress of the International society of physical activity for health
Ng, K;Woods, C;Mansergh, F;McCarthy, K;O'Shea, D (2018) Multisectoral approaches in physical activity Intervention development: Healthy Ireland Demonstration Project Congress of the International society of physical activity for health , pp.229-229 [Details]
2018 Congress of the International society of physical activity for health
Woods, C;O'Regan, A;Glynn, L;Casey, M;Clifford, A;Donnelly, A;Murphy, AW;Gallagher, S;Coote, S;Gillespie, P;Harkin, M;Macken, P;Sweeney, J;Foley-Walsh, M;Quinn, G;Ng, K;O'Sullivan, N;Garcia, E (2018) Move 4 Life: An evaluation of a peer mentoring intervention designed to cascade and consequently up-scale existing programmes to help inactive 50+become more active Congress of the International society of physical activity for health , pp.133-134 [Details]
2017 Proceedings - IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications
Zampognaro P.;Buys R.;Walsh D.;Woods C.;Melillo F. (2017) A Use Case based requirements specification approach to support the development of a rehabilitation system for CVD patients: The PATHway project Proceedings - IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications , pp.254-259 [DOI] [Details]
2017 A Use Case based requirements specification approach to support the development of a rehabilitation system for CVD patients: The PATHWAY Project
Zampognaro, P,Buys, R,Walsh, D,Woods, C,Melillo, F, (2017) 2017 IEEE SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTERS AND COMMUNICATIONS (ISCC) A Use Case based requirements specification approach to support the development of a rehabilitation system for CVD patients: The PATHWAY Project , pp.254-259 [Details]
2017 MMHealth 2017 - Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Multimedia for Personal Health and Health Care, co-located with MM 2017
Kuklyte J.;Gualano L.;Prabhu G.;Venkataraman K.;Walsh D.;Woods C.;Moran K.;O'Connor N. (2017) Med fit: A mobile application for patients in CVD recovery MMHealth 2017 - Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Multimedia for Personal Health and Health Care, co-located with MM 2017 , pp.93-96 [DOI] [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2011 The Children's Sport Participation and Physical Activity Study: Volunteer Study.
Walsh,J;Tannehill,D;Woods, C. (2011) The Children's Sport Participation and Physical Activity Study: Volunteer Study. Irish Sports Council, Dublin, Ireland. [Details]
2010 An Evaluation of Children's Sport Participation and Physical Activity Study.
Woods,C;Moyna,N;Tannehill,D;Walsh,J (2010) An Evaluation of Children's Sport Participation and Physical Activity Study. Irish Sports Council, Dublin, Ireland. [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2018 The development and co-design of the PATHway intervention: A theory-driven eHealth platform for the self-management of cardiovascular disease.
Woods, C;McDermott, L;Walsh, D;Cornelissen, V;Buys, R;Claes, J;Zampognaro, P;Melillo, F;Maglaveras, N;Chouvarda, I;Triantafyllidis, A;Filos, D;Moran, K (2018) The development and co-design of the PATHway intervention: A theory-driven eHealth platform for the self-management of cardiovascular disease. CHAMPAIGN: Meeting Abstract [Details]
2018 It's the parents, It's the school, It's the children: Responsibility for adolescent unhealthy living.
Ng, KW;O'Shea, D;McHale, F;Cody, D;Woods, CB (2018) It's the parents, It's the school, It's the children: Responsibility for adolescent unhealthy living. LONDON: Meeting Abstract [Details]
2018 Sedentary behaviour profiles of Irish children and youth: A follow up to the Children's Sport Participation and Physical Activity Study (CSPPA).
Powell, C;Woods, C;Saunders, J;Belton, S;O'Brien, W;Murphy, M (2018) Sedentary behaviour profiles of Irish children and youth: A follow up to the Children's Sport Participation and Physical Activity Study (CSPPA). CHAMPAIGN: Meeting Abstract [Details]
2018 How does the university environment influence students' physical activity patterns?.
Murphy, J;MacDonncha, C;Murphy, MH;Murphy, N;Woods, CB (2018) How does the university environment influence students' physical activity patterns?. CHAMPAIGN: Meeting Abstract [Details]
2018 Factors and strategies to prevent dropout in youth sport: results of a rapid review and expert opinions.
Murphy, J;Woods, CB;Dijk, D;Seghers, J (2018) Factors and strategies to prevent dropout in youth sport: results of a rapid review and expert opinions. CHAMPAIGN: Meeting Abstract [Details]
2017 Cancer Survivors' Experiences Of Physical Activity: Exercise As A Vehicle For Recovery?.
Cooney, M,Moyna, N,Walsh, D,Furlong, B,Loughney, L,Boran, L,Smyth, S,Woods, C (2017) Cancer Survivors' Experiences Of Physical Activity: Exercise As A Vehicle For Recovery?. Meeting Abstract [DOI] [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
2020 Assessing physical activity through questionnaires ¿ A consensus of best practices and future directions.
Nigg C.R.;Fuchs R.;Gerber M.;Jekauc D.;Koch T.;Krell-Roesch J.;Lippke S.;Mnich C.;Novak B.;Ju Q.;Sattler M.C.;Schmidt S.C.E.;van Poppel M.;Reimers A.K.;Wagner P.;Woods C.;Woll A. (2020) Assessing physical activity through questionnaires ¿ A consensus of best practices and future directions. Reviews [DOI] [Details]
2019 Interventions promoting active transport to school in children: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Jones R.;Blackburn N.;Woods C.;Byrne M.;van Nassau F.;Tully M. (2019) Interventions promoting active transport to school in children: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Reviews [DOI] [Details]
2018 Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Diet-Related eHealth and mHealth Research: Bibliometric Analysis.
Muller, AM;Maher, CA;Vandelanotte, C;Hingle, M;Middelweerd, A;Lopez, ML;DeSmet, A;Short, CE;Nathan, N;Hutchesson, MJ;Poppe, L;Woods, CB;Williams, SL;Wark, PA (2018) Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Diet-Related eHealth and mHealth Research: Bibliometric Analysis. TORONTO: Reviews [DOI] [Details]
2017 Behavior Change Techniques in Physical Activity eHealth Interventions for People With Cardiovascular Disease: Systematic Review.
Duff, OM,Walsh, DMJ,Furlong, BA,O'Connor, NE,Moran, KA,Woods, CB (2017) Behavior Change Techniques in Physical Activity eHealth Interventions for People With Cardiovascular Disease: Systematic Review. Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2019 Visiting Professor School of Sport, Faculty of Life & Health Sciences, Ulster University
2018 Honorary Professor University of Edinburgh

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
WHO Health Enhancing Physical Activity Network Member 01-JUN-08 /
European College of Sport Science Member 01-JUN-18 /
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Member; SIG Executive e and mhealth; SIG Exe Environement and Policy 01-JUN-14 /
International Society of Physical Activity and Health Member 01-AUG-16 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
National Physical Activity Plan Implementation Group Academic Advisor 2016 /
Healthy UL Chair 2018 /
Structured PhD Programme Chair 2017 / 2018
National Physical Activity Plan: Research Subgroup Member 2017 /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
University of Limerick Chair, Physical Activity for Health 29-AUG-16 /
Dublin City University Senior Lecturer 01-AUG-00 / 28-AUG-16
University of Glasgow Senior Research Assistant 01-AUG-98 / 31-JUL-00
University of Glasgow Research Assistant 01-AUG-95 / 31-JUL-98
Presentation Secondary School Head of Physical Education Department & English Teacher 01-SEP-91 / 31-JUL-95

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1994 Physical Education Association of Ireland National Certificate in Exercise and Fitness: Tutor Health and Fitness Teaching, Assessment.
2000 British Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation BACR-IV Exercise based cardiac rehabilitation
2000 University of Glasgow PhD Physical Activity Psychology and Public Health
1991 University of Limerick B.Sc. Physical Education and English

National Collaborators

  Name Institute Country
Dr. Kieran Moran Dublin City University
Dr. Sarahjane Belton Dublin City University Country

International Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Ms Dorien Dijck Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands Netherlands
Prof. Wolfgang Ahrens Germany
Jan Seghers KU Leuven Belgium
Dr. Jeroen Lakerveld Netherlands
Professor Adrian Bauman University of Sydney Country
Professor Nanette Mutrie University of Edinburgh Scotland
Professor Marie Murphy University of Ulster Country