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Elaine Murtagh


BA Hons, DIS, PGCE, PhD (University of Ulster), Specialist Dip (UL)

Lecturer in Physical Education
Department of Arts Education and Physical Education
Room R.109
Tel: +353 (0)61 204569

Twitter: @ElaineMurtagh

 Research interests:
• Understanding and promoting physical activity in children and adults
• Effects of exercise on cardiovascular disease risk
• Movement integration in the primary school

 Recent Journal Articles:

 Please click this link to Google Scholar profile for a full list

NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (2017) Worldwide trends in body-mass index, underweight, overweight, and obesity from 1975 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 2416 population-based measurement studies in 128·9 million children, adolescents, and adults. The Lancet DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32129-3

Tremblay MS, et al on behalf of the SBRN Terminology Consensus Project Participants Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) - Terminology Consensus Project process and outcome. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2017; 14:75

Bowles R, Ní Chróinín D, Murtagh EM. Attaining the Active School Flag: how physical activity provision can be enhanced in Irish primary schools. European Physical Education Review. In press

Martin R and Murtagh EM. Teachers' and students' perspectives of participating in the 'Active Classrooms' movement integration programme. Teaching and Teacher Education. 2017;63:218-230

Martin R and Murtagh EM. Active Classrooms: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Effects of a Movement Integration Intervention on the Physical Activity Levels of Primary School Children. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. 2017;14 (4):290-300

Martin R and Murtagh EM. Effect of Active Lessons on Physical Activity, Academic, and Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. 2017; 88(2):149-168

Morgan P, Young M, Lloyd A, Wang M, Eather N, Miller D, Murtagh E, Barnes A, Pagoto, S l (2017) Involvement of Fathers in Pediatric Obesity Treatment and Prevention Trials: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics 139 (2)

Murtagh EM, Murphy MH, Foster C, Milton K, Roberts NW, O’Gorman CSM. Interventions outside the workplace for reducing sedentary behaviour in adults under 60 (protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD012554.

McMullen J, Martin R, Jones J, Murtagh EM (2016) Moving to Learn Ireland - Classroom teachers' experiences of movement integration Teaching and Teacher Education 60: 321-330

Harrington DM, Murphy M, Carlin A, Coppinger T, Donnelly A, Dowd KP, Keating T, Murphy N,  Murtagh E, O’Brien W, Woods C, and Belton S. Results From Ireland North and South’s 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 2016;13(Suppl 2):S183 -S188


Murtagh EM, Dempster M, Murphy MH. Determinants of uptake and maintenance of active commuting to school Health and Place. 2016;40:9-14

Drummy C, Murtagh EM, McKee DP, Breslin G, Davison GW,Murphy MH. (2016) The effect of a classroom activity-break on physical activity levels and adiposity in primary school children. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 52(7), 745-749

Hegarty LM, Mair JL, Kirhy, K, Murtagh EM, Murphy MH et al (2016) School-based interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour in children: A systematic review. AIMS Public Health 3 (3): 520-541

NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (2016)  A century of trends in adult human eight. eLife 2016;5:e13410

NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (2016) Trends in adult body-mass index in 200 countries from 1975 to 2014: a pooled analysis of 1698 population-based measurement studies with 19.2 million participants. The Lancet, 387(10026): 1377-1396.

Current postgraduate supervision

·       Adolescent Girls and their Perceptions of Physical Activity: Improving our Understanding to Enhance Intervention Design – Méabh Corr; 2016 - present

·         Evaluation of the Be Active Afterschool Activity Programme  - Brian Mulhare; 2017 – present

·         Sedentary behaviour in primary schoolchildren – Lynda Hegarty (University of Ulster); 2014 – present.

• International Society for Physical Activity and Public Health
• International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
• Gymnastics Ireland
• Colleges of Education Physical Education Consortium




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