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Dr Elaine Murtagh

Senior Lecturer / Athena SWAN Project Director

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
Email: elaine.murtagh@mic.ul.ie

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

 Professional roles:

·         Co-Chair, WHO HEPA Europe (European network for the promotion of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity) working group on children and young people

·         MedEx UL Steering Group member (community-based chronic disease rehabilitation programme)

·         North/South research, policy and practice knowledge exchange group member - physical activity and ageing. Institute of Public Health

·         Steering Committee member, Healthy Ireland Demonstration Project


Recent Journal Articles (2017 – 2018):

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


Foster C, Kelly P, Reid H, Roberts N, Murtagh E, Humphreys D, Panter J, Milton K. What works to promote walking at the population level? A systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2018;52(12):807-812


Oja P, Kelly P, Murtagh EM, Murphy MH, Foster C, Titze S. The effects of frequency, intensity, duration and volume of walking interventions on CVD risk factors: A systematic review and meta-regression analysis of randomized controlled trials among inactive healthy adults. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2018;52(12):769-775


Stamatakis E, Kelly P, Strain T, Murtagh EM, Ding D, Murphy MH.  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. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2018;52(12):761-768


Murtagh E, Barnes, A, Mc Mullen J and Morgan PJ. Mothers and Teenage Daughters Walking to Health: Using the Behaviour Change Wheel to develop an intervention to improve adolescent girls’ physical activity. Public Health. 2018; 158:37-46


Barnes AT, Young MD, Murtagh EM, et al. Effectiveness of mother and daughter interventions targeting physical activity, fitness, nutrition and adiposity: A systematic review. Prev Med. 2018; 111:55- 66


Thomas NE, Rowe DA, Murtagh EM, et al. Associations between metabolic syndrome components and markers of inflammation in Welsh school children. Eur J Pediatr 2018; 177(3):409-417


NCD Risk Factor Collaboration. 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 2017; 390(10113):2627-2642 

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. [published online 4 May 2017]


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.


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





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