Physical Activity and Health Research Publications

BOOK Chapter

  • Ng, K., Rintala, P., Asunta, P. (2019). Functional difficulties in association with physical activity and sitting time, in S. Kokko & L. Martin (Eds) The Physical Activity Behaviours of Children and Adolescents in Finland, Results of the F-SPA study, 2018. (pp 107-116) National Sports Council, Helsinki
  • Nankervis, K., Cousins, W., Válková, H. & MacIntyre, T. (2013).  Physical activity, exercise, and sport. In: Health Promotion for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. McGraw Hill/Open University Press, pp. 174-182. ISBN 9780335246946

Peer Review Publications:


  • Craike, M., Bourke, M., Hilland, T.A., Wiesner, G., Pascoe, M.C., Bengoechea, E.G. and Parker, A.G., 2019. Correlates of Physical Activity Among Disadvantaged Groups: A Systematic Review. American journal of preventive medicine57(5), pp.700-715.  DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.06.021
  • Direito, A., Murphy, J.J., Mclaughlin, M., Mair, J., Mackenzie, K., Kamada, M., Sutherland, R., Montgomery, S. and Shilton, T., 2019. Early Career Professionals’(Researchers, Practitioners, and Policymakers) Role in Advocating, Disseminating, and Implementing the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity: ISPAH Early Career Network View. Journal of Physical Activity and Health16(11), pp.940-944.  DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2019-0450
  • McDowell CP, Dishman RK, Gordon BR, Herring MP. Physical Activity and Anxiety: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies. American journal of preventive medicine. 2019;57(4):545-56.  DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.05.012
  • Hopkins, D., Bengoechea, E.G. and Mandic, S., 2019. Adolescents and their aspirations for private car-based transport. Transportation, pp.1-27.  DOI: 10.1007/s11116-019-10044-4
  • Fleming KM, Coote SB, Herring MP (2019). ‘The feasibility of Pilates to improve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and fatigue among people with Multiple Sclerosis: An eight-week randomized controlled pilot trial’, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 45, 101573.  DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.101573
  • Powell, C., Browne, L.D., Carson, B.P., Dowd, K.P., Perry, I.J., Kearney, P.M., Harrington, J.M. and Donnelly, A.E., 2019. Use of Compositional Data Analysis to Show Estimated Changes in Cardiometabolic Health by Reallocating Time to Light-Intensity Physical Activity in Older Adults. Sports Medicine, pp.1-13.  DOI: 10.1007/s40279-019-01153-2
  • McDowell CP, Gordon BR, MacDonncha C, Herring MP (2019) Physical activity correlates among older adults with probable generalized anxiety disorder: Results from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing. General Hospital Psychiatry. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2019.04.012
  • O’Connor, R., Power, R., Bissett, K., Bourdan, K-A., Togher, K., Power, H., O’Reilly, K., Baistrocchi, S., Purtill, P., Keyes, S., Brannock, M., Maxwell, J., McAnuff, R. and Woods, C. Letter to the Editor: Supervised exercise for cardiovascular rehabilitation—the Limerick programme.  Irish Journal of Medical Science (2019). DOI: 10.1007/s11845-019-02058-9
  • Hayes, G., Dowd, K.P., MacDonncha, C. and Donnelly, A.E., 2019. Tracking of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior From Adolescence to Young Adulthood: A Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Adolescent Health. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.03.013
  • Ng, K. and Salmikangas, A.K., 2019. Social Learning among Transplant Event Volunteers.  European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity.  DOI: 10.5507/euj.2019.008
  • Sigmundová, D., Sigmund, E., Tesler, R., Ng, K.W., Hamrik, Z., Mathisen, F.K.S., Inchley, J. and Bucksch, J.  2019.   Vigorous physical activity in relation to family affluence: time trends in Europe and North America. International Journal of Public Health, pp.1-10.  DOI: 10.1007/s00038-019-01271-8
  • Gordon BR, McDowell CP, Lyons M, Herring MP (2019). Associations between grip strength and Generalized Anxiety disorder in older adults: results from the Irish longitudinal study on ageing. Journal of Affective Disorders, 255:136-141. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2019.05.043 (IF: 3.79; Q1: Clinical Neurology– SCIE).
  • Kek, C.C., Bengoechea, E.G., Spence, J.C. and Mandic, S., 2019. The relationship between transport-to-school habits and physical activity in a sample of New Zealand adolescents. Journal of Sport and Health Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.jshs.2019.02.006
  • Craike, M., Wiesner, G., Hilland, T.A. and Bengoechea, E.G.  Centre for Active Living, June 2019, Vol 30, No. 6.  How inclusive are we? A look at the effectiveness of physical activity interventions for disadvantaged groups.
  • MacIntyre, T.E., Walkin, A.M., Beckmann, J., Calogiuri, G., Gritzka, S., Oliver, G., Donnelly, A.A. and Warrington, G., 2019. An exploratory study of extreme sport athletes’ nature interactions: From well-being to pro-environmental behavior. Frontiers in Psychology10, p.1233.  DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01233
  • Murphy, J.J., MacDonncha, C., Murphy, M.H., Murphy, N., Nevill, A.M. and Woods, C.B., 2019. What Psychosocial Factors Determine the Physical Activity Patterns of University Students? Journal of Physical Activity and Health, (00), pp.1-8. DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2018-0205
  • Ng, K.W., Badura, P., Dzielska, A., Kokko, S., Woods, C.B. and Hamrik, Z., 2019. Test-retest reliability of survey items on ownership and use of physical activity trackers. DOI: 10.5507/ag.2019.001
  • Macridis, S., Bengoechea, E.G., Ohsennenawi Jacobs, J., McComber, A., Macaulay, A., & Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project School Travel Planning Committee, T. (2019). School Travel Planning with the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project: Partnership Perspectives. Collaborations: A Journal of Community-based Research and Practice, 2(1), 12.
  • Herring MP, Monroe DC, Gordon BR, Hallgren M, Campbell MJ (2019). Acute exercise effects among young adults with analogue generalized anxiety disorder. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001860. PMID: 30531490. (IF: 4.291; Q1 Sport Sciences; R=7/81)*
  • Vancampfort D, Stubbs B, Smith L, Gardner B, Herring MP, Koyanagi A (2019). Correlates of sedentary behavior among community-dwelling adults with anxiety in six low- and middle-income countries. Psychiatry Research, 273:501-508. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2019.01.064. (IF: 2.223; C=; Q2 Psychiatry; R=61/142)
  • Andrews K, Gallagher S, Herring MP (2019). Exercise effects on health and fitness of firefighters: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. DOI: 10.1111/sms.13411. (IF: 3.623; C=; Q1 Sport Sciences; R=9/81)*
  • O’Connor PJ, Herring MP, McDowell CP, Dishman RK (2019). Physical activity is indirectly associated with pain in college women through associations with somatization and panic disorder symptoms. Annals of Epidemiology. DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2019.02.008.  (IF: 2.804; C=; Q1 Public, Environmental & Occupational Health; R=44/181)
  • Hallgren M, Nguyen TTD, Herring MP, McDowell CP, Gordon BR, Stubbs B, Bellocco R, Lagerros YT (2019). Associations of physical activity with anxiety symptoms and disorders: Findings from the Swedish National March Cohort. General Hospital Psychiatry, 58:45-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2019.03.001. (IF: 2.989; C=4; Q2 Psychiatry; R=52/142)
  • Ng, K.W.; McHale, F.; Cotter, K.; O’Shea, D.; Woods, C. Feasibility Study of the Secondary Level Active School Flag Programme: Study Protocol. J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2019, 4(1), 16. DOI: 10.3390/jfmk4010016
  • Kek CC, Bengoechea EG, Spence J, Mandic S. The relationship between transport-to-school habits and physical activity in a sample of New Zealand adolescents. Journal of Health and Sport Sciences (in press; E-pub: 28 Feb 2019) DOI:
  • Murphy, J. J., Woods, C. B., Murphy, M. H., Murphy, N., Byrne, N.m 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.  JMIR Res Protoc 2019;8(2):e10823  DOI:10.2196/resprot.10823  
  • Murphy, J. J., MacDonncha, C. ,Murphy, M. H., Murphy, N., Timperio, A., Leech, R.M., & 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. DOI:10.1186/s12889-019-6453-6
  • Ng, K.,Hämylä, R., Tynjälä, J., Villberg, J., Tammelin, T., Kannas, L., and Kokko, S. “Test-retest reliability of adolescents’ self-reported physical activity item in two consecutive surveys”.  Archives of Public Health. 2019. DOI: 10.1186/s13690-019-0335-3
  • Doyle, C.B., Khan, A. & Burton, N.W. (2019). Recreational physical activity context and type preferences among male and female Emirati university students.  International Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihz002


  • Short, C.E., DeSmet, A., Woods, C., Williams, S.L., Maher, C., Middelweerd, A., Müller, A.M., Wark, P.A., Vandelanotte, C., Poppe, L. and Hingle, M.D., 2018. Measuring Engagement in eHealth and mHealth Behavior Change Interventions: Viewpoint of Methodologies. Journal of Medical Internet Research20(11).  DOI: 10.2196/jmir.9397
  • Kelly, L., O’Connor, S. Harrison, A.J. & Ní Chéilleachair, N. (2018) Does fundamental movement skill proficiency vary by sex, class group or weight status? Evidence from an Irish primary school setting, Journal of Sports Sciences, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2018.1543833
  • Molina-García, J., Queralt, A., Bengoechea, E.G., Moore, A. and Mandic, S., 2018. Would New Zealand adolescents cycle to school more if allowed to cycle without a helmet?. Journal of Transport & Health11, pp.64-72.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jth.2018.10.001
  • Ng, K, Augustine L and Inchley, J.  2018. Physical Activity Among Adolescents With Long-Term Illnesses or Disabilities in 15 European Countries. Adapt Phys Activ Q. 2017 Oct 1;34(4):456-465. doi: 10.1123/apaq.2016-0138
  • Murphy, M.H., Carlin, A., Woods, C., Nevill, A., MacDonncha, C., Ferguson, K. and 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 and health,  Volume:15 Issue: 10 Pages:737-746 doi: 10.1123/jpah.2017-0432
  • Ng, K & Ryba, T. 2018. “The Quantified Athlete: Associations of Wearables for High School Athletes,” Advances in Human-Computer Interaction, vol. 2018, Article ID 6317524, 8 pages. doi: 10.1155/2018/6317524
  • Mandic, S., Keller, R., Bengoechea, E.G., Moore, A., & Coppell, K. J. (2018). School Bag Weight as a Barrier to Active Transport to School among New Zealand Adolescents. Children, 5, 129. doi:10.3390/children5100129
  • Ng K.W., Rintala, P, Husu, P., Villberg, J., Vasankari, R and Kokko, S.  2018.  Devised based physical activity levels among Finnish adolescents with functional limitations.  Disability and Health Journal. In Press
  • McDowell CP, Dishman RK, Hallgren M, MacDonncha CHerring MP (2018) Associations of physical activity and depression: Results from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing. Experimental Gerontology doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2018.09.004 (IF:3.22; Q2: Geriatrics & Gerontology – SCIE)
  • Kandola A, Vancampfort D, Herring MP, Rebar A, Hallgren M, Firth J, Stubbs B. Moving to beat anxiety: Epidemiology and therapeutic issues with physical activity for anxiety (2018). Current Psychiatry Reports, 20:63. doi: 10.1007/s11920-018-0923-x. (IF: 3.864; Q1 Psychiatry; R=35/142)
  • Vancampfort D, Stubbs B, Smith L, Hallgren M, Firth J, Herring MP, Probst M, Koyanagi A (2018). Physical activity and sleep problems in 38 low- and middle-income countries. Sleep Medicine, 48:140-147. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2018.04.013. (IF: 3.395; Q2 Clinical Neurology; R=64/197)
  • Grgic, J., Dumuid, D., Bengoechea, E.G., Shrestha, N., Bauman, A., Olds, T. and Pedisic, Z., 2018. Health outcomes associated with reallocations of time between sleep, sedentary behaviour, and physical activity: a systematic scoping review of isotemporal substitution studies. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity15(1), p.69.  DOI: 10.1186/s12966-018-0691-3
  • De Craemer, M.; Chastin, S.; Ahrens, W.; Bernaards, C.; Brug, J.; Buck, C.; Cardon, G.; Capranica, L.; Dargent-Molina, P.; De Lepeleere, S.; Hoffmann, B.; Kennedy, A.; Lakerveld, J.; Lien, N.; Ling, F.; Loyen, A.; MacDonncha, C.; Nazare, J.-A.; O’Donoghue, G.; O’Gorman, D.; Perchoux, C.; Pigeot, I.; Simon, C.; Mueller-Stierlin, A.S.; van der Ploeg, H.; Van Cauwenberg, J.; Oppert, J.-M.  Data on Determinants Are Needed to Curb the Sedentary Epidemic in Europe. Lessons Learnt from the DEDIPAC European Knowledge Hub. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1406.
  • McDowell CP, Carlin A, Capranica L, Dillon C, Harrington JM, Lakerveld J, Loyen A, Ling FCM, Brug J, MacDonncha C, Herring MP (2018) Associations of Self-Reported Physical Activity and Depression in 10,000 Irish Adults across Harmonised Datasets: a DEDIPAC-study. BMC Public Health. doi:10.1186/s12889-018-5702-4 (IF:2.42; Q2: Public, Environmental & Occupational Health - SCIE)
  • McDowell CP, Dishman RK, Vancampfort D, Hallgren M, Stubbs B, MacDonncha C, Herring MP (2018) Physical Activity and Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Results from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). International Journal of Epidemiology doi: 10.1093/ije/dyy141 (IF:8.36; Q1: Public, Environmental & Occupational Health - SCIE)
  • Walsh DM, Moran K, Cornelissen V, Buys R, Cornelis N and Woods C (2018).  Electronic Health Physical Activity Behavior Change Intervention to Self-Manage Cardiovascular Disease: Qualitative Exploration of Patient and Health Professional Requirements.  J Med Internet Res 2018;20(5):e163.  DOI: 10.2196/jmir.9181
  • Duff O, Walsh D, Malone S, McDermott L, Furlong B, O'Connor N, Moran K, and Woods C., (2018)  MedFit App, a Behavior-Changing, Theoretically Informed Mobile App for Patient Self-Management of Cardiovascular Disease: User-Centered Development.  JMIR Formativ Res 2018;2(1):e8. DOI: 10.2196/formative.9550
  • Müller, A. M., Maher, C. A., Vandelanotte, C., Hingle, M., Middelweerd, A., Lopez, M. L., DeSmet, A., Short, C. E., Nathan, N., Hutchesson, M. J., Poppe, L., Woods, C., William, S. L., & Wark, P. A. (2018). Physical activity, sedentary behavior and diet related ehealth and mHealth research: Bibliometric analysis.Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(4):e122. DOI: org/10.2196/jmir.8954
  • Ng K, Pickett, W., Michaelson, V., Freeman, J.  2018.  Activity Involvement and Spiritual Health in Children with ADHD and Learning Disabilities.  Journal of Disability & Religion, pp 1-19. doi: 10.1080/23312521.2018.1467294  
  • Craike, M., Wiesner, G., Hilland, T.A. and Bengoechea, E.G., 2018. Interventions to improve physical activity among socioeconomically disadvantaged groups: an umbrella review International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity15(1), p.43. doi: 0.1186/s12966-018-0676-2
  • Gordon BR, McDowell CP, Hallgren M, Meyer JD, Lyons M, Herring MP. Association of Efficacy of Resistance Exercise Training With Depressive Symptoms: Meta-analysis and Meta-regression Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online May 09, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.0572. (IF: 15.307; C=0; Q1 Psychiatry; R=2/142).
  • Legrand F, Race M, Herring MP (2018). Acute effects of outdoor and indoor exercise on feelings of energy and fatigue in people with depressive symptoms. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 56:91-96. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2018.03.005.  (IF:3.494; C=0; Q1 Multidisciplinary Psychology; R=14/129)*
  • Walsh, D.M., Moran, K., Cornelissen, V., Buys, R., Claes, J., Zampognaro, P., Melillo, F., Maglaveras, N., Chouvarda, I., Triantafyllidis, A. and Filos, D., Woods, C. 2018. The development and codesign of the PATHway intervention: a theory-driven eHealth platform for the self-management of cardiovascular disease. Translational Behavioral Medicine. DOI: 10.1093/tbm/iby017
  • Sheehan, R.B., Herring, M.P. and Campbell, M.J. 2018. Longitudinal relations of mental health and motivation among elite student-athletes across a condensed season: Plausible influence of academic and athletic schedule. Psychology of Sport and
  • Herring, M.P., Monroe, D.C., Kline, C.E., O’Connor, P.J. and MacDonncha, C., 2018. Sleep quality moderates the association between physical activity frequency and feelings of energy and fatigue in adolescents. European child & adolescent psychiatry, pp.1-8. (IF: 3.295; C=0; Q1 Pediatrics; R=12/121)*
  • O’Donoghue, G., Kennedy, A., Puggina, A., Aleksovska, K., Buck, C., Burns, C., Cardon, G., Carlin, A., Ciarapica, D., Colotto, M. and Condello, G., 2018. Socio-economic determinants of physical activity across the life course: A" DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity"(DEDIPAC) umbrella literature review. PloS one13(1), p.e0190737. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0190737
  • McDowell CP, Gordon BR, Herring MP. Sex-related differences in the association between grip strength and depression: Results from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing. Experimental Gerontology. 2018. doi:10.1016/j.exger.2018.02.010
  • Fleming, K.M. and Herring, M.P., 2018. The Effects of Pilates on Mental Health Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis of Controlled Trials. Complementary Therapies in Medicine.   doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2018.02.003  (IF: 2.013; C=0; Q2 Integrative & Complementary Medicine; R=8/26)*
  • Dowd, K.P., Szeklicki, R., Minetto, M.A., Murphy, M.H., Polito, A., Ghigo, E., van der Ploeg, H., Ekelund, U., Maciaszek, J., Stemplewski, R., Tomczak, M., and Donnelly, A.E.  2018. A systematic literature review of reviews on techniques for physical activity measurement in adults: a DEDIPAC study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity15(1), p.15.
  • McDowell CP, Gordon BR, Andrews KL, MacDonncha C, Herring MP. Associations of physical activity with anxiety symptoms and status: results from The Irish longitudinal study on ageing. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 2018 doi: 10.1017/S204579601800001X.


  • Powell C, Herring MP, Dowd KP, Donnelly AE, Carson BP (2017). The cross-sectional associations between objectively measured sedentary time and cardiometabolic health markers in adults: A systematic review with meta-analysis component. Obesity Reviews. (Impact Factor: 7.883). doi: 10.1111/obr.12642
  • Herring, M. P., Hallgren, M., & Campbell, M. J. (2017). Acute exercise effects on worry, state anxiety, and feelings of energy and fatigue among young women with probable Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A pilot study. Psychology of Sport and Exercise10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.07.009
  • Gordon, B.R, McDowell, C.P., Lyons, M. and Herring, M.P. 2017. The Effects of Resistance Exercise Training on Anxiety: A Meta-Analysis and Meta-Regression Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Sports Medicine, pp 1-12 10.1007/s40279-017-0769-0
  • Vancampfort D, Stubbs B, Herring MP, Hallgren M, Koyanagi A (2018). Sedentary behavior and anxiety: Association and influential factors among 42,469 community-dwelling adults in six low- and middle-income countries. General Hospital Psychiatry, 50:26-32. 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2017.09.006. (Impact Factor: 2.279) 
  • Uszynski, M.K., Herring, M.P., Casey, B., Hayes, S., Gallagher, S., Motl, R.W. and Coote, S., 2017. Sources of Variability in Physical Activity Among Inactive People with Multiple Sclerosis. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, pp.1-6.  10.1007/s12529-017-9674-z
  • Noonan, R.J., Fairclough, S.J., Knowles, Z.R. and Boddy, L.M., 2017. Context matters! sources of variability in weekend physical activity among families: a repeated measures study. BMC public health17(1), p.330.  10.1186/s12889-017-4232-9
  • Claes, J., Buys, R., Woods, C., Briggs, A., Geue, C., Aitken, M., Moyna, N., Moran, K., McCaffrey, N., Chouvarda, I. and Walsh, D., 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(6), p.e016781.  DOI:10.1136/ bmjopen-2017-016781
  • McKenna, S., Donnelly, A., Fraser, A. and Kennedy, N., 2017. Sleep and physical activity: a survey of people with inflammatory arthritis and their engagement by health professionals in rheumatology in Ireland. Disability and Rehabilitation, pp.1-7.  10.1080/09638288.2017.1334095
  • Casey, B., Coote, S. and Donnelly, A., 2017. Objective physical activity measurement in people with multiple sclerosis: a review of the literature. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, pp.1-8. 10.1080/17483107.2017.1297859
  • Herring, M.P., Fleming, K.M., Hayes, S.P., Motl, R.W. and Coote, S.B., 2017. Moderators of Exercise Effects on Depressive Symptoms in Multiple Sclerosis: A Meta-regression. American Journal of Preventive Medicine10.1016/j.amepre.2017.04.011
  • Coote, S., Uszynski, M., Herring, M.P., Hayes, S., Scarrott, C., Newell, J., Gallagher, S., Larkin, A. and Motl, R.W., 2017. Effect of exercising at minimum recommendations of the multiple sclerosis exercise guideline combined with structured education or attention control education–secondary results of the step it up randomised controlled trial. BMC neurology17(1), p.119.  10.1186/s12883-017-0898-y
  • Murphy, J.J., Murphy, M.H., MacDonncha, C., Murphy, N., Nevill, A.M. and Woods, C.B., 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, pp.1-8.  10.1080/1091367X.2017.1297711
  • Carson, B.P. 2017. The potential role of contraction-induced myokines in the regulation of metabolic function for the prevention and treatment of T2D. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 8, p.97.  10.3389/fendo.2017.00097
  • McDowell CP, Cook DB, Herring MP. 2017. The Effects of Exercise Training on Anxiety in Fibromyalgia Patients: A Meta-analysis. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise,  Apr 18. 10.1249/MSS. 0000000000001290.
  • Casey, B., Coote, S. and Donnelly, A., 2017. Objective physical activity measurement in people with multiple sclerosis: a review of the literature. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, pp.1-8.  10.1080/17483107.2017.1297859
  • Lavebratt C, Herring MP.,  Liu JJ, Wei YB, Bossoli D, Hallgren M, Forsell Y. 2017.  Interleukin-6 and depressive symptom severity in response to physical exercise. Psychiatry Research ;252:270-276.  
  • Dowd, Kieran P., Helen Purtill, Deirdre M. Harrington, Jane F. Hislop, John J. Reilly, and Alan E. Donnelly. "Minimum Wear Duration for the activPALTM Professional Activity Monitor in Adolescent Females." Pediatric exercise science (2017): 1-18. 10.1123/pes.2016-0188
  • McDowell, C.P., MacDonncha, C. and Herring, M.P. (2017). Brief report: Associations of physical activity with anxiety and depression symptoms and status among adolescents. Journal of Adolescence55, pp.1-4. 10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.12.004
  • Condello, G., Puggina, A., Aleksovska, K., Buck, C., Burns, C., Cardon, G., Carlin, A., Simon, C., Ciarapica, D., Coppinger, T. and Cortis, C., D’Haese S., De Craemer, M., Di Blasio, A., Hansen, S., Iacoviello, L., Issartel, J., Izzicupo, P., Jaeschke, L., Kanning, M., Kennedy, A., Ling, F.,  Luzak, F., Napolitano, G., Nazare, JA.,  Perchoux, C., Pesce, C., Pischon, T., Polito, A.,  Sannella, A., Schulz, H., Sohun, R.,  Steinbrecher, A., Schlicht, W., Ricciardi, W., MacDonncha, C., Capranica, L., Boccia, S. on behalf of the DEDIPAC consortium. 2017. Behavioral determinants of physical activity across the life course: a “DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity”(DEDIPAC) umbrella systematic literature review. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1), p.58.  10.1186/s12966-017-0510-2
  • Puggina, A., Aleksovska, K., Buck, C., Burns, C., Cardon, G., Carlin, A., Chantal, S., Ciarapica, D., Condello, G., Coppinger, T. and Cortis, C., D’Haese, De Craemer, M., Di Blasio, A., Hansen, S., Iacoviello, L., Issartel, J., Izzicupo, P., Jaeschke, L., Kanning, M., Kennedy, A., Chun Man Ling, F., Luzak., A., Napolitano, G., Nazare, Perchoux, C.,  Pischon, T., Polito, A., Sannellla, A., Schulz, H., Sohun, R., Steinbrecher, A., Schlicht, W., Ricciardi., W., MacDonncha, C., Capranica, L. and Boccia, S2017. Policy determinants of physical activity across the life course: a ‘DEDIPAC’umbrella systematic literature reviewEuropean Journal of Public Health.
  • Carlin, A., Perchoux, C., Puggina, A., Aleksovska, K., Buck, C., Burns, C., Cardon, G., Chantal, S., Ciarapica, D., Condello, G., Coppinger, T.,, Cortis, C., D’Haese, De Craemer, M., Di Blasio, A., Hansen, S., Iacoviello, L., Issartel, J., Izzicupo, P., Jaeschke, L., Kanning, M., Kennedy, A., Lakerveld, J., Chun Man Ling, F., Luzak., A., Napolitano, G., Nazare, J.A., Pischon, T., Polito, A., Sannellla, A., Schulz, H., Sohun, R., Steinbrecher, A., Schlicht, W., Ricciardi., W., MacDonncha, C., Capranica, L. and Boccia, S.  2017. A life course examination of the physical environmental determinants of physical activity behaviour: A Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity” (DEDIPAC) umbrella systematic literature reviewPloS one12(8), p.e0182083.
  • Cortis, C., Puggina, A., Pesce, C., Aleksovska, K., Buck, C., Burns, C., Cardon, G., Carlin, A., Simon, C., Ciarapica, D.,  Condello, G., Coppinger, T., D’Haese, S, De Craemer, M., Di Blasio, A., Hansen, S., Lacoviello, L., Issartel, J., Izzicupo, I, Jaeschke, L., Kanning, M., Kennedy, A., Chun Man Ling, F., Luzak, A., Napolitano, G., Nazare J.A., O’Donoghue, G., Perchoux, C., Pischon, T., Polito, A., Sannella, A., Schulz, H., Sohun, R., Steinbrecher, A., Schlicht, W., Ricciardi, W., Castellani, L., MacDonncha, C., Capranica, L., and Boccia, S. 2017. Psychological determinants of physical activity across the life course: A" DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity" (DEDIPAC) umbrella systematic literature review. PloS one12(8), p.e0182709.



  • Condello, G., Ling, F.C.M., Bianco, A., Chastin, S., Cardon, G., Ciarapica, D., Conte, D., Cortis, C., De Craemer, M., Di Blasio, A. and Gjaka, M., 2016. Using concept mapping in the development of the EU-PAD framework (EUropean-Physical Activity Determinants across the life course): a DEDIPAC-study. BMC public health16(1), p.1145. 10.1186/s12889-016-3800-8
  • Donnelly, A.A., MacIntyre, T.E., O’Sullivan, N., Warrington, G., Harrison, A.J., Igou, E.R., Jones, M., Gidlow, C., Brick, N., Lahart, I. and Cloak, R., 2016. Environmental Influences on Elite Sport Athletes Well Being: From Gold, Silver, and Bronze to Blue Green and Gold. Frontiers in psychology7. 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01167
  • Dowd, K., Hannigan, A., Purtill, H., Macken, A.P., O’Gorman, C.S., Donnelly, A.E., Harrington, D., Kelly, S.M. and Moyna, N., 2016. The development of activity profiles in adolescent females and their association with adiposity. Pediatric exercise science28(1), pp.109-116.  10.1123/pes.2015-0081
  • Dowd, K.P., Kirwan, R.P., Hannigan, A., Purtill, H. and O'Gorman, C.S., 2015. The association between maternal perceptions of own weight status and weight status of her child: results from a national cohort study. Archives of Disease in Childhood, pp.archdischild-2015. 10.1136/archdischild-2015-308721
  • Hallgren, M., Helgadóttir, B., Herring, M.P., Zeebari, Z., Lindefors, N., Kaldo, V., Öjehagen, A. and Forsell, Y., 2016. Exercise and internet-based cognitive–behavioural therapy for depression: multicentre randomised controlled trial with 12-month follow-up. The British Journal of Psychiatry209(5), pp.414-420. 10.1192/bjp.bp.115.177576
  • Hallgren, M., Herring, M.P., Owen, N., Dunstan, D., Ekblom, Ö., Helgadottir, B., Nakitanda, O.A. and Forsell, Y., 2016. Exercise, physical activity, and sedentary behavior in the treatment of depression: broadening the scientific perspectives and clinical opportunities. Frontiers in psychiatry7.  10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00036
  • Hallgren, M., Nakitanda, O.A., Ekblom, Ö., Herring, M.P., Owen, N., Dunstan, D., Helgadottir, B. and Forsell, Y., 2016. Habitual physical activity levels predict treatment outcomes in depressed adults: A prospective cohort study. Preventive medicine88, pp.53-58. 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.03.021
  • Herring, M.P., Johnson, K.E. and O'connor, P.J., 2016. Exercise training and health-related quality of life in generalized anxiety disorder. Psychology of Sport and Exercise27, pp.138-141. 10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.08.011
  • Loyen, A., Van Hecke, L., Verloigne, M., Hendriksen, I., Lakerveld, J., Steene-Johannessen, J., Vuillemin, A., Koster, A., Donnelly, A., Ekelund, U. and Deforche, B., 2016. Variation in population levels of physical activity in European adults according to cross-European studies: a systematic literature review within DEDIPAC. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity13(1), p.72. 10.1186/s12966-016-0398-2
  • McDowell, C.P., Campbell, M.J. and Herring, M.P., 2016. Sex-Related Differences in Mood Responses to Acute Aerobic Exercise. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise48(9), pp.1798-1802. 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000969
  • Powell, C., Carson, B.P., Dowd, K.P. and Donnelly, A.E., 2016. The accuracy of the SenseWear Pro3 and the activPAL3 Micro devices for measurement of energy expenditure. Physiological Measurement37(10), p.1715. 10.1088/0967-3334/37/10/1715
  • Steene-Johannessen, J., Anderssen, S.A., Van der Ploeg, H.P., Hendriksen, I.J., Donnelly, A.E., Brage, S. and Ekelund, U., 2015. Are self-report measures able to define individuals as physically active or inactive?. 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000760
  • Toomey, C., Leahy, S., McCreesh, K., Coote, S. and Jakeman, P., 2016. The body composition phenotype of Irish adults aged 18–81 years. Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971-)185(2), pp.537-544. 10.1007/s11845-015-1338-x
  • Uszynski, M.K., Purtill, H., Donnelly, A. and Coote, S., 2016. Comparing the effects of whole-body vibration to standard exercise in ambulatory people with Multiple Sclerosis: a randomised controlled feasibility study. Clinical rehabilitation30(7), pp.657-668.  10.1177/0269215515595522
  • Van Hecke, L., Loyen, A., Verloigne, M., van der Ploeg, H.P., Lakerveld, J., Brug, J., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., Ekelund, U., Donnelly, A., Hendriksen, I. and Deforche, B., 2016. Variation in population levels of physical activity in European children and adolescents according to cross-European studies: a systematic literature review within DEDIPAC. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity13(1), p.70.  10.1186/s12966-016-0396-4
  • Verloigne, M; Loyen, A; Van Hecke, L; Lakerveld, J; Hendriksen, I; De Bourdheaudhuij, I; Deforche, B; Donnelly, A; Ekelund, U; Brug, J; van der Ploeg, HP.  2016.  Variation in population levels of sedentary time in European children and adolescents according to cross-European studies: a systematic literature review within DEDIPAC.  INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.  13.   10.1186/s12966-016-0395-5


  • Dowd KP, Kirwan RP, Hannigan A, Purtill H, O'Gorman CS. The association between maternal perceptions of own weight status and weight status of her child: results from a national cohort study. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2015:archdischild-2015-308721.
  • Herring, MP, Kline, CE, O'Connor, PJ.  Effects of exercise on sleep among young women with Generalised Anxiety Disorder.  Ment Health Phys Act, 2015; 9:59-66.
  • Dowd, K., Murphy, A.M., Scully, P., Letshwiti, J.B., and O’Gorman, C.O. (2015). The Establishment of a Pilot Paediatric Obesity Clinic at the University Hospital, Limerick. Irish Medical Journal, 108(9), 278-280


  • Al-Nakeeb, Y., Dodd, L.J., Lyons, M., Collins, P. & Al-Nuaim, A. (2014).  “A cluster analysis of lifestyle and health habits of youth from two geographically and culturally diverse countries”.  Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. No. 4., pp. 193-203.  [10.4236/ojpm.2014.44025]
  • Burns, C., Murphy, J.J., MacDonncha, C. (2014) Year in School and Physical Activity Stage of Change as Discriminators of Variation in the Physical Activity Correlate Profile of Adolescent Females. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 11(4),721-728.
  • Joyce, J., Smyth, P. J., Donnelly, A.E. et al. (2014) The Simon Task and Aging: Does Acute Moderate Exercise Influence Cognitive Control? Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 46(3), 630-639.


  • Carson, B.P., Del Bas, J.M., Moreno-Navarrete, J.M., Fernandez-Real, J.M., and Mora, S. (2013). The Rab11 Effector Protein FIP1 Regulates Adiponectin Trafficking and Secretion. Plos|ONE. Vol 8 (9). [10.1371/journal.pone.0074687]
  • Dixon, M., O’Halloran, J. & Cummins, N. (2013). Biomechanical analysis of spinal immobilisation during prehospital extrication: a proof of concept study. Emergency Medicine Journal. [10.1136/emermed-2013-202500]
  • 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. [10.1080/13573322.2013.784863].


  • Dowd, K.P., Harrington, D.M., & Donnelly, A.E. (2012). Criterion and concurrent validity of the activPAL (TM) professional physical activity monitor in adolescent females. PLOS ONE Volume:7 Issue: 10 Article Number: e47633  [10.1371/journal.pone.0047633]
  • Dowd, K.P., Hughes, S.M., Gastinger, S., Hayes, G., Harrison, M., Macken, A.P, O’Gorman, C.S., Moyna, N.M and Donnelly, A.E. (2012). Relation between Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Selected Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Adolescent Female. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE Volume: 44 Supplement: 678-678.
  • Harrington, D.M., Dowd, K. P., Tudor-Locke, C. and Donnelly, A.E. (2012). A steps/minute value for moderate intensity physical activity in adolescent females. PEDIATRIC EXERCISE SCIENCE Volume: 24 Issue: 3 Pages: 399-408.
  • Harrison, M., Moyna, N.M., Zderic, T.W., O’Gorman, D.J., McCaffrey, N., Carson, B.P. and Hamilton, M.T. (2012). Lipoprotein particle distribution and skeletal muscle lipoprotein lipase activity after acute exercise. LIPIDS IN HEALTH AND DISEASE Volume: 11 Article Number: 64  [10.1186/1476-511X-11-64]
  • Joyce, J., Donnelly, A.E., Smyth, P. J., and Davranche, K. (2012). Does acute exercise benefit reaction time performance and cognitive control in adults aged 60-70 years? JOURNAL OF AGING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY Volume: 20 Supplement: S Pages: S38-S38
  • Toomey, C., McCreesh, K. and Jakeman, P.M. (2012). The influence of abdominal fat on bone mineral density. Journal of aging and physical activity. Volume: 20 Supplement: S Pages: S178-S178
  • Puri, B. K., Jakeman, P. M., Agour, M. Gunatilake, K.D., Fernando, K.A., Gurusinghe, A.I., Treasaden, I.H, Waldman, A.D. and Gishen, P. (2012). Regional grey and white matter volumetric changes in myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue syndrome): a voxel-based morphometry 3 T MRI study. BRITISH JOURNAL OF RADIOLOGY Volume: 85 Issue: 1015 Pages: E270-E273 DOI:[10.1259/bjr/93889091]

Physical Activity and Health publications prior to 2012 are indicated on the web profiles of individual faculty.