Dr Ciaran Mac Donncha

Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Sciences

Keywords: Physical activity determinants data harmonisation

Ciaran Mac Donncha has more than 20 years of experience working with different age groups in the context of measurement, physical activity and health promotion. His primary research focus is on the determinants and correlates of physical activity and sedentary behaviour across the life-span and relevant data harmonisation. He has been principal investigator on a number of large scale health promotion intervention studies in schools, the workplace and the community. He has supervised 7 PhD and 5 MSc students to completion; he is currently supervising 6 PhD students. He was a member of the National Steering Group for Physical Activity in Ireland who prepared the first National Physical Activity Guidelines and the Draft Physical Activity Plan for Ireland. He has secured in excess of 1.2 million in research funding since 2002. He graduated from the University of Limerick with a degree in Physical Education in 1991, he was awarded a Masters degree from the University of Bristol in Exercise and Health Sciences in 1992. He completed his Ph.D in 1998. Ciaran was appointed a lecturer in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Limerick in 1998. Since that time he has held the following posts of responsibility at the University: Programme Director, Head of Department and Assistant Dean of Research, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences.


  • Condello et al. (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 Health (2016) 16:1145 DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3800-8 PMCID: PMC5101801

  • Lakerveld J et al. (2014). Towards the integration and development of a cross-European research network and infrastructure: the DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity (DEDIPAC) Knowledge Hub. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 11:143. DOI: 10.1186/s12966-014-0143-7

  • Burns, C,Murphy, JJ,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 :721-728. DOI:10.1123/jpah.2011-0353 PMID: 23574880

  • Belton SJ, Mac Donncha C. Reliability and Validity of a new Physical Activity Self-Report Measure for Younger Children YPAS. Measurement in Physical Education & Exercise Science 2010, 14(1): 15-28. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10913670903454994

  • Shiely F, MacDonncha C. Meeting the international adolescent physical activity guidelines: a comparison of objectively measured and self-reported physical activity levels. Ir Med J. 2009 Jan; 102(1):15-9. PMID: 19284012

  Health Technologies   Lifestyle & Health   Health Services Delivery   Contact

Newsletter Signup

Twitter Feed