Alan Donnelly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science and Director of the Health Research Institute (HRI).  He is a member of the HRI's Physical Activity for Health Centre,He has as an active research group with a focus on device-based measurement of physical behaviours, including sleeping, standing, siting and physical activity.  His research work explored the link between the different activity behaviors and health indices across the lifespan, and measures the effectiveness of interventions to reduce sedentary behavior and enhance health.   He is an Executive member of the International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviours (ISMPB).


Powell C, Browne LD, Carson BP, Dowd KP, Perry IJ, Kearney PM, Harrington JM, Donnelly AE. Use of Compositional Data Analysis to Show Estimated Changes in Cardiometabolic Health by Reallocating Time to Light-Intensity Physical Activity in Older Adults. Sports Med. 2020 Jan;50(1):205-217. doi: 10.1007/s40279-019-01153-2

Hayes G, Dowd KP, MacDonncha C, Donnelly AE.  Tracking of physical activity and sedentary behaviour from adolescence to young adulthood: a systematic literature review. J. Adolescent Health 65(4): 446-454. 2019 PMID:31248803

McKenna SG, Donnelly AE, Ebsensen BA, Fraser AD, Kennedy NM The impact of exercise on sleep (time, quality, and disturbance) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial. Rheumatology International 2018: 38 (7); 1191-1198 PMID: 29766257

Powell C, Herring MP, Dowd KP, Donnelly AE, Carson BP, The cross-sectional associations between objectively measured sedentary time and cardiometabolic health markers in adults - a systematic review with meta-analysis component. Obesity Reviews 19(3); 381-395, 2018. PMID:29178252

Casey B, Coote S, Galvin R, Donnelly A Objective physical activity levels in people with multiple sclerosis; meta-analysis. Scand J Medicine & Science in Sport 2018 28(9) 1960-1969, 2018. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2018 Sep;28(9):1960-1969. doi: 10.1111/sms.13214.