Joseph Murphy

Joey Murphy
Qualifications: PhD, University of Limerick, 2018; BSc. Sport Science and Health, Dublin City University, 2014

Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences
Faculty of Education and Health Sciences
University of Limerick
Twitter: @JoeyMurphy


Research Manager for the Irish Physical Activity Research Collaboration (I-PARC)

Teaching and Research Interests:

Teaching Interests:

  • Physical activity and health related behaviours in adolescents and young adults
  • Research methods
  • Developmental theories for human movement
  • Fundamental movement skills 

Research Interests
  • Measuring and monitoring physical activity
  • Evaluation methods
  • Factors related to physical activity patterns in university students
  • Youth sports dropout: assisting Prof. Catherine Woods on the project ‘Keep Youngsters Involved’ that aims to prevent the dropout of youngsters (aged 12-19 years) from sport. 

Personal Profile:

Dr. Joseph (Joey) Murphy is the Research Manager for the Irish Physical Activity Research Collaboration (I-PARC). This research brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers in Ireland to identify effective interventions and implementation methods for increasing population levels of physical activity. Outcomes of this research include a standardised evaluation framework and a structure of successful implementation methods for use in the real world. Prior to this position, Joey completed his thesis as part of the Student Activity and Sport Study Ireland (SASSI) study under the supervision of Prof. Catherine Woods and Dr. Ciaran MacDonncha. His postgraduate research included over 8,000 students from 33 third level institutes on the island of Ireland and investigated the personal, behavioural and environmental factors that influence their physical activity behaviours.

Selected Publications:

  • Flynn, J., Hardeman, W., Milton, K., Murphy, J., & Jones, A. (2020). A systematic review of the use and reporting of evaluation frameworks within evaluations of physical activity interventions.  DOI: 10.1186/s12966-020-01013-7
  • Direito, A., Murphy, J. J., Mclaughlin, M., Mair, J., Mackenzie, K., Kamada, M., ... & 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 Health, 16(11), 940-944.
  • Murphy, J. J., MacDonncha, C., Murphy, M. H., Murphy, N., Nevill, A. M., & Woods, C. B. (2019). What psychosocial factors determine the physical activity patterns of university students?. Journal of physical activity & health, 16(5).
  • Murphy, J. J., Murphy, M. H., MacDonncha, C., Murphy, 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:
  • Murphy, J. J., Woods, C. B., Murphy, M. H., Murphy, N., Nevill, A. M., Byrne, N., & MacDonncha, C. Student Activity and Sport Study Ireland: Protocol of a web-based survey and environmental audit tool for assessing the role of multiple factors for university students’ physical activity. (2019). JMIR Research Protocols.
  • Murphy, J. J., Murphy, M. H., MacDonncha, C., Murphy, N., Nevill, A. M., & 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, 21(3), 134-141. DOI: