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Dr. Catherine Woods

BA PhD

Biography

Prof. Woods is Chair of Physical Activity for Health in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick (UL). She is a member of UL’s Health Research Institute (https://www.ul.ie/research/hri), and Director of Collaboration & Internationalisation within the recently established Physical Activity for Health Research Cluster in UL (https://www.ul.ie/hri/hri-research/research-clusters). Prof. Woods' research cuts across the HRI themes of lifestyle, health and technology. She enjoys developing and testing theoretically sound interventions to change population levels of physical activity, and seeks better, more systematic methods of bringing research, practice and policy closer together to achieve real and sustainable impact. Prof. Woods believes that physical activity is a best buy for public health as it has the potential to improve health and wellbeing for everyone, irrespective of age, ability or condition.

Professor Woods has led - as Principal or Co-Investigator – successful grant applications generating a total income of €14,100,242 (€4,070,512 to UL/DCU). Professor Woods has successfully trained 10 PhD and 6 MSc research students, and currently has one research fellow and five post-doctoral researchers, four full-time research assistants and five PhD students within her physical activity for health research team. This team have published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at >30 (inter)national conferences.

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2019 - Visiting Professor
  • 2018 - Honorary Professor

Association

  • 2018 Member, European College of Sport Science
  • 2016 Member, International Society of Physical Activity and Health
  • 2014 Member; SIG Executive e and mhealth; SIG Exe Environement and Policy, International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • 2008 Member, WHO Health Enhancing Physical Activity Network

Committee

  • 2018 Healthy UL,
  • 2017 Structured PhD Programme,
  • 2017 National Physical Activity Plan: Research Subgroup,
  • 2016 National Physical Activity Plan Implementation Group,

Employment

  • 2016 University of Limerick - Chair, Physical Activity for Health
  • 2000 Dublin City University - Senior Lecturer
  • 1998 University of Glasgow - Senior Research Assistant
  • 1995 University of Glasgow - Research Assistant
  • 1991 Presentation Secondary School - Head of Physical Education Department & English Teacher

Research Collaborators

  • Ms Dorien Dijck - Funding Award - Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands -Netherlands
  • Professor Marie Murphy - Funding Award - University of Ulster -Country
  • Professor Nanette Mutrie - Funding Award - University of Edinburgh -Scotland
  • Professor Adrian Bauman - Funding Award - University of Sydney -Country
  • Dr. Sarahjane Belton - Funding Award - Dublin City University -Country -Research programmes we collaborate on, include: The CSPPA Study The Y-PATH Study Be Active After School The Active School Flag
  • Dr. Kieran Moran - Funding Award - Dublin City University -Collaborative projects include: PATHway mPATHway
  • Jan Seghers - International Collaboration Type - KU Leuven -Belgium -Erasmus+ Project: Keep Youngsters Involved
  • Prof. Wolfgang Ahrens - Funding Award -Germany -Policy Evaluation Network
  • Dr. Jeroen Lakerveld - Funding Award -Netherlands -Policy Evaluation Network

Publications

Book Chapter

2019

Intervention studies, training studies and determining the acute responses to bouts of exercise
Bird, S. and Woods, C.
Research Methods in Physical Activity and Health

2019

Producing the Research Proposal
Murphy, M. and Woods, C.
Research Methods in Physical Activity and Health

2018

Putting physical activity on the policy agenda
Woods, C.B. and Mutrie N.
Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice

Conference Publication

2018

Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
Prabhu G.;Kuklyte J.;Gualano L.;Venkataraman K.;Ahmadi A.;Duff O.;Walsh D.;Woods C.;O’Connor N.;Moran K.
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-98551-0_3

2018

Congress of the International society of physical activity for health
Ng, K;Woods, C;Mansergh, F;McCarthy, K;O'Shea, D

2018

Congress of the International society of physical activity for health
McHale, F;Ng, K;O'Shea, D;Norton, C;Barrett, G;Clifford, J;Murphy, P;Woods, C

2018

Congress of the International society of physical activity for health
Woods, C;O'Regan, A;Glynn, L;Casey, M;Clifford, A;Donnelly, A;Murphy, AW;Gallagher, S;Coote, S;Gillespie, P;Harkin, M;Macken, P;Sweeney, J;Foley-Walsh, M;Quinn, G;Ng, K;O'Sullivan, N;Garcia, E

2017

A Use Case based requirements specification approach to support the development of a rehabilitation system for CVD patients: The PATHWAY Project
Zampognaro, P,Buys, R,Walsh, D,Woods, C,Melillo, F,
2013 Ieee Symposium On Computers And Communications (Iscc)

2017

Proceedings - IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications
Zampognaro P.;Buys R.;Walsh D.;Woods C.;Melillo F.
DOI: 10.1109/ISCC.2017.8024538

Other Publication

2020

Assessing physical activity through questionnaires – A consensus of best practices and future directions
Nigg C.R.;Fuchs R.;Gerber M.;Jekauc D.;Koch T.;Krell-Roesch J.;Lippke S.;Mnich C.;Novak B.;Ju Q.;Sattler M.C.;Schmidt S.C.E.;van Poppel M.;Reimers A.K.;Wagner P.;Woods C.;Woll A.
Psychology Of Sport And Exercise DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101715

2019

Interventions promoting active transport to school in children: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Jones R.;Blackburn N.;Woods C.;Byrne M.;van Nassau F.;Tully M.
Preventive Medicine DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2019.03.030

2018

The development and co-design of the PATHway intervention: A theory-driven eHealth platform for the self-management of cardiovascular disease
Woods, C;McDermott, L;Walsh, D;Cornelissen, V;Buys, R;Claes, J;Zampognaro, P;Melillo, F;Maglaveras, N;Chouvarda, I;Triantafyllidis, A;Filos, D;Moran, K
Journal of Physical Activity and Health

2018

Sedentary behaviour profiles of Irish children and youth: A follow up to the Children's Sport Participation and Physical Activity Study (CSPPA)
Powell, C;Woods, C;Saunders, J;Belton, S;O'Brien, W;Murphy, M
Journal of Physical Activity and Health

2018

How does the university environment influence students' physical activity patterns?
Murphy, J;MacDonncha, C;Murphy, MH;Murphy, N;Woods, CB
Journal of Physical Activity and Health

2018

Factors and strategies to prevent dropout in youth sport: results of a rapid review and expert opinions
Murphy, J;Woods, CB;Dijk, D;Seghers, J
Journal of Physical Activity and Health

2018

It's the parents, It's the school, It's the children: Responsibility for adolescent unhealthy living
Ng, KW;O'Shea, D;McHale, F;Cody, D;Woods, CB
Irish journal of medical science

2018

Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Diet-Related eHealth and mHealth Research: Bibliometric Analysis
Muller, AM;Maher, CA;Vandelanotte, C;Hingle, M;Middelweerd, A;Lopez, ML;DeSmet, A;Short, CE;Nathan, N;Hutchesson, MJ;Poppe, L;Woods, CB;Williams, SL;Wark, PA
Journal Of Medical Internet Research DOI: 10.2196/jmir.8954

2017

Behavior Change Techniques in Physical Activity eHealth Interventions for People With Cardiovascular Disease: Systematic Review
Duff, OM,Walsh, DMJ,Furlong, BA,O'Connor, NE,Moran, KA,Woods, CB
Journal Of Medical Internet Research DOI: 10.2196/jmir.7782

2017

Cancer Survivors' Experiences Of Physical Activity: Exercise As A Vehicle For Recovery?
Cooney, M,Moyna, N,Walsh, D,Furlong, B,Loughney, L,Boran, L,Smyth, S,Woods, C
Medicine and science in sports and exercise DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000518468.57191.f4

Peer Reviewed Journal

2020

Feasibility, Acceptability, and Clinical Effectiveness of a Technology-Enabled Cardiac Rehabilitation Platform (Physical Activity Toward Health-I): Randomized Controlled Trial
Claes J.;Cornelissen V.;McDermott C.;Moyna N.;Pattyn N.;Cornelis N.;Gallagher A.;McCormack C.;Newton H.;Gillain A.;Budts W.;Goetschalckx K.;Woods C.;Moran K.;Buys R.
Journal Of Medical Internet Research DOI: 10.2196/14221

2020

A feasibility study of an exercise intervention to educate and promote health and well-being among medical students: the 'MED-WELL' programme
Worobetz A.;Retief P.J.;Loughran S.;Walsh J.;Casey M.;Hayes P.;Bengoechea E.G.;O'Regan A.;Woods C.;Kelly D.;Connor R.O.;Grath D.M.;Glynn L.G.
BMC medical education DOI: 10.1186/s12909-020-02097-2

2020

A qualitative exploration of cardiovascular disease patients' views and experiences with an eHealth cardiac rehabilitation intervention: The PATHway Project
O'Shea O.;Woods C.;McDermott L.;Buys R.;Cornelis N.;Claes J.;Cornelissen V.;Gallagher A.;Newton H.;Moyna N.;McCaffrey N.;Susta D.;McDermott C.;McCormack C.;Budts W.;Moran K.
Plos One DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0235274

2020

The effect of a pre- And post-operative exercise programme versus standard care on physical fitness of patients with oesophageal and gastric cancer undergoing neoadjuvant treatment prior to surgery (T....
Tully R.;Loughney L.;Bolger J.;Sorensen J.;McAnena O.;Collins C.G.;Carroll P.A.;Arumugasamy M.;Murphy T.J.;Robb W.B.;Hickey W.;Coleman C.;Buckley L.;Lombard E.;McCaffrey N.;Gallagher P.;Timon C.;Kearney P.;Quinn A.;Houlihan E.;O'Dwyer D.J.;Woods C.;O'Connor R.;Kelly S.;Kehoe B.;McManus M.;Twomey A.
Trials DOI: 10.1186/s13063-020-04311-4

2020

Physical Activity Across the Cancer Journey: Experiences and Recommendations From People Living With and Beyond Cancer
Cantwell M.;Walsh D.;Furlong B.;Loughney L.;McCaffrey N.;Moyna N.;Woods C.
Physical therapy DOI: 10.1093/ptj/pzz136

2020

The effect of participating in MedEx Wellness, a community-based chronic disease exercise rehabilitation programme, on physical, clinical and psychological health: A study protocol for a cohort trial
Kehoe B.;Skelly F.;Moyna N.;Cantwell M.;Boran L.;Daly L.;McCarren A.;Dowd K.;Woods C.;McCaffrey N.;Loughney L.
Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications DOI: 10.1016/j.conctc.2020.100591

2020

Advancing the evidence base for public policies impacting on dietary behaviour, physical activity and sedentary behaviour in Europe: The Policy Evaluation Network promoting a multidisciplinary approach
Lakerveld J.;Woods C.;Hebestreit A.;Brenner H.;Flechtner-Mors M.;Harrington J.M.;Kamphuis C.B.M.;Laxy M.;Luszczynska A.;Mazzocchi M.;Murrin C.;Poelman M.;Steenhuis I.;Roos G.;Steinacker J.M.;Stock C.C.;van Lenthe F.;Zeeb H.;Zukowska J.;Ahrens W.
Food Policy DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2020.101873

2019

Identification of health-related behavioural clusters and their association with demographic characteristics in Irish university students
Murphy, J., MacDonncha, C., Murphy, M., Murphy, N. Timperio, A., Leech, R. and Woods, C.B.
Bmc Public Health DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-6453-6

2019

An evaluation of an intervention designed to help inactive adults become more active with a peer mentoring component: a protocol for a cluster randomised feasibility trial of the Move for Life programme.
O'Regan A;Glynn L;Garcia Bengoechea E;Casey M;Clifford A;Donnelly A;Murphy AW;Gallagher S;Gillespie P;Newell J;Harkin M;Macken P;Sweeney J;Foley-Walsh M;Quinn G;Ng K;O'Sullivan N;Balfry G;Woods C;
Pilot And Feasibility Studies DOI: 10.1186/s40814-019-0473-y

2019

The development and codesign of the PATHway intervention: a theory-driven eHealth platform for the self-management of cardiovascular disease
Walsh D.;Moran K.;Cornelissen V.;Buys R.;Claes J.;Zampognaro P.;Melillo F.;Maglaveras N.;Chouvarda I.;Triantafyllidis A.;Filos D.;Woods C.
Translational Behavioral Medicine DOI: 10.1093/tbm/iby017

2019

Test-retest reliability of survey items on ownership and use of physical activity trackers
Ng K.;Badura P.;Dzielska A.;Kokko S.;Woods C.;Hamrik Z.
Acta Gymnica DOI: 10.5507/ag.2019.001

2019

The development of the Comprehensive Analysis of Policy on Physical Activity (CAPPA) framework
Klepac Pogrmilovic B.;O'Sullivan G.;Milton K.;Biddle S.;Bauman A.;Bellew W.;Cavill N.;Kahlmeier S.;Kelly M.;Mutrie N.;Pratt M.;Rutter H.;Ramirez Varela A.;Woods C.;Pedisic Z.
The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity DOI: 10.1186/s12966-019-0822-5

2019

Feasibility study of the secondary level active school flag programme: Study protocol
Ng K.;McHale F.;Cotter K.;O’Shea D.;Woods C.
Journal Of Functional Morphology And Kinesiology DOI: 10.3390/jfmk4010016

2019

What psychosocial factors determine the physical activity patterns of university students?
Murphy J.;MacDonncha C.;Murphy M.;Murphy N.;Nevill A.;Woods C.
Journal Of Physical Activity & Health DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2018-0205

2018
2018

MedFit app, a behavior-changing, theoretically informed mobile app for patient self-management of cardiovascular disease: User-centered development
Duff O.;Walsh D.;Malone S.;McDermott L.;Furlong B.;O'Connor N.;Moran K.;Woods C.
Journal Of Medical Internet Research DOI: 10.2196/formative.9550

2018

Computerized decision support for beneficial home-based exercise rehabilitation in patients with cardiovascular disease
Triantafyllidis, A;Filos, D;Buys, R;Claes, J;Cornelissen, V;Kouidi, E;Chatzitofis, A;Zarpalas, D;Daras, P;Walsh, D;Woods, C;Moran, K;Maglaveras, N;Chouvarda, I
Computer methods and programs in biomedicine DOI: 10.1016/j.cmpb.2018.04.030

2018

Measuring Engagement in eHealth and mHealth Behavior Change Interventions: Viewpoint of Methodologies
Short, CE;DeSmet, A;Woods, C;Williams, SL;Maher, C;Middelweerd, A;Muller, AM;Wark, PA;Vandelanotte, C;Poppe, L;Hingle, MD;Crutzen, R
Journal Of Medical Internet Research DOI: 10.2196/jmir.9397

2018

Healthcare professionals' knowledge and practice of physical activity promotion in cancer care: Challenges and solutions
Cantwell, M,Walsh, D,Furlong, B,Moyna, N,McCaffrey, N,Boran, L,Smyth, S,Woods, C
European Journal Of Cancer Care DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12795

2017

Validity and Reliability of Three Self-Report Instruments for Assessing Attainment of Physical Activity Guidelines in University Students
Murphy, JJ,Murphy, MH,MacDonncha, C,Murphy, N,Nevill, AM,Woods, CB
Measurement In Physical Education And Exercise Science DOI: 10.1080/1091367X.2017.1297711

2017

PATHway I: design and rationale for the investigation of the feasibility, clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a technology-enabled cardiac rehabilitation platform
Claes, J,Buys, R,Woods, C,Briggs, A,Geue, C,Aitken, M,Moyna, N,Moran, K,McCaffrey, N,Chouvarda, I,Walsh, D,Budts, W,Filos, D,Triantafyllidis, A,Maglaveras, N,Cornelissen, VA
BMJ open DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016781

2016

Cardiac patients show high interest in technology enabled cardiovascular rehabilitation.
Buys, R. Claes, J., Walsh, D., Cornelis, N., Moran, K., Budts, W., Woods, CB., and Cornelissen, V.
Bmc Medical Informatics And Decision Making DOI: 10.1186/s12911-016-0329-9

2016

Results From Ireland North and South's 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Harrington, DM,Murphy, M,Carlin, A,Coppinger, T,Donnelly, A,Dowd, KP,Keating, T,Murphy, N,Murtagh, E,O'Brien, W,Woods, C,Belton, S
Journal Of Physical Activity & Health DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0334

2016
2016
2016

The impact of participation in extra-curricular physical activity on males from disadvantaged schools.
Belton, S., Wickel, E., Prior, P. and Woods, C.B.
European Physical Education Review DOI: 10.1177/1356336X15625381

2015
2014

Results From Ireland's 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Youth
Harrington, DM,Belton, S,Coppinger, T,Cullen, M,Donnelly, A,Dowd, K,Keating, T,Layte, R,Murphy, M,Murphy, N,Murtagh, E,Woods, C
Journal Of Physical Activity & Health DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2014-0166

Published Report