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Dr. Ciaran Mac Donncha

Biography

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 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. 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 approx. €1.6m in research funding; produced in excess of 60 research outputs; supervised 8 PhDs and 6 MSc students to completion; currently supervising 5 PhD students, Joint WP leader and Chair of DEDIPAC Data Pooling taskforce (2013-2016) - EU Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Determinants of Diet, Physical Activity Knowledge HUB (DEDIPAC); member and made a significant contribution to the national committee on physical activity guidelines and national physical activity strategic policy (2008-2012); currently work package leader EMPATIA Erasmus+ project (2018-2020) and expert contributor EU JPI Policy Evaluation Network. Has engaged in significant research grant and journal peer review activities.

Research Interests

Determinants/Correlates of Physical Activity and related Health; Physical Activity and Health Promotion, Physical Education and Public Health

Teaching Interests

Teaching & assessment on Physical Education and Sport and Exercise Sciences degree programmes. Teaching modules are: Pedagogy, Exercise & Children's Health, Exercise & Health Psychology, Human Performance Evaluation, Research Methods.

Professional Activities

Committee

  • 2008 National Physical Activity Steering Committee,
  • 2001 Physical Education Association of Ireland,

Employment

  • 2003 University of Limerick - Lecturer

Education

  • 1998 University of Limerick - Ph.D.
  • 1992 University of Bristol - M.Sc.
  • 1991 University of Limerick - B.A.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2018

Socio-economic determinants of physical activity across the life course: A "DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity" (DEDIPAC) umbrella literature review
O'Donoghue, G,Kennedy, A,Puggina, A,Aleksovska, K,Buck, C,Burns, C,Cardon, G,Carlin, A,Ciarapica, D,Colotto, M,Condello, G,Coppinger, T,Cortis, C,D'Haese, S,De Craemer, M,Di Blasio, A,Hansen, S,Iacoviello, L,Issartel, J,Izzicupo, P,Jaeschke, L,Kanning, M,Ling, F,Luzak, A,Napolitano, G,Nazare, JA,Perchoux, C,Pesce, C,Pischon, T,Polito, A,Sannella, A,Schulz, H,Simon, C,Sohun, R,Steinbrecher, A,Schlicht, W,MacDonncha, C,Capranica, L,Boccia, S
(2018) Socio-economic determinants of physical activity across the life course: A "DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity" (DEDIPAC) umbrella literature review
In Plos One;
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0190737
[ULIR]

2018

Policy determinants of physical activity across the life course: a 'DEDIPAC' umbrella systematic literature review
Puggina, A,Aleksovska, K,Buck, C,Burns, C,Cardon, G,Carlin, A,Chantal, S,Ciarapica, D,Condello, G,Coppinger, T,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, FCM,Luzak, A,Napolitano, G,Nazare, JA,Perchoux, C,Pischon, T,Polito, A,Sannella, A,Schulz, H,Sohun, R,Steinbrecher, A,Schlicht, W,Ricciardi, W,MacDonncha, C,Capranica, L,Boccia, S,DEDIPAC Consortium
(2018) Policy determinants of physical activity across the life course: a 'DEDIPAC' umbrella systematic literature review
In European Journal Of Public Health; pp. 105-118
DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckx174
[ULIR]

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
(2017) Validity and Reliability of Three Self-Report Instruments for Assessing Attainment of Physical Activity Guidelines in University Students
In Measurement In Physical Education And Exercise Science; pp. 134-141
DOI: 10.1080/1091367X.2017.1297711

2017

Identifying and sharing data for secondary data analysis of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and their determinants across the life course in Europe: general principles and an example from DEDIPAC
Lakerveld, J,Loyen, A,Ling, FCM,De Craemer, M,van der Ploeg, HP,O'Gorman, DJ,Carlin, A,Caprinica, L,Kalter, J,Oppert, JM,Chastin, S,Cardon, G,Brug, J,MacDonncha, C
(2017) Identifying and sharing data for secondary data analysis of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and their determinants across the life course in Europe: general principles and an example from DEDIPAC
In BMJ open;
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017489
[ULIR]

2017

Determinants of diet and physical activity (DEDIPAC): a summary of findings
Brug, J,van der Ploeg, HP,Loyen, A,Ahrens, W,Allais, O,Andersen, LF,Cardon, G,Capranica, L,Chastin, S,De Bourdeaudhuij, I,De Craemer, M,Donnelly, A,Ekelund, U,Finglas, P,Flechtner-Mors, M,Hebestreit, A,Kubiak, T,Lanza, M,Lien, N,MacDonncha, C,Mazzocchi, M,Monsivais, P,Murphy, M,Nicolaou, M,Nothlings, U,O'Gorman, DJ,Renner, B,Roos, G,van den Berg, M,Schulze, MB,Steinacker, JM,Stronks, K,Volkert, D,Lakerveld, J,DEDIPAC Consortium
(2017) Determinants of diet and physical activity (DEDIPAC): a summary of findings
In International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity;
DOI: 10.1186/s12966-017-0609-5

2017

Brief report: Associations of physical activity with anxiety and depression symptoms and status among adolescents
McDowell, CP,MacDonncha, C,Herring, MP
(2017) Brief report: Associations of physical activity with anxiety and depression symptoms and status among adolescents
In Journal Of Adolescence; pp. 1-4
DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.12.004

2017

Psychological determinants of physical activity across the life course: A "DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity" (DEDIPAC) umbrella systematic literature review
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,Iacoviello, L,Issartel, J,Izzicupo, P,Jaeschke, L,Kanning, M,Kennedy, A,Ling, FCM,Luzak, A,Napolitano, G,Nazare, JA,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,Boccia, S
(2017) Psychological determinants of physical activity across the life course: A "DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity" (DEDIPAC) umbrella systematic literature review
In Plos One;
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182709
[ULIR]

2017

Socio-cultural determinants of physical activity across the life course: a 'Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity' (DEDIPAC) umbrella systematic literature review
Jaeschke, L,Steinbrecher, A,Luzak, A,Puggina, A,Aleksovska, K,Buck, C,Burns, C,Cardon, G,Carlin, A,Chantal, S,Ciarapica, D,Condello, G,Coppinger, T,Cortis, C,De Craemer, M,D'Haese, S,Di Blasio, A,Hansen, S,Iacoviello, L,Issartel, J,Izzicupo, P,Kanning, M,Kennedy, A,Ling, FCM,Napolitano, G,Nazare, JA,Perchoux, C,Polito, A,Ricciardi, W,Sannella, A,Schlicht, W,Sohun, R,MacDonncha, C,Boccia, S,Capranica, L,Schulz, H,Pischon, T,DEDIPAC Consortium
(2017) Socio-cultural determinants of physical activity across the life course: a 'Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity' (DEDIPAC) umbrella systematic literature review
In International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity;
DOI: 10.1186/s12966-017-0627-3
[ULIR]

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 review
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, S,De Craemer, M,Di Blasio, A,Hansen, S,Iacoviello, L,Issartel, J,Izzicupo, P,Jaeschke, L,Kanning, M,Kennedy, A,Lakerveld, J,Ling, FCM,Luzak, A,Napolitano, G,Nazare, JA,Pischon, T,Polito, A,Sannella, A,Schulz, H,Sohun, R,Steinbrecher, A,Schlicht, W,Ricciardi, W,MacDonncha, C,Capranica, L,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 review
In Plos One;
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182083
[ULIR]

2017

Behavioral determinants of physical activity across the life course: a "DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity" (DEDIPAC) umbrella systematic literature review
Condello, G,Puggina, A,Aleksovska, K,Buck, C,Burns, C,Cardon, G,Carlin, A,Simon, C,Ciarapica, D,Coppinger, T,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, FCM,Luzak, A,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,DEDIPAC Consortium
(2017) Behavioral determinants of physical activity across the life course: a "DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity" (DEDIPAC) umbrella systematic literature review
In International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity;
DOI: 10.1186/s12966-017-0510-2
[ULIR]

2016

Using concept mapping in the development of the EU-PAD framework (EUropean-Physical Activity Determinants across the life course): a DEDIPAC-study
Condello, G,Ling, FCM,Bianco, A,Chastin, S,Cardon, G,Ciarapica, D,Conte, D,Cortis, C,De Craemer, M,Di Blasio, A,Gjaka, M,Hansen, S,Holdsworth, M,Iacoviello, L,Izzicupo, P,Jaeschke, L,Leone, L,Manoni, L,Menescardi, C,Migliaccio, S,Nazare, JA,Perchoux, C,Pesce, C,Pierik, F,Pischon, T,Polito, A,Puggina, A,Sannella, A,Schlicht, W,Schulz, H,Simon, C,Steinbrecher, A,MacDonncha, C,Capranica, L,DEDIPAC Consortium
(2016) Using concept mapping in the development of the EU-PAD framework (EUropean-Physical Activity Determinants across the life course): a DEDIPAC-study
In Bmc Public Health;
DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3800-8
[ULIR]

2014

Year in School and Physical Activity Stage of Change as Discriminators of Variation in the Physical Activity Correlate Profile of Adolescent Females
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
In Journal Of Physical Activity & Health; pp. 721-728
DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2011-0353

2014

Towards the integration and development of a cross-European research network and infrastructure: the DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity (DEDIPAC) Knowledge Hub
Lakerveld, J,van der Ploeg, HP,Kroeze, W,Ahrens, W,Allais, O,Andersen, LF,Cardon, G,Capranica, L,Chastin, S,Donnelly, A,Ekelund, U,Finglas, P,Flechtner-Mors, M,Hebestreit, A,Hendriksen, I,Kubiak, T,Lanza, M,Loyen, A,MacDonncha, C,Mazzocchi, M,Monsivais, P,Murphy, M,Nothlings, U,O'Gorman, DJ,Renner, B,Roos, G,Schuit, AJ,Schulze, M,Steinacker, J,Stronks, K,Volkert, D,van't Veer, P,Lien, N,De Bourdeaudhuij, I,Brug, J,DEDIPAC Consortium
(2014) Towards the integration and development of a cross-European research network and infrastructure: the DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity (DEDIPAC) Knowledge Hub
In International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity;
DOI: 10.1186/s12966-014-0143-7

2010

Reliability and validity of a new physical activity self-report measure for Younger Children
Belton, S; Mac Donncha, C.
(2010) Reliability and validity of a new physical activity self-report measure for Younger Children
In Measurement In Physical Education And Exercise Science; pp. 15-28
DOI: 10.1080/10913670903454994

2009

Meeting the international adolescent physical activity guidelines: A comparison of objectively measured and self-reported physical activity levels
Shiely, F; MacDonncha, C.
(2009) Meeting the international adolescent physical activity guidelines: A comparison of objectively measured and self-reported physical activity levels
In Irish Medical Journal;

2007

Lower back pain in physically demanding college academic programs: a questionnaire based study
Brennan, G; Shafat, A; Mac Donncha, C; Vekins, C
(2007) Lower back pain in physically demanding college academic programs: a questionnaire based study
In Bmc Musculoskeletal Disorders;
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2474-8-67

2005

THE CONSTRAINTS ON SCHOOL PROVISION OF POST-PRIMARY PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN IRELAND: PRINCIPALS' AND TEACHERS' VIEWS AND EXPERIENCES
MacPhail, A; Halbert, J; McEvilly, N; Hutchinson, C; MacDonncha, C
(2005) THE CONSTRAINTS ON SCHOOL PROVISION OF POST-PRIMARY PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN IRELAND: PRINCIPALS' AND TEACHERS' VIEWS AND EXPERIENCES
In Irish Educational Studies; pp. 77-91

2000

Validity of field tests for evaluating endurance capacity in competitive and international-level sports participants
O'Gorman, D; Hunter, A; McDonnacha, C; Kirwan, JP
(2000) Validity of field tests for evaluating endurance capacity in competitive and international-level sports participants
In Journal Of Strength And Conditioning Research; pp. 62-67

2000

A reliable technique for the assessment of posture: assessment criteria for aspects of posture
Watson, AWS; Mac Donncha, C
(2000) A reliable technique for the assessment of posture: assessment criteria for aspects of posture
In Journal Of Sports Medicine And Physical Fitness; pp. 260-270

1999

Reliability of Eurofit physical fitness items for adolescent males with and without mental retardation
MacDonncha, C; Watson, AWS; McSweeney, T; O'Donovan, DJ
(1999) Reliability of Eurofit physical fitness items for adolescent males with and without mental retardation
In Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly; pp. 86-95

Other Journals

2007

Primary Care Exercise Referral - Interim Findings.
Reddan, S; Sohun, R; MacDonncha, C
(2007) Primary Care Exercise Referral - Interim Findings.
In National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin; pp. 76-79

2007

Implementing a whole school approach to physical activity - preliminary findings in three pilot schools in the mid-west.
Sohun, R; MacDonncha, C
(2007) Implementing a whole school approach to physical activity - preliminary findings in three pilot schools in the mid-west.
In National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin; pp. 74-75

2005

The effect of a physical activity education programme in the hospital workplace setting.
Sohun, R; MacDonncha, C; Breen, C; Neeson, B
(2005) The effect of a physical activity education programme in the hospital workplace setting.
In National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin;

Conference Publications

2017

11th ICCE Global Coach Conference – ‘Challenging Sport Coaching Frontiers: The Role of Sport Science and Technology'
Kinnerk, P., Harvey, S., MacDonncha, C. & Lyons, M.
(2017) 11th ICCE Global Coach Conference – ‘Challenging Sport Coaching Frontiers: The Role of Sport Science and Technology'

2016

The Comparison Of Free-living Sedentary Time Using The Activpal3 Micro And The ActiGraph Gt3x.
Hayes, G,Dowd, KP,Powell, C,MacDonncha, C,Donnelly, AE
(2016) The Comparison Of Free-living Sedentary Time Using The Activpal3 Micro And The ActiGraph Gt3x.
In Medicine and science in sports and exercise; pp. 314-314
DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000485947.57746.1a

2016

EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION (EUPHA)
Puggina, A,Aleksovska, K,Carlin, A,Condello, G,Cortis, C,Jaeschke, L,Kennedy, A,MacDonncha, C,Capranica, L,Boccia, S,DEDIPAC Consortium
(2016) EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION (EUPHA)

2016

European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
Boccia, S,Puggina, A,Aleksovska, K,Carlin, A,Condello, G,Cortis, C,Jaeschke, L,Kennedy, A,MacDonncha, C,Capranica, L,DEDIPAC Consortium
(2016) European Public Health Association (EUPHA)

2015

JPI HDHL Joint Action: DEDIPAC
Ahrens, W,Lakerveld, J,van der Ploeg, HP,Kroeze, W,Allais, O,Andersen, LF,Cardon, G,Capranica, L,Chastin, S,Donnelly, A,Ekelund, U,Finglas, P,Flechtner-Mors, M,Hebestreit, A,Hendriksen, I,Kubiak, T,Lanza, M,Loyen, A,MacDonncha, C,Mazzocchi, M,Monsivais, P,Murphy, M,Nothlings, U,O'Gorman, DJ,Renner, B,Roos, G,Schuit, AJ,Schulze, M,Steinacker, J,Stronks, K,Volkert, D,van't Veer, P,Lien, NN,De Bourdeaudhuij, I,Brug, J,DEDIPAC Consortium
(2015) JPI HDHL Joint Action: DEDIPAC
In Annals Of Nutrition And Metabolism; pp. 33-34

2009

European Conference of Developmental Psychology
Connell, A; Smyth, PJ; MacDonncha C
(2009) European Conference of Developmental Psychology

2007

American College of Sports Medicine
O'Neill, CM; MacDonncha, C
(2007) American College of Sports Medicine

2003

American College of Sports Medicine
McGrath, S; Warrington, G; MacDonncha, C; O'Gorman, DJ
(2003) American College of Sports Medicine

2003

American College of Sports Medicine
MacDonncha, C; Sohun, R; McGrath, S; O'Gorman, DJ; McGowan, E; Warrington GD
(2003) American College of Sports Medicine

2003

American College of Sports Medicine
MacDonncha, C; McGrath, S; O'Gorman, D J; Warrington, GD
(2003) American College of Sports Medicine

2000

European College of Sport Science
Murphy, A; Smyth, PJ; Mac Donncha, C
(2000) European College of Sport Science

1998

Royal Academy of Medicine Ireland; Section of Biomedical Sciences
MacDonncha, C; A.W.S. Watson, AWS
(1998) Royal Academy of Medicine Ireland; Section of Biomedical Sciences
pp. 167- Irish Journal of Medical Science

1998

Royal Academy of Medicine Ireland; Section of Biomedical Sciences
MacDonncha, C; A.W.S. Watson, AWS
(1998) Royal Academy of Medicine Ireland; Section of Biomedical Sciences

1997

Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland; Section of Biomedical Sciences
MacDonncha, C; A.W.S. Watson, AWS
(1997) Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland; Section of Biomedical Sciences

1997

Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland; Section of Biomedical Sciences
MacDonncha, C; A.W.S. Watson, AWS
(1997) Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland; Section of Biomedical Sciences
pp. 165-

1996

American College of Sports Medicine
O' Gorman, D; Hunter, A; Mac Donncha, C; Kirwan, JP
(1996) American College of Sports Medicine

1996

Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland; Section of Biomedical Sciences
MacDonncha, C; Watson, AWS
(1996) Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland; Section of Biomedical Sciences

Conference Contributions

2013

The measurement of changes in well-being, health, physical activity and lifestyle by volunteers in the Limerick Smarter Travel (LST) challenge programme: a pilot study.
Y Nathan; A Hannigan; C O'Gorman; A Donnelly; M Mannix; C MacDonncha; C Dunne W Cullen.
(2013) The measurement of changes in well-being, health, physical activity and lifestyle by volunteers in the Limerick Smarter Travel (LST) challenge programme: a pilot study.

Published Reports

2009

The National Guidelines on Physical Activity for Ireland
The National Physical Activity Steering Group
(2009) The National Guidelines on Physical Activity for Ireland
Dublin : Department of Health and Children, Health Service Executive

2000

Physical Activity Participation programme for people with Disability
Socrates Project - No 71189-CP-2-2000-1-LT-Minerva-ODL
(2000) Physical Activity Participation programme for people with Disability
European Commission : European Commission, Socrates Project - No 71189-CP-2-2000-1-LT-Minerva-ODL, http://distance.ktu.lt/

2000

Socialisation of people with a disability by motivating them for adapted physical activity
European Commission, Socrates Project - No 71189-CP-2-2000-1-LT-Minerva-ODL
(2000) Socialisation of people with a disability by motivating them for adapted physical activity
European Commission : European Commission, Socrates Project - No 71189-CP-2-2000-1-LT-Minerva-ODL, http://distance.ktu.lt

1999

Report of the people with a disability in sport taskforce
MacDonncha, C
(1999) Report of the people with a disability in sport taskforce
Government of Ireland : Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation. Government of Ireland

Educational Articles

2002

Physical education: benefits to society
MacDonncha, C
(2002) Physical education: benefits to society
In THE IRISH SCIENTIST; pp. 230-

2001

Physical Activity and Physical Fitness in Irish Adolescents
MacDonncha, C; Sohun, R
(2001) Physical Activity and Physical Fitness in Irish Adolescents
In Elements;

Other Items Published

2001

A strategy for Physical Education in Ireland. Presented to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Science
MacDonncha, C
(2001) A strategy for Physical Education in Ireland. Presented to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Science