Biography

Elaine Murtagh is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences. Elaine was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Physical Education) and a PhD from Ulster University. She also holds a Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning & Scholarship from the University of Limerick.

Elaine joined UL in March 2020. Prior to this appointment she was a lecturer in Physical Education at Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick from 2008. Elaine also held the post of Athena SWAN Project Director at MIC and led the College's successful application for a Bronze Institutional award.

Elaine is currently Co-Chair of the World Health Organisation's HEPA Europe (European network for the promotion of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity) working group on children and young people. From 2014-2017 Elaine served as Co-Director of PEPAYS Ireland, a national research centre examining issues relating to Physical Education, Physical Activity and Youth Sport across the lifespan.

Research Interests

Elaine Murtagh's research interests are in physical activity and physical education. Her work focuses on developing and evaluating programmes to enhance physical activity opportunities for children and adults. She also examines the effect of physical activity on health. Elaine has co-authored approx 50 peer-reviewed journal articles to date.

Current projects include:

  • Learning in Motion: embedding gender-responsive, play-based pedagogies in teacher education in Palestine
  • Development of a National Statement on Physical Literacy
  • Moving to Learn Ireland Practitioner Forum: A forum for teachers to engage with and share practice of a movement integration programme for primary school children
  • Supporting Our Lifelong Engagement: Mothers and Teens Exercising (SOLE MATES)

Research Collaborators

  • Prof Marie Murphy - International Collaboration Type - University of Ulster -Northern Ireland -.
  • Dr Sarahjane Belton - Joint Publication - Dublin City University
  • Prof Charlie Foster - Joint Publication - University of Bristol -England
  • Prof Philip Morgan - University of Newcastle -Australia
  • Dr Karen Milton - University of East Anglia -England
  • Dr Rosemarie Martin
  • Dr Richard Bowles
  • Dr Wesley O'Brien - University College Cork
  • Dr Jaimie McMullen - University of Northern Colorado

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Peer Reviewed Journals

Effects of frequency, intensity, duration and volume of walking interventions on CVD risk factors: a systematic review and meta-regression analysis of randomised controlled trials among inactive healthy adults

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2018
LONDON
BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP
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The effects of 60 minutes of brisk walking per week, accumulated in two different patterns, on cardiovascular risk.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2005
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An intervention to improve the physical activity levels of children: Design and rationale of the 'Active Classrooms' cluster randomised controlled trial

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2015
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Physical Activity Prescription for Public Health

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2010
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Flying the 'Active School Flag': Physical activity promotion through self-evaluation in primary schools in Ireland

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2012
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Adolescent Girls' Perceptions of Physical Activity: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2019
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In their shoes': exploring a modified approach to peer observation of teaching in a University setting

Dr. Elaine Vaughan
Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2013
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Self-rated walking pace and all-cause, cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality: individual participant pooled analysis of 50 225 walkers from 11 population British cohorts

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2018
LONDON
BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP
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The effect of walking on fitness, fatness and resting blood pressure: a meta-analysis of randomised, controlled trials.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2007
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Teachers' and students' perspectives of participating in the 'Active Classrooms' movement integration programme

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2017
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Estimates of the number of people in England who attain or exceed vigorous intensity exercise by walking at 3 mph

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2011
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How can pre-service primary teachers' perspectives contribute to a pedagogy that problematises the 'practical' in teacher education?

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2013
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Accumulated versus continuous exercise for health benefit: a review of empirical studies.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2009
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Results From Ireland's 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Youth

Prof. Alan Donnelly
Dr. Elaine Murtagh
Dr. Catherine Woods
2014
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Active Classrooms: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Effects of a Movement Integration Intervention on the Physical Activity Levels of Primary School Children

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2017
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The effect of walking on risk factors for cardiovascular disease: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised control trials.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2015
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Moving to learn Ireland - Classroom teachers' experiences of movement integration

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2016
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The effect of a classroomactivity break on physical activity levels and adiposity in primary school children

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2016
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Effect of Active Lessons on Physical Activity, Academic, and Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2017
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The Effects of Continuous Compared to Accumulated Exercise on Health: A Meta-Analytic Review.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2019
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Results From Ireland North and South's 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

Prof. Alan Donnelly
Dr. Elaine Murtagh
Dr. Catherine Woods
2016
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Acute responses of inflammatory markers of cardiovascular disease risk to a single walking session

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2005
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Effectiveness of mother and daughter interventions targeting physical activity, fitness, nutrition and adiposity: A systematic review.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2018
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Preliminary findings of Active Classrooms: An intervention to increase physical activity levels of primary school children during class time

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2015
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Prevalence and Correlates of Physical Inactivity in Community-Dwelling Older Adults in Ireland

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
Dr. Catherine Woods
2015
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The effect of a worksite based walking programme on cardiovascular risk in previously sedentary civil servants [NCT00284479].

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2006
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Psychosocial factors related to children's active school travel: A comparison of two European regions

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2014
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Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) - Terminology Consensus Project process and outcome

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2017
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Seasonal and annual variation in young children's physical activity

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2012
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Walking: the first steps in cardiovascular disease prevention.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2010
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‘No one ever asked us’: a feasibility study assessing the co-creation of a physical activity programme with adolescent girls

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2019
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Rising rural body-mass index is the main driver of the global obesity epidemic in adults.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2019
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A century of trends in adult human height

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2016
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Interventions outside the workplace for reducing sedentary behaviour in adults under 60 years of age.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2020
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Involvement of Fathers in Pediatric Obesity Treatment and Prevention Trials: A Systematic Review.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2017
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Global Matrix 3.0 physical activity report card for children and youth: a comparison across Europe.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2020
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Active travel to school and physical activity levels of irish primaryschoolchildren

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2011
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An 8-week randomized controlled trial on the effects of brisk walking, and brisk walking with abdominal electrical muscle stimulation on anthropometric, body composition, and self-perception measures in sedentary adult women

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2006
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Supporting Our Lifelong Engagement: Mothers and Teens Exercising (SOLE MATES); a feasibility trial

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2019
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Interventions outside the workplace for reducing sedentary behaviour in adults under 60

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2017
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Determinants of uptake and maintenance of active commuting to school

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2016
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Mothers and teenage daughters walking to health: using the behaviour change wheel to develop an intervention to improve adolescent girls' physical activity

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2018
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Bizzy break! the effect of a classroom-based activity break on in-school physical activity levels of primary school children

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2013
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Worldwide trends in body-mass index, underweight, overweight, and obesity from 1975 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 2416 population-based measurement studies in 128.9 million children, adolescents, and adults

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2017
NEW YORK
ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC
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School-based Interventions to Reduce Sedentary Behaviour in Children: A Systematic Review.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2016
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What works to promote walking at the population level? A systematic review.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2018
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Speed and exercise intensity of recreational walkers.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2002
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Associations between metabolic syndrome components and markers of inflammation in Welsh school children

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2018
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The Influence of Role Models on the Sedentary Behaviour Patterns of Primary School-Aged Children and Associations with Psychosocial Aspects of Health

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2020
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Teacher experiences implementing the ‘Active School Flag’ initiative to support physically active school communities in Ireland

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
Dr. Catherine Woods
2020
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Attaining the Active School Flag: how physical activity provision can be enhanced in Irish primary schools

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2019
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Other Journals

'…The Way That You Do It': An Exploratory Study Investigating a Process- versus Outcome-Oriented Approach to School-Based Physical Activity Promotion

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2020
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Other Publications

Adolescent Girls’ Perceptions of Physical Activity: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
2018
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