Fiona Muirhead

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  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

My background is in Exercise and Health Psychology (MSc, PhD) and my research interests are mainly focussed around investigating behaviour change, particularly in hard to reach populations. I have recently been awarded a University of Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellowship, which will focus on designing, developing and evaluating lifestyle interventions for youth with special health needs. This will build on the ActivPals project, which involved developing and piloting a physical activity intervention for youth with Type 1 Diabetes. I will also develop work which explores the physical activity and dietary patterns and choices of young people with intellectual disabilities.

I am involved in two externally funded Cancer Research UK projects; Incentivized smoking cessation for tobacco treatment-resistant diabetics (UK PI) and Project HATCH -Staying Healthy AfTer Childbirth: A cross-national study to support smoking abstinence and inter-related cancer prevention behaviours among postpartum women (CO-I).

I am also in the supervisory team for two PhD studentships:

1)       Exploring psychological, social and environmental determinants in physical activity in young people with intellectual disabilities  

2)      Integrating technology to support active lifestyles in youth with Type 1 diabetes: The ActivPals programme.

Before moving to the University of Strathclyde, I was a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow. I worked on a variety of studies with individuals with intellectual disabilities, including an RCT, which examined the effectiveness of a walking intervention (Walk Well) with adults with intellectual disabilities. Walk Well was a multi- disciplinary study which involved collaborations from the University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, University of Edinburgh and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. 

I have also played a key role in the evaluation of national physical activity programmes. For example, the Fit for Girls programme (funded by sportscotland and the Youth Sport Trust), which aimed to increase physical activity in adolescent girls across schools in Scotland. I also led the evaluation of the Venture Trust Next Steps programme, an outdoor education programme for female offenders.    

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, The University of Edinburgh

1 Jan 200931 Dec 2011

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self-determination Social Sciences

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Projects 2014 2019

Research Output 2010 2018

A theory based survey of UK and USA HCPs views on the promotion of smoking cessation and interrelated cancer preventative behaviours postpartum

Ward, E., Nostikasari, D., Kurti, A., Payton, J., Kassianos, A., Adams Spears, C., Mitchell, F. & Notley, C., 23 Feb 2018. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
Smoking Cessation
Postpartum Period
Breast Feeding

Feasibility and pilot study of an intervention to support active lifestyles in youth with type 1 diabetes: the ActivPals study

Mitchell, F., Wilkie, L., Robertson, K., Reilly, J. J. & Kirk, A., 31 May 2018, In : Pediatric Diabetes. 19, 3, p. 443-449 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Feasibility Studies
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Life Style
Quality of Life


Chancellor's Fellowship

Fiona Muirhead (Recipient), 30 Sep 2001

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively