Deborah McCann

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Deborah studies part-time alongside her long standing career -working on and managing physical activity programmes, commissioned by Public Health Wigan. Since her 2014 start date, Deborah has learned qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and conducted these professionally with children and young people across the Wigan Borough. From the first study in her PhD, Deborah has published a paper and presented orally to an International conference. Now back from maternity leave and in the midst of analysing data, Deborah hopes for similar success for studies 2-4.

PhD project title: Accelerometer wear compliance in children and young people

Supervisors: Dr Lee Graves, Professor Zoe Knowles, Professor Stuart Fairclough

Improving compliance to physical activity monitoring is critical for obtaining valid, comparable data free from inconsistencies that occur during data reduction. This PhD uses formative and exploratory research to investigate children (8-11 years) and young people’s (12-15 years) views on strategies to promote habitual wear of hip (ActiGraph) and wrist-worn (GENEActiv) accelerometers. These findings will generate a participant informed accelerometer wear-time protocol. Thus, this PhD will enhance the quality of free-living physical activity monitoring data in future research, reducing the time and cost burden associated with low wear compliance.

Languages

English

Degrees

2014, University of Bolton, England, Professional Graduate Diploma In Education (Level 6 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
2006, University of Salford, United Kingdom, BSc(Hons) Exercise and Health Sciences

Academic appointments

Teaching Support Officer, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - present
Hourly paid Academic, Health Sciences, The University of Salford, 2014 - 2015

Highlighted publications

McCann D, Knowles Z, Fairclough S, Graves LEF. 2016. A protocol to encourage accelerometer wear in children and young people Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 8 :319-331 DOI Public Url

McCann D, Knowles ZR, Fairclough S, Graves L. Physical activity monitoring compliance strategies in children: A formative study International Society for Behaviour Nutrtion and Physical Activity

Journal article

Leask CF, Colledge N, Laventure RME, McCann DA, Skelton DA. 2019. Co-Creating Recommendations to Redesign and Promote Strength and Balance Service Provision INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, 16 DOI Author Url

McCann D, Knowles Z, Fairclough S, Graves LEF. 2016. A protocol to encourage accelerometer wear in children and young people Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 8 :319-331 DOI Public Url

Conference publication

McCann D, Knowles ZR, Fairclough S, Graves L. Physical activity monitoring compliance strategies in children: A formative study International Society for Behaviour Nutrtion and Physical Activity

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