Dr Katie Hesketh is a Post-doc researcher in mobile health technology and exercise. Katie's research interests centre around alternative exercise interventions for those with a sedentary lifestyle and/or with Type 2 diabetes. Katie has a specific focus on the the implementation of exercise interventions in a real-world environment as a nom-pharmacological management strategy to help prevent and treat non-communicable disease.
Previously Katie's area of interest has been the use of home-based high intensity interval training (HIIT) as a way to remove barriers and increase exercise adherence. More recently her projects have involved the use of technology to help support patients through an exercise programme. Although exercise physiology is her main area of research, often her projects involve a multi-disciplinary approach her current projects involve qualitative research, physical activity monitoring, behavioural change techniques and motivational interviewing.
Away from her research Katie is a member of Equality, Diversity and inclusion (EDI) team within the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences and is the Physiological Society Rep at LJMU. She also enjoys time at the swimming pool playing/coaching water polo and was previously the GB women's captain.
2020, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, PhD
2016, Liverpool John Moores Univeristy, United Kingdom, MPhil
2015, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, 1st Class BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
Post Doctoral Researcher, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - present
Hesketh KL, Low J, Andrews R, Jones CA, Jones H, Jung ME, Little J, Mateus C, Pulsford R, Singer J, Sprung VS, McManus AM, Cocks MS. 2021. Mobile Health Biometrics to Enhance Exercise and Physical Activity Adherence in Type 2 Diabetes (MOTIVATE-T2D): protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial BMJ Open, 11 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Hesketh KL, Jones H, Kinnafick F, Shepherd SO, Wagenmakers AJM, Strauss JA, Cocks MS. 2021. Home-Based HIIT and Traditional MICT Prescriptions Improve Cardiorespiratory Fitness to a Similar Extent Within an Exercise Referral Scheme for At-Risk Individuals Frontiers in Physiology, 12 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Hesketh KL, Church H, Kinnafick F, Shepherd SO, Wagenmakers AJM, Cocks MS, Strauss JA. 2021. Evidence-based vs. social media based high-intensity interval training protocols: Physiological and perceptual responses. PLoS One, 16 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Srisawat K, Hesketh KL, Cocks MS, Strauss JA, Edwards BJ, Lisboa PJ, Shepherd SO, Burniston JG. 2019. Reliability of Protein Abundance and Synthesis Measurements in Human Skeletal Muscle. Proteomics, 20 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Hesketh K, Shepherd SO, Strauss JA, Low DA, Cooper RG, Wagenmakers AJM, Cocks MS. 2019. Passive Heat Therapy in Sedentary Humans Increases Skeletal Muscle Capillarisation and eNOS Content but Not Mitochondrial Density or GLUT4 Content. AJP - Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 317 :H114-H123 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Rowley N, Shore C, Buckley B, Hesketh K. Adapt or Perish: Exercise referral schemes’ operational changes during the Covid-19 pandemic. DOI
Wagenmakers AJM, Hesketh K, Shepherd SO, Strauss JA, Low DA, Cooper RJ, Cocks M. 2019. Passive Heat Therapy in Sedentary Humans Improves Aerobic Capacity and Insulin Sensitivity via Increases in Skeletal Muscle Capillarisation and eNOS FASEB JOURNAL, Experimental Biology Meeting (EB) 33 Author Url
Hesketh KL. THE EFFECT OF INTERMITTENT CYCLE TRAINING TIME AND INTENSITY ON AEROBIC CAPACITY Strauss J, Cocks M, Shepherd S, Wagenmakers A. Public Url
Hesketh K. High intensity interval training: moving away from the laboratory and into the real-world Strauss J, Cocks M, Wagenmakers A, Shepherd S. Public Url
Research Grants Awarded:
Office for Health Improvement & Disparities, Mobile health biometrics to enhance exercise and physical activity adherence for weight management (Motivate_Sefton), Heather Redhead (Active Sefton, Sefton Council); Dr Matthew Cocks, Professor Helen Jones, Dr Lee Graves, Dr Katie Hesketh (all LJMU), Grant value (£): 90,000, Duration of research project: 18 months. 2021
Passive heating induces similar benefits in aerobic capacity and insulin sensitivity as moderate-intensity endurance training., 21st Annual Congress of the European College Sport Science, Vienna, Austria, Oral presentation. 2016
Passive heating induces similar benefits in aerobic capacity and insulin sensitivity as moderate-intensity endurance training., British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES) Student Conference, Bangor, UK, Oral presentation. 2016
Dark Chocolate: Improving exercise capacity and insulin sensitivity in healthy humans., British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES) Student Conference, Liverpool, UK, Oral presentation. 2015
Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, Dr Ben Buckley.
University of British Columbia, Professor Ali McManus, Dr Jonathan Little, Dr Mary Jung.
University of Exeter, Dr Rob Andrews.