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Dr Paula Watson

Dr Paula Watson

Telephone: 0151 231 4182

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Biography

Paula is a senior lecturer in exercise and health psychology, and a member of the Physical Activity Exchange in the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences. Paula is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society and registered as a sport and exercise psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Prior to starting her lecturing post in September 2012, Paula led the development and evaluation of the GOALS child weight management programme for 8 years, during which time she conducted her PhD exploring the long-term process of health behaviour change in families with overweight children. Paula’s research is focussed on understanding how we can support people to become, and stay, physically active for life. She is interested in the role of behaviour change theory within intervention development and evaluation, with current projects in the areas of GP exercise referral, cardiac rehabilitation and child weight management.

Paula is module leader for 7172SPOSCI Exercise Presciption and Promotion (MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology) and teaches exercise psychology across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Degrees

2014, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction)
2012, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD: Feasibility evaluation and long-term follow up of a family-based behaviour change intervention for overweight children (GOALS)
2004, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MSc Sports Psychology (Distinction)
2000, University of York, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons) Psychology (1st class)

Publications

Highlighted publications

Buckley BJR, Thijssen DHJ, Murphy RC, Graves LEF, Whyte G, Gillison FB, Crone D, Wilson PM, Watson PM. 2018. Making a move in exercise referral: co-development of a physical activity referral scheme Journal of Public Health, 40 :e586-e593 DOI Author Url Public Url

Birtwistle SB, Ashcroft G, Murphy R, Gee I, Poole H, Watson PM. 2018. Factors influencing patient uptake of an exercise referral scheme: a qualitative study. Health Education Research, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Watson PM, Dugdill L, Pickering K, Owen S, Hargreaves J, Staniford LJ, Murphy RC, Knowles Z, Cable NT. 2015. Service evaluation of the GOALS family-based childhood obesity treatment intervention during the first 3 years of implementation BMJ OPEN, 5 DOI Author Url Public Url

Bradbury D, Chisholm A, Watson PM, Bundy C, Bradbury N, Birtwistle S. Barriers and facilitators to health care professionals discussing child weight with parents: A meta-synthesis of qualitative studies British Journal of Health Psychology, 23 :701-722 DOI Author Url Public Url

Conference publication

Cochrane M, Watson PM, Timpson H, Haycox A, Collins B, Jones L, Martin A, Graves LEF. 2019. Systematic review of the methods used in economic evaluations of targeted physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 232 :156-167 DOI Author Url

Journal article

Cochrane M, Watson P, Timpson H, Haycox A, Collins B, Jones L, Martin A, Graves L. 2019. Systematic review of the methods used in economic evaluations of targeted physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions Social Science and Medicine, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Schneider J, Malinowski P, Watson P, Lattimore P. 2019. The role of mindfulness in physical activity: A systematic review Obesity Reviews, 20 :448-463 DOI Author Url Public Url

Divine A, Watson PM, Baker S, Hall CR. 2019. Facebook, relatedness and exercise motivation in university students: a mixed methods investigation Computers in Human Behavior, 91 :138-150 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Domville M, Watson P, Richardson D, Graves LEF. 2019. Children’s perceptions of factors that influence PE enjoyment: A qualitative investigation Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 24 :207-219 DOI Author Url Public Url

Buckley BJR, Watson PM, Murphy RC, Graves LEF, Whyte G, Thijssen DHJ. 2019. Carotid Artery Function Is Restored in Subjects With Elevated Cardiovascular Disease Risk After a 12-Week Physical Activity Intervention Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 35 :23-26 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Buckley BJR, Thijssen DHJ, Murphy RC, Graves LEF, Whyte G, Gillison FB, Crone D, Wilson PM, Watson PM. 2018. Making a move in exercise referral: co-development of a physical activity referral scheme Journal of Public Health, 40 :e586-e593 DOI Author Url Public Url

Birtwistle SB, Ashcroft G, Murphy R, Gee I, Poole H, Watson PM. 2018. Factors influencing patient uptake of an exercise referral scheme: a qualitative study. Health Education Research, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Domville MS, Watson P, Richardson D, Graves LEF. 2018. Educator perspectives on factors influencing children’s school-based physical activity Health Promotion International, DOI Author Url Public Url

Trigwell J, Murphy RC, Cable NT, stratton G, Watson PM. 2015. Parental views of children's physical activity: a qualitative study with parents from multi-ethnic backgrounds living in England BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 15 DOI Author Url Public Url

Houghton LJ, O’Dwyer M, Foweather L, Watson P, Alford S, Knowles ZR. 2015. An impact and feasibility evaluation of a six-week (nine hour) active play intervention on fathers’ engagement with their preschool children: a feasibility study Early Child Development and Care, 185 :244-266 DOI Author Url Public Url

Watson PM, Dugdill L, Pickering K, Owen S, Hargreaves J, Staniford LJ, Murphy RC, Knowles Z, Cable NT. 2015. Service evaluation of the GOALS family-based childhood obesity treatment intervention during the first 3 years of implementation BMJ OPEN, 5 DOI Author Url Public Url

Trigwell J, Watson PM, Murphy RC, Stratton G, Cable NT. 2014. Ethnic differences in parental attitudes and beliefs about being overweight in childhood HEALTH EDUCATION JOURNAL, 73 :179-191 DOI Author Url

Bradbury D, Chisholm A, Watson PM, Bundy C, Bradbury N, Birtwistle S. Barriers and facilitators to health care professionals discussing child weight with parents: A meta-synthesis of qualitative studies British Journal of Health Psychology, 23 :701-722 DOI Author Url Public Url

Turner GL, Owen S, Watson PM. Addressing childhood obesity at school entry: Qualitative experiences of school health professionals. J Child Health Care, 20 :304-313 DOI Author Url Public Url

Watson P, Murphy RM, Knowles ZR, Dugdill L, Cable NT. Moving forward in childhood obesity treatment: a call for translational research Health Education Journal, 72 :230-239 DOI Author Url

Watson PM, Dugdill L, Pickering K, Bostock S, Hargreaves J, Staniford L, Cable NT. A whole family approach to childhood obesity management (GOALS): relationship between adult and child BMI change. Ann Hum Biol, 38 :445-452 DOI Author Url

Bradbury D, Porcellato L, Timpson H, Turner G, Goodhew S, Young R, Isaacs N, Watson P. Multiple stakeholder views of pre-school child weight management practices: a mixed methods study Health Education Journal, DOI Author Url Public Url

Buckley B, Thijssen D, Murphy R, Graves L, Whyte G, Gillison F, Crone D, Wilson P, Hindley D, Watson P. Preliminary effects and acceptability of a co-produced physical activity referral intervention Health Education Journal, DOI Author Url Public Url

Rudd J, Crotti M, Fitton Davies K, O'Callaghan L, Bardid F, Utesh T, Roberts S, Boddy L, Walsh B, Knowles Z, Watson P, Button C, Lubans D, Pesce C, Buszard T, Foulkes J, Foweather L. Skill Acquisition Methods fostering Physical Literacy in Early-Physical Education (SAMPLE-PE) in 5-6 year old children: Rationale and study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial BMC Public Health,

Poster

Fitton Davies K, Rudd J, Watson P, Bardid F, Knowles Z, Noonan R, Foweather L. 2018. Exploring self-determination in children aged 5-7 years: A feasibility study. Celebration of Women in Research

Chapters

Stratton GS, Watson PM. 2009. Young people and physical activity Dugdill L, Crone D, Murphy R. Physical activity and health promotion: evidence-based approaches to practice Wiley-Blackwell 9781405169257

Dugdill L, Stratton GS, Watson PM. 2009. Developing the evidence base for physical activity interventions Dugdill L, Crone D, Murphy R. Physical activity and health promotion: evidence-based approaches to practice Wiley-Blackwell 9781405169257

Engagement & Impact

Award:

Vice Chancellors Award for Socio-Economic Engagement 2017 - Runner Up - Global Active Cities in the Physical Activity Exchange. 2017

Impact Award 2017: The Physical Activity Exchange: Global Active Cities for delivering change through shaping and influencing policy, practice and guidelines, Liverpool John Moores University. 2017

External committees:

NICE Programme Development Group for "Managing overweight and obesity among children and young people: lifestyle weight management services", National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, Professional member, http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/index.jsp?action=byID&o=13506. 2012

Research Grants Awarded:

Liverpool Institute for Health Inequalities Research, "In the Heart of the Community". Building a collaborative programme of research to reduce health inequalities (related to physical activity and healthy eating) experienced by BRM communities living in the UK., Trigwell, J (PI), Murphy, R C, Stratton, G S, Cable, N T, Grant value (£): £15,355, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2011

Liverpool Institute for Health Inequalities Research, Addressing childhood obesity in black and racial minority populations in Liverpool, Cable, NT (Liverpool John Moores University), Murphy, R (Liverpool John Moores University), Stratton, G (Liverpool John Moores University), Grant value (£): 49944, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2009

Matched-funded PhD between Blackburn with Darwen Council and Liverpool John Moores University, Development and evaluation of a multi-agency approach to promote healthy weight in pre-school children, Young, R, Porcellato, L, Goodhew, S, Timpson, H, Grant value (£): £30,000 (Blackburn with Darwen) plus £29,605 matched-funding (LJMU), Duration of research project: 3 years.

WLCT Active Living, Factors that influence uptake to community health initiatives, Murphy, R C, Gee, I, Grant value (£): 30,000, Duration of research project: 1 year.