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Sport and Exercise Sciences

Dr Paula Watson

Dr Paula Watson

Telephone: 0151 231 4182

Biography

Paula is a lecturer/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, child weight management, and children’s physical activity promotion.

Paula is module leader for 7003SPOSCI Promotion, Adherence and Compliance (MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology) and teaches exercise psychology across levels 4, 5 and 6 of the BSc Sports and Exercise Science degree and for the MSc Sports Psychology degree.

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

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 >Link

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

Journal article

Turner GL, Owen S, Watson PM. 2016. Addressing childhood obesity at school entry: Qualitative experiences of school health professionals. J Child Health Care, 20 :304-313 >DOI >Link

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 >Link

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

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 >Link

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 >Link

Watson P, Murphy RM, Knowles ZR, Dugdill L, Cable NT. 2012. Moving forward in childhood obesity treatment: a call for translational research Health Education Journal, 72 :230-239 >DOI

Watson PM, Dugdill L, Pickering K, Bostock S, Hargreaves J, Staniford L, Cable NT. 2011. A whole family approach to childhood obesity management (GOALS): relationship between adult and child BMI change. Ann Hum Biol, 38 :445-452 >DOI >Link

Buckley B, Thijssen D, Murphy R, Graves L, Whyte G, Gillison F, Crone D, Watson PM, Wilson P. Making a move in exercise referral: co-development of a physical activity referral scheme Journal of Public Health,

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,

Chapters

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

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

Engagement & Impact

Award:

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

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

External committees:

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

Research Grants Awarded:

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

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

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

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