Dr Alex Clarke-Cornwell

Alex has been involved in a range of research projects that have used her experience of epidemiology and statistics. These include for example, studies relating to the burden of musculoskeletal disease in the UK, coding in general practice research databases, and evaluations of uptake of cardiovascular health checks in North West England. More specifically, her PhD and current research interests focus on the associations between sedentary behaviour and health-related outcomes in the workplace, and she has presented this research at a number of international conferences. 

She is also interested in population levels of physical behaviour and was part of a project with European colleagues as part of the consortium or the Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity (DEDIPAC) Knowledge Hub: this project used accelerometer data from national surveys to describe sedentary time and physical activity from four European countries https://doi:10.1007/s40279-016-0658-y   

Alex is currently working on an NIHR-funded randomised controlled trial entitled, ‘The effectiveness of the SMArT Work & Life intervention for reducing sitting time in office workers’, led by Dr Charlotte Edwardson (University of Leicester). This study aims to determine the long-term effectiveness of a multi-component behaviour change intervention (when provided with and without a height-adjustable desk) for reducing daily sitting time in office workers (in Leicester and Greater Manchester), when compared to no intervention. https://doi.org/10.1186/ISRCTN11618007    

Alex is the Deputy Lead for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Panel for the Centre for Health Sciences Research at the University of Salford.  Other research roles include: member of The Prospective Physical Activity, Sitting, and Sleep consortium; Chair of the Social Media Committee (International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour); Review Editor on the Editorial Board of Physical Activity in the Prevention and Management of Disease (specialty section of Frontiers in Sports and Active Living); she is currently supervising five PhD students. 

Postgraduate Research Supervision Interests

Topic areas of interest for supervision include:  

Physical activity/sedentary behaviour/physical behaviour measurement; determinants of sedentary behaviour; the impact of office design on physical behaviour; workplace health; active commuting

Find out more about my work

Open Access: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/view/authors/18888.html

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9510-7676

Keywords

physical activity, sedentary behaviour, epidemiology