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Dr Niamh Murphy is Course Leader for the BA in Health Promotion, and Director of the Centre for Health Behaviour Research in WIT. Niamh has a background in physical education, and Masters and PhD specialisms in exercise physiology, and health promotion. She has worked previously at The Queens Univesity of Belfast, University College Cork, and The University of Sydney.
Research Group : Centre for Health Behaviour Research ►
Current and recent research projects and awards
The Student Activity and Sport Study Ireland (SASSI). A partnership between WIT, UUJ, DCU , UL and Student Sport Ireland http://www.studentsport.ie/?cat=44
Evaluation of the GAA Healthy Club initiative. Co-investigator, Dr Aoife Lane. http://www.gaa.ie/clubzone/gaa-healthy-club-project/
Evaluation of the impact of Smarter Travel policy on active travel and physical activity across three Irish towns. Co-investigator Dr Barry Lambe.
CARDI Data mining award. Stay Active-the physical activity, ageing and health study. Collaboration with Mary Immaculate College, DCU, and UUJ
World Health Organisation and European Commission (DG Sanco, grant agreement 2009 52 02) project to promote networking and action for healthy and equitable environments for physical activity (PHAN).
Join In- sport for migrant youth project funded by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, within the framework of the program for the preparatory action in the field of sport.
Irish Sports Council. An evaluation of the public health impact of the women’s mini marathon. http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Research/Mass_Participation_Sporting_Events_2010_/
Most recent publications
Murphy N.M., Lane A., Bauman A. Leveraging mass participation events for sustainable health legacy. Leisure Studies. 2015. 05/2015; DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2015.1037787
Murtagh E.M, Murphy M.H., Murphy N.M., Woods C. Nevill A.M., Lane A. Prevalence and correlates of physical inactivity in community-dwelling older adults in Ireland. PLoS One. 2015 Feb 11;10(2)
Harrington D.M. , Belton, S., Coppinger T., Cullen M., Donnelly A., Dowd K.,Keating T., Layte R., Murphy M., Murphy N., Murtagh E., Woods C. Results From Ireland’s 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2014, 11(Supp 1), S63-S68
Chambers FC, Murphy N, Murphy O, Nolan YM (2014). William. In K. Armour (Ed). Pedagogical Cases in Physical Education and Youth Sport. London: Routledge.
Lane A, Murphy NM, Bauman A. (2013) An effort to ‘leverage’ the effect of participation in a mass event on physical activity. Health Promotion International. First published online: November 13, 2013.
Lane A, Harrison M, Murphy N. Screen Time Increases Risk of Overweight and Obesity in Active and Inactive 9 Year Old Irish Children: A Cross Sectional Analysis. J Phys Act Health. 2013 Jun 24. [Epub ahead of print] 11, Issue 5, June 2014.
Bauman AE, Murphy NM, Matsudo V. (2013). Is a Population-Level Physical Activity Legacy of the London 2012 Olympics Likely? Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2013, 10, 1-4
Lane A, Murphy NM, Bauman A. (2012). Active for a day: predictors of relapse among previously active mass event participants. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9, 48-52.
Cummins NM, Jakeman PM, Sestak I, Murphy N, Carroll P. (2013) Determining the effects of behavioural risk factors and prevalence of osteoporosis in Irish pre and post-menopausal women. Irish Journal of Medical Science 182(10): 97-105.
Vuillemin A, Kahlmeier S, van Mechelen W, Racioppi F, Vasankari T and the HEPA Europe Steering Committee. HEPA Europe – The European network for the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity. Russian Journal on Preventive Medicine. November 2013, In press.
Lane A, Murphy NM, Bauman A, Chey T (2010). Randomised controlled trial to increase physical activity among insufficiently active women following their participation in a mass event. Health Education Journal, 3, 287-296.
Bauman A, Murphy N, Lane A (2009). The role of community programmes and mass events in promoting physical activity to patients. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 43, 44-46
Cummins NM, Day JCC, Wren A, Carroll P, Murphy N, Jakeman PM, Towler MR (2010). Raman spectroscopy of fingernails: A novel tool for evaluation of bone quality? Spectroscopy 24, 517–524
Murphy NM, Bauman A (2007). Mass sporting and physical activity events: are they bread and circuses or public health interventions to increase population levels of physical activity? Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 4, 193-202.
Salmon J, Booth ML, Phongsavan P, Murphy N, Timperio A (2007). Promoting physical activity participation among children and adolescents: a narrative review. Epidemiologic Reviews, June 1-15.
Murphy NM, Ni Dhuinn M, Brown P, O’Rathaile, M (2006). Physical activity for bone health in inactive teenage girls-is a supervised, teacher-led program or self-led program best? Journal of Adolescent Health,39, 4, 508-514.
Harrison M, Murphy N, Burns C, Heslin J, McGuinness M (2006). Influence of a health education intervention on physical activity and screen inactivity in Irish primary school children: Switch Off-Get Active. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 9, 5, 388-394.
Selected conference presentations
Murphy NM. Creating sustainable legacies from events-a practical guide. ISCA MOVE Congress, Copenhagen 6 November 2015
Murphy NM. Big sporting events and legacy. Commonwealth Games Let’s Talk symposium, 11 June 2014.
Murphy NM. 'More of the same is not enough‘-joining up efforts to promote phjysical activity in socially disadvantaged groups. HEPA Europe, Zurich August 2014
Murphy NM, Lane A. Effect of mass events on physical activity levels. FitSport conference, Tralee, February 2014.
Murphy NM, Braubach M, Schweizer C. Guidance on HEPA promotion in socially disadvantaged groups-outcomes from the WHO PHAN project. Oral presentation. HEPA Europe conference, Helsinki, 22-24 October 2013.
Murphy NM, Braubach M, Schweizer C. Promoting physical activity in socially disadvantaged groups-outcomes from the WHO PHAN project. International MOVE Congress, ISCA, Barcelona 16-19 October 2013.
Lane A, Murphy NM. Evaluation Framework for Ireland’s GAA Healthy Club Initiative
HEPA Europe conference, Helsinki, 22-24 October 2013.
Murphy MH, Woods C, Murphy N, Lane A and Murtagh E. Self-report physical activity and correlates of physical activity in older adults in Ireland. HEPA Europe conference, Helsinki, 22-24 October 2013.
Murphy NM. All-island postgraduate forum keynote, Postgraduate pathways to practice and policy. Reflections on the role of research in sport, health and physical activity. University of Limerick.January 2014.
Murphy NM. ‘Sports and physical activity participation-whose job is it?’ Irish Sport Pedagogy Forum, Mardyke Pavilion, 23rd May 2012
Murphy NM. The Olympic effect on spontaneous physical activity. Keynote presentation. ‘Obesity. Where do we stand and where do we go from here?’. Nutrition and Health Foundation conference 19 September 2012. Gibson Hotel, Dublin. http://www.nhfireland.ie/Sectors/NHF/NHF.nsf/vPages/Media_and_Publications~Previous_Events~2012-obesity---where-do-we-stand-and-where-do-we-go-from-here?OpenDocument
Murphy NM. Reaching physical activity recommendations in the school environment. Keynote presentation. Irish Association for the Study of Obesity conference ‘Obesity through the lifecycle’. 6th September 2012, Pearse Library, Dublin.
Lane, A., Harrison, M. and Murphy, N. (2012). ‘Correlates and Implications of High Screen Time among High and Low Active Irish Nine-Year Olds. International Conference of Physical Activity and Public Health. Sydney Convention Centre, 31 October. Sydney: Be Active 2012.
Lane, A, Murphy, N, Bauman A . Sedentary behaviour of Irish females participating in a mass event. . HEPA Europe conference, September 2011. Amsterdam: Netherlands.
Murphy, N and Lane, A (2011). Making the Best of What You Have
Using Existing Resources in the Community to Promote Physical Activity . HEPA Europe Conference. Amsterdam, 11 October. Amsterdam: HEPA Europe.
Murphy NM. Impact of social disadvantage on physical activity levels in Europe-a review of the evidence and recommendations for action. HEPA Europe conference, September 2011. Amsterdam: Netherlands
HEPA Europe conference, September 2011. Lane, A, Murphy, N, Bauman A . Sedentary behaviour of Irish females participating in a mass event. . Amsterdam: Netherlands.
National Coaching Forum, September 11 2010. Murphy NM. Supporting women in coaching roles in sport. Invited symposium. Coaching Ireland Coaching Forum ‘From Playground to Podium’, National Convention Centre, Dublin.
International Conference of Physical Activity and Public Health. Toronto: Canada.
Lane, A, Murphy, N, Bauman, A (2010). Active for a Day: Predictors of Relapse among Previously Active Mass Event Participants.
HEPA Europe Conference, September 2010. Olomouc: Czech Republic. Lane, A, Murphy, N, Bauman, A (2010). ‘Making the Best of What you Have’; Using Existing Resources in the Community to Promote Physical Activity.
International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity conference, Lisbon 2009. Murphy NM, Lane A, Bauman A, Smyth P, Chey T. Physical activity relapse in Irish women 6 months after a mass event. Lisbon, June 17-20 2009.
Higher Diploma and Masters in SPHE
Health promotion and public health modules on the BA in Health Promotion
Physical activity and health modules on the BA in Exercise and Health
Supervision experience at PhD, Masters, and undergraduate level
My Professional Experience
Niamh is involved in physical activity and health related research and policy nationally and internationally. At EU level she was a member of the WHO physical activity networking project on promoting physical activity in socially disadvantaged groups. Niamh is an executive member of the steering committee of the Health Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) Europe network and group leader of the Working Group on social disadvantage and physical activity.
She was also a partner in the EU funded "JoinIn" project on social inclusion in sport. In Ireland, as part of the national physical activity steering group, she was involved in writing and helping to implement the physical activity guidelines and physical activity plan for Ireland. Peer reviewed publications include research work on the impact of mass events on population physical activity, social disadvantage and physical activity, and active travel.
Ex-international athlete, triathlete, cyclist and youth coach.