Dr Trish Gorely

Senior Lecturer


An overview of research expertise and teaching expertise can be viewed via PURE


Research Interests:

My main research interests are in psychological and behavioural aspects of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health.  My work is underpinned by behavioural epidemiology and has focused on health outcomes, physical activity and sedentary behaviour measurement, understanding the correlates of these behaviours and the design and evaluation of behaviour change interventions.  I have been involved in a number of randomised controlled trials of behaviour change interventions (e.g., PREPARE, STAND, Girls Active).  Populations I have worked with include children and adolescents, young adults, individuals at high risk of type 2 diabetes, older adults, and adults with peripheral arterial disease. 


I have received funding from the following sources: Medical Research Council, NIHR, Department of Health, NICE, European Union, Diabetes UK, Wellcome Trust, Health Education Board Scotland, and industrial partners (The Coca-Cola Company, Nova International).


2015 - A cluster randomised controlled trial to investigate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the ‘Girls Active’ intervention

NIHR Public Health Research Programme

2014 - Incentivised opportunities for physical activity delivered in workplace settings during paid working hours: an exploratory study



A list of publications can be viewed via PURE

Examples of recent publications:

  1. Biddle, SJH., Edwardson, CL., Gorely, T., Wilmot, EG., Yates, T. Nimmo, MA., Khunti, K., Davies, MJ. (2017). Reducing sedentary time in adults at risk of type 2 diabetes: process evaluation of the STAND (Sedentary Time ANd Diabetes) RCT. BMC Public Health 17:80
  2. Hubbard, G., Gorely, T., Ozakinci, G., Polson, R., & Forbat, L. (2016). A systematic review and narrative summary of family-based smoking cessation interventions to help adults quit smoking. BMC Family Practice. 17:73. DOI: 10.1186/s12875-016-0457-4
  3. Edwardson CL, Rowlands AV, Bunnewell S, Sanders J, Esliger DW, Gorely T, O'Connell S, Davies M, Khunti K, Yates T. (2016). Accuracy of Posture Allocation Algorithms for Thigh- and Waist-Worn Accelerometers. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 48(6):1085-90. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000865
  4. Biddle SJ, Edwardson CL, Wilmot EG, Yates T, Gorely T, Bodicoat DH, Ashra N, Khunti K, Nimmo MA, Davies MJ. (2015). A Randomised Controlled Trial to Reduce Sedentary Time in Young Adults at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Project STAND (Sedentary Time ANd Diabetes). PLoS One. 1;10(12):e0143398.  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0143398
  5. Edwardson CL, Harrington DM, Yates T, Bodicoat DH, Khunti KK, Gorely T, Sherar LB, Edwards RT, Wright C, Harrington K,  Davies MJ. (2015).  A cluster randomised controlled trial to investigate the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of the Girls Active intervention: a study protocol. BMC Public Health, 15:526.
  6. Tew GA, Humphreys L, Crank H, Hewitt C, Nawaz S, Al-Jundi W, Trender H, Michaels J, Gorely T. (2015). The development and pilot randomised controlled trial of a group education programme for promoting walking in people with intermittent claudication. Vascular Medicine, 1-10. DOI: 10.1177/1358863X15577857.
  7. Gorely T, Crank H, Humphreys L, Nawaz S, Tew GA (2015). “Standing still in the street”: Experiences, knowledge and beliefs of patients with intermittent claudication – A qualitative study. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 33: 4-9.   
  8. Henson J, Edwardson CL, Morgan B, Horsfield MA, Bodicoat DH, Biddle SJH, Gorely T, Nimmo MA, McCann GP, Khunti K, Davies MJ, Yates T. (2015). Associations of sedentary time with fat distribution in a high risk population. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 47: 1727-1734. DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000572.
  9. Edwardson CL, Gorely T., Musson H, Duncombe R, & Sandford R. (2014). Does Activity-Related Social Support Differ by Characteristics of the Adolescent? Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11: 574-580.
  10. Wilmot EG, Leggate M, Khan JN, Yates T, Gorely T, Bodicoat DH, Khunti K, Kuijer JPA, Gray LJ, Singh A, Clarysse P, Croisille P, Nimmo MA, McCann GP, Davies MJ (2014). Type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity in young adults: the extreme phenotype with early cardiovascular dysfunction. Diabetic Medicine, 31, 794–798.



  • PhD
  • MEd
  • Dip.Grad.
  • BPhEd(dist)

Professional bodies

  • International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity


Teaching and Learning

  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary behaviour and health
  • Health behaviour change


  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary behaviour and health
  • Intervention design
  • Psychology of behaviour change
  • Measurement of physical activity
  • Populations of interest include: children and adolescents, young adults, individuals at high risk of type 2 diabetes, older adults, and clinical populations