Prof Trish Gorely

Professor, Physical Activity for Health
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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. Rowlands AV, Harrington DM, Bodicoat DH, Davies MJ, Sherar LB, Gorely T, Khunti K, Edwardson CL. (2018). Compliance of adolescent girls to repeated deployments of wrist-worn accelerometers.  Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001588
  7. Harrington DM, Davies MJ,  Bodicoat DH, Charles JM, Chudasama YV, Gorely T, Khunti KK, Plekhanova T, Rowlands AV, Sherar LB, Tudor Edwards R, Yates T, Edwardson CL (2018). Effectiveness of the 'Girls Active’ school-based physical activity programme: A cluster randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 15:40. DOI  10.1186/s12966-018-0664-6
  8. Chesham RA, Booth JN, Sweeney EL, Ryde GC, Gorely T, Brooks NE, Moran CN. (2018). The Daily Mile makes primary school children more active, less sedentary and improves their fitness and body composition: a quasi-experimental pilot study.  BMC Medicine, 16:64. Doi:10.1186/s12916-018-1049-z
  9. Ryde GR, Booth JN, Brooks NE, Chesham RA, Moran CN, Gorely T. (2018).  The Daily Mile: What factors are associated with its implementation success?  PLoSOne, 13 (10) e0204988
  10. Chalkley AE, Routen AC, Harris JP, Cale LA, Gorely T, Sherar LB. (2018). A retrospective qualitative evaluation of barriers and facilitators to the implementation of a school-based running programme. BMC Public Health, 18:1189


  • 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