Dr Anne Martin
- Research Associate (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
I have joined the Complexity in Health Improvement Programme at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in November 2017. My role involves evaluating and developing complex public health interventions.
I am a physiotherapist and nutritionist and completed both degrees in Germany. In 2009, I moved to Glasgow to obtain an M.Sc. (Med Sci) in Human Nutrition with specialisation in Obesity and Weight Management (University of Glasgow). I completed my Ph.D. in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh in 2014.
I worked previously as post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh’s Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) and the Centre for Medical Informatics, Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences and Informatics. Since completion of my doctoral degree I also have been involved in a number of short-term research projects at the Physical Activity for Health Group, University of Strathclyde.
Currently, I chair the Early Care and Education special interest group of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA). I am also a member of the Expert Working group for updating the UK's Chief Medical Officers Physical Activity guideline for children under the age of 5 years. I am a member of the Program Organising Committee and Local Organising Committee for the European Congress on Obesity 2019 in Glasgow.
My research interests include
- Development and evaluation of child and adolescent healthy weight interventions
- Systematic reviewing and evidence synthesis of physical activity and healthy weight interventions
- Co-design of mobile and wearable technology for promoting physical activity and healthy eating, and reducing sedentary behaviour
- Assessment of the association between childhood obesity, physical activity, cognitive function and academic achievement
I am currently leading an exploratory study entitled "Exploring the potential of outdoor nurseries for health and wellbeing of children and families". This study aims to
- map the content, context and culture of outdoor nursery use in Glasgow,
- develop an understanding of how parents/carers understand the role of outdoor nurseries for their child’s health and wellbeing, and
- explore how children spend their time in outdoor nurseries.
I am also involved in a knowledge exchange project called "Children Create: Amplifying the voices of children in the translation of physical activity related scientific evidence". The aim of this project is to maximise the findings from the SPACES study and make a demonstrable impact on children’s physical activity. By employing innovative methods and collaboration with the Children's Parliament we will engage children with the evidence around physical activity.
I am supervising Megan Thomson's Phd project: Understanding the barriers and facilitators contributing to weight loss success and failure in adults taking part in lifestyle weight management interventions.
I am also the course lead of the Systematic Review Methodology course as part of Edinburgh's Master of Public health (online learning) which I have developed and thaught during 2016/2017. Further, I am leading the short course on Systematic Review Methodology hosted by the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facilities.