Dr Arlene McGarty
- Research Associate (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
telephone: 0141 211 3902
Dr McGarty graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a BA (Hons) in Sport and Physical Activity in 2012 before completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow (2012-2015). Her PhD research focussed on the measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children with intellectual disabilities, specifically investigating the use and validity of accelerometers.
Dr McGarty has worked as a Research Assistant within the Institute of Health and Wellbeing since February 2016. Her current work focusses on understanding parental perceptions of facilitators and barriers to physical activity for children with intellectual disabilities.
She also completed a part-time MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology at Staffordshire University, graduating in 2017.
Dr McGarty's research interests broadly encompass all aspects of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children and adults with intellectual disabilities, including:
- Accelerometer calibration and validation
- School-based physical activity and sedentary behaviour
- Facilitators and barriers to physical activity
- Energy expenditure
- Health inequalities
- Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Examining the influence of parents on the physical activity behaviours of children with intellectual disabilities
Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
2016 - 2018