Dr Arlene McGarty

  • Research Associate (Mental Health & Wellbeing)

Biography

I currently work as a Research Associate within Mental Health and Wellbeing (Institute of Health and Wellbeing). I primarily work on a project focussed on measuring sedentary behaviour in adults with intellectual disabilities. I am also involved in various collaborative projects relating to physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

I 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).  My 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. I also completed an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (Staffordshire University, 2017).

I worked as a Research Assistant within Mental Health and Wellbeing (Institute of Health and Wellbeing) from 2016 to 2018 on a project focussed on understanding parental perceptions of facilitators and barriers to physical activity for children with intellectual disabilities. From 2018-2019, I worked at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (Institute of Health and Wellbeing) on a process evaluation of the OPPORTUNITY trial


Research interests

My 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

Publications

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2019

Harris, L., Mcgarty, A. M. , Hilgenkamp, T., Mitchell, F. and Melville, C. A. (2019) Patterns of objectively measured sedentary behaviour in adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 32(6), pp. 1428-1436. (doi: 10.1111/jar.12633) (PMID:31192528)

Westrop, S. C., Melville, C. A. , Muirhead, F. and Mcgarty, A. (2019) Gender differences in physical activity and sedentary behaviour in adults with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, (doi: 10.1111/jar.12648)

2018

McGarty, A.M. , Downs, S.J., Melville, C.A. and Harris, L. (2018) A systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions to increase physical activity in children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 62(4), pp. 312-329. (doi: 10.1111/jir.12467) (PMID:29277930)

Harris, L., Mcgarty, A. M. , Hilgenkamp, T., Mitchell, F. and Melville, C. A. (2018) Correlates of objectively measured sedentary time in adults with intellectual disabilities. Preventive Medicine Reports, 9, pp. 12-17. (doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.11.010) (PMID:29255667) (PMCID:PMC5725213)

McGarty, A. M. and Melville, C. A. (2018) Parental perceptions of facilitators and barriers to physical activity for children with intellectual disabilities: A mixed methods systematic review. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 73, pp. 40-57. (doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2017.12.007) (PMID:29248807)

Harris, L., McGarty, A. , Hutchison, L., Ellis, L. and Hankey, C. (2018) Short-term intermittent energy restriction interventions for weight management: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews, 19(1), pp. 1-13. (doi: 10.1111/obr.12593) (PMID:28975722)

Melville, C.A. , McGarty, A. , Harris, L., Hughes-Mccormack, L., Baltzer, M. , McArthur, L., Morrison, J. , Allan, L. and Cooper, S.-A. (2018) A population-based, cross-sectional study of the prevalence and correlates of sedentary behaviour of adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 62(1), pp. 60-71. (doi: 10.1111/jir.12454) (PMID:29214701)

2016

McGarty, A. , Penpraze, V. and Melville, C. (2016) Calibration and cross-validation of the ActiGraph wGT3X+ accelerometer for the estimation of physical activity intensity in children with intellectual disabilities. PLoS ONE, 11(10), e0164928. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164928) (PMID:27760219) (PMCID:PMC5070820)

2015

Mcgarty, A. M. , Penpraze, V. and Melville, C. A. (2015) Feasibility of a laboratory-based accelerometer calibration protocol for children with intellectual disabilities. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 1, 18. (doi: 10.1186/s40814-015-0014-2)

2014

Mcgarty, A. M. , Penpraze, V. and Melville, C. A. (2014) Accelerometer use during field-based physical activity research in children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities: a systematic review. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35(5), pp. 973-981. (doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2014.02.009) (PMID:24629542)

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Number of items: 10.

Articles

Harris, L., Mcgarty, A. M. , Hilgenkamp, T., Mitchell, F. and Melville, C. A. (2019) Patterns of objectively measured sedentary behaviour in adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 32(6), pp. 1428-1436. (doi: 10.1111/jar.12633) (PMID:31192528)

Westrop, S. C., Melville, C. A. , Muirhead, F. and Mcgarty, A. (2019) Gender differences in physical activity and sedentary behaviour in adults with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, (doi: 10.1111/jar.12648)

McGarty, A.M. , Downs, S.J., Melville, C.A. and Harris, L. (2018) A systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions to increase physical activity in children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 62(4), pp. 312-329. (doi: 10.1111/jir.12467) (PMID:29277930)

Harris, L., Mcgarty, A. M. , Hilgenkamp, T., Mitchell, F. and Melville, C. A. (2018) Correlates of objectively measured sedentary time in adults with intellectual disabilities. Preventive Medicine Reports, 9, pp. 12-17. (doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.11.010) (PMID:29255667) (PMCID:PMC5725213)

McGarty, A. M. and Melville, C. A. (2018) Parental perceptions of facilitators and barriers to physical activity for children with intellectual disabilities: A mixed methods systematic review. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 73, pp. 40-57. (doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2017.12.007) (PMID:29248807)

Harris, L., McGarty, A. , Hutchison, L., Ellis, L. and Hankey, C. (2018) Short-term intermittent energy restriction interventions for weight management: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews, 19(1), pp. 1-13. (doi: 10.1111/obr.12593) (PMID:28975722)

Melville, C.A. , McGarty, A. , Harris, L., Hughes-Mccormack, L., Baltzer, M. , McArthur, L., Morrison, J. , Allan, L. and Cooper, S.-A. (2018) A population-based, cross-sectional study of the prevalence and correlates of sedentary behaviour of adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 62(1), pp. 60-71. (doi: 10.1111/jir.12454) (PMID:29214701)

McGarty, A. , Penpraze, V. and Melville, C. (2016) Calibration and cross-validation of the ActiGraph wGT3X+ accelerometer for the estimation of physical activity intensity in children with intellectual disabilities. PLoS ONE, 11(10), e0164928. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164928) (PMID:27760219) (PMCID:PMC5070820)

Mcgarty, A. M. , Penpraze, V. and Melville, C. A. (2015) Feasibility of a laboratory-based accelerometer calibration protocol for children with intellectual disabilities. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 1, 18. (doi: 10.1186/s40814-015-0014-2)

Mcgarty, A. M. , Penpraze, V. and Melville, C. A. (2014) Accelerometer use during field-based physical activity research in children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities: a systematic review. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35(5), pp. 973-981. (doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2014.02.009) (PMID:24629542)

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Grants

Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.

  • Measuring sedentary behaviour in adults with intellectual disabilities
    Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
    2019 - 2021
     
  • Feasibility of the Active Play intervention for children with intellectual disabilities
    Chief Scientist Office
    2019 - 2019
     
  • Examining the influence of parents on the physical activity behaviours of children with intellectual disabilities
    Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
    2016 - 2018
     

Supervision

    I welcome enquires regarding Ph.D. or M.Sc. supervision relating to my Research Interests (above).

    Current PhD students:

    • Sophie Westrop: Exploring gender differences in physical activity and sedentary behaviour in adults with intellectual disabilities. 
    • Khemapa Chusamer: Understanding correlates of sedentary behaviour in adults with intellectual disabilities.

Teaching

I currently contribute to teaching on the following degree courses:

  • M.Sc. Sport and Exercise Science & Medicine (University of Glasgow)
  • B.Sc. Physiology & Sports Science (University of Glasgow)
  • B.Sc. (Med Sci). Psychological Medicine (University of Glasgow)
  • B.Sc. Sport and Physical Activity (University of Strathclyde).

Professional activities & recognition

Professional & learned societies

  • 2019 - Present: Network of Early Career Researchers and Students (NESI) committee member, International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity committee member
  • 2018 - Present: Postdoctoral Research Forum representative, University of Glasgow