Mr Ragy Tadrous

  • Research Associate (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)

Biography

Ragy is a research associate working on the Physical Activity, Social Connectedness, and Healthy Ageing Study (PACES). He joined the Complexity in Health Improvement Programme at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in March 2024.

 

He recently completed a White Rose Network funded PhD in the Department for Ageing and Stroke Research in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences developing an intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in community-dwelling older adults aged ≥75 years.

He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a First Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy, after which he undertook a Research Masters which profiled the physical performance of people with narcolepsy.

He has a keen interest in mixed-methods research and throughout his PhD he undertook: 

  • A mixed-method review of the literature relating to interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour in community-dwelling older adults.
  • A qualitative profile of sedentary behaviour in community-dwelling older adults aged ≥75 years.
  • A co-production study informed by the Thoeretical Domains Framework and Behavioural Change Wheel to develop an intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in community-dwelling older adults aged ≥75.
  • A mixed-method pilot study which explored the delivery of the co-produced intervention.

In 2022, he was appointed to the Yorkshire Consortium for Equity in Doctoral Education (YCEDE) Scholars Board, which aims to imporve diveristy, and inclusion in doctoral education for BAME students. He was also a PGR Representative for the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.

 

Research interests

  • Sedentary Behaviour
  • Physical Activity
  • Sleep
  • Older Adults
  • Intervention Development
  • Behaviour Change Theory
  • Mixed-Method Research
  • Systematic Reviewing and Meta-Analysis
  • Co-production

Professional activities & recognition

Selected international presentations

  • 2023: World Narcolepsy Day (Dublin, Ireland)
  • 2023: European Conference on Aging and Gerontology (London, England)
  • 2023: British Geriatric Society Autumn Meeting (Birmingham, England)
  • 2023: eSleep 2023 (Virtual)
  • 2021: Sleep (America)
  • 2021: Irish Sleep Society (Dublin, Ireland)