Having graduated with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from University of Limerick, I took up an athletics scholarship at Eastern Kentucky University, USA and completed an MSc in Physical Education with Sport & Exercise Science. My research examined the relationship between athlete attributional style and coaching behaviours, comparing the US and Irish collegiate sporting environments.
My main research interests are in childhood physical activity and health, with particular interest in health-related fitness, self-perceptions, and motor competence.
My current research aims to evaluate a conceptual model designed by Stodden and colleagues (2008) examining the relationships between motor competence, health-related physical fitness, perceived competence, physical activity, and weight status, with a view to tracking changes in these variables across the transition from primary to second level school. Rising levels of obesity worldwide along with decreasing physical activity are causing major health problems among children and adolescents. As children transition from childhood to adolescence, a decrease in physical activity is often seen. This research will give an insight into how the relationships between key variables change and develop over this transition, and which variables are most pertinent for maintaining positive trajectories in physical activity and health.