Professor Jim McKenna
Professor of Physical Activity and Health (Jan 2005-)
PhD, 'Applications of the transtheoretical model to mental skills exercises', University of Bristol, 2002.
MPhil, 'Locus of control for fitness among secondary school children', University of Bristol, 1993.
PGCE: Madeley College of Higher Education, Madeley, 1982.
B. Hum (Hons), St Mary's College of Education, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, 1981.
1988-2004 University of Bristol: Lecturer (Sept. 1988- ), MSc Course Director (Sept. 1998- ) Exercise and Health Sciences, Senior lecturer (March 2002- ), Director of Studies (Jan 2003- ), Head of Department (Jan 2004- ).
1986-1988 Research Assistant, Department of Physical Education, University of Bristol.
Head of Research Centre for Active Lifestyles.
Dissertation tutor. PhD research supervisor and Director of Studies.
Awarded Faculty of Law and Social Sciences Prize for Teaching Excellence. University of Bristol. 2004
Nominated for Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution. Leeds Metropolitan University, 2007
Nominated for Outstanding Researcher, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2010
Selected recent peer reviewed publications
Davy-Smith AJW. & McKenna J. (in press) The impact of additional weekdays of active commuting to school on children achieving a criterion of 300+ minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Health Education Journal. Online ahead of publication doi: 10.1177/0017896910379367
Fox KF, Hillsdon M, Sharp D, Cooper A, Coulson J, Davis M, Harris R, McKenna J, Narici M, Stathi A. (in press) Neighbourhood deprivation and physical activity in UK older adults. Health and Place. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.01.002
Stathi A, McKenna J. & Fox KR. (in press) Processes associated with participation and adherence to a 12-month exercise programme for adults aged 70 and older. Journal of Health Psychology. 15(6), doi: 10.1177/1359105309357090
Finn J. & McKenna J. (2010) Coping with academy-to-first-team transitions in elite English male team sports: The Coaches' perspective. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 5(2), 257-79
Hester JR, McKenna J. & Gately PJ. (2010) Obese children's accounts of intervention impact. Patient Education and Counselling. 79, 306-14.
Pringle A, Cooke C, Gilson N, Marsh K. & McKenna J. (2010) Cost effectiveness of interventions to improve moderate physical-activity: A study in nine UK sites. Health Education Journal. 69(2), 211-24.
Wattie N. Baker J, Cobley S, Howard A, MacPherson A, McKenna J, Montlepare W. (2010) Constituent year: A New consideration for injury risk in Canadian youth ice hockey. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 20(2), 113-6.
Cobley S, Baker J, Wattie N. & McKenna J. (2009) Annual age-grouping and athletic development: A meta-analytic review of relative age effects in sport. Sports Medicine. 39, 235-56.
Cobley S, Baker J, Wattie N. & McKenna J. (2009) How pervasive are relative age effects in secondary school education? Journal of Educational Psychology. 101, 520-28.
Gilson N, Brown WJ, Faulkner G, McKenna J, Murphy M, Niven A, Pringle A, Puig-Ribera
A. & Stathi A. (2009) Interested in promoting walking at work? First things first assess your workplace environment. Sport and Health. 26 (4), 11-14.
Gilson N, Brown WJ, Faulkner G, McKenna J, Murphy MH, Pringle A, Proper KI, Puig-Ribera A. & Stathi A. (2009) The International Universities Walking Project: Development of a framework for workplace intervention using the Delphi Technique. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 6, 520-8.
Gilson N, Brown WJ, McKenna J, Murphy M, Pringle A. & Puig-Ribera A. (2009) Do to walking strategies increase physical activity reduce reported sitting in workplaces? A randomized control trial. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. 6:43.
Hester J. McKenna J. & Gately P. (2009). Discussing lifestyle behaviours with obese children. Education and Health. 27, 62-66.
Nicholls A, Backhouse SH, Pohlman R. & McKenna J. (2009) Stressors and affective states among professional rugby union players. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 19, 121-9.
Pringle A, Gilson N, McKenna J. & Cooke CC. (2009) An evaluation of the Local Exercise Action Pilots and impact on moderate physical activity. Health Education Journal. 68, 179-85.
Reeves C, Nicholls A. & McKenna J. (2009) Stressors and coping strategies among early and middle adolescent Premier League academy soccer players: Differences according to age. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. 21, 31-48.
Recent funded research projects
£495K: British Heart Foundation. Evaluation of the Hearty Lives intervention programme. 3 years Collaborating with WME Partnership
£191,435: 2007-09. National Health and Research Initiative: Patient Benefit Programme. Promoting informed decision-making for diet and physical activity in disadvantaged women. Co-applicant with Leeds University
£182,274: 2006-08. National Preventive Research Initiative (NPRI). Older People's Active Living (OPAL). Co-applicant with University of Bristol
£95,000: 2008-2011. Health of Men through professional soccer. Football Foundation
£89,936: 2009-2010. Constructing a model to guide investment in older people's mental capital, mental health and wellbeing. MRC Strategic grant (outline). ID: 23153
£76,696: 2009-2010. Psychomotor health across the lifespan: Consequences for active, happy and healthy ageing. MRC Strategic grant (outline). ID: 23428
£70,000: 2008-2009. The impact of '21st century Playgrounds Programme' on schools and schoolchildren. SW Essex PCT and ESP. PI
£46,000: 2006-2009. Derby City Council. Community evaluation of physical activity in school-aged young people. With Prof. J Long.
£42,609: 2009-2010. Psychomotor health across the lifespan: Consequences for active, happy & healthy ageing. MRC Strategic grant (outline). Collaborator
Inaugural Lecture: Contemporary Challenges to Exercise-based Living