Active Schools, Active Communities

Dr. Sarahjane Belton Dublin City University, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sarahjane Belton is a Lecturer in Physical Education and Physical Activity at Dublin City University. She has a BSc in Physical education and Maths, and a PhD in physical activity measurement in young people. Sarahjane is involved in a range of studies at Dublin City University, in collaboration with partners both nationally and internationally. Her research area centers mainly on physical activity and sedentary behavior in youth; including physical activity, sedentary, physical fitness, and fundamental movement skill measurement, and intervention development and trial evaluation. Her work has also been concerned with understanding factors associated with regular physical activity participation in youth, including physical elements such as cardiovascular fitness and body composition, but also psychological and psycho-social factors such as barriers and motivators for physical activity, self esteem and self efficacy, attitudes, and levels of self-determination. She leads the Y-PATH (Youth-Physical Activity Towards Health) research programme at DCU, which was established in 2010. Y-PATH is a research informed and evidence based intervention targetting increased physical activuty and fundamental movement skill levels of youth (see for more information). More recently Sarahjane has started researching in the area of adapted physical activity, again mainly in the areas of physical activity measurement and intervention development.

Dr. Déirdre Ní Chróinín, Mary Immaculate College, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Déirdre Ní Chróinín is a physical education teacher educator at the primary/ elementary level. Her current research explores children’s experiences in physical education, physical activity and sport settings with particular emphasis on promoting meaningful lifelong engagement. Déirdre is the co-chair of the Active Schools/ Active Communities Research Cluster. She is also co-ordinator of the Teacher Educator Self-Study Initiative (TESSI) at Mary Immaculate College. She has 12 peer-review publications focused on physical education.

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To use high-quality, multi-disciplinary and multi-entity research to shape, influence and inform policy and practice relating to advancing the health and well-being of populations in the areas of physical education, sport, physical activity and health.

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