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Andy is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences and Associate Director for the Norwich Epidemiology Centre. He also serves as an external research associate for the General Medical Council (GMC) and associate editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Previous appointments include research positions at the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (Loughborough University) and the UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR; University of Cambridge). Andy is a behavioural epidemiologist with particular interest in understanding the distribution and determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviour across the life course. He is a quantitative researcher with established expertise in the pooling and retrospective harmonisation of behavioural, social and health-related data from epidemiological studies.
Current / previous projects:
Prospective Physical Activity, Sitting and Sleep consortiuum (ProPASS; https://www.propassconsortium.org/)
International Children's Accelerometry Database (ICAD; http://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/research/studies/icad/)
Creating Active School Environments (CASE; http://www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/case/)
Key Research Interests
- Physical Activity
- Sedentary behaviour
- Children and Adolescents
- Data harmonisation
- Correlates / Determinants
A novel 24-hour compositional data analysis approach to understand the influence of sleep, sedentary time, and physical activity on children’s and adolescents’ behavioural, psychological, and cognitive health (2018-2019. The Waterloo Foundation - £59 960 (Co-investigator). Lead: Prof Stuart Fairclough (Edge Hill University).
Age-related changes and determinants of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep in young people (2018-2021). Academy of Medical Sciences – Springboard, £61 700 (Principal investigator).
Opportunities within the school environment to shift the distribution of activity intensity in adolescents (2013-2016). Department of Health - Policy Research Programme, £324,156. (Co-investigator, 10%; major contribution to grant preparation). Lead: Dr Esther van Sluijs (MRC Epidemiology Unit).
Exploring innovative methodological and technological approaches to understanding and reducing sedentary behaviour in children (Feb-Mar 2013). MRC Centenary Award. £6750 (Principal investigator).
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Associate Editor, British Journal of Sports Medicine
Jan 2020 → …
External Research Associate, General Medical Council
Jun 2016 → …
Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity
2015 → …
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Age-related changes and determinants of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep in young people
2/07/18 → 30/06/22
The association of contemporary screen-behaviours with physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep in adolescents: A cross-sectional analysis of the Millennium Cohort StudyKontostoli, E., Jones, A. P., Pearson, N., Foley, L., Biddle, S. J. H. & Atkin, A. J., Feb 2023, In: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 30, p. 122–132 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile9 Downloads (Pure)
Atkin, A. J., Carr, S., Friedenreich, C., Biddle, S. J. H. & Milton, K., Aug 2022, In: British Journal of Sports Medicine. 56, 16, p. 896-897 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial › peer-review
Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations of active travel, organised sport and physical education with accelerometer-assessed moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in young people: the International Children’s Accelerometry DatabaseIkeda, E., Guagliano, J. M., Atkin, A. J., Sherar, L. B., Ekelund, U., Northstone, K., Van Sluijs, E. & International Children's Accelerometry Database (ICAD) Collaborators, 2 Apr 2022, In: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 19, 41.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)1 Downloads (Pure)
Harvey, D. L., Milton, K., Jones, A. P. & Atkin, A. J., Jan 2022, In: Preventive Medicine. 154, 106909.
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The diurnal pattern and social context of screen behaviours in adolescents: A cross-sectional analysis of the Millennium Cohort StudyKontostoli, E., Jones, A. P. & Atkin, A. J., 7 Jun 2022, In: BMC Public Health. 22, 1143.
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