Edinburgh Research Explorer

Miss Anne Martin

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Education/Academic qualification

2010Doctor of Health Science, University of Edinburgh
“Lifestyle interventions for improvement of educational attainment in overweight and obese children”
2009Master in Science, University of Glasgow
“Objective measurement of behavioural components of NEAT in preschool children using the activPAL accelerometer”
2006Bachelor of Science, University of Postdam, Germany
“Differential assessment of proteinurea in neonates”

Professional Qualifications

2000State Exam in Physiotherapy, College for Allied Health Professions-Berlin


Research Experiences

May 2015 – November 2016                              Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Being based at the Telescot Research Group, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics I lead a school-based obesity prevention intervention (Pegaso Fit for Future, European Commission FP7) involving smart phone application, a smart phone game and wearable activity sensors to encourage and motivate adolescents aged 14-16 years to take an active role in their health behaviour change toward healthy lifestyles. 


January 2015 – April 2016                           Research Associate, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

At the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, Institute for Sport, PE and Health Sciences, I am currently leading a pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT) to test a simple intervention, incorporating behaviour change techniques, supported by self-monitoring feedback from the novel SitFIT device, to reduce sedentary behaviour and increase physical activity amongst adults. This study is part of the large scale European Commission FP7 study ‘EuroFIT’ and will inform an intervention to improve lifestyle behaviour in male football fans across Europe. Furthermore, I assist in the conduct of a scoping review entitled “A scoping review of physical activity (PA) prevalence, correlates and interventions in ethnic minority groups in the UK” which will be the basis for developing physical interventions and improve health in ethnic minority groups.  I also lead the scoping review entitled “A scoping review of the literature on students’ emotional, social and mental wellbeing in the school contexts” and provided a framework for consultation with teachers and other key stakeholders during a knowledge exchange workshop leading to intervention development for improved health and wellbeing in young people.


April 2014 – December 2014                       Research Assistant, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

This role, within the Physical Activity for Health Group, was a 9-months fixed-term post in which I conducted a secondary data analysis of birth cohorts to investigate the prospective association between obesity and cognitive abilities in pre-school children. Furthermore, I conducted two systematic reviews commissioned by the World Health Organisation on infant feeding practice and catch-up growth and its impact on the development of obesity and non-communicable diseases in childhood and later life.


November 2013 – August 2014                  Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

My role was to conduct a systematic review entitled“Interventions with potential to reduce sedentary time in adults – systematic review and meta-analysis” with members of the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre on behalf of the EuroFIT consortium.  Findings are used to inform the design of an intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in male European football fans (EuroFIT trial).


November 2010 – June 2014       PhD Physical Activity and Health, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Overall Role: Responsible for conducting three studies which focused on the transfer effect of child weight management on cognitive and academic abilities. I designed and conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis (with the Cochrane Collaboration) of randomized controlled lifestyle interventions. For the second study I engaged with weight management and education authorities to develop a cross-sectorial data-linkage study. In the third study I conducted focus groups and interviews to get insight into the perceptions on body weight related experiences in school of overweight youths and their parents who participated in a weight management programme.


Research Skills Developed:

  • Project management: co-ordination of three distinct studies including working efficiently both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Time management: ability to plan and conduct methodologically diverse studies effectively within short time-frames and to strict deadlines, including key components of ethics applications (e.g. NHS Scotland) and recruitment of a special adolescent population group
  • Data collection: responsible for systematic reviewing, cross-sectorial administrative data-linkage, conduct of focus groups and interviews
  • Data analysis: responsible for  quantitative (multivariate models, multiple imputation of missing data, meta-analysis) using STATA and SPSS and qualitative (thematic analysis) data analysis using NVivo
  • Research dissemination: disseminate project findings in a range of contexts including the publication of peer-reviewed journal articles and delivering conference presentations. Findings were also disseminated to study participants and practitioners.


Teaching Experiences

April 2016-March 2017               Academic Online Course Lead, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Overall Role: Coordination, development, delivery and assessment of a 10 credit 5-week course on Introduction to Systematic Reviews as part of the online distance learning Master of Public Health, Centre for Population Health Sciences.


November 2014-present                               Teaching Assistant, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Overall Role: Delivery of student and staff seminars on systematic review methodology and support of supervision of undergraduate dissertation projects in Sport and Physical Activity for Health. The dissertation projects were systematic reviews.


2010-present                     Guest Lecturer/Teaching Assistant, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Overall Role: Development and delivery of guest lectures for the undergraduate and postgraduate courses BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science, BEd/MA (Hons) Physical Education, and MSc Strength and Conditioning.

Modules and Lectures: ‘Overweight and Obesity’ for Exercise Prescription for Rehabilitation, ‘Dietary Assessment in Athletes’ and ‘Eating Disorders in Sport’ for  Nutritional and Ergogenic Aids, ‘Sedentary behaviour and Health’ for  Exercise, Fitness and Health, and ‘Role of Carbohydrates and Fluids in Exercise’ for Exercise Physiology

Practical sessions: Dietary assessment and research methodology including statistics

Student assessment: Marking of undergraduate student assignments for the module Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science

Student project supervision: Co-Supervision of MSc Physical Activity for Health dissertation project,  Year 3 BSc Applied Sport Science assignment, Year 3 Medical degree assignment



November 2010 – November 2014           PhD Nutrition and Exercise Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Title: “Lifestyle interventions for improvement of educational attainment in overweight and obese children”    

Supervisors:   Dr John Sproule, Dr David H Saunders, Dr Sarah McGeown

Award: Pass with minor corrections


September 2009- September 2010           MSc (MedSci) Human Nutrition with Specialisation in, Obesity and

                                                                         Weight Management, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Dissertation Title: “Objective measurement of behavioural components of NEAT in preschool children using the activPAL accelerometer”

Supervisor: Prof John J Reilly

Award: Merit


October 2006 – July 2009                                  BSc Nutritional Science, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany

Dissertation Title: “Differential assessment of proteinurea in neonates”

Supervisors: Prof Florian J Schweigert, Dr Jens Raila

Award: 1.9 (“good”)


November 2000 – November 2003                 State Exam in Physiotherapy, College for Allied Health Professions,

                                                                                    Berlin, Germany                                         

Award: 2.0 (“good”)

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