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Dr Samantha Fawkner

SL in Physical Activity and Health


Senior Lecturer, Sport and Exercise Science, Heriot-Watt University, 2003-2011

Research Fellow, Paediatric Exercise Science, University of Exeter, 2002-2003

PhD Paediatric Exercise Physiology, University of Exeter, 2002

Current Research Interests

I am a pediatric physiologist, with a focussed interest on the role of growth and maturation on health and well-being and in particular on changes in phyiscal activity behaviour during childhood and adolescence. I joined the University of Edinburgh as Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health in November 2011, and teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

I am also an accredited anthropometrist (ISAK Level 3), and am involved in teaching anthropometry across Europe, and researching and using anthropometry within the health and exercise setting.

Collaborative Activity

My research background is in paediatric physiology, and has focused on young people's responses to exercise, particularly non-steady state exercise and the oxygen uptake kinetic response, and I have an interest in the important role of growth and maturation on the exercise response in normal and 'athletic' children. However, in the current climate in which low levels of physical activity and high levels of sedentary behaviour prevail, I have a focused interest in the role of exercise and physical activity during the period of growth and maturation on increasing and maintaining health and well-being. Most recently, and alongside Dr Ailsa NIven, this research has had a particular focus on the challenging problem of low levels of physical activity in adolescent girls.

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