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Dr Ruth Lowry

Reader in the Psychology of Active Living

r.lowry@chi.ac.uk | +44 (0) 1243 816309

Ruth is a Health and Care Professions Council registered Practitioner Psychologist, Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Her research interests address how physical activity can be used and measured to promote the health and wellbeing of a number of specialist populations (elderly, sedentary employees, military personnel, children with emotional and behavioural difficulties).

Ruth is chair of the BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology’s Training Committee which accredits HEI postgraduate training which leads to the Society’s professional qualifications in Sport and Exercise Psychology. 

She regularly reviews for a number of journals and grant awarding bodies. Ruth started to work at the University of Chichester in 2008.  Prior to this Ruth was a Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Psychology at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (from 2004) and a teaching fellow at Queen’s University Belfast (from 2002).

Professional

EDUCATION

1998 - BSc in Applied Psychology, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

2002 - PhD in Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

2004 - Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

TEACHING

MSCBPS01 – Enhancing Health and Wellbeing through Physical Activity Participation

Aim - to further students’ knowledge of behaviour change related to exercise and physical activity as well as the influences of activity has upon the psychological health of the individual.  Students examine the utility of prescribed exercise for different clinical populations as well as the wider health benefits for member of the public. 

SPL332 - Exercise and Physical Activity Interventions

Aim - Physical inactivity is recognised as a key predictor of a range of adverse health and social outcomes.  Increasing activity levels in the general population is now a priority of government and opportunities for activity professionals are increasing.  This module builds upon the core knowledge of exercise psychology gained in SPL205 Psychology of Physical Activity and Health.  Students will integrate a complex knowledge base derived from sport and exercise, health and mainstream psychology as well as the discipline of health promotion to provide a theoretical underpinning to the professional practice of activity promotion and intervention.

SPL205 - Psychology of Physical Activity and Health

The discipline of exercise psychology is concerned with the application of psychological principles to the context of physical activity and health related quality of life.  This module will seek to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the psychological theories applied to the contexts of physical activity and health and to evaluate the positive and negative psychological effects of participation in activities. 

In addition, I contribute to the following modules:

  • MSCBPS06 – Performance Psychology
  • MSCPS03 -  Advanced Applied Research Skills for Sport
  • MSCPH06 - The Research Dissertation
  • MSCPH05 - Independent Study
  • SPL311 - Physical Activity - Obesity And Diabetes
  • SPL341 – Developing as a Researcher In Sport And Exercise Psychology
  • SPL336 – Cardiovascular Rehabilitation
  • SPL300 – Research Dissertation
  • SPL212 – Exercise Prescription for Health and Fitness 
  • SPL235 - Developing And Monitoring Fitness In The Coaching Process

ADMINISTRATION

Ruth is a member of the University Research Committee

EXTERNAL EXAMINING

Ruth is currently the external examiner for the MSc in Sport & Exercise Psychology (University of Ulster), BSc (Hons) Sport & Physical Activity; Physical Activity & Health (University of Strathclyde) and BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences.  She has been an external and internal examiner for a number of PhD completions and has been involved in the validation and revalidation of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at other UK universities.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles

2017

Farina, N. & Lowry, R. G. (epub ahead of print).  The Validity of Consumer-Level Activity Monitors in Healthy Older Adults in Free-Living Conditions.  Journal of Aging Physical Activity, 22, 1-23. doi: 10.1123/japa.2016-0344.

2016

Amad, A., Seidman, J., Draper, S. B., Bruchhage, M. M. K., Lowry, R. G., Wheeler, J., Robertson, A., Williams, S. C. R., & Smith, M. S. (2016 online). Motor learning induces plasticity in the resting brain - Drumming up a connection.  Cerebral Cortex.  doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw048

Birch, P., Crampton, S., Greenlees, I., Lowry, R., & Coffee, P.  (epub ahead of print).  The Mental Toughness Questionniare-48: A Re-examination of Factorial Validity.  Special Issue on Mental Toughness in the International Journal of Sport Psychology

Martinelli, L., Day, M. & Lowry, R. G. (2016).  Sports Coaches' Experiences of Athletic Injury: Emotional Resistance and Guilt.  Sports Coaching Review.  1-17. doi: 10.1080/21640629.2016.1195550

2015

Burkitt, E., & Lowry, R. (2015).  Attitudes and practices that shape children’s drawing behaviour in mainstream and performing arts schools.  The International Journal of Art & Design Education, 35, 25-43.  doi: /10.1111/jade.12033/

2012

Breslin, G., Hanna, D., Lowry, R., McKee, D., McMullan, K., Haughey, T. J., & Moore, N. (2012).  An exploratory study of specialist and generalist teachers: predicting self-efficacy in delivering primary physical education.  Working Papers in Health Sciences 1:1 ISSN 2051-6266 / 20120002

2011

Baker G., Mutrie N., & Lowry R. (2011).  A comparison of goals set in steps using a pedometer and goals set in minutes: A randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 49 (2), 60-68.

2010

Baker, G., Gray, S., Wright, A., Fitzsimons, C., Nimmo, M., Lowry, R., & Mutrie, N. (2010).  The effect of a pedometer-based community walking intervention on physical activity levels and health outcomes:  a 12-week randomized controlled trial (vol 5, pg44).  International Journal of Behavioral, Nutrition and Physical Activity. 7(51). doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-7-51

2009

McKay, J., Wright, A. Lowry, R., Steele, K., Ryde, G., & Mutrie, N. (2009).  Walking on prescription: The utility of a pedometer pack for increasing physical activity in primary care.  Patient Education and Counselling, 76, 71-76.   doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2008.11.004.

2008

Baker, G., Gray, S., Wright, A., Fitzsimons, C., Nimmo, M., Lowry, R., & Mutrie, N. (2008).  The effect of a pedometer-based community walking intervention on physical activity levels and health outcomes:  a 12-week randomized controlled trial.  International Journal of Behavioral, Nutrition and Physical Activity. 5, 44. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-5-44.

Baker, G., Mutrie, N., & Lowry, R. (2008).  Using pedometers as motivational tools to increase walking: are goals set in minutes?  The International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 46, 21 – 26.

Fitzsimons, C., Baker, G., Wright, A., Nimmo, M., Ward Thompson, C., Lowry, R., et al. (2008).  The 'Walking for Wellbeing in the West' randomised controlled trial of a pedometer-based walking programme in combination with physical activity consultation with 12 month follow-up: rationale and study design. BMC Public Health, 8, 259.  doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-8-259

Nelson, N. M., Wright, A., Lowry, R. G. & Mutrie, N. (2008) Where is the theoretical basis for understanding and measuring the environment for physical activity? Environmental Health Insights, 2, 1-6.

2005

Muldoon, O. T., Lowry, R. G., Prentice, G. & Trew, K. (2005). The Factor Structure of the Multidimensional Measure of Children's Perceptions of Control. Personality and Individual Differences, 38, 647-657.  doi:10.1016/j.paid.2004.05.020

2004

Lowry, R. (2004).  Gender differences in the acquisition of a novel skill after verbal or visual instruction.  Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 26(S) S126-S126

Lowry, R. & Kremer, J. (2004).  Exploring intrinsic and extrinsic motivational differences according to choice of physical activity.  Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 26(S) S127-S127

Edited Book Chapters

2016

Lowry, R. G. (2016).  Body Image.  In S. Cotterill, N. Weston & G. Breslin (Eds.) Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology: Practitioner Case Studies.  Chichester: Wiley

2008

Lowry, R. G. (2008).  Doing small scale quantitative research.  In R. Murray (Ed.) The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  Open University Press-McGraw-Hill

2007

Lowry, R. G., Kremer, J., & Trew, K. (2007). Physical health: recreation, exercise and sport. In J. Coleman, L. Hendry & M. Kloep (Eds.). Adolescence and health. J. W. Wiley.

Edited works: Contributions

Lavallee, D., Kremer, J., Moran, A.P., & Williams, M. (2004).  Sport Psychology:  Contemporary Themes.  Hampshire: Palgrave.  Contributor to Chapter 4 - Motivation.

Davey, G. (Ed.) (2005). Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Psychology. London: Arnold.   Contributor - motivation and sport, Positive Affect, Negative Affect, the PANAS scale, Reversal theory and telic dominance.

Other

Lowry, R. & Eston, R. (2010).  Seminar Solutions.  The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 23, 12.

Scully, D. & Lowry, R. (2002). Why we do - and why we don't! The Psychologist, 15, 418 - 420.

2017

Burkitt, E., Lowry, R., & Purvis, L. (June 2017).  The influence of social status and social economic status on adolescent intrinsic motivation for physical activity.  International Society of Behaviour, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Victoria, BC, Canada

Farina, N. & Lowry, R. G.  (June 2017).  Using consumer-level activity monitors to measure physical activity in healthy older adults.  International Society of Behaviour, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Victoria, BC, Canada

2016

Lowry, R. (2016). Measuring and Monitoring Physical Activity: Challenges of employing commercial grade monitoring devices in research and consultancy.   Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference, Cardiff, Wales – Invited Workshop

Lowry, R., Bescoby, C., & Day, M. (April 2016).   Sources and changes in social support as athletes recover from serious sports injuries: Retrospective study.  Sunbelt, International Society of Social Network Analysis, Newport, CA, USA.

2015

Edmunds, S., Lowry, R., & Sitch, M. (December 2015).  Examining naturally occurring social support for physical activity in a workplace setting.  Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference, Leeds, England.

Edmunds, S., Sitch, M. & Lowry, R. (June 2015).  An exploration of the types and sources of social support for physical activity that are provided and received in an office based workplace.  International Society of Behaviour, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Edinburgh, Scotland

Lowry, R. (December 2015).   Work place and physical activity symposium.  Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference, Leeds, England. Invited Symposium

Lowry, R, Sitch, M. & Edmunds (June 2015).  Who do you turn to? Mapping employee social support for physical activity in an office-based workforce. International Society of Behaviour, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Edinburgh, Scotland

Lowry, R. (June 2015).  Navigating Between Separate Worlds: the Social World of Elite Junior Athletes.  Sunbelt, International Society of Social Network Analysis, Brighton, England.

Sitch, M., Lowry, R., Edmunds, S. & Day, M. (December 2015).  How personal social networks of office based employees function to influence physical activity behaviours and attitudes.  Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference, Leeds, England.

Sitch, M., Lowry, R., Edmunds, S. & Day, M. (June 2015).  An exploration of the structure of personal social networks and physical activity level.  International Society of Behaviour, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Edinburgh, Scotland

Journal Reviewer

Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, International Journal of Sport Psychology, International Review of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Psychology of Sport & Exercise, The Sport Psychologist, Journal of Sport Sciences and Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, Health Psychology, Body Image, Men and Masculinities, Journal of Applied Psychology, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health and Perceptual and Motor Skills.

Grant Reviewer

The National Institute of Health Research, The Medical Research Council, The Economic and Social Research Council, The Health and Medical Research Fund under The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and The British Academy.   

Research

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Ruth's main research interest lies in the area of participation in activity for health and wellbeing enhancement. She has previously been involved with projects that have included the use of pedometers to increase physical activity with insufficiently active adults (community and primary care settings).

Specifically, examining the role of neighbourhood environmental perceptions in physical activity. Ruth's other research interests include body image, the role social support, peer acceptance and friendships play in participation in sport and physical activity.

DIRECTOR OF STUDIES

Ruth has supervised a number of postgraduate students to completion:

  • 2016 PhD – Laura Martinelli (University of Chichester) – Vicarious Trauma in Sport
  • 2014 PhD: Phil Birch (University of Chichester) – Mental Toughness in Sport
  • 2014 PhD: Audrey Fleming (University of the West of Scotland) - Motivational Climate and Collective Team Efficacy
  • 2008 PhD: Graham Baker (University of Strathclyde) – Are pedometers effective motivational tools to increase walking in inactive adults?
  • 2008 PhD: Annemarie Wright (University of Strathclyde) – Perceptions of the physical and psychosocial environment in relation to walking behaviour.
  • 2006 MPhil: Victoria Clark – Coaching pathways in Scottish Hockey

Ruth is currently supervising the following postgraduate students:

PhD – Matthew Sitch (University of Chichester) – Personal Social Networks of Physically Active Individuals.

PhD – Steven Powell (University of Chichester) - Monitoring Training Load, Physical Activity Exposure and Injury Incidence During Military Training

MEMBERSHIP

  • 1995 -    MEMBER OF BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY (BPS). 
  • 2004 -    FOUNDER MEMBER OF THE DIVISION OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY (DSEP), BPS.
  • 2007 -    MEMBER OF EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR THE PROMOTION OF HEALTH-ENHANCING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (HEPA)
  • 2008 -    MEMBER OF INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (ISBNPA)

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

  • 2004-     FELLOW (FORMALLY PRACTITIONER) OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY
  • 2007-     CHARTERED SCIENTIST, SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL
  • 2007-     CHARTERED SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGIST
  • 2012-     ASSOCIATE FELLOW OF THE BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY
  • 2012-     PRACTITIONER PSYCHOLOGIST REGISTERED WITH THE HEALTH AND CARE PROFESSIONS COUNCIL

RESEARCH GRANT INCOME

2016- Can Drumming Improve Brain Function in Autism – Part 2 (Waterloo Foundation) Co-Investigator - PIs Professor Steve Williams, Kings College London, Dr Marcus Smith, University of Chichester

2016- Measurement of Leisure and Occupational Physical Activity Exposure (Defence Human Capability Science & Technology Centre) Co-Investigator - PIs Drs Stephen Myers & Sam Blacker, University of Chichester

2013-2014   Can Drumming Improve Brain Function in Autism? (Waterloo Foundation match funding from KCL)  Co-Investigator - PIs Professor Steve Williams, KLC, Dr Marcus Smith, University of Chichesterf

2009-2010   Evaluation of the Healthy Bus Pompey (Portsmouth City Primary Care Trust) PI with Mr. John Batten, University of Winchester.

2006-2007   Paths to Health – Evaluation of Pedometer Loan Pack Evaluation, Phase 2 (Paths for All Partnership, Scotland) PI with Dr Jane McKay, Genesis Consulting

INTERNAL GRANTS:

2014-15 An exploration of the role of workplace social support and social networks in employee engagement in physical activity.  Co-Investigator, PI Dr Sarah Edmunds.  

2011 Social Network Structures of Youth competitors: a comparison of high performing and local youth competitors. Principal Investigator. 

2011  Drumming as a physical activity intervention for obese children. Co-Investigator, PI Dr Marcus Smith

2010  Drumming as a physical activity intervention for children with additional educational needs - Co Investigator, Lead by Dr Marcus Smith

The role of peers and friends in support of elite athletes. Principal Investigator. 

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