Dr Mackintosh is primarily interested in children’s physical activity and health, and in particular, school-based interventions. Within this area her work focuses on physical activity measurement and the role of behaviour change in developing physically active young people.

Previous intervention work has involved the Children’s Health, Activity, and Nutrition: Get Educated! (CHANGE!) Project, which was a formative intervention based in Wigan to improve primary school children’s well-being through enhanced physical activity and eating behaviours. Other recent work includes an after-school club intervention combining active video games and multi-skills among low active and low fit high school children, as well as the development of a high-intensity military-ethos intervention. Working in close partnership with computer scientists and engineers has allowed the development of ubiquitous social goal sharing technology to enhance physical activity levels, in projects such as ‘Mission Possible’. Much work has now focussed on clinical populations, including strong links with the physiotherapists and consultants within Cystic Fibrosis clinics, and Asthma UK.

Kelly has recently been awarded an Early Career Research Star she will be speaking at the HEPA Europe in Belfast, Northern Ireland in September 2016. 

Current Research Projects

PREVIEW European project: International diet and physical activity intervention for pre-diabetics
Commando Joes : Military style physical activity intervention across 150 schools in the UK
Commando Joe’s X4A Trial: High-intensity Interval Training Intervention in Secondary Schools
Mission Possible: Using ubiquitous social goal sharing technology
Cystic Fibrosis: Evaluating physical activity levels and heart rate variability in children with Cystic Fibrosis.
Inspiratory Muscle Training: Investigating the effects of IMT on children with Cystic Fibrosis and match controls
Food Dudes: Development of Dynamic Dudes intervention trial

Publications

  1. Methodology and reliability of respiratory muscle assessment. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
  2. Using photo-elicitation to explore perceptions of physical activity among young people with cystic fibrosis. BMC Pulmonary Medicine
  3. A Cross-Sectional Study on the Deprivation and Sex Differences in Health-Related Fitness Measures in School Children. Journal of Sports Sciences
  4. Calibration and Validation of Accelerometry to Measure Physical Activity in Adult Clinical Groups: A Systematic Review. Preventive Medicine Reports
  5. & Effect of sampling rate on acceleration and counts of hip- and wrist-worn ActiGraph accelerometers in children. Physiological Measurement 40(9), 095008

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Teaching

  • SR-256 Exercise Science: Interventions and Applications

    This module will develop principles of exercise science and physical activity interventions. Students will engage with principles of physical activity promotion and theories underpinning these. A greater focus on exercise and health psychology including more detailed skills in measurement of physical activity will be explored. In preparation for independent research students will undertake a case study, which will allow them to contextualise their findings in relation to a physical activity behaviour and health outcome.

  • SR-311 Sport and Exercise Science Research Dissertation

    The module involves the application of scientific principles to the solution of a practical or theoretical problem associated with Sport and Exercise Science that is presented in the form of a final research paper. The student will gain experience in working independently on a substantial, individual project, using accepted planning and ethical procedures. This process will require and develop self-organisation and the critical evaluation of options and results, as well as developing technical and academic knowledge in the chosen topic.

  • SR-367 Exercise, Growth and Development

    This module will develop a detailed understanding of the physiological, psychological and behavioural underpinnings that determine sports and physical activity participation and performance and the manner in which these elements change with growth, maturation and exercise training.

Supervision

  • Do children with asthma compensate their physical activity in response to a high intensity interval training programme?«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • Measuring and defining children's fundamental movement skills (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Exercise in cystic fibrosis – effects on physiological and psychological parameters (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • Enhancing the mental health and well-being of elite athletes. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Denise Hill
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Elisabeth Williams
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Elisabeth Williams
  • Calibration and Cross-Validation of Accelerometry in youth and adults with Cystic Fibrosis (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Homespace study (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Prof Gareth Stratton
  • The effects of an inspiratory muscle training programme in children and adults with cystic fibrosis (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • The developmental trajectories of fundamental movement skills during late childhood and adolescence«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • Provisional - Moving together: A technology-based intergenerational intervention to increase physical activity and well-being in older adults and children. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Joanne Hudson
  • Providing an in-depth understanding on the barriers and facilitators to sport, exercise and physical activity in older adults. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
    Other supervisor: Dr Joanne Hudson
  • Investigating the long-term influences of intensive training during childhood (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • Investigating the role of habitual physical activity on cardiac risk and disease severity in chronic disease. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Novel methods of measuring and visualising youths' physical activity (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Investigating the effect of a 5-month swimming training cycle in children and adolescents in response to anaerobic physiological parameters. (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • Health, Fitness, Lifestyle and Physical Competency of School Children in Wales (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Prof Gareth Stratton
  • 'Children’s Fitness, Fatness, Sleep and Nutrtion – Analysis of Decade of Data from the Sportslinx Project' (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Prof Gareth Stratton
  • The effects of Commando Joe's on children's education and behaviour (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Gareth Stratton
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • 'Developing an in-depth understanding of the barriers to, and facilitators of, sport, exercise and physical activity in older adults' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Joanne Hudson
  • Physical activity and lifestyle behaviours in obesity and the preention of type 2 diabetes: The PREVIEW Project (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Prof Gareth Stratton
  • The effect of a school-based military style physical activity intervention on children''s health and well-being (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • 'The relationship between physical activity and metabolic control in Children with Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • 'Investigating the Influence of High-Intensity Interval Training on Autonomic Function during Exercise in Adolescents with and without Asthma' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • 'The effect of Constant Intensity Endurance Training (CIET) and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) on aerobic and anaerobic parameters in youth' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • 'Profiling Movement and Gait Quality in Children''s Physical Activity' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Prof Gareth Stratton

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
2012 PhD Liverpool John Moores University
2009 MSc Sports Science Loughborough University
2008 BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science University of Bath

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
October 2013 Present Senior Lecturer Swansea University
July 2012 2013 Lecturer Swansea University

Key Grants and Projects

  • Cystic Fibrosis Trust SRC (Strategic Research Centre) Grant 2016

    , £750,000

  • Commando Joes' 2015

    Department of Education, £2.6 million

  • PREVIEW FP7 2014

    , 262,500€

  • Strategic Investment Partnerships 2014

    , £12,000

  • CEWN grant for Mission Possible Intervention 2013

    , £3,000

  • BTG funding for Physical Activity Monitoring Development 2013

    , £9,974

  • BTG funding for Grenoble collaboration 2013

    , £10,000

  • NISCHR Research Development Groups 2014

    , £3,500

  • Dragon Challenge, Sport Wales 2014

    , £30,000

  • Illuminate Grant 2014

    , £5,000

  • Portsmouth Early Career Researcher 2013

    , £23,367

  • TecHealth 2010

    , £5,000

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2016 Selected for the Welsh Crucible 2016 as a prestigious researcher in Wales
2016 Santander Travel Mobility Award
2015 Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship
2014 British Research Council Early Career Researcher
2012 Young Investigator Award, International Convention of Science, Education and Medicine in Sport
2016 HEPA European Early Career Research Star

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Admissions Tutor - Sport and Exercise Science

    2014 - Present

  • Deputy Lead - Exercise Medicine and Health Research Group

    2013 - Present

  • Advisory Scientific Researcher - Food Dudes Ltd

    2014 - 2015

Collaborative Partners

  • Wigan Council
  • Commando Joes
  • Food Dudes
  • PAEH Group, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

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