Dr. Danielle Christian

Senior Research Assistant

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Danielle is a Senior Research Assistant for the Research Support Team (RST) in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

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Danielle is a mixed methods Postdoctoral Researcher who joined the University of Central Lancashire in April 2019. After gaining her BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Sciences in 2008 from University of Birmingham, Danielle went on to work as a researcher for Bolton Wanderers Community Trust promoting health through the medium of football. She was awarded her PhD in Paediatric Public Health and Exercise in 2016 from Swansea University. Danielle acquired a postdoctoral position at Edge Hill University, rolling out the Youth Sport Trust funded UK Youth Activity Profile and coordinating the process evaluation of the West Lancashire Sport Partnership’s ‘Born to Move’ and ‘Dr FeelWell’ projects, which both focus on improving pupil’s physical activity, health and wellbeing in primary schools.

Danielle’s research interests predominantly focus on improving the physical activity and health of children and adolescents through school-based interventions, whilst exploring the factors influencing effective implementation of these projects. Danielle’s mixed methods PhD involved the development, management and process evaluation of two school-based interventions; Active Children Through Incentive Vouchers – Evaluation (ACTIVE) in secondary schools and Community Led Active Schools Programme (CLASP) in primary schools. Danielle’s new role in the Research Support Team has allowed her to expand her health-based interests to cover a wider range of topics such as epilepsy and stroke across the full life course.


  • Ph.D. Paediatric Public Health and Exercise, Swansea University, 2015.
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Birmingham, 2008.

Danielle is a member of DECIPHer – the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (one of five UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence).


Noonan, Robert J., Danielle Christian, Lynne M. Boddy, Pedro F. Saint-Maurice, Gregory J. Welk, Paul R. Hibbing, and Stuart J. Fairclough. "Accelerometer and self-reported measures of sedentary behaviour and associations with adiposity in UK youth." Journal of sports sciences (2019): 1-7.

Raza, Haider, Shang‐Ming Zhou, Charlotte Todd, Danielle Christian, Emily Marchant, Kelly Morgan, Ashrafunnesa Khanom, Rebecca Hill, Ronan A. Lyons, and Sinead Brophy. "Predictors of objectively measured physical activity in 12‐month‐old infants: A study of linked birth cohort data with electronic health records." Pediatric obesity (2019): e12512.

James, Michaela, Charlotte Todd, Samantha Scott, Gareth Stratton, Sarah McCoubrey, Danielle Christian, Julian Halcox et al. "Teenage recommendations to improve physical activity for their age group: a qualitative study." BMC public health 18, no. 1 (2018): 372.

Christian, Danielle, Charlotte Todd, Helen Davies, Jaynie Rance, Gareth Stratton, Frances Rapport, and Sinead Brophy. "Community led active schools programme (CLASP) exploring the implementation of health interventions in primary schools: headteachers’ perspectives." BMC public health 15, no. 1 (2015): 238.

More Publications


7th ISPAH Congress – London – 15th-17th October 2018 – ‘Calibration of UK YAP’

UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence 5th Annual Conference – Edinburgh - 19-20th November 2015 - Pecha Kucha presentation (CLASP)

Wales Exercise Medicine Symposium hosted by Wales Physical Activity Research Network - 'Physical activity choice and school interventions' - Swansea - 19th September 2014 (ACTIVE & CLASP).

Welsh Public Health Conference - "Healthier, Happier, and Fairer Communities" – Cardiff - 10-11th October 2013 (ACTIVE)

Research Centre in Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM) seminar programme - ‘Theoretical models of behaviour change in relation to physical activity’ – Swansea - 9th November 2012

12th BHFNC annual conference, Innovate to Activate – Nottingham - 22nd November 2012 (ACTIVE)