Mrs Kate J Willis

BSc(Oxf.Brookes), MSc(Exon.)

  • BS8 1TZ

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Research interests

Kate is currently the Process Evaluation Research Associate for the PLAN-A study – A cluster randomised controlled trial aimed at increasing adolescent girls’ physical activity levels. The study is funded by the NIHR and took place in 20 secondary schools across the South West. Kate leads the evaluation of the project which is now coming to an end. The team are working on the publication and dissemination of results.

Between 09/2019 and 08/2020 Kate also worked part-time as the Trial Manager of the NAP SACC UK study in Population Health Sciences at the University. The study is a multicentre cluster randomised controlled trial taking place in 56 nurseries across the UK. The trial aimed to provide support to nurseries to increase pre-school children’s physical activity and improve the quality and quantity of their nutritional intake.  

Prior to these posts Kate was a Research Associate for the 2019 Chief Medical Officer’s physical activity guidelines update. She managed the project and worked with expert panel members to develop methods, aid evidence reviews and coordinate scientific consultations and meetings to bring together final the reports informing the new physical activity guidelines.

Kate also led the process evaluation for the PLAN-A feasibility trial, which found evidence of promise to increase adolescent girls’ moderate to vigorous physical activity, a post which helped her achieve her current role. Between 2012 – 2015 Kate worked in different roles on a variety of physical activity interventions for children and adolescents. These included exploring the effectiveness of after-school dance clubs and activity clubs on physical activity levels and psychosocial mediators.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • SPS Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences
  • Children's physical activity
  • Adolescent's physical activity
  • Health behaviours


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