Amanda joined Born in Bradford as a Senior Research Fellow in March 2020. She is part of the research team evaluating the ‘Join Us: Move. Play’ (JU:MP), programme which is taking a place-based, whole-systems approach to increase physical activity and improve outcomes for children and young people in Bradford. Amanda is currently leading the evaluation of a home-based physical activity programme (www.jumpathome.org) and a systematic review of interventions targeting children’s physical activity behaviour in the home. She is also leading the monitoring and evaluation of local physical activity projects commissioned by JU:MP, and contributing to the development of training materials to enhance the knowledge, skills and confidence of JU:MP providers around monitoring and evaluation.

Amanda has a background in quantitative and qualitative research, ranging across sports performance, men’s health and health service evaluation, and has research interests in physical activity, active travel and greenspace. Prior to joining BiB, Amanda co-developed an evaluation service within the Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, evaluating an intervention aiming to reduce paediatric referrals, and a Type II diabetes remission programme. She also co-led the State of Men’s Health in Leeds project on behalf of Leeds City Council. Her PhD explored the impact of pre-acclimatisation and inspiratory muscle training on physiological and perceptual responses to exercise at high altitude.

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