Stirling Physical Activity Research Knowledge and Learning Exchange (SPARKLE)
Stirling Physical Activity Research Knowledge and Learning Exchange (SPARKLE) takes a multi-disciplinary approach to understand how physical activity can influence physical and mental health and vice versa across a range of age groups, ability levels and settings.
Our main research impact focuses on public engagement with our research and co-creation of policy and practice through interventions with a number of key stakeholders including the general public, charities, policy-making bodies, health services and industry (large and NGOs).
Our projects include the UKRI ISCF Healthy Ageing Social Behavioural Design. Connectivity and Digital Design for Health and Well-being Across Generations, Places and Spaces (GOALD) project; physical activity interventions in frail older adults; enhancement of dietary education for Type-2 diabetes prevention; and a CSO-funded study on the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on engagement, loneliness, wellbeing and physical activity in Scottish older adults (KAPS project).
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We offer postgraduate research support in a range of topics. Anna Whittaker supervises students within the broad field of healthy ageing, and specifically in physical activity interventions for frail older adults impacting on psychological and physiological health, and on cardiovascular stress reactivity. Pete Coffee supervises students within the field of social psychology - predominantly informed by the social identity approach - with relevance to sport, exercise, health, and performance settings.
|Bridgitte Swales||Anna Whittaker, Gemma Ryde||Keeping Active in Residential Elderly (KARE): Assessing the feasibility and impact of physical activity in healthy ageing, with a specialised chair-based resistance training intervention, in residential care populations with pre-existing frailty.|
|Nina Verma||Pete Coffee, Anna Whittaker||A social identity approach to mental health stigma, identity threat and help seeking intentions in sport.|
|Len de Nys||Anna Whittaker, Gemma Ryde, Jenni Connolly||Stress, Healthy ageing & Physical activity (SHAPE).|
|Esther Ofosu||Anna Whittaker, Jenni Connolly, Gemma Ryde||Stress, Healthy ageing & Physical activity (SHAPE).|
|Sally Anderson||Kacey Neely, Pete Coffee||Parent Burnout in Youth Sport.|
|Ilaria Pina||Angus Hunter|
|Ewan Stirling||Andy Kirkland, Rob Morris||Mental health and wellbeing in the sporting environment, a salutogenic approach. (working title)|
|Simon Kawycz||Pete Coffee, Kacey Neely||A social identity approach to actor-observer attributions in sport.|
|Tom Doncom||Pete Coffee, Chris Hartley||Social Identity Directed Attribution Retraining (SIDAR) to harness the power of us and cultivate adaptive thinking in sport.|
|Melanie McInnes||Pete Coffee, Emma France||A social identity approach to social support in sport.|
|Emma Saunders||Pete Coffee, Niamh Fitzgerald, Hee-jung Hong||Dual-careers and social support in third-level institutions in Ireland.|
|Xin (Gabriel) Wang||Jenni Connelly, Anna Whittaker, Lewis MacGregor||Examining the Benefits of Online Tai Chi for
Fall Prevention and Social Isolation among Older Adults.
|Aziz Alkhubaizi||Gemma Ryde, Anna Whittaker, Simone Tomaz||Workplace physical activity interventions and wellbeing in Kuwait.|
|Sarah Stephen||Pete Coffee, Rob Morris||The effect of Social Identity Leadership on follower's efficacy beliefs.|
|Danielle Dalachek||Anna Whittaker, Line Caes, Gwenne McIntosh||The relationship between early life adversity, chronic pain and anxiety diagnosis.|