Prof Catherine Woods

Professor of Physical Activity and Health in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (PESS) at the University of Limerick


  • Professor of Physical Activity and Health in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (PESS) at the University of Limerick (UL). PESS has twenty four academic staff and boasts a dynamic research environment with over forty postgraduate research students. I am a member of UL’s Health Research Institute (http://www.ul.ie/research/hri), a cross-faculty institute structured around three thematic areas: lifestyle and health, technology enhanced health outcomes and health services research. The HRI has established an enabling platform to support health research through access to multiple disciplines psychology, physiology epidemiological, statistics, health economics and policy expertise. Prior to joining UL, I was in DCU, where I was Head of the School from 2008-2012 and was instrumental in the development of its sport science and health and its physical education B.Sc. programmes. I have successfully trained 6 PhD and 6 MSc research students; I currently have two post-doctoral research fellows, am supervising five postgraduate students; and have published numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented her work at national and international conferences. In Ireland, I advised Healthy Ireland, Ireland’s new health and wellbeing framework, on writing a National Physical Activity Plan and currently sit on its implementation working group.

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