Research Associate and Career Development Fellow, Centre for Diet and Activity Research
Dr Kirsten Corder is a Research Associate and Career Development Fellow in the Centre for Diet and Activity Research. She is currently a co-investigator of the SPEEDY-3 study, measuring physical activity, diet and their determinants now the original SPEEDY participants are 13/14 years-old. Dr Corder will then be examining change in physical activity and dietary behaviour, and related determinants, over 4 years among these adolescents.
The aim of her research examining determinants of physical activity and dietary behaviour change is to directly lead to the development, implementation and evaluation of a physical activity promotion intervention among adolescents. This intervention is to be based on evidence from the SPEEDY and ROOTS studies and previous intervention work at San Diego State.
After completing a PhD in physical activity measurement at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, Dr Corder's research predominantly focused on investigating the determinants of change in physical activity in children and adolescents. A lot of this work involved the SPEEDY study in collaboration with the University of East Anglia. She has also worked within the Institute of Behavioural and Community Health and Active Living Research at San Diego State University, California. There she worked to develop the design, implementation and evaluation of a multi-component obesity intervention (Project MOVE) to improve diet and increase physical activity in children and their families.