Tully, Dr Mark A
Keywords: physical activity; pedometers; behaviour change interventions; natural experiment methodology;built environment
Mark is a physical activity scientist in the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI) at Queen’s University Belfast. He is a senior lecturer in Physical Activity and Health, and his research is focused on developing physical activity interventions.
After graduating with a 1st class honours degree in Biomedical Science from Queen’s University Belfast in 2000, Mark undertook a PhD on the health benefits of home based walking programmes. Since completing his PhD, he has worked as a post-doctoral researcher on a study of the uptake and provision of cardiac rehabilitation and a study of the effects of ice and exercise on physical activity levels following acute ankle sprains, before taking up his current position.
His current projects include studies investigating the effects of changes in the built environment on levels of physical activity in the general population and studies of interventions to promote physical activity in socio-economically disadvantaged communities and older adults. He has previously been involved in studies of the effects of pedometer-based behaviour change interventions in various clinical populations, including primary care, cardiac and musculoskeletal patients. Mark is director of the Northern Ireland Public Health Research Network.