Catherine Woods

Member of: 
Working Group WG 2 - Urban ethnography
Short biography: 

Dr. Woods is a senior lecturer in physical activity psychology and public health in DCU’s School of Health and Human Performance. Catherine joined the School in 2000, 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.

In Ireland, Catherine is part of SAGO, a Special Action Group on Obesity who advise the Minister of Health on the prevention and management of obesity in Ireland. She is also an advisor to Healthy Ireland (HI), Ireland’s new health and wellbeing framework, and is currently assisting HI to write a National Physical Activity Plan; and has previously advised the Department of Education on the assessment of the National Physical Education curricula at both junior and senior cycle.

On a European level, Catherine is an active member of the WHO network on Health Enhancing Physical Activity, where she is Chair of the working group on children and young people. Catherine undertook the role of temporary advisor to the WHO, regional office for Europe, at their technical consultation meeting on the European Physical Activity for Health Strategy (EPAS), Zurich, January 2015. This was attended by forty eight out of the fifty three Member States.

Catherine currently has two post-doctoral research fellows, one in MedEx and one in PATHway (Horizon 2020), she is supervising four postgraduate research students; has published numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented her work at national and international conferences.

Research interests: 

1. Design, evaluation and implementation of evidence-based interventions – particularly using mHealth - to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles in clinical (MedEx participants) and community (schools) settings.
2. Social ecological approach to understanding walkability in the Greater Dublin Area.
3. Determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children.
4. Physical activity policy evaluation and development.

Institution and contacts:
Faculty of Science and Health Dublin City University
catherine.woods [at]