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Dr Zoe Rutherford

Dr Zoe Rutherford
Contact Details
Dr Zoe Rutherford

Course Director

Carnegie School Of Sport

0113 81 24021 Z.H.Rutherford@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Zoe Rutherford

Dr Zoe Rutherford was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity, Exercise & Health in September 2013 and became a Principal Lecturer in 2015. Her research is in the applied measurement and promotion of physical activity and health across the lifespan.

Zoe completed her PhD research at Liverpool John Moores University under the title of ‘School day intervention opportunities for promoting in 7-11 year old children’s moderate-to-vigorous physical activity’. This research involved examining the efficiency of opportunities within the school day for children to accumulate healthful physical activity and employing targeted interventions to enhance them. Prior to this, Zoe gained a BSc (H) in Sport, Health and Physical Education from Bangor University and her MSc in Exercise and Health Science from the University of Bristol.

Zoe is an experienced academic, with many years teaching and programme development experience. Her main teaching responsibilities are on the BSc (H) Sport, Physical Activity and Health and MSc Physical Activity & Health courses, where she is a module leader, supervisor and contributor across the provision. Zoe previously lead the BSc (H) Sport, Physical Activity & Health course at LBU and is currently external examiner for the BSc (H) Physical Activity and Health Development at the University of Lincoln.

Current Teaching

  • Module Leader:
    • Physical Activity Interventions for Children and Young People (Level 6)
    • Measurement of Physical Activity & Health (Level 7)
  • Teaching on:
    • Introduction to Research & Study Skills for Sport & Exercise Science (Level 4)
    • Science of Physical Activity & Health for Adults & Older Adults (Level 5)
    • Contemporary Health Issues & Physical Activity Rehabilitation (level 6)
    • Dissertation (Level 6)
    • Major Independent Study (Level 7)

Research Interests

As an applied researcher in the measurement and promotion of physical activity across the lifespan, Zoe is passionate about designing and evaluating interventions aimed at increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary time in the prevention and treatment of ill-health.

Most recently, Zoe has been working with Dr Michelle Mellis and colleagues on research exploring the impact of sedentary time on health risk factors in adults; and with external colleagues at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital and Notts County Football in the Community, to name a few.

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