Research at Leeds Beckett
Professor Jim McKenna
About Professor Jim McKenna
Jim McKenna is Carnegie Professor of Physical Activity and Health and Head of the Active Lifestyles Research Centre in the Carnegie Faculty.
He graduated with his first degree in in 1981, before going on to complete a PGCE and then five years as a secondary school teacher.
Within his 18 years as an academic member of staff at the University of Bristol Jim obtained both MPhil and PhD degrees. He has an extensive portfolio of peer reviewed publications and grants covering interventions and community evaluations, spanning schools through to work places and working with older adults.
He is also widely acknowledged for the quality of both his reviewing of research papers and for his teaching, having recently received awards for each. Jim is on the executive board of two journals and numerous prestigious grant awarding bodies.
Professor McKenna teaches research methods, while being Director of Studies for a range of PhD students on projects ranging from clinicians promotion of self-care among diabetic patients in Syria to the personal development impact of sport engagement on children and young people. In addition, he delivers sessions in support of PG supervisors and of PhD students.
Jim is currently working with colleagues from across our University evaluating the Premier League Health for young men, which is being run through the Football Premier League in England. This work emphasises the promotion of healthy lifestyles, especially physical activity, capitalising on the unique drawing power of major football clubs.
He is also involved in evaluating a staged recovery intervention, targeted on wounded, injured and sick service personnel, based around adapted sport and adventure education.
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