Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health, Loughborough University

Dr Lauren Sherar is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health at Loughborough University and is based in the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine.
The primary objective of her research is to co-develop, with public and stakeholders, interventions to positively impact the health and well-being of children and youth through an increase in physical activity and a decrease in sedentary behaviours. She is passionate about Getting Research into Practice. Dr Sherar has a series of grants and 60+ publications in this area. Her most recently awarded grant involved integrating novel tools and strategies into the classroom to reduce the sitting time of primary school students. Dr Sherar is a member of the Steering Committee of the largest international pooling project of children’s objectively measured physical activity. She also contributes to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the area of physical activity and public health at Loughborough University.

Experience

  • 2012–present
    Senior lecturer, Loughborough University
  • 2010–2012
    Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
  • 2008–2010
    Research associate, University of Bath

Education

  • 2008 
    University of Saskatchewan, PhD Kinesiology (Physical Activity and Health)
  • 2004 
    University of Saskatchewan, MSc Kinesiology

Publications

  • 2017
    Evidence of moderation effects in predicting active transport to school, J Public Health (Oxf). 2016 Mar 6. pii: fdw016. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26952077
  • 2017
    Individual, employment and psychosocial factors influencing walking to work: Implications for intervention design, PLoS One. 2017 Feb 9;12(2):e0171374. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171374. PubMed PMID: 28182714; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5300108
  • 2017
    Can functional magnetic resonance imaging studies help with the optimization of health messaging for lifestyle behavior change? A systematic review., Prev Med. 2017 Feb 15. pii: S0091-7435(17)30052-X. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.02.004.
  • 2016
    Novel technology to help understand the context of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, Physiol Meas. 2016 Sep 21;37(10):1834-1851. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27654030.
  • 2016
    Sitting time and obesity in a sample of adults from Europe and the USA, Ann Hum Biol. 2016 Sep 25:1-7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27604822
  • 2016
    Association of after school sedentary behaviour in adolescence with mental wellbeing in adulthood, Prev Med. 2016 Jun;87:6-10. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.02.021. PubMed PMID: 26876629.
  • 2016
    Association between birth weight and objectively measured sedentary time is mediated by central adiposity: data in 10,793 youth from the International Children's Accelerometry Database, Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 May;101(5):983-90. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.114.103648. Erratum in: Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 Jul;104(1):238. PubMed PMID: 25832337; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4409689.
  • 2016
    Study protocol for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease-Sitting and ExacerbAtions Trial (COPD-SEAT): a randomised controlled feasibility trial of a home-based self-monitoring sedentary behaviour intervention, BMJ Open. 2016 Oct 3;6(10):e013014. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013014. Erratum in: BMJ Open. 2016 Nov 14;6(11):e013014corr1. PubMed PMID: 27697880; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5073551
  • 2016
    Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity, Indices of Cognitive Control, and Academic Achievement in Preadolescents, J Pediatr. 2016 Jun;173:136-42. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.02.045. PubMed PMID: 26973149; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4884513
  • 2016
    Association between maternal education and objectively measured physical activity and sedentary time in adolescents. , J Epidemiol Community Health. 2016 Jun;70(6):541-8. doi: 10.1136/jech-2015-205763. PubMed PMID: 26802168; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4893139.
  • 2016
    Results From England's 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, J Phys Act Health. 2016 Nov;13(11 Suppl 2):S143-S149. PubMed PMID: 27848746.
  • 2015
    Technologies That Assess the Location of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior: A Systematic Review, J Med Internet Res. 2015 Aug 5;17(8):e192. doi: 10.2196/jmir.4761. Review. PubMed PMID: 26245157; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4705371
  • 2015
    The relationship of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity to cognitive processing in adolescents: findings from the ALSPAC birth cohort, Psychol Res. 2015 Sep;79(5):715-28. doi: 10.1007/s00426-014-0612-2. PubMed PMID: 25351943.
  • 2015
    Knox EC, Taylor IM, Biddle SJ, Sherar LB. Awareness of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity: can information on guidelines prevent overestimation?, BMC Public Health. 2015 Apr 17;15:392. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1705-6. PubMed PMID: 25928307; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4403935
  • 2015
    Objectively measured physical activity and sedentary time in youth: the International children's accelerometry database (ICAD), Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2015 Sep 17;12:113. doi: 10.1186/s12966-015-0274-5. PubMed PMID: 26377803; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4574095
  • 2015
    A cluster randomised controlled trial to investigate the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of the 'Girls Active' intervention: a study protocol, BMC Public Health. 2015 Jun 4;15:526. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1886-z. PubMed PMID: 26036965; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4453020.
  • 2012
    Moderate to vigorous physical activity and sedentary time and cardiometabolic risk factors in children and adolescents, JAMA. 2012 Feb 15;307(7):704-12. doi: 10.1001/jama.2012.156. Erratum in: JAMA. 2012 May 9;307(18):1915.
  • 2011
    International children's accelerometry database (ICAD): design and methods, BMC Public Health. 2011 Jun 21;11:485. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-485. PubMed PMID: 21693008; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3146860