Dr Deirdre M. Harrington PhD

Lecturer in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health

Contact details

Diabetes Research Centre
University of Leicester
Leicester General Hospital
Gwendolen Road, Leicester, LE5 4PW

Tel: +44 (0)116 258 8630

Email: dh204@le.ac.uk

Personal details


I'm a Lecturer in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health at the University of Leicester. I'm member, Leicester City Council Health and Wellbeing Board Physical Activity Sub-Group and Chair, Research Work Group, Ireland’s Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Youth.

Professional activities

  • Manuscript Reviewer (selected journals), Diabetologia (2014); BMC Pediatrics (2014); Pediatrics (2012 - 2014); International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (2011, 2014); International Journal of Obesity (2013); Journal of Applied Physiology (2013); Archives of Disease in Childhood (2013); PLoS One (2011 - 2013); Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (2012, 2013); Pediatric Obesity (2012)
  • Abstract reviewer, American Heart Association Epidemiology Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Annual Meeting, 2014
  • Grant reviewer, Chief Scientist Office Project Grant Scheme, Scotland, 2012/13
  • Member, The Obesity Society Ethics Committee (2011 - 2013)

Professional memberships

  • Member, International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2012-
  • Member, American Heart Association, 2011-
  • Member, The Obesity Society, 2011-
  • Member, American College of Sports Medicine, 2009 - 2012


  • Obesity Module on the Diabetes MSc, University of Leicester
  • Diabetes MSc dissertation supervision


Edwardson C, Harrington DM, Yates T, Bodicoat D, Khunti K, Sherar L, Edwards RT, Wright C, Harrington K, Davies MJ.  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.  PMID:26036965

Harrington, DM, Sherar LB, O’Donovan G. Are physical fitness levels declining in UK children and should we be worried? (Invited Editorial). Archives of Disease in Childhood 2014; 99:1–2. PMID: 24334682.

Harrington, DM, Champagne C.M, Broyles S.T, Johnson W.D, Tudor-Locke C and Katzmarzyk P.T. Steps Ahead: A Randomized Behavior Change Trial for Reducing Unhealthy Weight Gain in the Lower Mississippi Delta. Obesity (Accepted December 16, 2013).

Barreira, TV, Harrington DM, Katzmarzyk P.T. Cardiovascular health metrics and accelerometer measured physical activity levels, NHANES 2003-2006. Mayo Clinic Proceedings 2014. 89(1):81-86.

Harrington DM, Barreira T.V, Staiano A.E, Katzmarzyk P.T. The descriptive epidemiology of sitting among US adults, NHANES 2009/2010. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (Online ahead of print).  doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2013.07.017. PMID: 23988785.

Staiano AE, Harrington DM, Barreira T.V , Katzmarzyk P.T. Sitting time and cardiometabolic risk in U.S. adults: association by race, sex, socioeconomic status and activity level. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2014; 48: 213-219. PMID: 23981954.

Harrington DM, Martin C.K, Ravussin E, Katzmarzyk P.T.. The relationship between activity related energy expenditure and subjective measures of hunger and satiety. Appetite 2013; 67: 1-7. PMID:  23523668.

Maher C., Mire E, Harrington DM, Staiano A.E, Katzmarzyk P.T.. The independent and combined associations of physical activity and sedentary behavior with obesity in adults: NHANES 2003-06. Obesity 2013; 21(2): E730-7. PMID: 23512825.

Harrington DM, Staiano A.E, Broyles S.T, Gupta A, Katzmarzyk P.T. Waist circumference measurement site does not affect the relationship with visceral adiposity and cardiometabolic risk factors in children. Pediatric Obesity 2013; 8(3) 199-206.PMID: 23172858.

Harrington DM, Staiano A.E, Broyles S.T, Gupta A, Katzmarzyk P.T. BMI percentiles for the identification of abdominal obesity and metabolic risk in children and adolescents: evidence in support of the CDC 95th percentile. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2013; 67(2):218-222. PMID: 23232587.

Staiano A.E, Harrington DM, Broyles S.T, Gupta A, Katzmarzyk P.T. Television, adiposity, and cardiometabolic risk in children and adolescents. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2013; 44(1):40-7. (Editor’s choice for Videocast of the Month: http://www.scivee.tv/node/55724 ).

Dowd KP, Harrington DM, Bourke A.K, Nelson J and Donnelly A.E.. The measurement of sedentary patterns and behaviours using the ActivPALTM Professional physical activity monitor. Physiological Measurement 2012; 33(11):1887-1899. PMID: 23111150.

Dowd KP, Harrington DM and Donnelly A.E.. Criterion and Concurrent Validity of the activPALTM Professional Physical Activity Monitor in Adolescent Females.PLoS One2012; 7(10): e47633. PMID: 23094069.

Harrington DM, Dowd K.P, Tudor-Locke C and Donnelly A.E.. A steps/minute value for moderate intensity physical activity in adolescent females. Pediatric Exercise Science 2012; 24(3):399-408. PMID: 22971556.

Barreira TV, Staiano A.E, Harrington DM, Heymsfield S.B and Katzmarzyk P.T.. Anthropometric correlates of total body fat, abdominal adiposity, and cardiovascular disease risk factors in a biracial sample of men and women. Mayo Clinic Proceedings 2012; 87(5):452-460. PMID: 22560524.

Katzmarzyk PT, Barreira T.V, Harrington DM, Staiano A.E,Heymsfield S.B and Gimble J.M. Relationship between abdominal fat and bone mineral density in White and African American adults. Bone 2012; 50(2):576-9. PMID: 21549867.

Harrington DM, Dowd K.P, Bourke A.K and Donnelly A.E. Cross-sectional analysis of levels and patterns of objectively measured sedentary time in adolescent females. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2011; Oct 28(8):120. PMID: 22035260.

Barreira TV, Harrington DM, Staiano A.E, Heymsfield S.B and Katzmarzyk P.T. Body adiposity index, body mass index and body fat in White and African American adults. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2011; 306(8):828-830. PMID: 21862743.

Harrington DM, Tudor-Locke C, Champagne C.M, Broyles S.T, Harsha D.W, Kennedy B.M, Johnson W.D, Allen R and Katzmarzyk P.T.. Step-based translation of physical activity guidelines in the Lower Mississippi Delta. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism 2011; 36(4):583-585. PMID: 21549867.

Harrington DM, Welk G.J and Donnelly A.E. Validation of MET estimates and step measurement using the ActivPAL physical activity logger. Journal of Sports Sciences 2011; 29(6):627-633. PMID: 21360402 (Award for Top 10 cited article from JSS within the 2012 Impact Factor Window).


  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions in children and adults
  • Body composition assessment
  • School based prevention programmes

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