Dr Orla Flannery

Programme leader, MSc Obesity and Weight Management

Orla has recently started at the University of Chester as a Lecturer in Health Improvement.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Salford
  • PG Diploma in Psychology, Edge Hill University
  • PG Certificate in Higher Education and Research, University of Salford
  • MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Wales, Bangor
  • BA Sport Health and Physical Education Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor
  • CPsychol British Psychological Society
  • FHEA, Fellow Higher Education Academy

Overview

Orla has recently started at the University of Chester as a Lecturer in Health Improvement.  Prior to this, Orla worked at the University of Gloucestershire as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology.  Orla’s research interests are in the areas of childhood obesity, behaviour change and physical activity. She recently contributed to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance on childhood obesity weight management interventions.

Teaching

  • Behaviour Modification in Weight Management
  • Behavioural Aspects of Food and Nutrition
  • Cardiovascular Psychology, Health Behaviour and Education
  • Childhood obesity
  • Dissertation
  • Exercise and Health
  • Exercise and Weight Management
  • Sociology and Psychology of Public Health
  • The Obesity Epidemic – weight management as a Public Health Issue

Research

Research Interests

  1. Childhood obesity
  2. Behaviour Change
  3. Physical activity
  4. Evidence based practice
  5. Exercise and Health interventions (weight management, exercise on prescription)

 

Funding

Gloucestershire Council and Cheltenham Borough Council (2014) - £10,000 Development and Evaluation of a weight management intervention.

South Gloucestershire Council (2013) - £10,000. Evaluation of Exercise on Prescription Scheme.

University of Gloucestershire (2013) - £3,454. Active Fans Survey.

Wigan Council (2010-2012) £80,000. Evaluation of the ‘Free swimming for all initiative’.

Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT (2009-2011) £10,000. Evaluation of a childhood obesity intervention.

Published work

Publications and Conference Presentations:

NICE (2013). Managing overweight and obesity among children and young people: lifestyle weight management services.  NICE public health guidance 34.

Flannery, O.  Using reflective practice in the development of exercise related interventions. Knowles ZR, Gilbourne  D, Cropley B  and Dugdill  L, (eds) Reflective Practice in the Sport and Exercise Sciences: Contemporary Issues, Routledge.

Flannery, O., Dugdill, L., Porcellato. L. & Robins, A. (2010). Even the children blame the parents for childhood obesity. Obesity reviews, 1, 813 (Abstract).

Flannery, O. & Levy, 2013. (2013). A parental perspective on the stressors, emotions and coping strategies experienced with managing childhood obesity. BPS:DSEP Conference Manchester 2013.

Spry, J., & Flannery, O. (2013). An Exploration of match outcomes and subsequent motivation in training in unpaid National League Three rugby union players. BASES Conference UCLAN, 2013

Flannery, O., Dugdill, L., Porcellato. L. & Robins, A. (2010). Even the children blame the parents for childhood obesity. International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO International Conference, Stockholm, July 2010.

Flannery, O. (2008). Physical activity; the evidence and what works in practice. ASO Conference, 14 July, 2008.

Flannery, O., Dugdill, L., Porcellato, L. & Robins, A. (2008). Fit Friendz: An Evaluation of a family-based obesity intervention. Presented at the Obesity and Health, National Conference Birmingham, April 28-29, 2008.