Dr Michelle Swainson

Lecturer in Physiology

Research Overview

My main research interests are within the field of exercise physiology and preventive health, especially focused on the associations between fitness, fatness and cardio-metabolic risk. This interest spans healthy adults, retired athletes as well as cardiac patients engaging in exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation. I am interested in the role of health screening to identify risk at a younger age, and promote the use of physical activity/exercise for both prevention and management of lifestyle-related conditions, particularly in middle-aged adults and those in sedentary workplaces. I also have a strong interest in methodologies used to determine and monitor obesity, focusing on DXA-derived visceral adipose tissue and measures of central adiposity, which is an area I am keen to advance in relation to cardio-metabolic diseases.

Dietary intakes of Phase III cardiac rehabilitation patients during six-week exercise training programme
Moore, C., Tsakirides, C., Swainson, M., Ibeggazene, S., Birch, K., Ispoglou, T. 12/2017

Habitual physical activity levels in cardiac rehabilitation patients: Does the current standard programme facilitate an increase in activity levels?
Moore, C., Ibeggazene, S., Swainson, M., Tsakirides, C., Rutherford, Z., Birch, K., Ispoglou, T. 10/2017

Effects of emotional intelligence and supportive text messages on academic outcomes in first-year undergraduate students
Deighton, K., Manley, A., Hudson, J., Patterson, L., Rutherford, Z., Kaiseler, M., Swainson, M. 26/09/2017 In: Journal of Further and Higher Education. 14 p.
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Prediction of whole-body fat percentage and visceral adipose tissue mass from five anthropometric variables.
Swainson, M., Batterham, A., Tsakirides, C., Rutherford, Z., Hind, K. 11/05/2017 In: PLoS ONE. 12, 5, 12 p.
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Associations between cardiorespiratory fitness and the metabolic syndrome in British men
Ingle, L., Mellis, M., Brodie, D., Sandercock, G.R. 1/04/2017 In: Heart (British Cardiac Society). 103, 7, p. 524-528. 5 p.
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Characterization of the metabolically healthy phenotype in overweight and obese British men
Ingle, L., Swainson, M., Brodie, D., Sandercock, G.R. 01/2017 In: Preventive Medicine. 94, p. 7-11. 5 p.
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Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Clustering: Segmentation to Optimize Active Lifestyles
Zwolinsky, S., McKenna, J., Pringle, A., Widdop, P., Griffiths, C., Mellis, M., Rutherford, Z., Collins, P. 09/2016 In: Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 13, 9, p. 921-928. 8 p.
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The SOS-framework (Systems of Sedentary behaviours): an international transdisciplinary consensus framework for the study of determinants, research priorities and policy on sedentary behaviour across the life course: a DEDIPAC-study
Chastin, S.F.M., De Craemer, M., Lien, N., Bernaards, C., Buck, C., Oppert, J., Nazare, J., Lakerveld, J., O'Donoghue, G., Holdsworth, M., Owen, N., Brug, J., Cardon, G., Swainson, M., DEDIPAC consortium, expert working group and consensus panel 15/07/2016 In: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 13, 13 p.
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Anthropometric, speed and endurance characteristics of English academy soccer players: Do they influence obtaining a professional contract at 18 years of age?
Emmonds, S., Till, K., Jones, B., Mellis, M., Pears, M. 13/04/2016 In: International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 11, 2, p. 212-218. 7 p.
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In vivo precision of the GE Lunar iDXA for the measurement of visceral adipose tissue in adults: the influence of body mass index
Mellis, M.G., Oldroyd, B., Hind, K. 12/2014 In: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 68, 12, p. 1365-1367. 3 p.
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Variability in heart rate recovery measurements over 1 year in healthy, middle-aged adults
Mellis, M.G., Ingle, L., Carroll, S. 02/2014 In: British Journal of Sports Medicine. 35, 2, p. 135-138. 4 p.
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Physical activity, cardiorespiratory function and global cardiovascular disease risk in healthy young to middle-aged adults
Mellis, M. 2013 Leeds Metropolitan University.
Doctoral Thesis

The effectiveness of hand cooling at reducing exercise-induced hyperthermia and improving distance-race performance in wheelchair and able-bodied athletes
Goosey-Tolfrey, V., Swainson, M., Boyd, C., Atkinson, G., Tolfrey, K. 1/07/2008 In: Journal of Applied Physiology. 105, 1, p. 37-43. 7 p.
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