School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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Dr Natalie Pearson

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Dr Natalie Pearson graduated from Loughborough University Bachelor of Science program in Sport and Exercise Sciences in 2004. She then went on to obtain a Masters (2005) and Doctoral (2010) degree at Loughborough University (part of her PhD was conducted at Deakin University, Melbourne) in the area of physical activity and health with a focus on behavioural nutrition and physical activity in young people and families.

Since 2010, Dr Pearson has worked as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Deakin University, Melbourne (2010-2011) and was appointed as Research Associate in the School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences at Loughborough University in 2011.

Dr Pearson actively researches a range of issues related to the factors influencing the nutrition, eating behaviours, physical activity and sedentary behaviours of children and adolescents.  Dr Pearson’s research focuses on behavioural, social and environmental influences on children’s and adolescents’ eating behaviours, sedentary behaviours and physical activity. Her research particularly focuses on the relationship between the family environment and children’s and adolescents’ eating behaviours, sedentary behaviour and physical activity, and how these health behaviours co-exist, with a focus on informing behaviour change and intervention design. Dr Pearson has conducted several systematic reviews and meta-analyses as a means of summarising evidence.

Dr Pearson has expertise in longitudinal and intervention study design, behaviour change, systematic reviewing and meta-analyses.

Selected research projects and sources of funding

Kids FIRST: Development and Feasibility of a Family-based Intervention to Reduce Snacking and Screen Time in Children. Funded by the British Heart Foundation. Dr Natalie Pearson, Dr Emma Haycraft (co-PIs), Professor Stuart Biddle, Sonia McGeorge and Dr Paula Griffiths (2013-16).

CLAHRC- ‘Move to Teach, Move to Learn’ - A collaborative school based programme to decrease sedentary time in primary school students. Funded by CLAHRC, NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research East Midlands. Dr Lauren Sherar (PI), Dr Natalie Pearson, Dr Stacy Clemes, Dr Lorraine Cale, Dr Charlotte Edwardson, Dr Chris Glazebrook, Dr Deidre Harrington, Professor Stuart Biddle, Professor Kamlesh Khunti (2014-2018).

Member of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (2007 – Present)

Regular reviewer for a number of academic journals including: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Appetite, Public Health Nutrition, British Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Pediatrics, International Journal of Obesity, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Journal of Adolescence, Preventive Medicine, BMC Public Health, Journal of Public Health, Obesity, Obesity Reviews, International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Children & Media.

External examiner (PhD/MSc): University of Oslo, The Netherlands; University of Granada, Spain; University of La Rioja, Spain; Deakin University, Australia; University of Otago, New Zealand; University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.

  • Mansoubi, M., Pearson, N., Clemes, S.A., Biddle, S.J.H., Bodicoat, D.H., Tolfrey, K., Edwardson, C.L., Yates, T. (in press). Energy expenditure during common sitting and standing tasks: examining the 1.5 MET definition of sedentary behaviour. BMC Public Health
  • Pearson, N., Braithwaite, R., Biddle, S.J.H. (2015). The effectiveness of interventions to increase physical activity among young girls: A meta-analysis. Academic Pediatrics, 62: 119-131.
  • Hobbs, M., Pearson, N., Foster, P.J., Biddle, S.J.H. (2014). Sedentary behaviour and diet across the lifespan: an updated systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine, doi:10.1136/bjsports-2014-093754
  • Taylor, I. M., Spray, C. M. & Pearson, N. (2014). The influence of the physical education environment on children’s well-being and physical activity across the primary-secondary school transition. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 36(6): 574-83.
  • Mansoubi, M., Pearson, N., Clemes, S., Biddle, S.J.H. (2014). The relationship between sedentary behaviour and physical activity in adults: a systematic review. Preventive Medicine, 69: 28-35.
  • Leech RM, McNaughton SA, Crawford DA, Campbell KJ, Pearson N, Timperio A. (2014). Family food involvement and frequency of family dinner meals among Australian children aged 10-12 years. Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations with dietary patterns. Appetite, 75:64-70 (epub 31-12- 2013).
  • Pearson, N., Braithwaite, R.E., Biddle, S.J.H., van Sluijs, E.M.F., Atkin, A.J. (2014). Associations between sedentary behaviour and physical activity in children and adolescents: a meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews, 15: 666-675
  • Biddle, S.J.H., Braithwaite, R., Pearson, N. (2014). The effectiveness of interventions to increase physical activity among young girls: A meta-analysis. Preventive Medicine, 62: 119-131.
  • Biddle, S.J.H., Petrolini, I., Pearson, N. (2013). Interventions designed to reduce sedentary behaviours in young people: a review of reviews. British Journal of Sports Medicine, doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-093078
  • O'Connor, T.M., Hingle, M., Chuang R-J., Gorely, T., Hinkley, T., Jago, R., Lanigan, J., Pearson, N., Thompson, D.A. (2013). Conceptual Understanding of Screen Media Parenting: Report of a Working Group. Childhood Obesity, 9(s1): S103-S109.
  • Brown, H., Hume, C., Pearson, N., Salmon, J. (2013). A review of intervention effects on potential mediators of children’s physical activity. BMC Public Health, 13: 165
  • Brown, H., Pearson, N., Braithwaite, R., Brown, W., Biddle, S.J.H. (2013). The effectiveness of physical activity interventions on depression in young people: A meta-analysis. Sports Medicine, 43 (3): 195-206
  • Pearson, N., Biddle, S.J.H., Williams, L., Worsley, A., Crawford, D., Ball, K. (2012). Adolescent television viewing and unhealthy snack food consumption: the mediating role of home availability of unhealthy snack foods. Public Health Nutrition, 17(2): 317-323
  • Cameron, A.J., Ball, K., Pearson, N., Crawford, D., Campbell, K., Hesketh,K., McNaughton, S.A. (2012). Socio-economic variation in obesity-related behaviours throughout childhood. Pediatric Obesity, 7: 329-342.
  • Pearson, N., Williams, L., Crawford, D., Ball. (2012). Maternal and peer influences on adolescent meal skipping. British Journal of Nutrition, 108: 932-939.
  • Pearson, N., Ball, K., Crawford, D. (2012). Parental influences on adolescent fruit consumption: the role of adolescent self-efficacy.  Health Education Research, 27(1): 14-23.
  • Pearson, N., Salmon, J., Campbell, K., Crawford, D., Timperio, A. (2011). Are parental concerns for child TV viewing associated with child TV viewing and the home sedentary environment? International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 8:102.
  • Salmon, J., Arundell, L., Hume, C., Brown, H., Hesketh, K., Dunstan, D.W., Daly, R. M., Pearson, N.,  Cerin, E., Moodie, M., Sheppard, L., Ball, K., Bagley, S., Chin A Paw, M.,  Crawford, D. (2011). A cluster-randomized controlled trial to reduce sedentary behavior and promote physical activity and health of 8-9 year olds: The Transform-Us! Study. BMC Public Health, 11: 759.
  • Pearson, N., Salmon, J., Campbell, K., Crawford, D., Timperio, A. (2011). Tracking of children’s body mass index, television viewing and dietary intake over 5-years. Preventive Medicine, 53: 268-270.
  • Pearson, N., Biddle, S.J.H. (2011). Sedentary behavior and dietary intake in children, adolescents and adults: A systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 42(2): 178-188.
  • Pearson, N., Ball, K., Crawford, D. (2011). Mediators of longitudinal associations between television viewing and eating behaviours in adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 8: 1 (23)
  • Pearson, N., Ball, K., Crawford, D. (2011). Predictors of changes in adolescent’s consumption of fruits, vegetables and energy-dense snacks. British Journal of Nutrition, 105: 795-803.
  • Biddle, S.J.H., Gorely, T., Pearson, N., Bull, F. (2010). An Assessment of Self-Reported Physical Activity Instruments in Young People for Population Surveillance: Project ALPHA. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 8:1 doi:10.1186/1479-5868-8-1
  • Biddle, S.J.H., Pearson, N., Ross, G.M., Braithwaite, R. (2010). Tracking of sedentary behaviours of young people: A systematic Review. Preventive Medicine, 51: 345-351
  • Pearson, N., Atkin, A.J., Biddle, S.J.H., Gorely, T. (2010). A family-based intervention to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in adolescents: A pilot study. Public Health Nutrition, 13(6):876-85
  • Pearson, N., Atkin, A.J., Biddle, S.J.H., Gorely, T., Edwardson, C. (2010). Parenting styles, family structure and adolescent dietary behaviour. Public Health Nutrition, 13(8):1245-53.
  • Pearson, N., Atkin, A.J., Biddle, S.J.H., Gorely, T., Edwardson, C. (2009). Patterns of adolescent physical activity and dietary behaviours. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 6 (1): 45.
  • Pearson, N., MacFarlane, A., Crawford, D., Biddle, S.J.H. (2009). Family circumstance and adolescent dietary behaviour. Appetite, 52, 668-674.
  • Pearson, N., Timperio, A., Salmon, J., Crawford, D., Biddle, S.J.H. (2009). Family influences on children’s physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 6 (1): 34.
  • Pearson, N., Biddle, S.J.H., Gorely, T. (2009). Family correlates of breakfast consumption in children and adolescents: a systematic review. Appetite, 52, 1-7.
  • Pearson, N., Biddle, S.J.H., Gorely, T. (2008). Family correlates of fruit and vegetable consumption in children and adolescents: a systematic review. Public Health Nutrition, 12 (2), 267-283.