School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Professor Amanda Daley

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Professor of Behavioural Medicine

Amanda’s work is focused on investigating the effects of lifestyle interventions on health outcomes, particularly around women’s health.  Amanda has published work focused on pregnancy, postnatal depression and menopause.  She is the chief investigator on several on-going trials that are examining the effectiveness of community and general practice based physical activity and weight control interventions.  She has published extensively in the field of physical activity and health.  Amanda is most interested in conducting randomised controlled trials but she also has a strong interest in conducting systematic reviews and interrogating large datasets.  Amanda currently receives funding from a range of funding bodies, including the NIHR HTA, NIHR Public Health Research Programme and Arthritis Research UK.  

Health Research Board Ireland.  Population Health and Health Services Research.  Panel member

Yorkshire Cancer Research Fund. Research advisor panel member.

International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (Editorial Board)

The Physician and Sports Medicine (Editorial Board)


  • Daley AJ, Jolly, K, Adab, P, Pallan M, Bryant M, Clifford, S, Cheng, KK, Roalfe, AK. Are babies conceived during Ramadan born smaller and sooner than babies conceived at other times of the year?  A Born in Bradford Cohort study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2017;1:722-728.  IP 3.6
  • Pritchard, RV, Daley AJ, Jolly K.  Does aerobic exercise reduce postpartum depressive symptoms?  A systematic review and meta analysis.  British Journal of General Practice 2017 Aug 30. pii: bjgp17X692525. doi: 10.3399/bjgp17X692525. 
  • Pritchett RV, Jolly K, DaleyAJ, TurnerK, Bradbury-Jones C, on behalf of the PAM-PeRS study team. Women’s experiences of exercise as a treatment for their postnatal depression: a nested qualitative study. Journal of Health Psychology 2017 Sep 1:1359105317726590. doi: 10.1177/1359105317726590.
  • Narendran P, Jackson N, Daley AJ, Thompson D, Stokes K, Greenfield S, Charlton M, Curran M, Solomon TPJ, Nouwen A, Lee SI, Cooper AR, Mostazir M, Taylor RS, Kennedy A, Andrews RC. Exercise to preserve beta cell function in recent-onset type 1 diabetes mellitus (EXTOD) - a randomized controlled pilot trial. Diabetic Medicine 2017 Sep 14. doi: 10.1111/dme.13439.
  • Crank H, Carter A, Humphreys L, Snowdon N, Daley A, Woodroofe N, Sharrack B, Petty J, Saxton JM. A qualitative investigation of exercise perceptions and experiences in people with multiple sclerosis before, during and after participation in a personally-tailored exercise program.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2017 Jun 22. pii: S0003-9993(17)30414-8. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.05.022.
  • Adab P, Fitzmaurice DA, Dickens AP, Ayres J, Buni H, Cheng KK, Cooper BG, Daley AJ, Enocson A, Greenfield S, Jolly K, Jowett S, Kalirai K, Marsh JL, Miller MR, Riley R, Siebert W, Stockley RA, Turner AM, Jordan R.  Cohort profile: The Birmingham COPD Cohort Study. International Journal of Epidemiology 2017;46:23.
  • Aveyard P, Lewis A, Tearne S, Hood K, Christian-Brown A, Adab P, Begh R, Jolly K, Daley AJ, Farley, Lycett L, Nickless A, Yu MU, Retat L, Webber L, Pimpin L, Jebb S. Screening and brief intervention for obesity in primary care: a parallel, two-arm, randomised trial.  Lancet 2016; 388: 2492–2500.
  • Jordan, RE, Adab P, Sitch A, Enocson A, Blissett D, Jowett S, Marsh J, Riley RD, Miller MR, Cooper BG, Turner AM, Jolly K, Ayres JG, Haroon S, Stockley R, Greenfield S, Siebert S, Daley AJ, Cheng KK, Fitzmaurice D. Targeted case finding for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease versus routine practice in primary care (TargetCOPD): a cluster-randomised controlled trial.  The Lancet Respiratory Medicine 2016; 4: 720-730.
  • Sidhu MS, Daley, AJ, Jolly K. Evaluation of a text supported weight maintenance programme “Lighten Up Plus” following a weight reduction programme: randomised controlled trial. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2016;13:19.  iP 4.4
  • Ussher M, Lewis S, Aveyard P, Manyonda I, West R, Lewis B, Marcus B, Riaz M, Taylor A, DaleyAJ, Coleman T.  A randomised controlled trial of physical activity for smoking cessation in pregnancy.  BMJ 2015;350:h2145.
  • Madigan CM, Daley AJ, Kabir E, Aveyard P, Brown W.  Cluster analysis of behavioural weight management strategies and associations with weight change in young women: a longitudinal analysis.  International Journal of Obesity 2015;39:1601-1606.  IP 5.5
  • Daley AJ, Thomas A, Roalfe AK, Stokes-Lampard H, Coleman S, Rees M, Hunter MS, MacArthur C.  The effectiveness of exercise as treatment for vasomotor menopausal symptoms: randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2015;122:565-75. IP 5.1.
  • Parretti H, AveyardP, BlaninA, CliffordSJ, ColemanSJ, RoalfeAK, DaleyAJ,  Efficacy of water preloading before main meals as a strategy for weight loss in obese primary care patients: RCT.  Obesity 2015;23:1785-91. IP 3.8
  • Daley AJ, Blamey RV, Jolly K, Roalfe A, Turner K, Coleman S, McGuinness M, Jones I, Sharp DJ, MacArthur, C. A pragmatic randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a facilitated exercise intervention as a treatment for postnatal depression: the PAM-PeRS trial.  Psychological Medicine 2015;45:2413-2425.  IP 5.2
  • Madigan CD, Daley AJ, Lewis AL, Aveyard P, Jolly K.  Is self-weighing an effective tool for weight loss: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis.  International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity 2015 21;12:104.  IP 4.4.
  • Madigan C, Daley AJ, Lewis AL, Jolly K, Aveyard P. Which weight loss programmes are as effective as Weight Watchers: non  inferiority analysis.  British Journal of General Practice 2014;64(620) e126-136.
  • Madigan C, Jolly K, Lewis A, Aveyard P, Daley AJ. A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of self-weighing as an isolated weight loss intervention (SCALE DOWN). International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014, 11:125.
  • Jolly K, Sidhu MS, Hewitt C, Coventry P, Daley AJ, Jordan R, Heneghan C, Singh S, Ives N, Adab P, Jowett S, Varghese J, Nunan D, Ahmed K, Dowson L, Fitzmaurice D.  Patient self-management in primary care patients with mild COPD - a randomised controlled trial of telephone health coaching.  BMJ in press.
  • Matthewman G, Lee, A, Kaur G, Daley AJ.  Physical activity for primary dysmenorrhea: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.  American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in press.
  • Adab P, Pallan M, Lancashire E, Hemming K, Frew E, Barrett T, Bhopal R, Cade J, Canaway A, Clarke J, Daley AJ, Deeks J, Duda J, Ekelund U, Gill G, Griffin T, McGee E, Hurley K, Martin J, Parry J, Passmore S, Cheng KK.  Effectiveness of a childhood obesity prevention programme delivered through schools, targeting 6-7 year old children: the WAVES study; a cluster-randomised controlled trial.  BMJ 2018 Feb 7;360:k211.