Dr Deirdre Harrington
Lecturer in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health,
Diabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester
Deirdre Harrington, Ph.D. is a Lecturer in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health at the University of Leicester, UK. Dr. Harrington was awarded her Ph.D. from the University of Limerick, Ireland in the area of physical activity and health. She spent three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana, USA working on a number of epidemiological and interventional studies in children and adults. In 2013, Dr. Harrington joined the Diabetes Research Centre at the University of Leicester. As part of multi-disciplinary teams she has received research funding from the NIHR (school-based physical activity randomised controlled trial), the European Commission (family based diabetes prevention for adolescents pilot) and the MRC Global Challenges fund (adaptation of diabetes programmes for low income settings).
Harrington’s current research interests are diabetes prevention using lifestyle approaches with a particular interest in the design, evaluation and implementation of school and family based programmes for physical activity promotion and chronic disease prevention. She teaches at M.Sc. level for the Masters in Diabetes Medicine. She is chair of Ireland’s physical activity Report Card which is a public health advocacy document that is produced biennially and in 2016 was launched with 38 nations worldwide. Harrington has published in journals such as JAMA, Obesity, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise and Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Most recently, Harrington became the academic lead on Cities Changing Diabetes in Leicester which is currently bringing public health, local authority and key community groups and organisations (e.g. professional sports clubs, faith centres) together with academic and clinicians to tackle urban diabetes.