ISPAH ECN Committee Members


Masamitsu Kamada

Masamitsu “Masa” Kamada, PhD, MEd, is a research fellow in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is originally from Japan, and his work focuses on physical activity epidemiology, mainly elucidating the health benefits of physical activity and effective ways to promote physical activity. He has a unique expertise in studying population-wide social and behavioral interventions. His recent work includes a cluster randomized trial examining the effectiveness of a multi-strategic community-wide intervention using social marketing to increase population-level physical activity in middle-aged and older adults (IJBNPA 2013 & 2015; IJE 2017). Early findings from the study were presented at the previous ISPAH congress and received a student award (ICPAPH 2012, Sydney). He has also conducted epidemiologic studies on relationships between physical activity and non-communicable diseases. As a project coordinator of the Physical Activity Ancillary Study of the Women’s Health Study (PI: Dr. I-Min Lee), he had been managing a large-scale cohort study with approximately 18,000 participants recruited from throughout the US and examining the relationship between physical activity assessed by accelerometers and various health outcomes. He now leads several physical activity research projects with Dr. Ichiro Kawachi, including a large-scale smartphone-based physical activity promotion project with the Japanese professional baseball league (Pacific League). 

Jacqueline Mair

Dr Jacqueline Mair completed her PhD in Exercise Physiology at University College Dublin in 2013 before joining Ulster University as a Lecturer in Exercise & Health. There, she was an early career researcher with the Centre for Physical Activity & Health Research (CPAHR) and a member of the Sport and Exercise Research Institute. In August 2017, Jacqueline joined the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University as a Lecturer in Exercise Physiology. Jacqueline’s research interests include the health benefits of physical activity in the general population and the impact technology can have on delivering, managing and reviewing exercise prescription. Her PhD work examined the health and fitness benefits of low volume vigorous intensity exercise in middle aged and older adults. Previous collaborations include Intel® and the TRIL (Technology Research for Independent Living) Research group on the Wellness and Exercise strand of a European funded project, which showed a technology-delivered workplace exercise intervention (3 minute exercise ‘snacks’) can improve physical fitness and mobility in middle-aged office workers in just 4 weeks. She has progressed her interest in technology and workplace health to examining the effects of sedentary behaviour, and how mobile and pervasive technologies can be used to monitor and promote healthier behaviours.

Matthew Mclaughlin

Matthew Mclaughlin (Tepi) is a PhD Student at the University of Newcastle, a Research Assistant at Hunter New England Population Health, the Secretary of the ISPAH Sedentary Behaviour Council and the Shadow Chair of the ISPAH Early Career Network. Tepi also holds a number of consultancy positions in social media, including Social Media Editor of the Journal of Sports Sciences. His avid interest is in getting physical activity and sedentary behaviour evidence into practice. Tepi’s core research focus is in the implementation, scaling and dissemination of efficacious physical activity interventions. In 2017, Tepi completed his Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) at Loughborough University and the University of Western Australia. In 2015, Tepi took a year out of study to complete a one year work placement in research, a Diploma of Professional Studies. Tepi is very active on Twitter (@HealthTepi), get in contact!

Shannon Montgomery

Shannon Montgomery is a PhD student at the Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University, Belfast. She graduated with Honours in Human Biology BSc at Queen’s University Belfast in 2015 and commenced a PhD focusing on the use of social networks to encourage teenagers to become more physically active. Shannon’s research focuses on adolescent health behaviours and social network analysis, particularly on social network ties between friends and peers in the classroom setting. Shannon’s main research focus is on utilising adolescent social networks to encourage adolescent physical activity and incorporating peer networks into physical activity intervention design. Shannon is a member of the ISPAH Early Career Network and ISPAH Communications committees.

Daniela Salih Khidir

Daniela Salih Khidir is an engaged Physical Educator/ Clinical Fitness Trainer within Exercise is Medicine Department from Aspetar, Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar; currently she manages community projects establishing partnerships and collaboration with universities and malls from Qatar; she aims  to increase the physical activity awareness and education at national level; she delivers physical activity EIM protocols to local clients targeting the prevention and improve of different NCD medical conditions; She is a creative PhD student in Sport Science at the National University of Physical Education and Sport from Bucharest – Romania where she works on providing scientific evidence on effective national and international relationships with stakeholders for meeting clients’ needs and contribute at QNV 2030 achievement; she holds an ILM Diploma and she is an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator. She likes to add value to current employer’s strategic projects on achieving an organizational culture of employees’ engagement and high performance. Daniela is ISPAH ECN Regional Representative (EMRO) and ISPAH Engagement Lead.

Artur Direito

Artur is a research associate at UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change. Prior to joining UCL he completed his PhD in Health Sciences at the National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland, which investigated mobile health approaches to improve physical activity and sedentary behaviours. He trained in Physical Education & Sport in Lisbon and worked as a physical education teacher and coach before doing his masters in Lifestyle and Chronic Disorders at the Vrije Universiteit. Research interests include lifestyle-related behaviour change interventions and the design and evaluation of mobile health interventions.

Tom McKenzie

Tom McKenzie is a Project Officer at Hunter New England Population Health and Shadow Secretary of the ISPAH Early Career Network. Prior to this Tom spent many years teaching Health and Physical Education in NSW secondary schools where he was actively involved in the organisation of school and regional level sport. With a strong passion for health promotion and a desire to see research translated into action, Tom made the switch from teaching for the opportunity to work directly on an implementation intervention targeting physical activity levels of secondary school students. Tom completed his B. Teaching (Secondary)/ B. Health and Physical Education double degree at the University of Newcastle in 2013.