Department for Health

Dr Afroditi Stathi

Afroditi Stathi

Impact Director
Reader (Associate Professor)

1 West 4.106
Email: a.stathi@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3027

@AfroditiStathi @TheREACTstudy

Research Funding

Profile

I joined the Department for Health at the University of Bath in September 2007. With scholarships by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation and the A.S. Onassis Public Foundation I completed my postgraduate studies at Loughborough University (MSc) and Bristol University (PhD).

My research interests cover the promotion of active ageing and the development of lifestyle interventions targeting lifelong health and well-being. I led Project ACE [Active, Connected and Engaged Communities], one of only two UK initiatives to be classified as a promising practice in the national review of 952 initiatives "Identifying what works for local physical activity interventions", conducted by Public Health England. I currently lead the REACT study [REtirement in ACTion], a full-scale pragmatic multi-centre randomised controlled trial with a 24-month follow up funded by the National Institute of Health Research.

My research is firmly based on public engagement and interdisciplinary collaborations with national agencies, national and international academics, policy-makers, primary care trusts, public health departments, service providers, local councils, volunteer organisations and charitable trusts. The long term goal of my research is to produce cost-effective methods for active lifestyle promotion in a range of health and community settings.
I have attracted in excess of £3million in external funding from agencies such as the National Institute for Health Research (Public Health Research Programme), (Research for Patient Benefit programme); MRC (Lifelong Health and Well-being Initiative), (National Prevention Initiative), EPSRC, and European Commission (Framework V).

Iam the Impact Director for the Department for Health. Externally, I co-direct the Active People and Health Life Expectancy Health Integration Team, I am a member of the Global Network: Our Voice:Citizen Science for Health Equity, a member of the Scientific Committee of the European College of Sport Science, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

Research interests

  • Active Ageing promotion
  • Lifelong Health and Well-being
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Public Engagement and pathways to impact

Key research projects

  • 2015-20: REtirement in ACTion (REACT) study. National Institute for Health Research. Public Health Research Programme (Chief Investigator)
  • 2012-14: Developing a model of volunteering action in promoting active ageing in the community: Project ACE (Active, Connected and Engaged). MRC – Lifelong Health and Well-being Initiative. (Chief Investigator)
  • 2012-15: Personalised social marketing of multi-dimensional physical activity profiles in at risk men & women. National Prevention Research Initiative. (Co-Investigator)
  • 2011-13: Older People and Active Living Project. OPAL-PLUS: How have you been? A 3 year follow up to Project OPAL. Dunhill Medical Trust. (Co-Investigator)
  • 2010-12: Waste the Waist. A lifestyle intervention targeting people with high cardiovascular risk. National Institute for Health Research –Research for Patient Benefit. (Co-Investigator)
  • 2009-10: The Avon Network for the Promotion of Active Ageing in the Community. MRC – Lifelong Health and Well-being Initiative. (Chief Investigator)

Publications

Book Sections

Morres, I., Stathi, A., Martinsen, E. W. and Sorensen, M., 2014. Physical exercise and major depressive disorder in adult patients. In: Papaioannou, A. and Hackfort, D., eds. Routledge Companion to Sport and Exercise Psychology. Hove, U. K.: Routledge, pp. 822-834. (International Perspectives on Key Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology)

Stathi, A., 2009. Populations:older people and physical activity. In: Dugdill, L., Crone, D. and Murphy, R., eds. Physical Activity and Health Promotion. Oxford, U. K.: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 174-197.

Stathi, A., 2001. Physical activity for the elderly:an overview for effective counseling. In: Faskunger, J., ed. Behaviour change for physical activity and health [Motivation För Motion: En Handbok För Hälsovägledning Steg För Steg]. , pp. 180-209.

Articles

Withall, J., Thompson, J. L., Fox, K. R., Davis, M., Gray, S., De Koning, J., Lloyd, L., Parkhurst, G. and Stathi, A., 2016. Participant and public involvement in refining a peer-volunteering active aging intervention:Project ACE (Active, Connected, Engaged). The Gerontologist

De Koning, J., Stathi, A. and Richards, S., 2016. Predictors of loneliness and different types of social isolation of rural-living older adults in the UK. Ageing and Society

Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C., Ntoumanis, N., Uren, H., Stathi, A., Wold, C. and Hill, K., 2016. Forthcoming. Perceptions of Group-Based Walks and Strategies to Inform the Development of an Intervention in Retirement Villages:perspectives of residents and village managers. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity

Paxinos, O., Karavasili, A., Delimpasis, G. and Stathi, A., 2016. The prevalence of knee osteoarthritis in 100 athletically active veteran football players (age 35-55) compared to a matched group of 100 military personnel. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 44 (6), pp. 1447-1454.

De Koning, J., Stathi, A. and Fox, K. R., 2015. Similarities and differences in the determinants of trips outdoors performed by UK urban-and rural-living older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 23 (4), pp. 613-621.

Peacock, O., Western, M., Batterham, A., Stathi, A., Standage, M., Tapp, A., Bennett, P. and Thompson, D., 2015. Multidimensional individualised physical activity (Mi-PACT) – a technology-enabled intervention to promote physical activity in primary care:study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 16 (1), 381.

Blackburn, M., Stathi, A., Keogh, E. and Eccleston, C., 2015. Raising the topic of weight in general practice:perspectives of GPs and primary care nurses. BMJ Open, 5 (8), e008546.

Western, M. J., Peacock, O. J., Stathi, A. and Thompson, D., 2015. The understanding and interpretation of innovative technology-enabled multidimensional physical activity feedback in patients at risk of future chronic disease. PLoS ONE, 10 (5), e0126156.

Fox, K. R., Ku, P.-W., Hillsdon, M., Davis, M. G., Simmonds, B. A. J., Thompson, J. L., Stathi, A., Gray, S., Sharpe, D. J. and Coulson, J. C., 2015. Objectively assessed physical activity and lower limb function and prospective associations with mortality and newly diagnosed disease in UK older adults:an OPAL four-year follow-up study. Age and Ageing, 44 (2), pp. 261-268.

Gillison, F., Stathi, A., Reddy, P., Perry, r., Taylor, G., Bennett, P., Dunbar, J. and Greaves, C., 2015. Processes of behavior change and weight loss in a theory-based weight loss intervention program: a test of the process model for lifestyle behavior change. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

Greaves, C., Gillison, F., Stathi, A., Bennett, P., Reddy, P. and Taylor, G., 2015. Waste the waist:A pilot randomised controlled trial of a primary care based intervention to support lifestyle change in people with high cardiovascular risk. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12 (1).

Littlecott, H. J., Fox, K. R., Stathi, A. and Thompson, J. L., 2015. Perceptions of success of a local UK public health collaborative. Health Promotion International

Davis, M. G., Fox, K. R., Stathi, A., Trayers, T., Thompson, J. and Cooper, A. R., 2014. Objectively Measured Sedentary Time and its Association With Physical Function in Older Adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 22 (4), 474 - 481.

Simmonds, B., Fox, K., Davis, M., Ku, P.-W., Gray, S., Hillsdon, M., Sharp, D., Stathi, A., Thompson, J., Coulson, J. and Trayers, T., 2014. Objectively Assessed Physical Activity and Subsequent Health Service Use of UK Adults Aged 70 and Over:A Four to Five Year Follow Up Study. PLoS ONE, 9 (5), e97676.

Withall, J., Stathi, A., Davis, M., Coulson, J., Thompson, J. L. and Fox, K. R., 2014. Objective indicators of physical activity and sedentary time and associations with subjective well-being in adults aged 70 and over. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11 (1), pp. 643-656.

Trayers, T., Lawlor, D. A., Fox, K. R., Coulson, J., Davis, M., Stathi, A. and Peters, T. J., 2014. Associations of objectively measured physical activity with lower limb function in older men and women:findings from the older people and active living (OPAL) study. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 22 (1), pp. 34-43.

Gillison, F. B., Greaves, C., Stathi, A., Ramsay, R., Bennett, P., Taylor, G., Francis, M. and Chandler, R., 2012. ‘Waste the waist’: the development of an intervention to promote changes in diet and physical activity for people with high cardiovascular risk. British Journal of Health Psychology, 17 (2), pp. 327-345.

Stathi, A., Gilbert, H., Fox, K. R., Coulson, J., Davis, M. and Thompson, J. L., 2012. Determinants of neighborhood activity of adults age 70 and over:A mixed-methods study. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 20 (2), pp. 148-170.

Stamatakis, E., Davis, M., Stathi, A. and Hamer, M., 2012. Associations between multiple indicators of objectively-measured and self-reported sedentary behaviour and cardiometabolic risk in older adults. Preventive Medicine, 54 (1), pp. 82-87.

Davis, M. G., Fox, K. R., Hillsdon, M., Coulson, J. C., Sharp, D. J., Stathi, A. and Thompson, J. L., 2011. Getting out and about in older adults: the nature of daily trips and their association with objectively assessed physical activity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 8, 116.

Stathi, A. and Sebire, S. J., 2011. A process evaluation of an outreach physical activity program in an inner-city primary school. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 8 (Supplement 2), S239-S248.

Thompson, J. L., Bentley, G., Davis, M., Coulson, J., Stathi, A. and Fox, K. R., 2011. Food shopping habits, physical activity and health-related indicators among adults aged ≥70 years. Public Health Nutrition, 14 (9), pp. 1640-1649.

Fox, K. R., Hillsdon, M., Sharp, D., Cooper, A. R., Coulson, J. C., Davis, M., Harris, R., McKenna, J., Narici, M., Stathi, A. and Thompson, J. L., 2011. Neighbourhood deprivation and physical activity in UK older adults. Health & Place, 17 (2), pp. 633-640.

Stathi, A., McKenna, J. and Fox, K. R., 2010. Processes associated with participation and adherence to a 12-month exercise programme for adults aged 70 and older. Journal of Health Psychology, 15 (6), pp. 838-847.

Brown, W. J., Faulkner, G., McKenna, J., Murphy, M., Pringle, A., Proper, K., Puig-Ribera, A., Stathi, A. and Umstattd, M. R., 2010. The international universities walking project:Development of a framework for workplace intervention using the Delphi technique. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 6 (4), pp. 520-528.

Stathi, A. and Greaves, C., 2010. Getting motivated, staying motivated:physical activity promotion in later life. SportEx Health, 26.

Stathi, A., Gillison, F. and Riddoch, C., 2009. Opportunities and challenges in physical activity research in young people. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12 (5), pp. 515-517.

Gilson, N., Ainsworth, B., Biddle, S., Faulkner, B., Murphy, M., Niven, A., Pringle, A., Puig-Ribera, A., Stathi, A. and Umstattd, M. R., 2009. A multi-site comparison of environmental characteristics to support workplace walking. Preventive Medicine, 49 (1), pp. 21-23.

Gilson, N. D., Ainsworth, B., Biddle, S., Faulkner, G., Murphy, M., Niven, A., Pringle, P., Puig-Ribera, A., Stathi, A. and Umstattd, M. R., 2009. Interested in promoting walking at work? First things first, assess your workplace environment! Sport and Health, 26 (4), pp. 11-13.

Stathi, A., 2008. Effectiveness of interventions promoting physical activity in young people in Europe. European Psychomotricity Journal, 1 (1), pp. 67-72.

Stathi, A. and Simey, P., 2007. Quality of life in the fourth age: Exercise experiences of nursing home residents. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 15 (3), pp. 272-286.

Dagkas, S. and Stathi, A., 2007. Exploring social and environmental factors affecting adolescents' participation in physical activity. European Physical Education Review, 13 (3), pp. 369-384.

Fox, K. R., Stathi, A., McKenna, J. and Davis, M. G., 2007. Physical activity and mental well-being in older people participating in the Better Ageing Project. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 100 (5), pp. 591-602.

Stathi, A., McKenna, J. and Fox, K. R., 2004. The experiences of older people participating in exercise referral schemes. Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, 124 (1), pp. 18-23.

Stathi, A., 2004. Perspectives on physical activity and well-being of older people. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 12 (3), pp. 298-299.

Stathi, A. and Fox, K. R., 2004. The dimensions of a well-being scale designed for older adults: The Ageing-Well Profile. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 12 (3), p. 300.

Stathi, A., McKenna, J. and Fox, K. R., 2003. The contribution of physical activity to the subjective well-being of older adults enrolled in exercise referral schemes. Journal of Sports Sciences, 21 (4), pp. 359-360.

Stathi, A., Fox, K. R. and McKenna, J., 2002. Physical activity and dimensions of subjective well-being in older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 10 (1), pp. 76-92.

Stathi, A. and Fox, K., 2002. Physical activity and mental health in older adults: Current evidence and future perspectives. Psychologia, 9 (4), pp. 563-580.

Stathi, A. and Avgerinos, A., 2001. Bathing in the healing waters. A case-study of the development of thermal spas in Greece. World Leisure Journal, 43 (1), p. 41.

Stathi, A., Almond, L., Kioumourtzoglou, E. and avgerinos, A., 2001. Physical activity and lifestyle patterns of Greek students. Physical activity and Quality of Life Journal

Reports/Papers

Stathi, A., Fox, K. R., Withall, J., Bentley, G. and Thompson, J. L., 2014. Promoting physical activity in older adults: A guide for local decision makers. University of Bath.

Stathi, A. and Gillison, F., 2014. Supporting behaviour change in patients.Vol. 26. British Association of Sports Medicine.

Stathi, A., 2009. Design, agree and adapt a physical activity programme with adult mental health service users Level 4 National Occupational Standard for working with adult mental health service users. Skills Active.

Stathi, A., 2009. Evaluation of the effectiveness of physical activity interventions in children and young people. BANES, Wiltshire, Swindon Primary Care Trusts.

Stathi, A., Milton, K. and Riddoch, C., 2006. Evaluation of the London Borough of Camden Exercise Referral Scheme. London Sport Institute, Middlesex University.

Stathi, A., Nordin, S. and Riddoch, C., 2006. Evaluation of the Schools on the Move Project. Youth Sport Trust.

Conference or Workshop Items

Wakefield, D., Stathi, A. and Medina, E., 2015. A Gamefully Designed Intervention to Improve Sedentary Adults’ Motivation for Physical Activity and Physical Activity Levels. In: The 60th Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness Annual Conference, 2015-10-01, USA.

Stathi, A., Withall, J., Fox, K., Davis, M. G., Thompson, J. L., Gray, S., Lloyd, L. and Parkhurst, G., 2015. A pilot study of a peer volunteering intervention for promoting active ageing in the community:Project ACE. In: Public Health England Annual Conference, University of Warwick, UK, 15-16 September 2015., 2015-09-15 - 2015-09-16.

De Koning, J., Stathi, A. and Richards, S., 2015. SHARP: Staying Healthy and Active in Rural Places. In: 43rd Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology, 2015-07-15.

De Koning, J., Stathi, A. and Richards, S., 2015. SHARP: Staying Healthy and Active in Rural Places. Determinants of active ageing in rural England. In: 11th Annual Scientific Meeting of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, 2015-12-08.

Stathi, A., Withall, J., Fox, K. R., Davis, M. G., Thompson, J. L., Gray, S., Lloyd, L. and Parkhurst, G., 2014. A feasibility study of a peer volunteering intervention for promoting active ageing in the community: Project ACE. In: 13th Conference of the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2014-05-15.

De Koning, J., Stathi, A., Richards, S. and Parkhurst, G., 2014. Differences in predictors of loneliness and social isolation experienced by rural-dwelling older adults. In: 43rd Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology, 2014-09-01.

Western, M., Peacock, O., Stathi, A. and Thompson, D., 2014. The cognitive-affective impact of receiving multidimensional physical activity feedback. In: International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting, 2014-05-21 - 2014-05-24, SanDiego.

Morres, I., Stathi, A., Arpin-Cribbie, C. and Theodorakis, Y., 2013. Dose-response relationship between exercise and clinical depression. A Systematic Review. In: 21st World Congress of Social Psychiatry, 2013-06-29 - 2013-07-03.

Stathi, A. and Withall, J., 2013. Feasibility trial of a model of a peer volunteering neighbourhood support for promotion of active ageing:Project ACE. In: UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, 2013-12-12.

Western, M., Peacock, O., Stathi, A., Whittal, M. and Thompson, D., 2013. Patient preferences and understanding of technology-enabled personalised physical activity profiles in primary care:the Mi-PACT project. In: UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, 2013-12-12.

Stathi, A. and Withall, J., 2013. Preliminary findings of Project ACE. In: Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Annual Conference, 2013-12-11.

De Koning, J., Stathi, A. and Withall, J., 2013. Refinement of a volunteer-led active ageing intervention using qualitative methods. In: Annual Conference of European College of Sport Sciences, 2013-07-03.

Greaves, C., Stathi, A., Gillison, F. and Taylor, G., 2013. Waste the waist:a pilot trial of a theory based intervention to support lifestyle change for people with high cardiovascular risk. In: BPS Division of Health Psychology, 2013-09-11 - 2013-09-13.

Stathi, A., 2012. Avon Network for the Promotion of Active Ageing in the Community. Identification of best bet activity promotion strategies. In: 8th World Congress on Active Ageing, 2012-08-13 - 2012-08-17.

Fox, K. R., Davis, M., Hillsdon, M., Coulson, J. C., Sharp, D. J., Stathi, A. and Thompson, J. L., 2011. Getting out and about in older adults: Implications for physical activity and food shopping. In: UKSBM 7th Scientific Meeting / NPRI Annual Scientific Meeting, 2011-12-14 - 2011-12-15.

Stathi, A., 2004. Perspectives on physical activity and well-being of older people.

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