Dr Afroditi Stathi
1 West 4.106
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3027
- Medical Research Council (Lifelong Health and Well-being)
- Medical Research Council (National Prevention Research Initiative)
- NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme
- European Commission Framework V.
- Dunhill Medical Trust
- Bath and North East Somerset PCT
- Youth Sport Trust
- AVON Primary Care Research Collaborative Partnership
Afroditi joined the Department for Health at the University of Bath in September 2007. She graduated from University of Thrace, Greece in 1994 and with scholarships by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation and the A.S. Onassis Public Foundation she completed her postgraduate studies at Loughborough University (MSc) and Bristol University (PhD).
Afroditi’s major research interest is in the psychology of physical activity. The over-arching aim of her research is to identify effective ways of supporting people in their efforts to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods her research has focused on three inter-related themes which strategically inform each other: 1) Exploring the nature of the relationship between physical activity and well-being (particularly in older adults) 2) Understanding the social, psychological, and environmental determinants of physical activity participation and 3) Developing and evaluating lifestyle interventions targeting older adults and people with high cardiovascular risk. Based on strong multidisciplinary partnerships 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 her research is to produce cost-effective methods for physical activity promotion in a range of health and community settings.
Afroditi is the Knowledge Exchange Champion for the Department for Health and a member of the University’s Community Engagement Committee. She serves as a Trustee in the Golden Oldies Charitable Trust and she is a member of the advisory committee of the Care Forum organization.
- Psychology of Physical Activity
- Promotion of Active Ageing
- Lifelong Health and Well-being
Current research projects
- 2015-20: REtirement in ACTion (REACT) study
- 2012-14: Developing a model of volunteering action in promoting active ageing in the community: Project ACE (Active, Connected and Engaged).
- 2012-15: Personalised social marketing of multi-dimensional physical activity profiles in at risk men & women.
- 2011-13: Older People and Active Living Project. OPAL-PLUS: How have you been? A 3 year follow up to Project OPAL.
- 2010-12: Waste the Waist. A lifestyle intervention targeting people with high cardiovascular risk.
- HL20045: Psychology of exercise and health
- HL30062: Interdisciplinary study
- HL30059: Physical activity and health across the human lifespan
- HL30110: Research project
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.
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 Richards, S., 2016. Forthcoming. Predictors of loneliness and different types of social isolation of rural-living older adults in the UK. Ageing and Society
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
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., 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.
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.
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.
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.