From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Paul McCrorie

Paul McCrorieposition: Career Development Fellow

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7620


MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Paul joined the MRC/CSO funded Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU) in September 2012 as a Career Development Fellow, and has recently taken up a Research Associate post as of September 2015.  Paul is the lead researcher on the SPACES (Studying Physical Activity in Children's Environments across Scotland) study and is working with Anne Ellaway and the Neighbourhoods and Communities team to investigate the role of the built and natural environment and local neighbourhood on children’s health and physical activity levels and behaviours.

Paul graduated in 2006 with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University. In 2008 he received his MSc (Distinction) in the Psychology of Sport and Exercise from Loughborough University. Following his Masters program, Paul returned to Glasgow Caledonian University to complete his PhD, entitled ‘Objectively measured free living physical activity – A socio-cognitive theory based intervention to increase physical activity levels in Scottish adolescent children’.

Paul’s primary research focus lies is the physical activity levels and behaviours of children and young people; he is specifically interested in the built, natural, and social environmental determinants of this health behaviour.



Hayball F, Kirk A, McCrorie P, Gibson A, Ellaway A. Exploring children’s perceptions of their local environment in relation to time spent outside. Children & Society 2017;[epub ahead of print]

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McCrorie PRW, Perez A, Ellaway A. The validity of the Youth Physical Activity Questionnaire in 12-13 year old Scottish adolescents. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine 2017;2

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Macdonald L, McCrorie P, Nicholls N, Ellaway A. Walkability around primary schools and area deprivation across Scotland. BMC Public Health 2016;16:328

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McCrorie P, Duncan E, Granat M, Stansfield B. Seasonal variation in the distribution of daily stepping in 11-13 year old school children. International Journal of Exercise Science 2015;8

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McBrearty D, McCrorie P, Granat M, Duncan E, Stansfield B. Objective assessment of intensity categorization of the previous day physical activity recall questionnaire in 11–13 year old children. Physiological Measurement 2014;35:2329

Mccrorie PRW, Fenton C, Ellaway A. Combining GPS, GIS, and accelerometry to explore the physical activity and environment relationship in children and young people: a review. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014;11:93

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Dall PM, McCrorie PR, Granat MH, Stansfield BW. Step accumulation per minute epoch is not the same as cadence for free-living adults. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2013;45:1995-2001



McCrorie PRW, Duncan E, Granat MH, Stansfield BH. The prevalence of upright non-stepping time in comparison to stepping time in 11-13 year old school children across seasons. Physiological Measurement 2012;33:1901-1912