Dr Alison McMinn

Alison McMinnFormer Career Development Fellow

Alison has now left CEDAR. If you want to discuss any of Alison’s work here, please contact Esther van Sluijs.


  • BSc Health Sciences (Hons)
  • MSc Health Services & Public Health Research
  • MPhil Epidemiology
  • PhD – Socio-cultural correlates of physical activity in children

Background and experience
Alison completed her BSc at the University of Aberdeen, investigating people’s experiences of using Zyban to aid smoking cessation for her BSc dissertation. Following this, she continued on at Aberdeen to complete an MSc, investigating the profiles of two local towns with high levels of deprivation and using qualitative methods to explore these for her MSc thesis. During her time in Aberdeen, Alison also worked as a Health Promotion Assistant for NHS Grampian, delivering workshops to secondary school students on sexual health and drug and alcohol awareness and providing lifestyle advice to the general public at health fairs. She had further spells working in public health research and health policy at NHS Lothian and NHS Ayrshire & Arran before moving to Cambridge to complete her MPhil and PhD at the MRC Epidemiology Unit/University of Cambridge. Alison’s PhD focused on investigating the socio-cultural correlates of children’s physical activity to aid the development of interventions to promote physical activity in children.

Work at CEDAR
Alison’s research focused on investigating the determinants of physical activity in children and developing and evaluating interventions to promote children’s physical activity. She worked on the evaluation of Activ8, an after-school club that targets inactive Year 3/4 children, alongside staff at the Cambridge School Sports Partnership. She also worked on the analysis of data from the SPEEDY Qualitative Study which explores children’s and parents’ perceptions and attitudes about children playing outside and travelling independently in the local area. Furthermore, she was involved in analyses using the Southampton Women’s Survey (SWS) dataset (in collaboration with the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit) and SPEEDY study to investigate social correlates of children’s physical activity. In addition to her research, Alison was on the MRC Epidemiology Unit’s Communications Working Group and was involved in various public engagement activities.


Alison’s CEDAR publications here.

Professional memberships and roles
Reviewer for following journals:

  • Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
  • International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Psychology of Sport & Exercise
  • Health Education Research