Dr Andrew Atkin

Andy Atkin 6x4Career Development Fellow

Andrew has now left CEDAR and is working as a Lecturer in Health Sciences, at the School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia. If you would like to know about his work here, please contact Esther van Sluijs.

Twitter: @AJAtkin


  • MPhil Epidemiology, University of Cambridge, Oct 2009 – Sept 2010
  • PhD “School-Gate-to-Dinner-Plate: Sedentary and Physically Active Behaviours in Adolescents After School”, Loughborough University,  Oct 2006 – Nov 2009
  • MSc Physical Activity and Health (part-time) (Distinction), Loughborough University, Sept 2003 – July 2005
  • BSc Physical Education and Sport Science (First Class Honours), Loughborough University,  Sept 1999 – July 2003

Background and experience
Andy joined CEDAR  in September 2011 as a Career Development Fellow. Prior to this he worked as a Research Associate for the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health at Loughborough University. For his PhD, Andy investigated the physical activity and sedentary behaviour patterns of adolescents after school, also at Loughborough University, under the supervision of Professor Stuart Biddle and Dr Trish Gorely.

Work at CEDAR
Andy’s research here focused on the descriptive epidemiology of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children and adolescents, the identification of modifiable correlates of these behaviours and the development and testing of interventions to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour.

Professional activities

External Research Associate – General Medical Council

Associate Editor – BMC Public Health

Editorial Board – International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity

Mentor – Social Mobility Foundation


CEDAR publications on our database
Google Scholar

Atkin AJ, van Sluijs EMF, Dollman J, Taylor WC, Stanley RM.  Identifying correlates and determinants of physical activity in youth: How can we advance the field? Prev Med. 2016, 87: 167-169.

Kerr J, Takemoto M, Bolling K, Atkin AJ, Carlson J, Rosenberg D, Crist K, Godbole S, Lewars B, Pena C, Merchant G.  Two-Arm Randomized Pilot Intervention Trial to Decrease Sitting Time and Increase Sit-To-Stand Transitions in Working and Non-Working Older Adults.  PLoS One. 2016, 11:1:e0145427

Atkin AJ, Sharp SJ, Harrison F, Brage S, van Sluijs EMF. Seasonal variation in children’s physical activity and sedentary time. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016, 48:3:449-456.

Brown HE, Atkin AJ, Panter J, Wong G, Chinapaw MJM, van Sluijs EMF. Family-based interventions to increase physical activity in children: a systematic review, meta-analysis and realist synthesis.Obes Rev. 2016, 17:4: 345-360.

Morton KL, Atkin AJ, Corder K, Suhrcke M, van Sluijs EMF. The school environment and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviour: A mixed studies systematic review. Obes Rev. 2016, 17:2:142-158.

Corder K, Atkin AJ, Bamber DJ, Brage S, Dunn VJ, Ekelund U, Owens M, van Sluijs EMF, Goodyer IM. Revising on the run or studying on the sofa: prospective associations between physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and exam results in British adolescents. . Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2015, 12:106.

Atkin AJ, Corder K, Goodyer I, Bamber D, Ekelund U, Brage S, Dunn V, van Sluijs EMF. Perceived family functioning and friendship quality: Cross-sectional associations with physical activity and sedentary behaviours. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2015, 12:23.

Collings PJ, Wijndaele K, Corder K, Westgate K, Ridgway CL, Sharp SJ, Atkin AJ, Bamber D, Goodyer I, Brage S, Ekelund U..Prospective associations between sedentary time, sleep duration and adiposity in adolescent. Sleep Med. 2015, 16:6:717-22.

Brooke HL, Atkin AJ, Corder K, Ekelund U, van Sluijs EMF. Changes in time-segment specific physical activity between ages 10 and 14 years: a longitudinal observational study. J Sci Med Sport. 2016, 19:1:29-34

Atkin AJ, Sharp SJ, Corder K, van Sluijs EMF. Prevalence and correlates of screen-time in youth: An international perspective. Am J Prev Med. 2014, 47:6:803-807.

Pearson N, Braithwaite RE, Biddle SJH, van Sluijs EMF, Atkin AJ. Associations between sedentary behaviour and physical activity in children and adolescents: A meta-analysis. Obes Rev. 2014, 15:8:666-675.

Elsenburg LK, Corpeleijn E, van Sluijs EMF, Atkin AJ. Clustering and correlates of multiple health behaviours in 9-10 year old children. PLoS ONE. 2014 9:6: e99498.

Atkin AJ, Corder K, van Sluijs, EMF. Bedroom media, sedentary time and screen-time in children: a longitudinal analysis. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2013, 10:137.

Atkin AJ, Corder K, Ekelund U, Wijndeale K, Griffin SJ, van Sluijs, EMF. Determinants of change in children’s sedentary time. PLoS ONE. 2013 8:6: e67627.

Atkin AJ, Ekelund U, Møller NC, Froberg K, Sardinha LB, Andersen LB, Brage S. Sedentary time in children: Influence of accelerometer processing on health outcomes. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2013 45:6: 1097-1104.

Atkin AJ, Gorely T, Clemes SA, Yates T, Edwardson C, Brage S, Salmon J, Marshall SJ, Biddle SJH. Methods of measurement in epidemiology: Sedentary behaviour. Int J Epidemiol. 2012 41:5: 1460-1471.

Atkin AJ, Adams E, Bull FC, Biddle SJH. Non-occupational sitting and mental well-being in employed adults. Ann Behav Med. 2012, 43:2:181-8.

Atkin AJ, Gorely T, Biddle SJ, Cavill N, Foster C. Interventions to promote physical activity in young people conducted in the hours immediately after school: a systematic review. Int J Behav Med. 2011, 18:3:176-87.

Atkin AJ, Gorely T, Biddle SJ, Marshall SJ, Cameron N. Critical hours: physical activity and sedentary behavior of adolescents after school. Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2008, 20:4:446-56.

Corder K, Atkin AJ, Ekelund U, van Sluijs, EMF.  What do adolescents want in order to become more active? BMC Public Health. 2013, 13:1: 718.

Edwardson CL, Gorely T, Pearson N, Atkin AJ. Sources of Activity-Related Social Support and Adolescents’ Objectively Measured After School and Weekend Physical Activity: Gender and Age Differences. J Phys Act Health.  2013, 10:8:1153-1158.

Biddle SJH, Atkin AJ, Foster C, Cavill N. Correlates of physical activity in youth: A review of quantitative systematic reviews.  Int Rev Sport Exerc Psychol. 2011; 4:1: 25-49

Gorely T, Atkin AJ, Biddle SJ, Marshall SJ. Family circumstance, sedentary behaviour and physical activity in adolescents living in England: Project STIL. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2009, 6:33.

Pearson N, Atkin AJ, Biddle SJ, Gorely T, Edwardson C. Patterns of adolescent physical activity and dietary behaviours. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2009, 6:45.

Pearson N, Atkin AJ, Biddle SJ, Gorely T, Edwardson C. Parenting styles, family structure and adolescent dietary behaviour. Public Health Nutr. 2010, 13:8: 1245-53.

Pearson N, Atkin AJ, Biddle SJ, Gorely T. A family-based intervention to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in adolescents: a pilot study. Public Health Nutr. 2010, 13:6: 876-85.