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

Lynsay Matthews

Lynsay Matthewsposition: Research Associate and Trial Manager for the HelpMeDoIt! Study

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7633


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

Biography and Interests

Lynsay is a Research Associate in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. She is also Trial Manager for the NIHR funded HelpMeDoIt! Study, exploring the use of online technology and social support in the lifestyle behaviour change of obese adults. Her main research interest is lifestyle behaviour change, in particular the use of physical activity in the management of Type 2 diabetes.

Lynsay is experienced in the use of mixed methods research. She is interested in the use of process evaluations and how these can be used to support the translation of research findings into practice.

In addition to HelpMeDoIt! Lynsay is currently involved with two funded trials:

  • Walk Well, a cluster RCT and process evaluation exploring the impact of a walking intervention on the physical activity levels and health of adults with learning disabilities.
  • Moving on and Feeling Good, a feasibility study exploring factors associated with the health behaviours of adolescents with learning disabilities as they transition from school to adulthood.

In her previous posts Lynsay worked as a researcher on numerous funded studies including: Leading Better Care (University of the West of Scotland, PI Dr Jean Rankin); Take 5 (University of Glasgow, PI Dr Craig Melville); Living Life to the Full (University of Glasgow, PI Prof Chris Williams); DASH Study (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, PI Prof Seromanie Harding); Walking for Wellbeing in the West 65+ (University of Strathclyde, PI Prof Nanette Mutrie); STAND diabetes prevention scoping study (University of Strathclyde, PI Dr Alison Kirk); and the Raine Study (University of Western Australia, PI Prof Fiona Stanley).

Lynsay sits on the University of Glasgow’s Athena Swan group for Postgraduate Research and also on the Staff Development Group for the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit.



[in press]

Stevens G, Jahoda A, Matthews L, Hankey C, Melville C, Murray H, Mitchell F. A theory-informed qualitative exploration of social and environmental determinants of physical activity and dietary choices in young adults with intellectual disabilities in their final year of school. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities [in press]


Matthews L, Mitchell F, Stalker K, McConnachie A, Murray H, Melling C, Mutrie N, Melville C. Process evaluation of the Walk Well study: a cluster-randomised controlled trial of a community based walking programme for adults with intellectual disabilities. BMC Public Health 2016;16:527


McGuire C, Rankin J, Matthews L, Cerinus M, Zaveri S. Improving the quality of the NHS workforce through values and competency-based selection. Nursing Management 2016;23:26-33


McClay CA, Collins K, Matthews L, Haig C, McConnachie A, Morrison J, Lynch P, Waters L, Day I, McAnee G, Williams C. A community-based pilot randomised controlled study of life skills classes for individuals with low mood and depression. BMC Psychiatry 2015;15:384

open access  

Rankin J, McGuire C, Matthews L, Ray D, Russell M. Facilitators and barriers to the increased supervisory role of Senior Charge Nurses: a qualitative study. Journal of Nursing Management 2015;24:366-75

open access  


MacMillan F, Kirk A, Mutrie N, Matthews L, Robertson K, Saunders DH. A systematic review of physical activity and sedentary behavior intervention studies in youth with type 1 diabetes: study characteristics, intervention design, and efficacy. Pediatric Diabetes 2014;15:175-189

Matthews L, Kirk A, Macmillan F, Mutrie N. Can physical activity interventions for adults with type 2 diabetes be translated into practice settings? A systematic review using the RE-AIM framework. Translational behavioral medicine 2014;4:60-78

Matthews L, Kirk A, Mutrie N. Insight from health professionals on physical activity promotion within routine diabetes care. Practical Diabetes 2014;31:111-116e


Mitchell F, Melville C, Stalker K, Matthews L, McConnachie A, Murray H, Walker A, Mutrie N. Walk well: a randomised controlled trial of a walking intervention for adults with intellectual disabilities: study protocol. Bmc Public Health 2013;13


Matthews L, Hankey C, Penpraze V, Boyle S, Macmillan S, Miller S, Murray H, Pert C, Spanos D, Robinson N, Melville CA. Agreement of accelerometer and a physical activity questionnaire in adults with intellectual disabilities. Preventive Medicine 2011;52:361-364

Melville CA, Boyle S, Miller S, Macmillan S, Penpraze V, Pert C, Spanos D, Matthews L, Robinson N, Murray H, Hankey CR. An open study of the effectiveness of a multi-component weight-loss intervention for adults with intellectual disabilities and obesity. British Journal of Nutrition 2011;105:1553-1562

Spanos D, Hankey C, Boyle S, Koshy R, Macmillan S, Mathews L, Miller S, Penpraze V, Pert C, Robinson N, Melville C. Carers' perspectives on a weight loss intervention for obese adults with intellectual disabilities: a qualitative study. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 2011;70:E19-E19