On completion of his PhD data collection, David joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2007 and is now Senior lecturer in Physical Activity, Health and Exercise Science and Postgraduate Research Tutor for Sport. He previously worked for the BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health whilst completing a Masters in Physical Activity and Health part time in 2004. David has a broad interest in the benefits of physical activity for health but has examined the effects of exercise on appetite and appetite related hormones and has been involved in the development, monitoring and evaluation of a childhood obesity intervention.
David is Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity, Health and Exercise Science and Postgraduate Research Tutor for Sport. He teaches on the exercise prescription and physiology related modules of the Sport and Exercise Science and Physical Activity related degrees. He previously course led BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Health and Exercise Science where it was his responsibility to work with academic and support colleagues to ensure its successful organisation and operation leading to excellent student experience.
He is an appointed Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is passionate about delivering excellent learning and teaching experiences and providing opportunities for the sport and exercise scientists and practitioners of the future. This has been recognised through receiving two inspirational teaching awards.
Despite a heavy teaching load he strives to undertake research that is meaningful and can be translated into practice. He has numerous publications in journals and a track record for income generation. His research interests are predominantly the physiology of exercise and health and the prescription and promotion of physical activity. Recent work has involved the study of the effects of exercise on appetite, energy intake and expenditure and appetite related hormones as well as the effects of exercise on cardiovascular disease risk factors such as blood pressure and postprandial lipemia. David has evaluated health service provision including physical activity referral and developed, monitored and evaluated a childhood obesity intervention for local authorities in the North East and North West of England.
David supervises PhD and Professional Doctorate students and has presented at many UK and international conferences including invited keynotes. He is on the editorial board of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science's (BASES) publication 'The Sport and Exercise Scientist' and is on the advisory board for the ‘Journal of Sports Sciences’. David is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and BASES for services to the organisations.
Specialist areas of interest
Appetite Related Hormones
Physical Activity Promotion and Development
BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Sport and Health
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
Foundations of Physical Activity Sport and Health (Module Leader)
Physical Activity, Health and Disease (Module Leader)
Physical Activity Referral Schemes (Module Leader)
Physical Activity and Health (Module Leader)
Fellow of BASES
Deputy Chair of BASES Division of Physical Activity for Health (2010-2016)
Fellow of HEA
Advisory Board for 'Journal of Sports Sciences'
External Examiner Biomedical Science Undergraduate Programme - BSc (Hons) Physical Activity and Health (Physiology)
Manchester Metropolitan University
September 2013 - December 2017
External Examiner Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition - MSc Exercise and Nutrition Science
January 2015 - 2019
Editorial Board The Sport and Exercise Scientist (2015 - present)
Consultant for Clearcast
Journal reviews: David frequently reviews appetite, physical activity and health related articles for journals which has included 'Appetite', 'The Journal of Applied Physiology', 'Journal of Sport Sciences', 'Journal of Sports Science and Medicine', 'British Journal of Nutrition', 'Journal of Nutrition and Health Sciences' 'Journal of Community Medicine & Public Health Care' and the 'Journal of Endocrinology'.
David has reviewed grant applications for British Academy / Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grants
Director of Studies to Kirsty Jones (DProf - Part Time - submitting September 2017)
Appetite and Energy intake
Director of Studies to Vicki Coulton (PhD - Part Time - aiming to complete 2018)
The development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a childhood obesity intervention
Supervisory Team for Hanan Abdella (PhD - Full time - due to complete 2018)
The influence of intermittent fasting on appetite, biomarkers and weight-loss.
Invited by the department of Biosciences and Chemistry
Supervisory Team for Hameida El Farssi (PhD - Full time - due to complete 2018)
The influence of high-protein diet on appetite, biomarkers and weight-loss.
Invited by the department of Biosciences and Chemistry
Director of Studies to Thomas Parkington (PhD - Graduate Teaching Assistant - due to complete 2019)
Effect of exercise on flow mediated dilation in high-risk patients
Supervisory Team for Karl Spiteri (PhD - Part time - started September 2016)
Physical Activity in retirement
Supervisory Team for Rachel Young (PhD - Part time - started September 2016)
Effects of power assisted exercise on aerobic capacity and mobility in subacute stroke rehabilitation
Dr Joel Rocha - July 2013 (lead supervisor)
Effects of exercise on hunger, food intake and energy expenditure
David is an expert in physical activity, health and exercise science. His research and teaching interests predominantly lie in the physiology of exercise and health and the prescription of physical activity.