Gabbi Frith

Miss Gabbi Frith MSc, BSc



 I am a Researcher within the Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre (SPARC). My interests include the role of lifestyle behaviour change across a number of clinical populations.


 I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 following the completion of my Masters. I worked as a workplace Wellness Advisor delivering health screenings for university staff, developing, and facilitating health and wellbeing workshops and training new practitioners. Since then, I have developed my professional skills as a Researcher through the role of physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic disease. I have an interest in lifestyle behaviour change across a number of clinical populations. My work has focused on a variety of long-term conditions, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. More specifically this has included, (i) qualitative research (ii) public health and physical activity evaluations (iii) design, delivery and implementation of physical activity referral schemes for people affected by cancer (iv) whole-systems approaches. I am also a part time PhD student within PAWPH aiming to contribute to the cardiac rehabilitation knowledge by exploring reasons underpinning attendance to cardiac rehabilitation and the impact it has on health-related quality of life. This research adopts a mixed-methods, quasi-experimental, repeated measures design. The research produced by this PhD will begin to develop evidenced-based, theory-led interventions to facilitate longer-term health, whilst reflecting on best practice for designing interventions in collaboration with end-users.


College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences


(1) Optimising early cardiac rehabilitation and quality of life in secondary prevention (OSPREY) - AstraZeneca

(2) Greater Manchester moving evaluation - Sport England

(3) Active+me evaluation 



Journal articles

Potts, A.J., Nobles, J., Shearn, K., Danks, K., & Frith, G. (2022). Embedded researchers as part of a whole systems approach to physical activity: reflections and recommendations. Systems, 10 (3).

Frith, G., Carver, K., Curry, S., Darby, A., Sydes, A., Symonds, S., ... Nichols, S. (2021). Changes in patient activation following cardiac rehabilitation using the Active + me digital healthcare platform during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cohort evaluation. BMC Health Services Research, 21 (1), 1363.

Potts, A., Shearn, K., Frith, G., & Christy, E. (2021). Working with Local People as Part of a Whole-systems Approach to Physical Activity: Reflections from Local Delivery Pilots. Perspectives in Public Health, 141 (2), 74-75.

Atchinson, R., Frith, G., Roden, A., Copeland, R., & Reece, L. (2018). Bright Spots: Physical activity investments that work :Active for health Rotherham; Be active to stay healthy. British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Humphreys, L., Crank, H., Frith, G., Speake, H., & Reece, L. (2017). Bright spots, physical activity investments that work: Active Everyday, Sheffield’s physical activity service for all people living with and beyond cancer. British Journal of Sports Medicine.


Shearn, K., Crabbe, T., Edgar, K., Frith, G., & Christie, E. (2020). GM Moving Local Pilot September 2020 Process Evaluation. Sport England.

Shearn, K., Crabbe, T., Edgar, K., Frith, G., & Christy, E. (2020). Greater Manchester Local Pilot Process Evaluation April 2020. Substance.

Frith, G., Copeland, R., Reece, L., & Nichols, S. (2018). Keep Active Keep Well.

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