My interests are in the promotion of physical activity, exercise, health and wellbeing in clinical and non-clinical populations.
My background is in psychology (BSc University of Sheffield, 2010) and sport and exercise psychology (MSc Sheffield Hallam University, 2012).
I joined Sheffield Hallam in September 2016 from the University of Nottingham, where I studied for a PhD exploring the promotion of physical activity in children with type 1 diabetes. I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and a member of the parkrun Research Board.
Within the broad area of physical activity for health, I work on a range of research projects from clinical studies, systematic reviews, programme evaluations and national survey studies. Previous and ongoing projects at SHU include:
- parkrun - national health and wellbeing survey
- parkrun - evaluation of the parkrun PROVE project
- parkrun - evaluation of the parkrun Visual Impairment scheme
- Sport England - various commissioned evaluations
- Public Health England - evaluation of the Moving Health Professionals Pilot
- Sheffield Children's Charity - clinical feasibility study of physical activity monitoring in paediatric type 1 diabetes
- Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS FT - a review of community-based physical activity initiation for people living with serious mental illness
- Urostomy Association - a literature review and Delphi survey to explore the experiences of patients who have undergone urostomy procedures
- Health Education England - qualitative study to explore workplace health and wellbeing services in the NHS
Quirk, H., & Haake, S. (2019). How can we get more people with long-term health conditions involved in parkrun? A qualitative study evaluating parkrun’s PROVE project. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, 11 (1), 22. http://doi.org/10.1186/s13102-019-0136-6
Quirk, H., Crank, H., Carter, A., Leahy, H., & Copeland, R. (2018). Barriers and facilitators to implementing workplace health and wellbeing services in the NHS from the perspective of senior leaders and wellbeing practitioners: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health, 18, 1362. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6283-y
Reece, L.J., Quirk, H., Wellington, C., Haake, S., & Wilson, F. (2018). Bright spots, physical activity investments that work:parkrun; a global initiative striving for healthier and happier communities. British Journal of Sports Medicine. http://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2018-100041
Turner, R., Steed, L., Quirk, H., Greasley, R.U., Saxton, J.M., Taylor, S.J.C., ... Bourke, L. (2018). Interventions for promoting habitual exercise in people living with and beyond cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2018 (9). http://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD010192.pub3
Quirk, H., Rosario, D., & Bourke, L. (2018). Supportive interventions to improve physiological and psychological health outcomes among patients undergoing cystectomy: A systematic review. BMC Urology, 18, 71. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12894-018-0382-z
Quirk, H., Glazebrook, C., & Blake, H. (2018). A physical activity intervention for children with type 1 diabetes- steps to active kids with diabetes (STAK-D): a feasibility study. BMC Pediatrics, 18 (37). http://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-018-1036-8
Quirk, H., Crank, H., Harrop, D., Hock, E., & Copeland, R. (2017). Understanding the experience of initiating community-based physical activity and social support by people with serious mental illness: a systematic review using a meta-ethnographic approach. Systematic Reviews, 6 (214). http://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-017-0596-2
Blake, H., Quirk, H., Leighton, P., Randell, T., Greening, J., Guo, B., & Glazebrook, C. (2016). Feasibility of an online intervention (STAK-D) to promote physical activity in children with type 1 diabetes : protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 17, 583. http://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-016-1719-0
Quirk, H., Glazebrook, C., Martin, R., & Blake, H. (2016). “We don’t worry about diabetes that much”: A qualitative study exploring perceptions of physical activity among children with Type 1 Diabetes. Advances in Pediatric Research, 3 (1), 2. http://doi.org/10.12715/apr.2016.3.2
Quirk, H., Blake, H., Dee, B., & Glazebrook, C. (2015). “Having diabetes shouldn’t stop them”: healthcare professionals’ perceptions of physical activity in children with Type 1 diabetes. BMC Pediatrics, 15, 68. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-015-0389-5
Quirk, H., Blake, H., Dee, B., & Glazebrook, C. (2014). “You can’t just jump on a bike and go”: a qualitative study exploring parents’ perceptions of physical activity in children with type 1 diabetes. BMC Pediatrics, 14, 313. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-014-0313-4
Quirk, H., Blake, H., Tennyson, R., Randell, T.L., & Glazebrook, C. (2014). Physical activity interventions in children and young people with Type 1 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Diabetic Medicine, 31 (10), 1163-1173. http://doi.org/10.1111/dme.12531
Quirk, H., Heller, B., & Wright, N. (2020). The feasibility and acceptability of physical activity monitoring as an educational tool in the management of paediatric type 1 diabetes. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcjd.2020.06.013
Smith, R., Schneider, P., Bullas, A., Haake, S., Quirk, H., Cosulich, R., & Goyder, E. (2020). Does ethnic density influence community participation in mass participation physical activity events? The case of parkrun in England. Wellcome Open Research, 5, 9. http://doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.15657.2
Dash, K., Goyder, E.C., & Quirk, H. (2020). A qualitative synthesis of the perceived factors that affect participation in physical activity among children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Diabetic Medicine. http://doi.org/10.1111/dme.14299
Knox, E.C.L., Quirk, H., Glazebrook, C., Randell, T., & Blake, H. (2019). Impact of technology-based interventions for children and young people with type 1 diabetes on key diabetes self-management behaviours and prerequisites: a systematic review. BMC endocrine disorders, 19 (7). http://doi.org/10.1186/s12902-018-0331-6
Cholerton, R., Quirk, H., Breckon, J., & Butt, J. (n.d.). Experiences and strategies influencing older adults to continue playing walking football. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 1-39.
Quirk, H., Hock, E., Harrop, D., Crank, H., Peckham, E., Travis-Turner, G., ... Copeland, R. (n.d.). Understanding the experience of initiating community-based group physical activity by people with serious mental illness: a systematic review using a meta-ethnographic approach. European Psychiatry.
Bullas, A., Dunne, A., Haake, S., & Quirk, H. (2020). Can access to green spaces during parkrun events contribute to the positive mental health of the participants? A literature review. In Annual Health Promotion Conference; Promoting health and wellbeing: creating a more equitable and sustainable environment, Galway, Ireland.18th June 2020, Galway, Ireland, 18 June 2020. http://www.nuigalway.ie/media/healthpromotionresearchcentre/conference2020/2020-Health-Promotion-Conference-Booklet.pdf
Quirk, H. (n.d.). Feasibility of a physical activity intervention for children with Type 1 diabetes: Steps to Actve Kids with Diabetes (STAK-D). Presented at: Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2017, Manchester, 2017