Rob is Professor of Physical Activity and Health at The Centre for Sport & Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University and a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council and British Psychological Society. Rob is also the project manager for the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine in Sheffield, a London 2012 Olympic Games legacy programme that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation through sport, exercise and physical activity.
Rob's specific area of expertise is physical activity and health, with his research and consultancy portfolio focusing on behaviour change interventions in public health. In 2012 Rob was appointed project manager for the NCSEM in Sheffield, an Olympic Legacy programme, which aims to improve the health of the nation through Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity. In Sheffield, the NCSEM has been the catalyst for a whole city approach to increasing physical activity under the banner Move More. The vision for Move More is to transform Sheffield into the most active city in the UK by 2020 by making it easier to be active as part of everyday life.
Rob has significant research, consultancy and service evaluation experience in clinical and non-clinical populations and has presented and published nationally and internationally on physical activity and obesity related areas. Rob has been part of the last two REF submissions (2008 and 2014) for Sheffield Hallam University and principle investigator on grants relating to physical activity, obesity, workforce wellness and public health from national and international funding bodies generating over £12.5million in grant income.
Rob is a member of a number of national academic advisory boards and regularly reviews for international peer review journals and research submissions. He was also part of an expert panel (All Party Parliamentary Group) providing insight to national government on the promotion of physical activity and has led expert round-tables for Public Health England in preparation for the national framework on physical activity in the UK.
In other areas, Rob has worked as a psychologist within a wide range of professional sports including downhill mountain biking, golf, football, and snooker, and he has also worked with chief executives and senior manager's applying sports psychology techniques to a business environment to improve performance under pressure.
- physical activity
- sport and exercise psychology
- behaviour change
- Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine - Sheffield: £10million capital programme. Co-Investigator. Project Manager (2012 - ).
Whole systems approaches to tackling obesity – Public Health England: £1.2million. Project Advisor (2015-)
Evaluation of Rotherham Get Active Get Healthy. £80,000. Principal Investigator (2015 - )
Health Education England – Workforce wellbeing in the NHS. YETB. £100,000. (2015 - )
Regional physical activity evaluation events. Public Health England. £30,000 (2015 - )
Evaluation of British Lung Foundation – Keep Active Keep Well programme. £30,000. Co-Investigator (2015 - )
Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YH-AHSN) - Roll-out of a workforce wellness intervention across the public and private sector. Principal Investigator. £590,000 (2014 -)
Design and evaluation of a family-based multi-component intervention to tackle overweight and obesity in Preston. Principal Investigator. £10,000. (2013 -)
STANIFORD, L.J., COPELAND, Robert and BRECKON, Jeff (2018). “What’s the Point when you only lose a pound?” Reasons for attrition from a multi-component childhood obesity treatment interventions: a qualitative inquiry. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 1-16.
SCOTT, Sarah, BRECKON, Jeff and COPELAND, Robert (2018). An integrated motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioural intervention promoting physical activity maintenance for adults with chronic health conditions: A feasibility study. Chronic Illness.
ATCHINSON, R, FRITH, Gabriella, RODEN, A, COPELAND, Robert and REECE, Lindsey (2018). Bright Spots: Physical activity investments that work : Active for health Rotherham; Be active to stay healthy. British Journal of Sports Medicine.
SACHDEV, P, REECE, Lindsey, THOMSON, M, NATARAJAN, A, COPELAND, Robert, WALES, J K and WRIGHT, N P (2018). Intragastric balloon as an adjunct to lifestyle programme in severely obese adolescents: Impact on biomedical outcomes, and skeletal health". International journal of obesity (2005), 42 (1), 115-118.
SUCH, E., SALWAY, S., COPELAND, Robert, HAAKE, Steve and MANN, S. (2017). A formative review of physical activity interventions for minority ethnic populations in England. Journal of Public Health, 39 (4), e265-e274.
QUIRK, Helen, CRANK, Helen, HARROP, Deborah, HOCK, Emma and COPELAND, Robert (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).
REECE, Lindsey, BISSELL, Paul and COPELAND, Robert (2017). “I just don’t want to get bullied anymore, then I can lead a normal life”; Insights into life as an obese adolescent and their views on obesity treatment. Health Expectations, 19 (4), 897-907.
REECE, Lindsey, WRIGHT, N P, SACHDEV, P, THOMSON, M, WALES, J K and COPELAND, Robert (2017). Intra-gastric balloon as an adjunct to lifestyle support in severely obese adolescents; Impact on weight, physical activity, cardio-respiratory fitness and psychosocial wellbeing. International Journal of Obesity, 41 (4), 591-597.
SPEAKE, Helen, COPELAND, Robert, TILL, Simon, BRECKON, Jeff, HAAKE, Steve and HART, Oliver (2016). Embedding physical activity in the heart of the NHS: the need for a whole-system approach. Sports Medicine, 46 (7), 939-946.
ROGERSON, David, SOLTANI, Hora and COPELAND, Robert (2016). The weight-loss experience : qualitative exploration. BMC public health, 16 (371), 1-12.
FLINT, Stuart, SCAIFE, Robert, KESTERTON, Sue, HUMPHREYS, Liam, COPELAND, Robert, CRANK, Helen, BRECKON, Jeff, MAYNARD, Ian and CARTER, Anouska (2016). Sheffield Hallam Staff Wellness Service: four year follow-up of the impact on health indicators. Perspectives in Public Health, 136 (5), 295-301.
COPELAND, Robert J., HORSPOOL, Kimberley, HUMPHREYS, Liam and SCOTT, Emma (2016). Recruiting to a large-scale physical activity randomised controlled trial – experiences with the gift of hindsight. Trials, 17, p. 104.
GREGORY, Maxine, CROWE, Lynn and COPELAND, Robert (2015). National Outdoor Recreation Strategy : preliminary review of strategies. Technical Report. Sheffield, UK, Sheffield Hallam University, Outdoor Recreation Research Group. (Unpublished)
BUCKLEY, John P., HEDGE, Alan, YATES, Thomas, COPELAND, Robert J., LOOSEMORE, Michael, HAMER, Mark, BRADLEY, Gavin and DUNSTAN, David W. (2015). The sedentary office : a growing case for change towards better health and productivity Expert statement commissioned by Public Health England and Active Working C.I.C. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49 (21), 1357-1362.
ROGERSON, David, SOLTANI, Hora and COPELAND, Robert (2015). Undergraduate UK nutrition education might not adequately address weight management. Public Health Nutrition, 19 (2), 371-381.
SCOTT, Sarah, BRECKON, Jeff, COPELAND, Robert and HUTCHISON, Andrew (2015). Determinants and strategies for physical activity maintenance in chronic health conditions: a qualitative study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 12 (5), 733-740.
EVERSON-HOCK, Emma S., GREEN, Mark A., GOYDER, Elizabeth C., COPELAND, Robert J., TILL, Simon H., HELLER, Ben and HART, Ollie (2015). Reducing the impact of physical inactivity: evidence to support the case for targeting people with chronic mental and physical conditions. Journal of Public Health, 37 (2), 1-9.
TILL, Simon, RILEY, A, COPELAND, Robert, MAYNARD, Ian and FLINT, Stuart (2015). Happy staff mean healthy business : the virtues of wellbeing. Health Service Journal.
REECE, Lindsey, COPELAND, Robert, SACHDEV, P, THOMSON, M, WALES, J.K and WRIGHT, N.P (2014). Protocol for: The use of intra-gastric balloons as an adjunct to a lifestyle support programme to promote weight loss in severely obese adolescents. Journal of Child and Adoloscent Behaviour, 2 (173).
MOSS, James, TEW, Garry Alan, COPELAND, Robert James, STOUT, Martin, BILLINGS, Catherine Grant, SAXTON, John Michael, WINTER, Edward Mitchell and BIANCHI, Stephen Mark (2014). Effects of a pragmatic lifestyle intervention for reducing body mass in obese adults with obstructive sleep apnoea: a randomised controlled trial. BioMed Research International, 2014 (102164), 1-8.
GOYDER, E, HIND, D, DIMAIRO, M, MINTON, J, EVERSON-HOCK, E, READE, Simon, COPELAND, Robert, CRANK, Helen, HORSPOOL, K, HUMPHREYS, Liam, HUTCHINSON, A, KESTERTON, Sue, LATIMER, N, SCOTT, Emma, SWAILE, Peter, WALTERS, S, WOOD, Rebecca, COLLINS, Karen and COOPER, C (2014). A randomised controlled trial and cost-effectiveness evaluation of 'booster' interventions to sustain increases in physical activity in middle-aged adults in deprived urban neighbourhoods. Health technology assessment, 18 (13), 1-210.
COPELAND, Robert, KING, Christina, FLINT, Stuart and WHITNEY, D (2014). The Olympic Games and sponsors have left town – what about the legacy? Olympika.
GOYDER, Elizabeth, HIND, Daniel, BRECKON, Jeff, DIMAIRO, Munyaradzi, MINTON, Jonathan, EVERSON-HOCK, Emma, READ, Simon, COPELAND, Robert, CRANK, Helen, HORSPOOL, Kimberly, HUMPHREYS, Liam, HUTCHISON, Andrew, KESTERTON, Sue, LATIMER, Nicolas, SCOTT, Emma, SWAILE, Peter, WALTERS, Stephen J, WOOD, Rebecca, COLLINS, Karen and COOPER, Cindy (2014). A randomised controlled trial and cost-effectiveness evaluation of ‘booster’ interventions to sustain increases in physical activity in middle-aged adults in deprived urban neighbourhoods. Health Technology Assessment, 18 (13).
TEW, Garry, COPELAND, Robert, LE FAUCHEUR, A, NAWAZ, A and ABRAHAM, P (2013). Feasibility and validity of self-reported walking capacity in patients with intermittent claudication. Journal of Vascular Surgery, 57 (5), 1227-1234.
COPELAND, Robert, CRANK, Helen, LYONS, Nicholas Matthew and GIBSON, Debra (2012). Be active: a community based approach to promoting physical activity in overweight individuals. Project Report. SHU.
BOURKE, Liam, ROSARIO, Derek, COPELAND, Robert and TAYLOR, Stephanie (2012). Physical activity for cancer survivors : beneficial in the short term, but longer term outcomes are lacking. British Medical Journal (BMJ), 344, p. 8.
TEW, Garry, OUEDRAOGO, N, MAHÉ, G, LEFTHERIOTIS, G, COPELAND, Robert and ABRAHAM, P (2012). Impaired somatosensation in patients with isolated proximal-without-distal exercise-related lower-limb ischemia. Clinical Journal of Pain, 28 (5), 404-409.
TEW, Garry, COPELAND, Robert and TILL, S (2012). Sport and exercise medicine and the Olympic health legacy. BMC Medicine (10), p. 74.
STANIFORD, Leanne, BRECKON, Jeff and COPELAND, Robert (2012). Treatment of childhood obesity: a systematic review. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21 (4), 545-564.
STANIFORD, Leanne Jane, BRECKON, Jeff, COPELAND, Robert and HUTCHISON, Andrew (2011). Key stakeholders’ perspectives towards childhood obesity treatment: a qualitative study. Journal of Child Health Care, 15 (3), 230-244.
SCOTT, Emma J., DIMAIRO, Munyaradzi, HIND, Daniel, GOYDER, Elizabeth, COPELAND, Robert J., BRECKON, Jeff D., CRANK, Helen, WALTERS, Stephen J., LOBAN, Amanda and COOPER, Cindy L. (2011). "Booster" interventions to sustain increases in physical activity in middle-aged adults in deprived urban neighbourhoods: internal pilot and feasibility study. BMC Public Health, 11 (129), 1-11.
RELTON, Clare, BISSELL, Paul, SMITH, Christine, BLACKBURN, Joanna, COOPER, Cindy L, NICHOLL, Jon, TOD, Angela, COPELAND, Robert, LOBAN, Amanda, CHATER, Tim, THOMAS, Kate, YOUNG, Tracy, WEIR, Carol, HARRISON, Gill, MILLBOURN, Alison and MANNERS, Rachel (2011). South Yorkshire Cohort: a 'cohort trials facility' study of health and weight - Protocol for the recruitment phase. BMC Public Health, 11 (1), p. 640.
COPELAND, Robert, CRANK, Helen, HALL, A and MILLBOURN, A (2010). Be Active: promoting physical activity in overweight people. Practice nursing, 21 (11), 569-573.
HIND, D., SCOTT, E. J., COPELAND, R., BRECKON, J., CRANK, H., WALTERS, S. J., BRAZIER, J. E., NICHOLL, J., COOPER, C. and GOYDER, E. (2010). A randomised controlled trial and cost-effectiveness evaluation of "booster" interventions to sustain increases in physical activity in middle-aged adults in deprived urban neighbourhoods. BMC Public Health, 10 (3).
AYLOTT, Jill, BROWN, I, COPELAND, Robert and JOHNSON, David (2008). Tackling Obesities: The foresight report and implications for local government. Improvement and Development Agency for local government (IDeA).
DALEY, A. J., COPELAND, R. J., WRIGHT, N. P. and WALES, J. K. H. (2008). 'I can actually exercise if I want to; it isn't as hard as I thought' - A qualitative study of the experiences and views of obese adolescents participating in an exercise therapy intervention. Journal of Health Psychology, 13 (6), 810-819.
DALEY, A. J., COPELAND, R. J., WRIGHT, N. P., ROALFE, A. and WALES, J. K. H. (2006). Exercise therapy as a treatment for psychopathologic conditions in obese and morbidly obese adolescents: a randomized, controlled trial. Pediatrics, 118 (5), 2126-2134.
DALEY, A. J., COPELAND, R. J., WRIGHT, N. P. and WALES, J. K. H. (2005). Protocol for: Sheffield obesity trial (SHOT): a randomised controlled trial of exercise therapy and mental health outcomes in obese adolescents. BMC public health, 5.
International Olympic Committee Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health – Board Member.
INSIGNEO - EPSRC Frontier Award Multi-sim Academic Advisory Board member
UKactive Research Institute, Academic Advisory Board member (Promising Practice Programme)
Public Health England Everybody Active Everyday Expert Panel member
All Party Parliamentary Group member
British Cycling Technical Reviewer - Mountain Biking
The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine England - Partnership Board member
Steve Peat Syndicate, Sport Psychology Lead Advisor
Streetgames, Academic Advisory Board Member
Designing a physical activity pathway in usual NHS care
Exploring the determinants of sedentary behaviour in desk-based employees
Lifestyle interventions in severely obese adolescents
Do undergraduate degree programs prepare nutrition consultants for effective practise?
Family-based multi-component interventions to tackle overweight and obesity in young people
Exploring the use of 'Gaming' to promote physical activity and reduce obesity in young people.
Effects of a lifestyle intervention on quality of life, body mass/composition and cardiovascular risk in patients being treated for obstructive sleep apnoea
An Integrated Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive-Behavioural Intervention for Physical Activity Maintenance
An exploration of childhood obesity treatment interventions to enhance their long-term effectiveness.
Psychologist Rob's research focuses on designing and evaluating physical activity and behaviour change interventions in public health, specifically obesity and childhood obesity. He has worked within a wide range of sports including cycling (mountain biking), professional golf, football, tennis and snooker. He also has expertise in work-placed/corporate wellness, exercise referral systems and phase IV cardiac rehabilitation.
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