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Dr Lisa Griffiths

Principal Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science

Contact Details

email: lisa.griffiths@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 542480

Current students can book a tutorial online

Dr. Lisa Griffiths qualified as an Exercise Physiologist from Colorado State University in 1996. After working in corporate wellness at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Prudential Financial in the New York City Metro area, she went on to study for a PhD in Sport Science Research at Brunel University London. Since working as an academic in the UK, Lisa has also provided sport science consultancy to a range of elite performance teams and individual athletes.

Lisa joined the University of Worcester in 2011. Her research and teaching principally addresses the way the body responds to exercise and training with a specific emphasis on the general and clinical population groups. Lisa has published research papers and book chapters in the area of exercise physiology and has conducted a number of commissioned reports investigating the effectiveness of exercise interventions.       

Key projects include:

  • Exercise physiology lead for ‘Supporting Health and Promoting Exercise’ (SHAPE) programme; collaborative service evaluation with the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and the South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Interdisciplinary research investigating the effect of habitual use of minimalist footwear on walking and running gait and lower limb performance measures.
  • Contract manager and academic lead for the delivery of ‘Fit to Work’ assessments for the Hereford and Worcester and Shropshire Fire and Rescue services.            

Qualifications:

  • PhD Sport Science Research (Applied Physiology), Brunel University
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology), Colorado State University
  • BA Health and Physical Education, Primary and Secondary, Rowan University  
  • ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist (ASCM-C-EP)       
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA CSCS)
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Currently Teaching:

Level 4 (1st Year Undergraduate)

  • SPRT1023 Exercise Training and Prescription

Level 5 (2nd Year Undergraduate)

  • SPRT2032 Scientific Underpinnings of Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
  • SPRT2033 Strength, Power and Speed

Level 6 (3rd Year Undergraduate)

  • SPRT3024 Physical Activity, Exercise & Disease Prevention

 

Postgraduate Supervision:

Lisa is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

- Development of exercise interventions / programmes to improve health and wellbeing

If you are interested in studying any of these areas, please contact Lisa on +44 (0)1905 542480 or lisa.griffiths@worc.ac.uk, or for any general doctoral research enquiries please email: research@worc.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1905 855214

 

Research:

Since 2013, Lisa's primary research has been working as the Exercise Physiology lead on a collaborative project with the Institute of Health and Society, the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and the South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group to help young people with psychosis improve their physical health. This collaboration has led to the following projects:

Supporting Health and Promoting Exercise (SHAPE) Project

The SHAPE project, led by Professor Jo Smith, has received national recognition in which it has been:

  • Accepted and published as a shared learning example on the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Shared Learning Database Local Practice Collection (2017)
  • Selected as one of NICE 2017 Shared Learning Award entries
  • Longlisted for Engage Competition Award 2016 – Engaging with Young People
  • Shortlisted and Highly Commended for Positive Practice Award in Mental Health National Award 2016 – Early Interventions in Psychosis
  • Finalist for Health Service Journal (HSJ) Award 2015 - Innovations in Mental Health Care
  • Finalist for Clinical Leader of the Year Award for HSJ Award 2014, Professor Jo Smith, SHAPE Project Lead  

SHAPE 2

  • SHAPE 2 was designed to deliver the SHAPE programme, including physical health assessments and a 12 week exercise and lifestyle intervention, to service users registered at the North Worcestershire Early Intervention Service. The programme was delivered at the Stourbridge Birmingham Metropolitan College, Stourbridge.
  • To learn more about the project, visit http://www.hacw.nhs.uk/our-services/early-intervention-service/shape/
  • This project was funded by the Worcester Clinical Commissioning Group

Supporting Health and Promoting Exercise (SHAPE): Spreading Improvement Within Mental Health Services:

  • The aims of the project are to: 1) support young people experiencing a first episode psychosis to make lifestyle choices informed by an understanding of their greater risk for obesity, cardiovascular diseases and metabolic disorders, and 2) provide access to healthcare in a positive and socially inclusive environment embracing the importance of ‘ordinary lives’.
  • The project funding supported the development of the mySHAPE.org.uk website. The website provides access to educational and SHAPE programme materials to service users, carers, and health care professionals.
  • This project was funded by The Health Foundation Spreading Improvement Fund

 

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Publications

Publications

Refereed Journal Papers

Griffiths, L.A. and McConnell, A.K. (2012) The influence of rowing-related postures upon respiratory muscle pressure and flow generating capacity. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 112(12), 4142-4150. doi: 10.1007/s00421-012-2399-4

McConnell, A.K. and Griffiths, L.A. (2010) Acute cardiorespiratory responses to inspiratory pressure threshold loading. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 42 (9), 1696-703. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181d435cf.

Griffiths, L.A. and McConnell, A.K. (2007) The influence of inspiratory and expiratory muscle training upon rowing performance. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 99 (5), 457-66. doi: 10.1007/s00421-006-0367-6

Cooper, C.J., Griffiths, L.A. and Carson, F. (2006) The effects of a 4-week core stability training programme on golf performance. Coachesinfo.com

Book Chapters

Purdy, L., Castle, P., Molnar, G. and Griffiths, L.A. (2014) Ilona: ‘Tweeting’ through cultural adjustments. In Armour, K. (Ed) Pedagogical Cases in Physical Education and Youth Sport. Routledge, Abingdon.

Published Conference Proceedings (Refereed)

Griffiths, L., Smith, J., Band, M., Hird-Smith, R., Williams, B., Bold, J., Bradley, E., Wilkie, V., and Horne, D. (2016) Exercise and lifestyle therapy improves weight maintenance in young people with psychosis: a service evaluation. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 10 (S1), 109. doi: 10.1111/eip.12396.

Smith, J., Griffiths, L., and Horne, D. (2016) Prevalence of cardiometabolic risk factors in first episode psychosis patients. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 10 (S1), 158. doi: 10.1111/eip.12396.

Griffiths, L., Bold, J., Smith, J., Bradley, E., Band, M., Hird-Smith, R. (2016) Exercise and lifestyle therapy improves weight maintenance in young people with psychosis. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48 (5S), 382.

Smith, J., Williams, B., Band, M., Hickman, D., Bradley, E., Richardson, J., Burton, C., Ackner, S., Ferrer, K., Griffiths, L., Wilkie, V., Bold, J., Hird-Smith, R., Thomas, S. (2014) SHAPE (Supporting Health and Promoting Exercise) Project for young people with psychosis and bipolar disorder. 9th International Conference on Early Psychosis, Tokyo, Japan. Poster B93.

Griffiths, L., Eastough, D., Gravestock, H., Thomas, G., Mizen, R., Horne, S. (2014) The effect of habitual walking in minimalist shoes on dynamic balance and lower limb strength. 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science Book of Abstracts.

Gravestock, H., Griffiths, L., Corbett, M., Thomas, G., Mizen, R. and Eastough, D. (2014) Musculoskeletal and spatio-temporal gait changes in walking after an eight weeks minimalist footwear intervention. 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science Book of Abstracts.

Griffiths L. and McConnell, A.K. (2012) The influence of rowing-related postures upon respiratory muscle pressure and flow generating capacity. 17th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science Book of Abstracts, pp.407

Beeching, K. and Griffiths, L. (2012) Home and away: An analysis of team positioning in the FA Premier League. World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport IX.

Griffiths, L. and McConnell, A.K. (2006) Differentiating the influence of inspiratory and expiratory muscle training upon rowing performance in club-level oarsmen. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 38 (5S), 2167.

Miller, L. and McConnell, A.K. (2004) A comparison of the responses to inspiratory vs. expiratory muscle training in competitive club-level oarsmen. Journal of Sport Sciences, 22 (3), 287.

DeVoe, D., Miller, L. and Gotshall, R. (1998) Energy expenditure of backpacking for women on even and uneven terrain. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 69 (1S), A32-33.

Commissioned Reports

Griffiths, L. & Calver, R. (2013) ‘Wolfie’s Workouts’: Programme Evaluation. Report commissioned by Wolves Community Trust.

Daroux, L., Griffiths, L. and Franklin, E. (2008) The effect of repeated anaerobic sprint training on the speed and agility performance in academy level footballers. Research commissioned by Reading Football Club Academy.

Griffiths, L. and McConnell, A.K. (2003) The effect inspiratory muscle training has on rowing ergometer performance in World Class ‘heavyweight oarsmen’. Report commissioned by the British International Rowing Organisation.

Griffiths, L. and McConnell, A.K. (2005) The influence of inspiratory muscle training upon rowing ergometer performance in adolescent rowers. Report commissioned by the British International Rowing Organisation.

Griffiths, L. and McConnell, A.K. (2007) The influence of inspiratory muscle training upon rowing ergometer performance in adaptive (disabled) rowers. Report commissioned by the British International Rowing Organisation.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

  • Contract manager and academic lead for the delivery of ‘Fit to Work’ assessments for the Hereford and Worcester and Shropshire Fire and Rescue services.      
  • External Examiner for the BSc Exercise Physiology Top Up and MSc Sport and Exercise Science degree for University of Central Lancashire.