Dr Stathi designs and evaluates active ageing programmes. Her award-winning research has built partnerships with national agencies, national and international academics, policy-makers, primary care trusts, public health departments, service providers, local councils, volunteer organisations and charitable trusts, with the long-term goal of producing cost-effective methods for physical activity promotion in a range of health and community settings.
Her research interests include:
- Promotion of active and healthy ageing
- Lifelong Health and Wellbeing
- Citizen science; a participatory research approach involving members of the public working closely with research investigators to initiate and advance scientific research projects
- Public Engagement and pathways to impact
- Design, implementation and evaluation of lifestyle interventions
- Interdisciplinary research
She has attracted external funding from the National Institute for Health Research (Public Health Research Programme), (Research for Patient Benefit programme); MRC (Lifelong Health and Well-being Initiative), (National Prevention Initiative), EPSRC, and European Commission (Framework V).
Current/Recent research projects
£1,641,790 NIHR Public Health Research Programme. A multi-centre randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation of a community-based physical activity intervention to prevent mobility-related disability for retired older people. The REACT (REtirement in ACTion) study. 2015-2020 (54 months). REACT study [REtirement in ACTion], a pragmatic multi-centre, randomised controlled trial with a 24-month follow up, which assesses the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a physical activity intervention in reducing mobility-related disability in older people.
£248,899 MRC (Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Initiative-Phase 3). Developing a model of volunteering action in promoting active ageing in the community: Project ACE (Active, Connected and Engaged). 2012-2014 (24 months). Project ACE [Active, Connected and Engaged Communities], one of only two UK initiatives to be classified as a promising practice in the national review of 952 initiatives “Identifying what works for local physical activity interventions”, conducted by Public Health England.
£48,058 MRC (Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Initiative-Phase 2). The Avon Network for Physical Activity Promotion of Older People in the community. 2009-2010 (10 months).
21,952 YMCA. A process evaluation of an outreach physical activity program in an inner-city primary school: The Y Active Project. 2009-2010 (12 months).
£28,000 (AUS$ 50,000). Australia & New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trials Network Seed Funding Research Scheme. (Chief Investigator: Anne, Tiedemann, University of Sydney). Peer-volunteer support to promote participation in group-based fall prevention exercise: multi-stakeholder and end-user consultation to adapt the UK ACE model for Australia. 2020-2021 (12 months).
£589,601 MRC National Prevention Research Initiative. (Chief Investigator: Dylan Thompson, University of Bath). Mi-PACT: Multi-dimensional personalised physical activity profiles in at risk men & women. 2012-2016 (48 months).
£86,400 Dunhill Medical Trust. (Chief Investigator: Ken Fox, University of Bristol). OPAL-PLUS: How have you been?” A four-year follow-up of the “Older people and active living: Project OPAL” study. 2011-2012 (12 months).
£239,713 NIHR-Research for Patient Benefit. (Chief Investigator: Colin Greaves, University of Exeter). Waste the Waist: Pilot randomised controlled trial of a primary care based lifestyle intervention for reducing cardiovascular and diabetes risk. 2010–2013 (24 months).
£167,600 MRC/ESRC National Prevention Research Initiative. (Chief Investigator: Ken Fox, University of Bristol). Older People and Active Living: Project OPAL. 2006-2009 (36 months).
She led Project ACE [Active, Connected and Engaged Communities], one of only two UK initiatives to be classified as a promising practice in the national review of 952 initiatives “Identifying what works for local physical activity interventions”, conducted by Public Health England.
She currently leads the REACT study [REtirement in ACTion], a pragmatic multi-centre, randomised controlled trial with a 24-month follow up, which assesses the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a physical activity intervention in reducing mobility-related disability in older people.
Dr Stathi received the University of Bath Vice Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement with Research in 2017. Watch the video of her winning talk here:
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