Dr Sophia Brady

Research Fellow – Prevention, Early Intervention and Behaviour Change

Dr Sophia Brady

Research Fellow – Prevention, Early Intervention and Behaviour Change

Sophia completed both her undergraduate degree in Medical Science, and her Centre of Musculoskeletal Ageing Research-funded PhD at the University of Birmingham.

Her PhD focused on the links between physical activity and sedentary behaviour with patient- and clinician-important health outcomes in people with Rheumatoid Arthritis. In this role, Sophia developed a special interest in disease prevention through behaviour change.

Prior to commencing her role as an ARC Fellow, Sophia worked as a Research Associate at the University of Bristol. She investigated physical activity and health as part of a behaviour and health update for children and adolescents in the South East Asia Community Observatory.

Sophia’s interests predominantly lie in the field of behavioural prevention of non-communicable diseases, specialising in the fields of physical activity and sedentary behaviour. She has extensive understanding of quantitative research, with research experience in various populations, and across the lifespan.

Areas of interest 

  • The behavioural determinants of health
  • Health behaviour change as a method of non-communicable disease prevention
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Physical activity in clinical and vulnerable populations
  • Systematic reviews
  • Development of health and lifestyle interventions

Recent or relevant publications

  • Brady, S.M., Fenton, S.A.M., Metsios, G.S. et al. Different types of physical activity are positively associated with indicators of mental health and psychological wellbeing in rheumatoid arthritis during COVID-19. Rheumatol Int. 41, 335–344 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00296-020-04751-w
  • Brady, S., Jet J. C. S. Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Joan L. Duda, George D. Kitas, and Sally A. M. Fenton. “Physical Activity/Inactivity: Objective Measurement of.” In Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine, 1–4. New York, NY: Springer New York (2019).
  • Veldhuijzen van Zanten, J.J., Fenton, S.A.M., Brady S., Metsios G.S., Duda J.L., and Kitas G.D. Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing in Rheumatoid Arthritis during COVID-19–Can Physical Activity Help?. Mediterranean Journal of Rheumatology. 31. Suppl 2 (2020): 284.
  • Salway, R., Armstrong, M., Mariapun, J., Reidpath, D.D., Brady, S., Lawlor, D., Shajahan Yasin, M., Su, T.T., Johnson, L. Parent cardiometabolic risk factors and child BMI and obesity incidence in Malaysia: a prospective cohort study. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, 10.2196/preprints.45793.

Get in touch

Email:  [email protected]
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4297-261X