Dr Rhona Martin-Smith

Lecturer in PE and Children’s Physical Activity

Research Group and Institute

  • Movement Behaviours, Health & Wellbeing Research Group


Rhona joined Edgehill in September 2017 as a Lecturer in Physical Education and Children’s Physical Activity. Rhona completed her undergraduate degree in Sports Coaching (2007-2011) at The University of the West of Scotland and then went on to do a PhD in physical activity and health with a particular focus on school-based sprint interval training on cardiorespiratory fitness, physical activity and cardiometabolic health in adolescents at the University of the West of Scotland (2011-2016). Rhona has worked as a lecturer in physical activity for health at Strathclyde University and as Teaching Fellow in sport and physical activity and health at Abertay University.


Rhona’s research interests relate to youth physical activity, fitness and health, physical activity interventions and how they can be incorporated into the school day to increase physical activity and fitness levels and improve health outcomes within the youth population.

Selected Publications

  • Martin, R., Buchan, D.S., Kulik, K.S., Kilgore, L. and Baker, J.S. (2012). Cardio-respiratory fitness and muscular fitness levels of Scottish youth and their associations with physical activity. Biology of Exercise.8 (2): 32-46. http://doi.org/10.4127/jbe.2012.0058
  • Martin, R., Buchan, D.S., Baker, J.S., Young, J., Sculthorpe, N. and Grace, F.M. (2015). Sprint interval training (SIT) is an effective method to maintain cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and glucose homeostasis in Scottish adolescents. Biology of Sport. ;32(4):307-13. http://doi.org/10.5604/20831862.1173644