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Kathryn Weston

01642 342939
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Applied Biosciences for Health
School of Health & Social Care
Health & Social Care research

About Kathryn Weston

Kathryn Weston

Kathryn Weston
Senior Lecturer in Applied Biosciences for Health, School of Health & Social Care
T: 01642 342939
Research: Health & Social Care research

Dr Kathryn Weston is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Biosciences for Health at Teesside University. She graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2008 with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science; then went on to complete an MSc in Physical Activity and Health at Loughborough University in 2009. Kathryn then completed her PhD at Teesside University, through an Economic and Social Research Council studentship via Fuse: the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health. In 2014 she was awarded her PhD, which examined the effect of a novel school-based high-intensity interval training intervention on cardiometabolic risk factors and physical activity levels in adolescents. 

Prior to joining the HSCI as a research staff member, Kathryn was Head of Research at Speedflex Europe, where she built research links with the Freeman Hospital (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and North Tyneside General Hospital. These collaborations have led to a series of research projects examining the effects of novel forms of high-intensity interval training in patient and older adult populations. Kathryn is also a member of the Exercise Science and Health Team at Teesside, and co-leads the monthly Exercise Science and Health journal club with Prof. Greg Atkinson.

Research interests

Current research interests

· Use of high-intensity interval training in community settings (e.g. schools and workplaces)
· Paediatric exercise science
· Effects of high-intensity interval training in healthy and patient populations 
· Cardiometabolic health
· Novel approaches to non-laboratory based exercise interventions
· Use of exercise for prehabilitation and rehabilitation 
· Measurement of physical activity and physical fitness 
· Intervention fidelity evaluation 
· Meta-analysis and systematic reviews
· Use of qualitative research methods to inform the development and evaluation of exercise interventions

PhD supervision

· Christopher Hurst: Evaluation and application of a novel multicomponent exercise training system in older adults: Health and Fitness perspectives. (3rd year, full-time).
· Lorenzo Lolli: Normalisation of health-related indices. (1st year, full-time).


· Newcastle University
· Northumbria University
· University of the West of Scotland
· Freeman Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
· North Tyneside General Hospital
· Speedflex Europe


Weston M, Weston KL, Prentis JM, Snowden CP. High-intensity interval training (HIT) for effective and time-efficient pre-surgical exercise interventions. Perioperative Medicine. 2016; 5(2). DOI: 10.1186/s13741-015-0026-8.

Taylor, KL, Weston, M, and Batterham, AM. Evaluating intervention fidelity: an example from a high-intensity interval training study. PLoS One. 2015. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0125166.

Weston, M, Taylor, KL, Batterham, AM, and Hopkins, WG. Effects of low-volume high-intensity interval training (HIT) on fitness in adults: A meta-analysis of controlled and non-controlled trials. Sports Medicine. 2014; 44 (7), 1005-17.

Taylor, KL, Fitzsimons, C, & Mutrie, N. Objective and subjective assessments of ‘normal’ walking pace, in comparison with that recommended for moderate intensity physical activity. International Journal of Exercise Science. 2010. 3(3), 4.

View Kathryn Weston's Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • Do you really need to 'go hard or go home'?
    The Times, p6, 19/06/2018, The Times, online, 18/06/2018
    Dr Kathryn Weston comments on the high-intensity exercise phenomenon and says the perception of its benefits has become skewed.