Mr Angus Leahy

Mr Angus Leahy

Research Associate

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

Angus is a casual academic and research associate in the School of Education and the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle. He attained a Bachelor of Teaching (Health and Physical Education) (Honours) from the University of Newcastle in 2016, and commenced his PhD in 2017. Angus’ doctoral research is focused on the development and evaluation of a novel school-based physical activity intervention (known as Burn 2 Learn) for senior school students (i.e., Grades 11 and 12). The Burn 2 Learn project examines the effects of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), on students’ physiological, psychological, and cognitive health. 

Angus’ PhD has helped consolidate his research focus on investigating novel approaches to physical activity promotion in the school setting. Angus is also involved in a number of research projects to be delivered in NSW primary and secondary schools using scalable intervention designs. In addition, Angus has recently been involved in the delivery of the ‘Resistance Training for Teens’ professional development workshop for school teachers in partnership with the NSW Department of Education.  


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Teaching (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Cognition
  • Executive function
  • Exercise
  • Fitness
  • High-intensity interval training
  • Intervention
  • Physical activity
  • Physical education
  • Psychological health
  • Public health
  • Schools

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 40
110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified 30
139999 Education not elsewhere classified 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
Research Associate University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2019 Faculty of Education and Arts Higher Degree Research Achievement Award
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
PUBH 1030 Foundation Studies in K-6 PDHPE
University of Newcastle Faculty of Education
Course Lecturer 26/2/2018 - 8/6/2018
EDUC 2747 K-6 PDHPE
University of Newcastle Faculty of Education and Arts
Course Tutor 24/7/2017 - 13/11/2020
EDUC 1014 PE Studies 1: Motor Development and Skill Acquisition
University of Newcastle Faculty of Education and Arts
Course Tutor 24/2/2020 - 12/6/2020
Edit

Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Eather N, Ridley K, Leahy A, 'Physiological Health Benefits of Physical Activity for Young People', The Routledge Handbook of Youth Physical Activity, Routledge, New York, NY 103-120 (2020) [B1]
Co-authors Narelle Eather

Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Leahy AA, Michels MFI, Eather N, Hillman CH, Shigeta TT, Lubans DR, Smith JJ, 'Feasibility of test administration and preliminary findings for cognitive control in the Burn 2 learn pilot randomised controlled trial', Journal of Sports Sciences, 38 1708-1716 (2020) [C1]

© 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The feasibility requirements of administering field-based cognitive assessments are rarely reported. We examine... [more]

© 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The feasibility requirements of administering field-based cognitive assessments are rarely reported. We examined the feasibility of administering a group-based cognitive test battery in a school setting with older adolescents. Several types of reliability were also assessed in the control group. Preliminary efficacy and the relationship between changes in fitness and changes in cognitive control were also explored following a 14-week HIIT intervention (3 sessions/week). Participants completed a cognitive test battery measuring inhibition (flanker), and working memory (n-back) at baseline and post-test.¿Health-related fitness assessments were also conducted.¿Test administration took approximately 30.8¿±¿1.5¿minutes to complete with up to six participants simultaneously. The test battery demonstrated acceptable reliability (ICC¿=¿0.5¿0.81), with significant changes observed for flanker incongruent accuracy, and 2-back non-target accuracy from baseline to post-test. Regarding efficacy,¿small-to-moderate effects were observed for accuracy outcomes, while several small associations were found between changes in fitness and changes in cognition. Findings from the current study suggest a cognitive test battery can be administered with older adolescents in a school setting. However, there remains a lack of adequate reporting of administration requirements for field-based cognitive assessments. Efficacy findings should be confirmed with a larger and more representative sample of older adolescents.

DOI 10.1080/02640414.2020.1756673
Co-authors David Lubans, Narelle Eather, Jordan Smith
2020 Janssen A, Leahy AA, Diallo TMO, Smith JJ, Kennedy SG, Eather N, et al., 'Cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness and mental health in older adolescents: A multi-level cross-sectional analysis', PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, 132 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.105985
Co-authors Narelle Eather, David Lubans, Jordan Smith, Sarah Kennedy
2020 Mavilidi MF, Mason C, Leahy AA, Kennedy SG, Eather N, Hillman CH, et al., 'Effect of a Time-Efficient Physical Activity Intervention on Senior School Students On-Task Behaviour and Subjective Vitality: the Burn 2 Learn Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial', Educational Psychology Review, (2020)

© 2020, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. Despite well-established benefits, the majority of young people around the globe are not sufficiently active... [more]

© 2020, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. Despite well-established benefits, the majority of young people around the globe are not sufficiently active. In many countries, including Australia, physical activity (i.e. physical education and school sport) is not mandatory in the final two¿years of high school (i.e. senior school years). The aim of this study was to assess the impact of a time-efficient physical activity intervention on senior school students¿ on-task behaviour and subjective vitality. This was a sub-study of the Burn 2 Learn (B2L) cluster randomised controlled trial, which included two cohorts. Participants for this sub-study (N = 221) were from 10 secondary schools (23 classes) located in New South Wales, Australia (Cohort 2). Teachers allocated to the B2L intervention group were provided with training, resources and support to facilitate the delivery of two high-intensity activity breaks per week during lesson time for five¿weeks. A wait-list control was used as comparison group. On-task behaviour was assessed at baseline and post-test, using a momentary time sampling procedure and expressed as a percentage of lesson time. At post-test, subjective vitality was assessed at the start and end of the lesson using a validated questionnaire. Significant group-by-time effects were observed for students¿ on-task behaviour in favour of the B2L group [adjusted mean difference = 19.3% of lesson time (95% CI, 0.8 to 37.8), p = 0.042, d = 0.43]. At post-test, significant group-by-time effects were observed for students¿ subjective vitality favouring the B2L group [adjusted mean difference = 0.67¿units (95% CI, 0.3 to 1.0), p < 0.001, d = 0.36]. The B2L intervention was successful in improving senior school students¿ on-task behaviour and their subjective vitality. These findings highlight the potential academic benefits of re-allocating curriculum time to physical activity during the senior school years.

DOI 10.1007/s10648-020-09537-x
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Narelle Eather, Sarah Kennedy, David Lubans, Nicholas Riley
2020 Wade L, Leahy A, Lubans DR, Smith JJ, Duncan MJ, 'A systematic review of cognitive assessment in physical activity research involving children and adolescents', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 23 740-745 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2019.12.020
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Mitch Duncan, David Lubans, Jordan Smith
2020 Leahy AA, Mavilidi MF, Smith JJ, Hillman CH, Eather N, Barker D, Lubans DR, 'Review of High-Intensity Interval Training for Cognitive and Mental Health in Youth.', Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 52 2224-2234 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1249/mss.0000000000002359
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
Co-authors David Lubans, Narelle Eather, Daniel Barker, Jordan Smith
2020 Shigeta TT, Leahy AA, Smith JJ, Eather N, Lubans DR, Hillman CH, 'Cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness associations with older adolescent cognitive control.', J Sport Health Sci, (2020)
DOI 10.1016/j.jshs.2020.05.004
Co-authors Narelle Eather, David Lubans, Jordan Smith
2019 Leahy AA, Eather N, Smith JJ, Hillman CH, Morgan PJ, Plotnikoff RC, et al., 'Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of a Teacher-Facilitated High-Intensity Interval Training Intervention for Older Adolescents.', Pediatr Exerc Sci, 31 107-117 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1123/pes.2018-0039
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Sarah Costigan, Philip Morgan, Michael Nilsson, Narelle Eather, David Lubans, Jordan Smith
2019 Leahy AA, Eather N, Smith JJ, Hillman C, Morgan PJ, Nilsson M, et al., 'School-based physical activity intervention for older adolescents: rationale and study protocol for the Burn 2 Learn cluster randomised controlled trial', BMJ OPEN, 9 (2019)
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026029
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Sarah Valkenborghs, Philip Morgan, Michael Nilsson, Rohan Walker, Ron Plotnikoff, Jordan Smith, David Lubans, Sarah Costigan, Liz Holliday, Narelle Eather, Sarah Kennedy
Show 5 more journal articles
Edit

Mr Angus Leahy

Positions

Research Associate
Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Casual Academic
Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Casual Research Assistant
Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email angus.leahy@newcastle.edu.au

Office

Room ATC-304
Building Advanced Technology Centre
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
Edit