Dr Jo Inchley

Dr Jo Inchley
Senior Research Fellow (CAHRU)


Jo graduated with a BSc in Anatomical Sciences from Bristol University (1992) and an MSc in Health Promotion from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (1994). She gained her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2009 for work on longitudinal determinants of physical activity among early adolescents.

Previously, she worked as a researcher at the Centre for Health and Social Research in Fife and as Evaluation Coordinator for the European Network of Health Promoting Schools at the the University of Edinburgh. She moved to CAHRU when it was established in 2000 and became Assistant Director of the Unit in 2006. She took up her current post at the University of St Andrews School of Medicine in 2011.

Jo’s research interests are in child and adolescent health and health behaviours. Her work mainly focuses on two core areas (1) physical activity and health and (2) schools as a setting for health promotion. She is a member of the Scottish Physical Activity Research Collaboration (SPARColl) and the Schools for Health in Europe (SHE) research network.

Research Interests

  • Physical activity behaviour among children and adolescents
  • The psychosocial and environmental context of health behaviour in young people
  • Health promotion in the school setting
  • Conceptualisation, implementation and evaluation of the Health Promoting School
  • Health transitions from primary to secondary school


data source: symbiosis

Research Overview from research@st-andrews

Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Ghekiere, A, Van Cauwenberg, J, Vandendriessche, A, Inchley, J, Gaspar de Matos, M, Borraccino, A, Gobina, I, Tynjälä, J, Deforche, B & De Clercq, B 2018, 'Trends in sleeping difficulties among European adolescents: Are these associated with physical inactivity and excessive screen time?' International Journal of Public Health, vol. First Online. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-018-1188-1
Bucksch, J, Kopcakova, J, Inchley, J, Troped, PJ, Sudeck, G, Sigmundova, D, Nalecz, H, Borraccino, A, Salonna, F, Dankulincova Veselska, Z & Hamrik, Z 2018, 'Associations between perceived social and physical environmental variables and physical activity and screen time among adolescents in four European countries' International Journal of Public Health, vol. First Online. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-018-1172-9
Inchley, JC, Currie, DB, Vieno, A, Torsheim, T, Ferreira-Borges, C, Weber, M, Barnekow, V & Breda, J (eds) 2018, Adolescent alcohol-related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002-2014. WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen.
Ng, K, Tynjala, J, Sigmundova, D, Augustine, L, Sentenac, M, Rintala, P & Inchley, JC 2017, 'Physical activity among adolescents with long-term illnesses or disabilities in 15 European countries' Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 456-465. DOI: 10.1123/apaq.2016-0138
Borraccino, A, Lemma, P, Berchialla, P, Cappello, N, Inchley, JC, Dalmasso, P, Charrier, L, Cavallo, F & Italian HBSC 2010 Group 2016, 'Unhealthy food consumption in adolescence: role of sedentary behaviours and modifiers in 11-, 13- and 15-year-old Italians' European Journal of Public Health, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 650-656. DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckw056
Bucksch, J, Sigmundova, D, Hamrik, Z, Troped, P, Melkevik, O, Ahluwalia, N, Borraccino, A, Tynjala, J, Kalman, M & Inchley, JC 2016, 'International trends in adolescent screen-time behaviours from 2002-2010' Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 58, no. 4, pp. 417–425. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.11.014
Inchley, JC, Currie, DB, Young, T, Samdal, O, Torsheim, T, Augustson, L, Mathison, F, Aleman-Diaz, AY, Molcho, M, Weber, M & Barnekow, V (eds) 2016, Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people's health and well-being: Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study: international report from the 2013/2014 survey. Health Policy for Children and Adolescents, no. 7, vol. 7, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Denmark.
Michaelson, V, Brooks, F, Jirásek, I, Inchley, JC, Whitehead, RD, King, N, Walsh, S, Davison, C, Mazur, J, Pickett, W & HBSC Child Spiritual Health Writing Group 2016, 'Developmental patterns of adolescent spiritual health in six countries' SSM - Population Health, vol. 2, pp. 292-303. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.03.006
Currie, C, van der Sluijs, W, Whitehead, RD, Currie, DB, Rhodes, G, Neville, FG & Inchley, J 2015, HBSC 2014 Survey in Scotland National Report. Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit (CAHRU), University of St Andrews.
Melkevik, O, Haug, E, Rasmussen, M, Fismen, AS, Wold, B, Borracino, A, Sigmund, E, Balazsi, R, Bucksch, J, Inchley, J, Gaspar de Matos, M & Samdal, O 2015, 'Are associations between electronic media use and BMI different across levels of physical activity?' BMC Public Health, vol. 15. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-015-1810-6
Inchley, J, Kaufmann, N & Whitehead, RD 2015, HBSC Briefing Paper 19: Adolescent Injuries. Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit (CAHRU), St Andrews.