The Team

Professor of Public Health Medicine/Director, UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI) / Principal Investigator
Frank is Principal Investigator of the project and led the successful funding application to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). He currently directs the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health Research (NI) and is Deputy Director for the Centre for Public Health in Queens University. The Centre of Excellence, one of five in the UK, is multidisciplinary and spans three Faculties in the University and a range of external stakeholders. Its research scope embraces determinants of public health from molecules to populations, as well as public health interventions. It was set up deliberately with an outward looking vision to connect academics to the practitioner and policy making communities. Its partners, represented in the management Executive and Board, include the DHSSPSNI, the Public Health Agency, the Public Health Institute for Ireland and the Community Development and Health Network.
Research Fellow / Study Director
Ruth led the development, implementation and evaluation of the pilot study which led to a successful funding bid to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to investigate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the physical activity loyalty scheme for physical activity behaviour change in a large-scale trial. She will take on the role as Study Director and help oversee the overall management of the project. Her main research interests include investigating the role of incentives, social networks and the built environment for physical activity behaviour change.
Project Manager
Dr Aisling Gough is the Project Manager of the PAL Scheme. Aisling has a background in psychology and maternal and child health. Aisling investigated the long term outcomes of premature birth for her PhD. Aisling has been a member of staff in the Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast since 2014 and has worked on a number of projects investigating both preconception and gestational diabetes and also the role of social media for public health..
Research Fellow
Dr Jianjun Tang is a postdoctoral research fellow, responsible for conduct of a Discrete Choice Experiment and a behavioural field experiment on inter-temporal preferences to investigate the relationship between discounting rates, incentives and levels of physical activity. He has an interest in health economics.
Research Assistant
Dr Angela Carlin is a research assistant, responsible for assisting in the day-to-day delivery of the PAL Scheme. She has a background in nutrition and is interested in interventions to promote physical activity across the life course.
PhD. Student
Jennifer is a PhD student with responsibility for undertaking mediation and moderation analyses in the PAL scheme study. She has a background in Economics and statistical analysis and is interested in finding out the causes of uptake, initiation and maintenance of physical activity behaviour change.