Dr Jennifer Airlie

Research Fellow


ORCID: 0000-0002-7505-3049

Jennifer is a Research Fellow currently working on a seven-year National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) funded research programme which seeks to develop and evaluate strategies for reducing sedentary behaviour after stroke to improve outcomes (RECREATE; RP-PG-0615-2001).

Jen has worded in the Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research since 2012. Prior to working on RECREATE Jen worked as a research assistant, and latterly a research fellow on the Research Exploring physical Activity in Care Homes (REACH) programme (RP-PG-1210-12017). The overarching aim of REACH was to develop strategies to increase the time care home residents spend engaging in physical activity and reduce the time they spend sedentary with the ultimate intention of improving their physical and psychological health and social well-being.

Jen has a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and a PhD which explored the measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in older adults residing in care homes. Her research interests include: the measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour (with a particular focus on accelerometers); physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions and applied health and social care research.


Ahmed S, Airlie J, Clegg A, Copsey B, Cundill B, Forster A, Heaven A, Johansson JF, Kime N, Moreau L, Ozer S, Parker C, Richards SH, Thompson E, Farrin AJ. A new opportunity for enhancing trial efficiency: Can we investigate intervention implementation processes within trials using SWAT (study within a trial) methodology? Research Methods in Medicine & Health Sciences 2022;3(3):66-73. https://doi.org/10.1177/26320843221080734

Airlie J, Forster A, Birch KM. An investigation into the optimal wear time criteria necessary to reliably estimate physical activity and sedentary behaviour from ActiGraph wGT3X+ accelerometer data in older care home residents. BMC Geriatrics 2022, 22:136. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-021-02725-6

Forster A, Godfrey M, Green J, McMaster N, Airlie J, Cundill B, Lawton R, Hawkins R, Hulme C, Birch K, Brown L, Cicero R, Crocker T, Dawkins B, Ellard D, Ellwood A, Firth J, Gallagher B, Graham L, Johnson L, Lusambili A, Marti J, McCrorie C, McLellen V, Patel I, Prashar A, Siddiqi N, Trépel D, Wheeler I, Wright A, Young J, Farrin A. Strategies to enhance routine physical activity in care home residents: the REACH research programme including a cluster feasibility RCT. Programme Grants Applied Research 2021;9(9). https://doi.org/10.3310/pgfar09090

Forster A, Airlie J, Ellwood A, Godfrey M, Green J, Cundill B, Dawkins B, McMaster N, Hulme C, Cicero R, McLellan V, Graham L, Gallagher B, Ellard DR, Firth J, Farrin A, the REACH Programme Team. An intervention to increase physical activity in care home residents: results of a cluster-randomised, controlled feasibility trial (the REACH trial), Age and Ageing 2021; afab130, https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afab130

Ellwood A, Airlie J, Cicero R, Cundill B, Ellard DR, Farrin A, Godfrey M, Graham L, Green J, McLellan V, Siddiqi N, Forster A, on behalf of the REACH Programme Team. Recruiting Care Homes to a Randomised Controlled Trial. Trials 2018;19(1):535. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-018-2915-x

Forster A, Airlie J, Birch K, Cicero R, Cundill B, Ellwood A, Godfrey M, Graham L, Green J, Hulme C, Lawton R, McLellan V, McMaster N, Farrin A, on behalf of the REACH Programme Team. Research Exploring Physical Activity in Care Homes (REACH): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 2017, 18:182. doi: 10.1186/s13063-017-1921-8