Dr Catherine Kerr

School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
Dr Catherine Kerr



Dr Catherine Kerr (Reader in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health, School of Sport, Rehabilitation, and Exercise Sciences) Dr Kerr's research focuses on cardio-metabolic health and the role of physical activity and nutrition in the management of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular risk factors and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).


  • PhD (Medicine) University of Birmingham, (1996)

  • MSc (Nutritional Medicine) University of Surrey, (2007)

  • BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Sciences University of Birmingham, (1991)


University of Essex

  • MSc Sport & Exercise Science Programme Lead, SRES, University of Essex (2/8/2021 - present)

  • Athena Swan Lead, SRES, University of Essex (3/2/2020 - 1/7/2021)

  • Director of Employability (SRES), SRES, University of Essex (1/9/2021 - present)

Other academic

  • Head of Department, Medical Science and Public Health, Faculty of Medical Science, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) (1/5/2017 - 31/8/2019)

  • Deputy Head, Department of Allied and Public Health, Anglia Ruskin University (1/8/2016 - 1/5/2017)

  • Reader (Nutrition), Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Oxford Brookes University (3/3/2014 - 31/8/2016)

  • Reader (Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health), Department of Sport & Physical Activity, University of Bedfordshire (1/8/2006 - 3/3/2014)

  • Principal / Senior Lecturer (Physical Activity and Health), Department of Sport Sciences, De Montfort University (DMU) (2/9/2002 - 3/7/2006)

  • Senior lecturer (Sport & Exercise Science / Biomedical Science), Department of Biosciences, University of Hertfordshire (1/9/1999 - 3/9/2001)

  • Lecturer/ SL in Sport and Exercise Science, University of Luton (2/9/1996 - 1/9/1999)

  • Post-doctoral Research Scientist, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Medicine, University of Birmingham (1/6/1995 - 2/9/1996)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Professional Skills and Development 1 (SE101)

  • Professional Skills 2 (SE201)

  • Starting your own business or being self-employed: an entrepreneurial approach. (SE229)

  • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise (SE230)

  • Issues in Sport and Exercise Science (SE305)

  • Research Project (SE309)

  • Contemporary Issues and Rehabilitation Practice (SE316)

  • Physical Activity, Nutrition and Cardio-Metabolic Disease (SE336)

  • Research Project (SE740)

  • Personalising Health and Performance Nutrition (SE769)


Journal articles (18)

Waterworth, S., Kerr, C., McManus, C., Costello, R. and Sandercock, GRH., (2022). Obese individuals do not underreport dietary intake to a greater extent than nonobese individuals when data are allometrically-scaled. American Journal of Human Biology. 34 (7), e23743-

Waterworth, S., Costello, R., Pryer, B., Lewis, T. and Kerr, C., (2022). Sports Therapists' Perceptions and Experiences of Graduate Employment. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 29 (6), 1-10

Kerr, CJ., Waterworth, SP., Brodie, D., Sandercock, GRH. and Ingle, L., (2021). The associations between physical activity intensity, cardiorespiratory fitness, and non‐alcoholic fatty liver disease. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 36 (12), 3508-3514

Hasan, S., Shaw, S., Gelling, L., Kerr, C. and Meads, C., (2018). Exercise Modes and their Association with Hypoglycaemia Episodes in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review. BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care. 6 (1), e000578-e000578

Kerr, C., Smith, L., Charman, S., Harvey, S., Savory, L., Fairclough, S. and Govus, A., (2018). Physical education contributes to total physical activity levels and predominantly in higher intensity physical activity categories. European Physical Education Review. 24 (2), 152-164

López Sánchez, GF., Williams, G., Aggio, D., Vicinanza, D., Stubbs, B., Kerr, C., Johnstone, J., Roberts, JD. and Smith, L., (2017). Prospective associations between measures of gross and fine motor coordination in infants and objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behaviour in childhood. Medicine. 96 (46), e8424-e8424

Bailey, DP., Charma, SJ., Ploetz, T., Savory, LA. and Kerr, CJ., (2017). Associations between prolonged sedentary time and breaks in sedentary time with cardiometabolic risk in 10-14-year-old children: The HAPPY study.. Journal of Sport Sciences. 35 (22), 2164-2171

Bailey, DP., Savory, LA., Denton, SJ. and Kerr, CJ., (2015). The Association Between Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Cardiometabolic Risk in Children is Mediated by Abdominal Adiposity: The HAPPY Study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 12 (8), 1148-1152

Bailey, DP., Smith, LR., Chrismas, BC., Taylor, L., Stensel, DJ., Deighton, K., Douglas, JA. and Kerr, CJ., (2015). Appetite and gut hormone responses to moderate-intensity continuous exercise versus high-intensity interval exercise, in normoxic and hypoxic conditions. Appetite. 89, 237-245

Smith, L., Harvey, S., Savory, L., Fairclough, S., Kozub, S. and Kerr, C., (2015). Physical activity levels and motivational responses of boys and girls. European Physical Education Review. 21 (1), 93-113

Bailey, DP., Savory, LA., Denton, SJ., Davies, BR. and Kerr, CJ., (2014). The triglyceride to high-density lipoprotein ratio identifies children who may be at risk of developing cardiometabolic disease. Acta Paediatrica. 103 (8), e349-e353

Bailey, DP., Savory, LA., Denton, SJ., Davies, BR. and Kerr, CJ., (2013). The Hypertriglyceridemic Waist, Waist-to-Height Ratio, and Cardiometabolic Risk. The Journal of Pediatrics. 162 (4), 746-752

Denton, SJ., Trenell, MI., Plötz, T., Savory, LA., Bailey, DP. and Kerr, CJ., (2013). Cardiorespiratory Fitness Is Associated with Hard and Light Intensity Physical Activity but Not Time Spent Sedentary in 10–14 Year Old Schoolchildren: The HAPPY Study. PLoS ONE. 8 (4), e61073-e61073

Bailey, DP., Boddy, LM., Savory, LA., Denton, SJ. and Kerr, CJ., (2013). Choice of Activity-Intensity Classification Thresholds Impacts upon Accelerometer-Assessed Physical Activity-Health Relationships in Children. PLoS ONE. 8 (2), e57101-e57101

Bailey, DP., Fairclough, SJ., Savory, LA., Denton, SJ., Pang, D., Deane, CS. and Kerr, CJ., (2012). Accelerometry-assessed sedentary behaviour and physical activity levels during the segmented school day in 10–14-year-old children: the HAPPY study. European Journal of Pediatrics. 171 (12), 1805-1813

Bailey, DP., Boddy, LM., Savory, LA., Denton, SJ. and Kerr, CJ., (2012). Associations between cardiorespiratory fitness, physical activity and clustered cardiometabolic risk in children and adolescents: the HAPPY study. European Journal of Pediatrics. 171 (9), 1317-1323

Savory, LA., Kerr, CJ., Whiting, P., Finer, N., McEneny, J. and Ashton, T., (2012). Selenium Supplementation and Exercise: Effect on Oxidant Stress in Overweight Adults. Obesity. 20 (4), 794-801

Brown, LA., Kerr, CJ., Whiting, P., Finer, N., McEneny, J. and Ashton, T., (2009). Oxidant Stress in Healthy Normal-weight, Overweight, and Obese Individuals. Obesity. 17 (3), 460-466

Grants and funding


A novel treatment for sleep apnoea - taking back control for a better life

University of Essex (ESRC IAA)


Feasibility of time-restricted feeding (TRF) for weight loss and type 2 diabetes prevention in UWC students

University of Essex (GCRF)

+44 (0) 1206 872046


ESA.3.26, Colchester Campus