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Katie Morton

Dr Katie Morton - Research Associate (Study Co-ordinator)


Katie received her undergraduate degree from Loughborough University (2005) and completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, also at Loughborough University (2006). Following this, Katie completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia, Canada (2011) in Exercise and Health Psychology.

Katie’s PhD research focused on the role of parents in bringing about positive changes in adolescent physical activity, healthy eating and life satisfaction. Furthermore, Katie has been involved in a number of randomised controlled trials that have targeted schools as environments that can bring about positive changes in adolescent physical activity behaviours.

Research Interests

Katie’s research interests focus on the psychosocial determinants of health and well-being and the application of social cognitive and motivational theories to understand and facilitate behaviour change for diverse health behaviours such as physical activity, dietary habits, alcohol intake and psychological well-being.

Katie is currently involved in a large scale NIHR funded randomised controlled trial that seeks to develop and evaluate brief interventions for physical activity that can be delivered in Primary Care settings (VBI Project). In addition, Katie is developing a mHealth (text-messaging based) intervention for physical activity promotion that targets individuals at high risk of type 2 Diabetes (PROPELS study; http://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/research/studies/propels/).

Katie is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA).

Selected Publications

Morton, K. L., Joyce, L., Saunders, L., Prothero, A., Beauchamp, M. R., Spencer-Bowdage, S., Dancy, B. & Pedlar, C. (2014). The effectiveness of motivational interviewing for health behaviour change in primary care settings: A systematic review. Health Psychology Review.

Beauchamp, M.R., Liu, Y, Morton, K.L., Martin, L. J., Wilson, A. H., Wilson, A. J., Sylvester, B. D., Zumbo, B. D., & Barling, J. (in press). Transformational teaching and adolescent physical activity: Multilevel and mediational effects. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Morton, K. L., Sylvester, B., Wilson, A. J., Lonsdale, C., & Beauchamp, M. R. (in press). Transformational Leadership. In Papaioannou and Hackfort (Eds.) Fundamental Concepts in Sport and Exercise Psychology. International Society for Sport Psychology: Taylor & Francis.  

Morton, K. L. (2014). Transformational Parenting. In R. C. Eklund & G. Tennenbaum (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Sport and Exercise Psychology: Global Perspectives and Fundamental Concepts. Routledge.

Beauchamp, M. R., Jackson, B., & Morton, K. L. (2012). Efficacy beliefs and human performance: From independent action to interpersonal functioning. In S. Murphy (Ed.). The Oxford handbook of sport and performance psychology (pp. 273-293). NY: Oxford University Press.

Morton, K. L., Wilson, A. H., Perlmutter, L. S. & Beauchamp, M. R. (2012). Family leadership and adolescent dietary and physical activity behaviours.  International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9: 48.

Morton, K. L., Barling, J., Mâsse, L., Rhodes, R., Zumbo, B. D., & Beauchamp, M. R. (2011). The application of transformational leadership theory to parenting: Questionnaire development and implications for adolescent self-regulatory efficacy and life satisfaction. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 33, 688-709.

Beauchamp, M. R., Rhodes, R. E., Hua, S., Morton, K. L., Kreutzer, C., Liang, J., Khou, K, Y., Dominelli, P., Daoud, D. M., Sherman, M. F., Dunlop, W. L., & Sheel, A. W., (2011). Testing the effects of an expectancy-based intervention among adolescents: Can placebos be used to enhance physical health? Psychology, Health & Medicine, 16, 405-417.

Beauchamp, M. R., Barling J., & Morton, K. L. (2011). Transformational teaching and adolescent self-determined motivation, self-efficacy, and intentions to engage in leisure time physical activity: A randomized controlled pilot trial. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being, 3, 127-150.

Morton, K. L., Barling, J., Mâsse, L., Rhodes, R., Zumbo, B. D., & Beauchamp, M. R. (2010). Extending transformational leadership theory to parenting and adolescent health promotion. Health Psychology Review, 4, 128-157.

Morton, K. L., Keith, S. E., & Beauchamp, M. R. (2010). Transformational teaching and physical activity: A new paradigm for adolescent health promotion? Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 248-257.

Beauchamp, M. R., Barling, J., Li, Z.., Morton, K. L., Keith, S. E., & Zumbo, B. D. (2010). Development and psychometric properties of the transformational teaching questionnaire. Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 1123-1134.

Morton, K. L., Biddle, S. J. H., & Beauchamp, M. R. (2008) Changes in self-determination during an exercise referral scheme. Public Health, 122, 1257-1260


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