Senior Investigator Scientist
After completing a PhD in physical activity measurement at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, Kirsten did her post-doctoral training at San Diego State University, the Institute of Public Health and the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge. Dr Corder has been a Senior Investigator Scientist in the MRC Epidemiology Unit since January 2013. She leads research on the development and evaluation of intervention studies to promote physical activity in adolescents.
Kirsten’s research predominantly focuses on the promotion of physical activity in adolescents. This work involves intervention design, implementation and evaluation and also investigating the characteristics and determinants of change in physical activity among young people.
Kirsten is lead investigator of GoActive, a physical activity promotion intervention encouraging adolescents to try new activities and to do physical activity with more people. This programme aims to increase social support and self-efficacy for physical activity through peer leadership and older adolescent mentors. GoActive targets all adolescents, including those who are not usually interested in sport and is currently being evaluated in a randomised controlled trial among 2400 Year 9 students (13-14 year olds) attending 16 secondary schools in the East of England.