IT Sligo Staff Profiles

MS Azura Youell

Jt Lecturer

Contact Details

Lecturer, Health & Exercise Science
Health & Nutritional Sciences
B2119
Institute of Technology, Sligo
Ash Lane
F91YW50
Sligo

T: +353 71 930 ext. 5242
E: youell.azura@itsligo.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Azura Youell has lectured in the Department of Health & Nutritional Sciences at IT Sligo since 2004 in Health & Exercise Sciences having moved from a lecturing role in the area of Exercise Physiology at Waterford Institute of Technology.  She has lectured at Levels 6, 7, 8 and 9 and supervised both undergraduate and postgraduate research.  She has been involved in significant course development within the department, and initiated several information management systems as part of her work with Health Science Programmes.

Azura coordinates REPs Ireland (Register of Exercise Professionals) accreditation for the health science programmes', offering students industry-recognised exercise-professional awards imbedded as part of undergraduate courses.  Azura also coordinates work placements for year 4 students from the BSc. in Public Health & Health Promotion.


Research Interests

Areas of research interest include:

  • Physical activity prescription in health & disease for optimal health, well-being & ill-health risk-factor reduction

  • Determinants of Physical Activity Behaviour

  • Measuring/Estimating Physical Activity Participation

  • Exercise on Referral

  • Impact of Physical Activity Participation on other Health Behaviours

  • Psychosocial factors determining attitudes towards Physical Activity Uptake, Participation and Adherence/Maintenance.

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2020) Science Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE),
McDonnell, E. & Youell A. (2020) An Investigation of the Perceived Health Benefits, Self-Reported Effects on Physical Activity Behaviour and Main Uses of Wearable Fitness Trackers : A Cross-Sectional Study. [Oral Presentation], Science Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), IT Sligo [Online] . [Details]
(2018) Annual Research Education Foundation (REF) Conference, SUH,
Youell, A. (2018) The short-term impact of community-based exercise-on-referral, on selected health and fitness indices in people with Neurological Conditions. [Oral Presentation], Annual Research Education Foundation (REF) Conference, SUH, Sligo, ROI . [Details]
(2018) BACPR Exercise Professionals Group Study Day,
Regan, J., McCallion, M. Youell, A. et al. (2018) Community Based Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Mixed Methods Study. [Poster Presentation], BACPR Exercise Professionals Group Study Day, Birmingham, UK . [Details]
(2017) FSEM (RCSI & RCPI) 14th Annual Conference,
Regan, J., McCallion, M., Youell, A., Collery A. & Moyna, N. (2017) “Community Based Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme: Participant Needs, Experiences and Perceived Benefits. [Poster Presentation], FSEM (RCSI & RCPI) 14th Annual Conference, Dublin, ROI . [Details]
(2017) FSEM (RCSI & RCPI) 14th Annual Conference,
Regan, J., Youell, A., Donlon, E. & Moyna, N. (2017) Effects of Participation in Phase IV Community Based Cardiac Rehabilitation on Selected Fitness Indices - A Pilot Study. [Poster Presentation], FSEM (RCSI & RCPI) 14th Annual Conference, Dublin, ROI . [Details]
(2013) Annual Research Education Foundation (REF) Conference, SGH,
Stirrat, S, McCallion, M. & Youell, A. (2013) “An Evaluation of the Green Prescription Programme in Co. Donegal”. [Poster Presentation], Annual Research Education Foundation (REF) Conference, SGH, Sligo, ROI . [Details]
(2012) NUIG 16th Annual Summer Health Promotion Conference,
McCallion, M. & Youell, A. (2012) “The Green Prescription Physical Activity Case Study”. [Oral Presentation], NUIG 16th Annual Summer Health Promotion Conference, Galway, ROI . [Details]
(2012) Annual Research Education Foundation (REF) Conference, SGH,
McCallion, M. & Youell, A. (2012) The Green Prescription Physical Activity Case Study”. [Oral Presentation], Annual Research Education Foundation (REF) Conference, SGH, Sligo, ROI . [Details]
(2012) FSEM (RCSI & RCPI) 9th Annual Conference,
McCallion, M. & Youell, A. (2012) “The Green Prescription Physical Activity Case Study”. [Poster Presentation], FSEM (RCSI & RCPI) 9th Annual Conference, Dublin, ROI . [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2013) An evaluation of the Green Prescription Study in County Donegal.
Stirrat, S., McCallion, M. & Youell, A. (2013) An evaluation of the Green Prescription Study in County Donegal. Health Service Executive (HSE), Letterkenny. [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) Ireland Qualified Exercise Professional (FT, PT) /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2000 University of Aberdeen MSc Sports Nutrition
2008 National University of Ireland Galway Post Graduate Diploma Health Promotion
1999 University of Limerick BSc Sports & Exercise Science

Teaching Interests

Exercise & Environmental Physiology

Clinical Exercise Physiology

Exercise Prescription

Health & Exercise Psychology

Sports & Exercise Nutrition


Recent Postgraduates

  Graduation Student Name University Degree Thesis
2014 Ms Siofra Stirrat Institute of Technology, Sligo MSc An Evaluation of the Green Prescription Programme in County Donegal

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
202000 Resistance Training & Programm 40594Resistance Training & Programm
202000 Exercise as Medicine 40624Exercise as Medicine
202000 Clinical Exercise Prescription 40649Clinical Exercise Prescription
202000 HLTH. PSYCH. 32779HLTH. PSYCH.
202000 WORK PLACEMENT 40654WORK PLACEMENT
202000 Physical Testing & Evaluation 40564Physical Testing & Evaluation