Dr Liana Nagy

PhD Public Health; MSc Occupational Therapy; FHEA

Senior Lecturer & MSc Subject Coordinator

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Liana Nagy


I have joined the team at the end of 2017, having moved from clinical occupational therapy practice and PhD studies.

I am a Children's Occupational Therapist and my current role is to teach across several modules in the BSc and MSc courses. I lead several modules on Research Methods and Paediatrics. I am also responsible for coordinating the MSc programme. Sharing the responsibility with my colleagues, I support students with their dissertations and with their clinical placements in a variety of areas. I am also an academic adviser for a group of students.

Alongside my academic activities, I continue to work as an occupational therapist for Oxford University Hospitals in the neuroscience team.

Areas of expertise

  • Paediatrics
  • Physical activity/Sedentray behaviour

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

I teach on most MSc and BSc modules across the three years.


I supervise MSc and BSc dissertations. I am also a second supervisor for multiple PhD students.


A mix of curiosity and the drive to improve children's health motivated me towards research within the field of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children. The focus of my PhD, which I started in 2015 and completed in 2019 is ethnic differences in sedentary behaviour and physical activity in primary school aged children. The study is based in Bradford and is part of the Born in Bradford study.



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Registered member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists -  specialist children's section
  • Member of Sensory Integration Network
  • Member of the "Mind the Gap Evidence Based Practice" network


I am actively contributing to conferences in my area of expertise.  Examples inculde:

  • DCD UK, Cardiff, 2021: "The barriers and facilitators to reducing sedentary behaviour among 6-8 years’ old White British and South Asian children: a qualitative study with children, parents and teachers, guided by the Theoretical Domains Framework"
  • HEPA Europe, Zagreb, 2017: "Ethnic differences in sedentary behaviour in primary school aged children during school terms and school holidays."
  • UKSBM, Cardiff, 2016: "Prevalence, determinants and trajectories in television viewing in an ethnically diverse sample from the UK."
  • The British Science Festival, Bradford, 2015: " Glued to my seat. What's keeping me here?"