Dr Tapio Paljarvi

Research Fellow

School of Medicine

Email:
paljarvit@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 7804
Location:
5th floor, Neuadd Meironnydd

My work aims to develop mobile health applications for health promotion and disease prevention. I am interested in developing personalised 'smart' interventions tailored to deliver the right intervention at the right time depending on the individual risk profile of the person.  

Current projects (most recent first):

  1. RESET: Regulating Exercise, Substance Use and Eating through Sleep
    • Analysis of Vietnam Era Twin Study of Aging, US
    • Primary data collection (US and Wales) on sleep parameters and the four risk behaviours to test the hypothesis of the bidirectional relations between sleep and the selected risk behaviours.
  2. Systematic literature reviews
    • Systematic review of literature on the bidirectional relation between sleep and four cancer-related health behaviours (alcohol use, tocabbo use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet)
    • Systematic review of literature to summarise how self-regulatory strategies have been used in promoting physical activity.
  3. Feasibility of using consumer-level activity monitors in collecting physical activity data
    • PATS1: Acceptability of physical activity monitoring using consumer-level physical activity trackers
    • PATS2: Precision and accuracy of consumer-level physical activity trackers. A lab-based validation of selected physical activity trackers (Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, Philips Health Watch, Polar)
  4. Integrative transtheoretical model for explaining the use of consumer wearable health technologies
    • Development of consumer health technology acceptance model

Academic degrees

  • 2014: PhD (Medicine, public health), University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 2003: MSc (Healthcare), University of Kuopio, Finland
  • 2002: BSc (Healthcare), University of Kuopio, Finland

Other academic education

  • 2016: MSc level studies in Health Data Science, Swansea University, UK
  • 2007: MSc level studies in Epidemiology, LSHTM, UK

Honours and awards

Research funding

  • 2017: CRUK Population Research Committee - BUPA Foundation Fund - International Innovation Grant, £40,000
  • 2015: ISSF Wellcome Trust Populations Pilot Award, £28,000
  • 2004-2015: various sources, £100,000

Professional memberships

  • Registered member of the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)
  • Associate member of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Medicine (BASEM)

Academic positions

  • Apr 2016 - present: Research Fellow, Cardiff University
  • Nov 2015 - Mar 2016: Research Associate, Cardiff University
  • Feb 2013 - Oct 2015: Researcher, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
  • Jun 2009 - Jun 2011: Honorary Research Fellow, Imperial College London
  • Jan 2005 - May 2014: Researcher: University of Helsinki, Finland

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Current projects (most recent first):

  1. RESET: Regulating Exercise, Substance Use and Eating through Sleep
    • Analysis of Vietnam Era Twin Study of Aging, US
    • Primary data collection (US and Wales) on sleep parameters and the four risk behaviours to test the hypothesis of the bidirectional relations between sleep and the selected risk behaviours.
  2. Systematic literature reviews
    • Systematic review of literature on the bidirectional relation between sleep and four cancer-related health behaviours (alcohol use, tocabbo use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet)
    • Systematic review of literature to summarise how self-regulatory strategies have been used in promoting physical activity.
  3. Feasibility of using consumer-level activity monitors in collecting physical activity data
    • PATS1: Acceptability of physical activity monitoring using consumer-level physical activity trackers
    • PATS2: Precision and accuracy of consumer-level physical activity trackers. A lab-based validation of selected physical activity trackers (Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, Philips Health Watch, Polar)
  4. Integrative transtheoretical model for explaining the use of consumer wearable health technologies
    • Development of consumer health technology acceptance model