Oscar Castro

Oscar Castro
Singapore-ETH Centre · Centre for Digital Health Interventions

PhD

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15
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15 Research Items
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Introduction
My research focuses on behaviour change and public health. In particular, I am interested in physical activity and sedentary behaviour, with an emphasis on evidence synthesis and the development/evaluation of theory-based interventions.
Additional affiliations
December 2021 - present
Singapore-ETH Centre
Position
  • PostDoc Position
September 2020 - December 2021
University College London
Position
  • Research Associate
June 2020 - December 2020
University of Southern Queensland 
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
July 2017 - June 2021
University of Southern Queensland 
Field of study
  • Physical Activity and Public Health
August 2014 - May 2016
University of Jyväskylä
Field of study
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
September 2009 - June 2013
University of Valencia
Field of study
  • Psychology

Publications

Publications (15)
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Objectives Concerns on the lack of reproducibility and transparency in science have led to a range of research practice reforms, broadly referred to as ‘Open Science’. The extent that physical activity interventions are embedding Open Science practices is currently unknown. In this study, we randomly sampled 100 reports of recent physical activity...
Preprint
During COVID-19, UK local authorities increased emergency active travel interventions. This study aimed to understand what aspects of temporary Streetspace for London schemes representbarriers or enablers to walking and cycling for short local journeys.Focusing on two London boroughs, we sampled 885 publiccomments about Streetspace schemes and cond...
Preprint
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Objectives: Concerns on the lack of reproducibility and transparency in science have led to a range of research practice reforms, broadly referred to as Open Science. The extent that physical activity interventions are embedding Open Science practices is currently unknown. In this study, we randomly sampled 100 reports of recent physical activity b...
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Background: Accumulating high levels of sedentary behaviour has been linked to poor health outcomes. This study examined the feasibility and preliminary, short-term effects of a theory-based intervention aimed at reducing total and prolonged sedentary behaviour in University students. Design: A quasi-experimental (pre-post) pilot study. Methods: Ni...
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PurposeThe purpose of this study is to assess the prevalence, content, and nature of information and/or advice regarding physical activity and sedentary behaviour available online for cancer survivors.MethodsA search strategy was designed to identify website links that were most likely to be accessed by cancer survivors, living in five English spea...
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Background: Bowel cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third most common cause of cancer-related death, with 1,849,518 new cases of bowel diagnosed and 880,792 deaths reported globally in 2018 alone. Survival can be improved through early detection via national mail-out bowel cancer screening programs; however, participation r...
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// Full-text available at https://rdcu.be/b6ou7 // Background: Several national public health guidelines recommend individuals to minimize time spent in prolonged, continuous periods of sitting. Developing effective interventions to break up sitting, however, requires in-depth understanding of the behavior as well as identification of the key eleme...
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Excessive use of screen-based devices can be detrimental for child and adolescent health. While epidemiological reviews have been focusing on traditional screen-based activities (e.g., television, computer use), the availability of newer screen-based devices (e.g., mobile phones, tablets) has increased considerably in recent years. However, there i...
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// Full-text available at: https://rdcu.be/b0HXK // Abstract: Accumulating high volumes of sedentary behaviour is a risk factor for multiple negative health-related outcomes. The objective of this review was to synthesise the evidence on the levels of sedentary behaviour in university students. Screened records from 13 databases were included if (...
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Student engagement has been established as a robust predictor of several positive outcomes related to academic development and success. Increasing our knowledge on what variables affect engagement can assist lecturers and other educational agents in maximizing student engagement within the university setting. The purpose of this study was to invest...
Poster
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Background: The availability of different types of screen-based devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets) has increased considerably in recent years. However, there is limited understanding on the time-use of these newer screen-based devices among young people, in addition to whether they contribute towards ‘excessive’ total screen time (>2h/day). The a...
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The present cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the mediating role of interactional justice, in the relationship between transformational leadership and cohesion in team sports. Multilevel Structural Equation Modeling (MSEM) was employed to test individual- and group-level models using a sample of 315 athletes from 25 team sports. The result...
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Despite evidence that cohesion is a significant determinant of academic outcomes in the university setting, a validated multidimensional measure of cohesion adapted to this context is lacking. The purpose of the present study was to develop and validate a cohesion questionnaire in the university setting based on Carron et al.’s (1985) multidimensio...
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Background: Despite the strong evidence that physical activity (PA) is a key determinant of health, there is limited knowledge on the content and outcomes of PA promotion interventions among individuals with disabilities. Objective: To conduct a scoping review in order to examine the published literature on PA promotion interventions among adult...

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