Matthew McLaughlin

Matthew McLaughlin
Research Program:

What are your research interests?

  • Scaling-up health interventions
  • The use of technology in scaling 
  • Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour
  • Engagement with digital health technologies

I am interested in scaling-up and scaling-out health interventions – this involves delivering to more people, across a larger geographic area. Many programs fail to be effectively embedded at scale, despite working on a small scale. A common approach to scaling interventions is to introduce technology, but this doesn’t always work. I investigate why and what can be done about this phenomena.

Why did you get into research?

I have a longstanding philosophy that I like to think is the reason:

If we can’t provide a simple answer to a simple question, then we are yet to understand it well enough. So, how do we get people healthy? (Adapted from Albert Einstein: Unknown Date).

I like to try and explain things simply when possible. That’s why I use social media to discuss health. Follow me on Twitter - @HealthTepi


Matthew Mclaughlin (Tepi) is a PhD Student at the University of Newcastle, a Research Assistant at Hunter New England Population Health, the Secretary of the ISPAH Sedentary Behaviour Council and the Shadow Chair of the ISPAH Early Career Network. Tepi also holds a number of consultancy positions in social media, including Social Media Editor of the Journal of Sports Sciences. His avid interest is in getting physical activity and sedentary behaviour evidence into practice.

Tepi’s core research focus is in the implementation, scaling and dissemination of efficacious physical activity interventions.

In 2017, Tepi completed his Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) at Loughborough University and the University of Western Australia. In 2015, Tepi took a year out of study to complete a one year work placement in research, a Diploma of Professional Studies.



ABC Newcastle interview with Kia Handley - 23 July 2019