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Associate Professor Denise Roche

Sports and Exercise Science/Sport Rehabilitation
0151 291 3293

I am an Exercise and Health Physiologist within the School of Health Sciences and have been a lecturer at Liverpool Hope for 19 years.  I have a PhD in Paediatric Exercise Physiology from Liverpool John Moores University entitled ‘Physical activity, physical fitness, HbA1c and skin microvascular reactivity in children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes’. I also have a PG.Cert. in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and have been a Fellow of the HE Academy since 2004.

My main specialism is exercise physiology and health. I am research active and have presented my research nationally and internationally. My research interests are the vascular and metabolic responses to chronic training. I am the Degree Coordinator for Human Biology/Biosciences, the Faculty PGR co-ordinator and head of year 3 on the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science. My teaching and both postgraduate and undergraduate dissertation supervision typically focuses on my specialisms; exercise and health, especially cardiometabolic adaptations to exercise.


Recent Publications 

Goulding, R.P., Roche, D.M. and Marwood, S., (2019). Hyperoxia speeds pulmonary oxygen uptake kinetics and increases critical power during supine cycling. Experimental Physiology. DOI: 10.1113/EP087599.

Jackson, M.J., Roche, D.M, Amirabdollahian, F and Khaiyat, O. (2019) The Health Benefits of Tennis: A cluster analysis of the musculoskeletal health of tennis players versus healthy active non-playing controls.(Accepted for publication Sport Health).

Roche, D.M., Jackson, M., Amirabdollahian, F, J. and Khaiyat, O. (2019) Clustered cardiometabolic risk and arterial stiffness in tennis players compared to matched physically active. Under review

Goulding RP., Roche D. and Marwood S. (2019) Effect of hyperoxia on critical power and VO2 kinetics during upright cycling. (Under review) Med. Sci. Sports Exerc.)

Marwood, S., Goulding, R.P. and Roche D.M. (2019).  Letter to the editor: Determining the upper limit of the metabolic steady-state, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 51(3):602.

Goulding, R.P., Roche, D.M. and Marwood, S. (2018). “Workâ€Â�toâ€Â�Workâ€Â� exercise slows pulmonary oxygen uptake kinetics, decreases critical power, and increases W’ during supine cycling. Physiological reports6(21), p.e13916.


Goulding, R.P., Roche, D.M. and Marwood, S. (2018). Elevated baseline work rate slows pulmonary oxygen uptake kinetics and decreases critical power during upright cycle exercise. Physiological reports6(14), p.e13802.


Holloway, K., Roche, D. and Angell P. (2018) Evaluating the progressive central and peripheral vascular health benefits of short-term high intensity interval training. European Journal of Applied Physiology,118(10):2259-2268

Goulding, R.P., Roche, D.M., Marwood, S. (2017). Prior exercise speeds pulmonary oxygen uptake kinetics and increases critical power during supine but not upright cycling.  Experimental Physiology. DOI: 10.1113/EP086304, p 1-19.

Unnithan, V.B.,  Roche, D.M., Garrard, M., Holloway, K., Marwood, S. (2015) Oxygen uptake kinetics in trained adolescent females. European Journal of Applied Physiology.  115: 213 – 220.

Unnithan, V.B, Rowland, T., George, K., Lindley, M.R., Roche, D.M. (2015). Regional and global left ventricular function following a simulated 5 KM race in sports-trained adolescents. Pediatric Cardiology. 36: 2, pp 322-328.

Unnithan, V.B., Rowland, T., Lindley M.R., Roche, D.M., Garrard, M. and Barker, P. (2015). Cardiac Strain During Upright Cycle Ergometry in Adolescent Males.  Echocardiography; 32:4, pp 638–643.