Before joining Abertay University in 2016, I was a Post-Doctoral research fellow at Trinity College Dublin examining the effect of age and sex on the time course and mechanisms of adaptation in cardiovascular and metabolic health with exercise training in type 2 diabetes.
I completed my degree in Sports Science and Physical Education at the University of Coimbra, Portugal in 2007 before moving to the UK to study an MSc in Sports Science at Loughborough University.
While at Loughborough, I undertook a research project on the effects of high-intensity aerobic exercise on the appetite-regulating hormone acylated ghrelin.
I hold a PhD from Sheffield Hallam University on the effects of exercise on hunger, food intake and physical activity energy expenditure.
Currently, my research interests include:
Joel's teaching focuses on the areas of exercise physiology, physical activity and health.
Joel's research interests fit mainly within the broad area of physical activity and health, however, he also welcomes any enquiries with regards to potential collaborations in the area of human performance.
Main areas of interest include:
- Metabolic adaptations and exercise tolerance in type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and ageing
- Exercise and appetite control
- Physical activity and sedentary behaviour
Joel has experience supervising master's and PhD students and welcomes enquiries from prospective research students in any of the above areas of research.
Rocha, J., Paxman, J. R., Dalton, C. F., Hopkins, M., & Broom, D. R. (2018). An acute bout of cycling does not induce compensatory responses in pre-menopausal women not using hormonal contraceptives. Appetite, 128, 87-94.
Murphy, E., Rocha, J., Gildea, N., Green, S., & Egaña, M. (2018). Venous occlusion plethysmography vs. Doppler ultrasound in the assessment of leg blood flow kinetics during different intensities of calf exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 118(2), 249-260.
Rocha, J., Paxman J., Dalton, C., Winter, E., & Broom, D. R. (2016). Effects of a 12-week aerobic intervention on eating behaviour, food cravings and 7-day energy intake and expenditure in inactive men. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 41(11), 1129-1136.
Kiely, C., Rocha, J., O'Connor, E., O'Shea, D., Green, S., & Egana, M. (2015). Influence of menopause and Type 2 diabetes on pulmonary oxygen uptake kinetics and peak exercise performance during cycling. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 309(8), R875-R883.
Rocha, J., Paxman J., Dalton, C., Winter, E., & Broom, D. R. (2015). Effects of an acute bout of aerobic exercise on immediate and subsequent three-day food intake and energy expenditure in active and inactive pre-menopausal women taking oral contraceptives. Appetite, 89, 183-91.
Rocha, J., Paxman, J., Dalton, C., Winter, E., & Broom, D. R. (2013). Effects of an acute bout of aerobic exercise on immediate and subsequent three-day food intake and energy expenditure in active and inactive men. Appetite, 71, 369-378.