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Reader in Exercise Psychology, University of Essex

I am a Practitioner Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My research interests address how physical activity (including exercise and sport) can be measured and used to promote the health and wellbeing of a number of specialist populations (elderly, sedentary employees, military personnel, children with emotional and behavioural difficulties). I am currently leading the evaluation of two European funded projects that deal with health inequalities in four countries (Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the UK), Step by Step (SBS, a community Men’s Shed project) and Sexual Health in the over Forty Fives (SHIFT, a new model of service delivery and training). I am also involved in research collaborations one seeking to understand how rock drumming, as a activity intervention, can benefit specialist groups and the other exploring the benefits of physical activity for people living with dementia.


  • 2019–present
    Reader in Exercise Psychology, University of Essex
  • 2017–2019
    Reader in the Psychology of Active Living, University of Chichester
  • 2008–2017
    Senior Lecturer in Exercise Psychology, University of Chichester
  • 2004–2008
    Lecturer in Exercise Psychology, University of Strathclyde
  • 2002–2004
    Teaching Fellow, Queen's University Belfast