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Biography

After completing an undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology at Durham University, Nicola initially worked in administration in a mental health setting and then spent four years as an A-Level Psychology teacher. Following a growing involvement in the sport of archery as a coach and volunteer on a national project into participation levels, she brought together her interests in psychology and physical activity through study at Northumbria University: first by completing the MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology programme, and then by undertaking her PhD into the role of physical activity in primary school education. She is now a lecturer in sport and exercise psychology, with research interests in archery participation and school-based physical activity, as well qualitative research in the field of sport and exercise more generally.

Research interests

Nicola has conducted research into the outcomes of physical activity participation for primary school children, particularly in relation to their cognition and wellbeing, and using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. She is interested in how physical activity can be integrated in practical and sustainable ways into people’s lives, accounting for barriers and competing priorities, and in how people’s individual experiences shape their physical activity behaviour. She is currently undertaking a project into the effects of archery participation on people’s wellbeing, interviewing participants and exploring the common themes and unique aspects of their experiences.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PCAP, Northumbria University

25 Sep 20193 Mar 2021

Award Date: 3 Mar 2021

PhD, Northumbria University

Award Date: 16 Sep 2019

Psychology, MSc, Northumbria University

Award Date: 3 Nov 2014

Psychology, BSc (Hons), Durham University

Award Date: 28 Jun 2007

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