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About me

I completed my undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex (2009); following which I also completed my PhD in Sport and Exercise (2012) entitled 'exercise environment and physical activity in children and adolescents'. Following the completion of my PhD I worked for five years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Essex assessing the impact of the environment on both physical activity and mental and physical health outcomes in children and adults. During this time I also lectured on numerous Sport and Exercise Science modules and completed by Postgraduate Certificate in higher Education Practice (20140, as a result of which I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In September 2015 I joined the University of Westminster as a Lecturer in Nutrition and Exercise Science. Since taking up this post I have continued my work examining the health and wellbeing benefits of different environment and have submitted an application to fund a study examining the role of the natural environment in modifying stress responses.  

Teaching

During my time at the University of Essex I completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I also lectured on a number of Sport and Exercise Science Modules including Skills in Sports and Exercise Science,  Sport and Exercise Psychology, Exercise Physiology and supervised third year undergraduate project students.

Since joining the University of Westminster I have given lectures on numerous nutrition and exercise modules including Physiology of Exercise and Nutrition and Performance and will be taking on the role of module leader over the next year. I have also taught foundation levels Mathematics and am currently supervising both undergraduate and postgraduate research students.

Research

My research interests are focused on the role of physical activity in natural environments (Green Exercise) in promoting physical and mental health outcomes in the general public and vulnerable groups such as those with mental ill-heath and children and young people with attention problems. I am interested in how green exercise could be used as a treatment option for people suffering with a variety of physical and mental illness and also the role that it might play in the prevention of ill-health.  I have conducted research in this area for the last 6 years and have produced numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters on the topic. I am also currently editing a Green Exercise book which is due to be complete in 2016.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.