I joined the Physical Education degree within the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA in 2015.
I completed my PhD in Psychology in 2002, investigating the development of body satisfaction and identity among women who play rugby, cricket and netball, and the role that context has in its formation. Key to my findings was the notion of the value attached to the body in terms of its functionality to complete a sporting task. My work showed how elastic body satisfaction was between a sporting and social context. Subsequently, I was awarded a Fellowship of Social Sciences from the NZ–UK Link Foundation (2003), to spend six weeks in New Zealand collecting similar data and I continue my interest in this work today.
I previously worked at the universities of Gloucestershire and Coventry delivering a variety of health, exercise and sport related topics including child protection issues, before joining the University of Sydney in 2007 where I trained PE and Health Education teachers.
I am a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist within the British Psychological Society's Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology and have extensive experience in delivering Motivational Interviewing to a variety of health professionals both in Australia and UK. As a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers MINT I am able to provide both bespoke and generalised training in this behavioural change counselling style.
Weight based stereotyping amongst pre-service health and physical educators,
in International Journal of e-Healthcare Information Systems
pp. 31-38UEA Repository
Child Safety and wellbeing in Australian Sport,
in Safeguarding, Child protection and Abuse in Sport : International Perspectives in Research, Policy and Practice.
ISBN 9780415829793UEA Repository
Pre-service health and physical education teachers’ obesity-related nutrition knowledge and food habits,
in Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia
pp. 2-11UEA Repository
‘Doing jibber’: female snowboarders negotiate their place in the snow,
in Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education
pp. 239-252Full Text UEA Repository
Gender control: (Re) framing bullying, harassment and gender regulation,
in University of Sydney Papers in HMHCE
pp. 17-27UEA Repository
The construction of gendered bodies within competitive swimming: A Foucauldian perspective,
in Psychology of Women Section Review
pp. 26-33UEA Repository
Teacher training for child protection,
in Current Issues and Controversies in School and Community Health, Sport and Physical Education.
Nova Sciences Publishers Inc
pp. 81-90UEA Repository
Gender and Sport: Promoting/preventing health in our schools,
in Sport and Physical Activity : The role of health promotion.
ISBN 13-978-1-4039-3412, 978-1403934123UEA Repository
‘Queers, even in netball?’: Interpretations of the lesbian label among sportswomen,
in Sport and Gender Identities : Masculinities, femininites and sexualities .
ISBN 978-0-415-25956-9, 978-0-415-25957-6UEA Repository
Child Welfare in Football: An Exploration of Children's Welfare in the Modern Game,
ISBN 978-0-415-37232-9, 978-0-415-37233-6UEA Repository
Measuring the impact of child protection through Activation States,
in Sport, Education and Society
pp. 239-256Full Text UEA Repository
On Versus Off the Pitch: The Transiency of Body Satisfaction Among Female Rugby Players, Cricketers, and Netballers,
in Sex Roles
pp. 561-574Full Text UEA Repository
Children in football: Seen but not heard,
in Soccer & Society
pp. 43-60Full Text UEA Repository
The Football Association’s Child Protection in Football Research Project 2002–2006: Rationale, design and first year results,
in Managing Leisure
pp. 30-46Full Text UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
My research focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, health, body image, education and sporting issues for both adults and youth populations. My current research interests include the negotiation of gender and sexuality in a range of sporting and educational contexts including swimming, snowboarding and women's boxing.
I also have experience of working in the Child Protection in Sport and teacher education fields having conducted projects in football in the UK and about teacher training in Aus.
In addition, I have a number recent projects undertaken in Australia that are particularly relevant to my work here at UEA. The first project investigated the experiences of LGBT pre-service teachers in New South Wales exploring the ways in which trainee teachers negotiate and mange their sexual identities in preparing to teach in both primary and secondary school settings.
The second project focuses on the 'self-representation of Australian female and male athletes', studying the impact of photographic representations of the sporting body on meanings of sporting identity for adult and youth sport participants.
Thirdly, I have also been involved in a research project looking at the impact of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, an Australian wide sailing programme, on social inclusion.
My current research continues in these areas and I hope to extend this to explore the experiences of LGBT teacher trainees and qualified teachers in the UK as well as further work regarding the embodied representations of athletes.
I currently teach on the BA Physical Education degree covering Research Methods, Psychology of Physical Education, Physical Education debates in 21st Century, Psychology of Physical Activity.
I also teach on the MA Educational Practice and Research course delivering two modules: Meaning and Identity in Teaching and Health and Wellbeing in Schools.
I also provide ethics training to staff and students at undergraduate, postgraduate and PGR levels.
I am Course Director for the BA Physical Education degree programme.
I am Chair of EDU Research Ethics Committee.