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Dr Nicola McCullogh


Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

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.

Nicola McCullogh

Research Themes and Scholarly 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.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The impact of COVID-19 on dual career athletes: Three typologies of coping, Cartigny, E., Vickers, E., Harrison, G., Appleby, R., McCullogh, N. 14 Apr 2022, In: Journal of Sports Sciences
  • Simple, likeable, luck? How to get physical activity research into practice, McCullogh, N. 19 Mar 2021
  • The potential nutrition-, physical- and health-related benefits of cow's milk for primary-school aged children, Rumbold, P., McCullogh, N., Boldon, R., Haskell, C., James, L., Stevenson, E., Green, B. 27 Apr 2021, In: Nutrition Research Reviews
  • ‘A really good balance’: Thematic analysis of stakeholders’ views on classroom- and games-based positive choices interventions for primary school children, McCullogh, N., Boyle, S., Fothergill, M., Defeyter, M. 9 Jul 2019, In: PLoS One

PGR Supervision

Sam Dixon How Does Physical Activity Affect the Cognition and Academic Achievement of Preadolescent Children? A Mixed Methods Approach. Start Date: 01/10/2021


  • Education PCAP March 03 2021
  • PhD September 16 2019
  • Psychology MSc November 03 2014
  • Psychology BSc (Hons) June 28 2007
  • Fellow (FHEA) Advance HE 2021
  • Member British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology 2017

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