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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

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  • 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 Physical Activity: What Does it Mean for Children’s Learning? 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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