Research Students

The focus of the research undertaken by the PGR students within the Department of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation encompasses the department’s three main themes, Optimising Human Performance, Promoting and Preserving Health and Wellbeing and Informing Practice and Policy.  Profiles of our PGR students within each area are listed below.

Adam James Nichol

Adam’s research interests focus on investigating the complexity and holistic nature of the coaching context, and effective coaching.

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Callum George Brownstein

Callum Brownstein is a doctoral research student at Northumbria University, investigating recovery of central nervous system function following intermittent-sprint exercise.

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Dr Carl Clarkson

Dr. Clarkson is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, teaching on the BSc and MSc programmes.

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David Green

David gained his undergraduate degree in 2010 at the University of Bath in Sport and Exercise Science.

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David King

David’s doctoral research consists of two interventional studies and one systematic review, all investigating the effects of whey protein on glycaemia and/or appetite.

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David Hooper

David’s research is aiming to develop the quality of coaching within grassroots sport and in turn, develop life-long sport participation, along with the development of health and well-being of those involved with sport.

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Emma Sweeny

Emma is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Northumbria University.

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Iain Loughran

Iain is an extended scope physiotherapist working in a specialist musculoskeletal service in the NHS.

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Jakob Škarabot

Jakob’s Ph.D. focuses on neurophysiological adaptations and responses to resistance exercise in healthy and neurologically challenged adults in relation to force steadiness.

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Joanne Smith

Joanne is a third year PhD candidate at Northumbria University exploring the positive social factors which underpin and maintain student drinking behaviour.

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John Fitzpatrick

John’s main area of interest is the monitoring of training load and fatigue in football.

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Katherine Jones

Currently a first year PhD student, her research interests are primarily focused on the role of exercise prescription in the management, treatment and prevention of chronic diseases, with a particular interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis).

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Karen Johns

Karen’s doctoral research is exploring how athletics coaches approach the task of planning an annual training schedule for their athletes.

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Kimberley Hardcastle

Her research interests include sport marketing and consumer culture, marketing communications and social media, specifically, segmenting sports consumers in the digital era.

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Kirsty Lindsay

Kirsty’s research interests include using physiology and physiotherapy to help maintain astronaut health and improve clinical care for back pain patients on Earth.

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Lee Eddens

The focus of Lee’s research activity, a collaboration between Northumbria University and the GSK Human Performance Lab, is to investigate recovery from and adaptation to concurrent exercise.

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