School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Dr Janine Coates PhD, PGCHE, FHEA

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Dr Janine Coates is a Lecturer in Qualitative Research Methods for the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University.

She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University in 2006 before being awarded a competitive PhD studentship at Liverpool John Moores University. Her PhD, which she completed in 2010, explored children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) experiences of physical education (PE). Whilst studying for her PhD, Janine worked as a sessional lecturer and research assistant at Liverpool John Moores University in the School of Education, Community and Leisure. During this time, she also worked as an Applied Behavioural Analysis therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Following the completion of her PhD, Janine was employed at the University of Nottingham in the Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) as a research fellow assessing the effectiveness of parent training for children at risk of developing Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). From 2012-2016, Janine held the position of Lecturer in Psychology in the Division of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University.

Janine’s research interests are in child development, health and well-being with a specific focus on special educational needs and disability. In particular, Janine is interested in children’s experiences and perceptions of sport and physical activity. She is also interested in the use of novel interventions to improve child wellbeing. She predominantly uses qualitative research methods to engage with children and is specifically oriented towards developing novel methods for including children with diverse needs in research.

Recent research projects include:

  • Exploring children with disabilities perceptions about the Paralympic Games and Legacy
  • Assessing the effectiveness of Forest Schools for child wellbeing
  • Meta-analysis to assess the effectiveness of parenting interventions for childhood ADHD

Janine has published her work in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, Journal of Attention Disorders, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, European Physical Education Review, European Journal of Special Needs Education and Disability and Rehabilitation. 

Janine is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Since 2010, Janine has acted as a Honorary Consultant for Think Children, a Nottinghamshire-based children’s charity who provide play-based interventions to primary school children with emerging social, emotional and behavioural needs.

Janine is a peer-reviewer for a number of academic journals including:

  • Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
  • Child Development
  • Journal of Attention Disorders
  • Coates, J.; Daley, D. & Sayal, K. (2015). The Effectiveness of Parent Training for ADHD Symptoms: A Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Attention Disorders, 19(10), 831-843
  • Coates, J. & Vickerman, P. (2013). A Review of Methodological Strategies for Consulting Children with Special Educational Needs in Physical Education, European Journal of Special Needs Education,  available online, DOI:10.1080/08856257.2013.797705
  • Coates, J. (2012). Teaching Inclusively: Are Secondary Physical Education Teachers Sufficiently Prepared to Teach in Inclusive Environments?, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 17:4, 349-365
  • Coates, J. (2011).Physically Fit or Physically Literate? Children with Special Educational Needs Understanding of Physical Education, European Physical Education Review, 17(2), 167 – 182
  • Coates, J. & Vickerman, P. (2016). Paralympic Legacy: Exploring the impact of the Games on the perceptions of young people with disabilities. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (forthcoming)
  • Coates, J. & Vickerman, P. (2010).  Empowering Children with Special Educational Needs to Speak Up: Experiences of Inclusive Physical Education, Disability and Rehabilitation, 32 (18), 1517–1526
  • Vickerman, P. & Coates, J. (2009). Trainee and Recently Qualified Physical Education Teachers Perspectives on Including Children with Special Educational Needs, Journal of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 14:2; 137 – 153
  • Coates, J. &  Vickerman, P. (2008). Let the children have their say: children with special educational needs and their experiences of Physical Education – a review, Support for Learning, 23(4), 168 - 175
  • Wright, N.; Moldavsky, M.; Schneider, J.; Bayes, S.; Chakrabarti, I.; Coates, J. et al (2015). Pathways to Care for ADHD: A Systematic Review of Barriers and Facilitators, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56(6), 598 - 617