Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

Team members

Joanna Kirkby

Joanna Kirkby

PhD Student in Health and Wellbeing

Tel +44 (0)1509 228450

Joanna Kirby is a PhD student who is associated with the  Health and Wellbeing strand. Joanna joined the Centre in October 2010 under the supervision of Dr Brett Smith.


  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology – Loughborough University 2010.
  • BSc (First class Hons) Sport and Exercise Science – Loughborough University 2006 - 2009.

Current research interests

Joanna’s PhD explores the psycho-social aspects of resilience in relation to the health and wellbeing in people who have suffered a Spinal Cord Injury. The central objectives of this research are to advance theoretical understandings within the fields of health sciences and disability concerning resilience, health, and wellbeing and to assist health practitioners and policy makers in promoting resilience and improving the health and wellbeing of disabled people and their families.

Over the past year Joanna has been interviewing people with Spinal Cord Injury about their experiences and now plans to bring together and then disseminate this research.

Previous research and experience

Joanna originally became interested in this area through a project exploring resilience in elite women’s rugby players during her MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Selected recent keynote and conference presentations

  • Kirkby, J. ‘Resilience among elite women’s rugby players: A narrative approach’. Poster presentation at BPS DSEP conference (2010).