PhD Student in Health and Wellbeing
Emily joined Loughborough as a PhD student in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in October 2015, under the supervision of Dr Anthony Papathomas and Dr Ian Taylor.
- MSc (Distinction) in Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS accredited) from the University of Chichester in 2015.
- BSc (First class with Honours) in Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS accredited) from the University of Chichester in 2014.
Current research interests
Emily’s research focuses on narrative, behaviour change and wellbeing; specifically exploring the use of stories as a means to promote physical activity in sedentary populations. Her research will establish stories of exercise and physical activity as told by people living with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, and aims to use these stories to promote physical activity in these populations. The concept that narrative storytelling can be used as a health communication and knowledge translation tool is a growing area of interest and Emily’s research will further explore the use of narrative methods as a means to promote behaviour change.
Previous research and experience
Previously, Emily’s MSc project at the University of Chichester focused on Chronic Pain in Sport, particularly using a narrative approach to identify the stories told by athletes in chronic pain. The aim of this research was to broaden knowledge of chronic pain in sport and exercise, and develop an understanding of the psychological factors associated with participating in sport whilst in chronic pain.