School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Hilary McDermott is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.  Hilary completed a BSc in Psychology here at Loughborough during which time she was awarded the Sir Robert Martin Faculty (Science) Prize for outstanding academic achievement. She went on to complete her PhD also at Loughborough.  Her thesis is entitled ‘The Interaction between Design and Occupier Behaviour in the Safety of New Dwellings’ and is an applied and cross disciplinary thesis, rooted mainly in the area of applied psychology.

Hilary has established herself as a teaching specialist and leads undergraduate modules in Research Methods (Part B and Part C). She also supervises undergraduate and postdoctoral (PhD, MRes) students with their research projects. She has been awarded three Teaching Innovation Awards (2012, 2015) and with the support of the 2012 Award developed the ‘E-Qual’ Coding App  which is now widely available and which supports students in acquiring qualitative coding skills.  Hilary is the Programme Director for the BSc Psychology programme and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Hilary’s research interests are in health and well-being with a strong emphasis on the promotion and maintenance of health in the workplace.  Her research in these areas has been primarily through the application of qualitative methods.  Recent projects have included work to identify what employers can do to facilitate return to work for cancer survivors and what is best practice in dealing with health and safety issues for cancer survivors returning to work. Hilary is currently working in collaboration with colleagues from the Leicester Cancer Research Centre, University of Leicester to promote physical activity among cancer survivors.

Other recent research projects include:

Exploring and Assessing the Work-Related Health of White Water Raft Guides in the UK

Promoting Individual and Organisational Health Through Team Sport Participation.

Journal Referee

Applied Ergonomics

International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics

Building and Environment

European Journal of Eating Disorders

European Eating Disorders Review

Invited Lecture / Keynotes Invited speaker

RoSPA Home Safety Congress (2004) ‘Design, Usability and Unsafe Behaviour in the Home’

Invited Speaker: ESRC Seminar, ‘The Future of Retirement’. University of Kent on 4th May 2012.

Learned Societies and Professional Affiliations

Associate Member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Other External Activities

Awarded mentorship with World Health Organisation (WHO) 2008

Awarded a Early Career Researcher Travel Bursary to attend the ESRC Seminar:

Rethinking Retirement, February 24th 2012.   University of Brighton

  • Brinkley, A., McDermott, H. & Munir, F. (2017). Team sport in the workplace? A RE-AIM process evaluation of ‘Changing the Game’ AIMS Public Health , 2017, 4(5): 466-489. doi: 10.3934/publichealth.2017.5.466.
  • Jones, L. C. R., McDermott, H. J., Tyrer, J. R., & Zanker, N. P. (in press). Future Engineers: The Intrinsic Technology Motivation of Secondary School Pupils. European Journal of Engineering Education.
  • Brinkley, A., McDermott, H., Grenfell-Essam, R., & Munir, F. (2017). It’s Time to Start Changing the Game: A 12-Week Workplace Team Sport Intervention Study. Sports Medicine - Open, 3, 30.
  • Brinkley, A., Freeman, J., McDermott, H. & Munir, F. (2017). What are the Facilitators and Obstacles to Participation in Workplace Team Sport? AIMS Public Health , 2017, 4(1): 94-126. doi: 10.3934/publichealth.2017.1.94
  • Moss, E.L., Taneja, I.S., Munir, F., Kent, C., Robinson, L., Potdar, N., Sarhanis, P. & McDermott, H. (2016) Iatrogenic Menopause following Treatment for Cervical Cancer.  Volume 28, Issue 12, December 2016, Pages 766-775.  
  • Wilson, I., McDermott, H., & Munir, F. (2016). The role of working hours, work environment and physical leisure activity on the need for recovery following a day’s work among UK white-water raft guides: A within-subjects multilevel approach. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 23, 123-131. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2015.12.004
  • Brinkley, A., McDermott, H. & Munir, F. (2016): What benefits does team sport hold for the workplace? A systematic review, Journal of Sports Sciences, Journal of Sports Sciences, 35:2, 136-148, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1158852
  • Clarke, N. J., Willis, M. E. H., Barnes, J. S., Caddick, N., Cromby, J., McDermott, H., & Wiltshire,G. (2014). Analytical pluralism in qualitative research: a meta-study. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 37–41. doi:10.1080/14780887.2014.948980