School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Dr Janine Coates PhD, PGCHE, FHEA, MBPsS

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Janine completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University in 2006. From there, she worked in a range of educational and support settings with children and adults with disabilities before  starting a PhD in Inclusive Education. Janine’s PhD, completed in 2006 at Liverpool John Moores University, focused on the Physical Education experiences of children with special educational needs & disabilities (SEND) in mainstream and special schools.

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, before moving to her current position at Loughborough University.

Janine’s research focuses on social inclusion of children and young people in marginalised groups, predominantly those with SEND. She has a particular interest in inclusive education and participation in sport and physical activity for children with disabilities. Recent research has considered young people with disabilities perceptions about the Paralympic Games; inclusive teacher education; developing participatory methods to explore physical activity experiences of young people with intellectual disabilities; and the impact of Forest Schools for children’s learning.   

Janine predominantly uses qualitative research methods and is interested in the development of novel methods to engage children with diverse needs in research. 

Janine is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Member of the British Psychological Society and Member of the British Educational Research Association.

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
  • European Physical Education Review
  • Child Development
  • Journal of Attention Disorders
  • Gardner, S. E., Betts, L. R., Stiller, J., & Coates, J. (2017). The role of emotion regulation for coping with school-based peer-victimisation in late childhood. Personality and Individual Differences, 107, 108-113.
  • Coates, J., & Vickerman, P. B. (2016). Paralympic legacy: exploring the impact of the Games on the perceptions of young people with disabilities. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 33(4), 338-357.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, 28(3), 333-347.
  • 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. (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