Justine completed her undergraduate degree, BSc Psychology, at the University of Birmingham in 2015. She then gained her MSc in Sports & Exercise Psychology at Loughborough University in 2018. Justine undertook a PhD at Loughborough University in 2018, exploring the role of Physical Activity in improving mental and physical health outcomes for adolescents receiving treatment in a secure psychiatric setting.

Justine took up a role as a Research Associate at Loughborough University in October 2021, working with Dr Florence Kinnafick. Her research focuses on using co-creation methodologies to create a ‘physical activity toolkit’ to support physical activity engagement for individuals in a secure psychiatric setting.

In addition to her Research Associate role, Justine is also a part-time University Teacher in Physical Activity and Health.

Justine’s research involves using qualitative and quantitative methods to explore health inequalities faced by individuals in secure psychiatric care, and the benefits of increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary time within this population.

Featured publications

  • Anthony, J., Kinnafick, F. E., Papathomas, A., & Breen, K. (2020). Physical activity for adolescents with severe mental illness: a systematic scoping review. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1-34.