Find out more about the research expertise of our staff in your particular area of interest, our experienced members are here to support you throughout your research projects.

Dr Adam Benkwitz
Position: Head of PESS
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2402)
Email: A.Benkwitz@newman.ac.uk

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Research interests:

  • Sociological studies of mental health and physical activity.
  • Exploring the stigma of mental health both in sport and through sport.
  • Socio-cultural studies of sport, exercise and health.
Dr Ibrahim Akubat
Position: Lecturer in PESS
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2469)
Email: Ibrahim.Akubat@newman.ac.uk

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Research interests:

  • Team sports physiology
  • Sports performance
  • Training load monitoring
  • Sports technology and analytics
Dr Mark Holland
Position: Lecturer in PESS
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2516)
Email: Mark.Holland@newman.ac.uk

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Research interests:

  • Development and transference of mental skills in youth sports participants
  • Development of mental skills in disadvantaged youth
  • Motivation in sports and exercise
  • Relationship between mental states and physical performance indicators
Dr Stefan Lawrence
Position: Senior Lecturer in PESS
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2699)
Email: S.T.Lawrence@newman.ac.uk

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Dr Tony Myers
Position: Reader in Sport Psychology
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2385)
Email: tony.myers@newman.ac.uk

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Research interests:

  • Mental toughness in sport
  • Social influence – on sports fans and officials
  • Combat sport research – psychological or performance based
  • Sports hypnosis
Mr Russell Peters
Position: Lecturer in Biomechanics
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2655)
Email: Russell.Peters@newman.ac.uk

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Research interests:

  • Golf Swing Mechanics
  • Technology and equipment biomechanics
  • Equine Biomechanics

 

Alex Powell

Position: Newman Sport Director
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2627)
Email: Alexander.Powell@newman.ac.uk

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Emma Powell

Position: Senior Lecturer in Education
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2303)
Email: Emma.Morris@staff.newman.ac.uk

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Elizabeth PlummerE.Plummer@staff.newman.ac.uk

 

Dr Lorayne Woodfield PhD

Position: Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sports Studies
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2269)
Email: L.A.Woodfield@newman.ac.uk

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Research interests:

  • Physical activity and health (in specific population groups)
  • Obesity and health-risk behaviours (in specific population groups)
  • Physical activity in educational settings

Dr. Alexander Coles
Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests:

  • Construction of meaning
  • Political reform
  • Online behaviours / interactions
  • Critical and conceptual issues in the nature of science.

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Dr Lorna Dodd
Psychology MSc & SH Programme Leader

Research interests:

  • Health-risk behaviours (in specific population groups)
  • Health promotion
  • Mental Health & Health-risk behaviours

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David Haylock BA, BSc, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Programme Leader: Applications of Psychology

Research interests:

  • Human Factors/Ergonomics/HCI
  • Psychometrics (scale construction & evaluation)
  • Computational Modelling
  • Computer-based recording and analysis of behavioural data
  • Human kinematics
  • Image analysis

 

Dr. Kate Graham

Research interests

  • Mother-infant interaction in typical and atypical populations (namely maternal anxiety and maternal depression)
  • Theory of Mind and sociability
  • Social versus non-social interactions
  • Emotion based disorders

 

Mr Chris Higton
Graduate Assistant in Psychology & Counselling

Research interests:

  • Exploring the effects of personal care on health-related quality of life -Functional recovery from stroke -Doctor/patient communication with a special interest in visual impairments -The use of surgical simulation to prevent ‘never events’
  • Addiction cessation

 

Dr Bill Morgan CPsychol AFBPSs
Clinical Psychologist

Research interests:

•Prejudice and discrimination in mental illness including:

  • Impact of causal model on attitudes and behaviour
  • Mental health education
  • Lived experience of people diagnosed with mental illness

 

Dr Stuart Ross

Research Interests:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Children’s Understanding of Science
  • Sapir-Whorf Theory
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Blindness & Associated Sequelae
  • Perception & Action
  • Visual & Auditory Tau
  • Psychology of Body Modification

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Stella Williams
Lecturer

Research interests:

  • Employability development
  • Lifelong learning
  • Career identity

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Dr Toni Wright

Research interests:

  • Student employability
  • Student achievement
  • Student counselling
Dr Paul McDonald
Position: Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care

Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2689)
Email: P.McDonald@newman.ac.uk

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Research interests:

  • Mental health
  • Mixed methodologies
  • Applied health services research
  • When care goes wrong
Deborah Steele

Position: Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2474)
Email: D.Steele@newman.ac.uk

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Research interests:

  • Health Promotion,
  • Community Health,
  • Family and Children’s Health,
  • Arts and Health.

 

Nicole Andrews
Position: Lecturer in Health and Social Care
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2694)
Email: N.Andrews@newman.ac.uk
Research interests:
  • Black feminism
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Health and ethnicity
  • Health and inequalities
  • Health and social justice
  • Qualitative health research methods