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I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science (physiology) in 2010 and was awarded my PhD entiled 'Visceral body fat and the link to impaired cognitive function; focus on systemic and cerebrovascular endothlial function' in 2017 from the University of South Wales. My PhD investigated the effects of visceral adiposity on cerebrovascular and cardiorespiratory function and the link to cognitive dysfunction.

I am a fellow of the higher education academy and was awarded the postgraduate certificate in academic practice from Coventry University in 2016.  

Research interests

My main research focus is determining the impact that obesity poses to heath and wellbeing across the lifespan. Currently I am undertaking a research project assessing the impact of obesity on the development of fundamental movement skills in primary aged school children. The primary aim of this project is to determine if theses fundamental movement skills are impaired in those indivdiuals that are deemed obese during these key development years and if so to what extent. This project is in collabration with Coventry University. 

I am also continuing my PhD research by looking at the impact that undertaking a weight loss programme has on cerebrovascular function in those invdividuals who are classifed as obese.

Teaching and Administration

I am currently module leader for:

SHN4342 - Sport and Exercise Sciences

SHN5202 - Coaching and Assessment of Sport Performance

SHN5302 - Advanced Personal Training 

I also teach:

SHN4282 - Anatomy and Physiology

SHN4312 - Performance Analysis

SHN4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability

SHN5172 - Physiology of Training

SHN5222 - Biomechanical Analysis of Performance

SHN5272 - Strength and Conditioning

SHN5142 - Research Methods

SHN6164 - Dissertation

I am also L4, 5 & 6 Progression Tutor


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Visceral body fat and the link to impaired cognitive function; focus on systemic and cerebrovascular endothelial function, University of South Wales

Award Date: 4 Jul 2017

Bachelor of Science, Sport and Exercise Sciences (Physiology), Liverpool John Moores University


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