Rachael McDonald

Rachael McDonald

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +44 (0)113 2837 380
Visiting address:

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Education/Academic qualification

  • Master of Education, Open University

  • Master of Science, Staffordshire University

    The effects of acute exercise on cognition

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Leeds

    Physiolgy and Sport Science

  • PGCertLTHE, University of Leeds

Professional Qualifications

  • Diploma Personal Training,

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,

  • Level 2 Gym Instructors,

  • Level 2 LTA Tennis Coach,

  • Mental Health First Aid,


Rachael is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science teaching predominantly in the areas of Physiology, Health & Research methods. She studied BSc (Hons) Physiology & Sports Science at Leeds University and went on to work as a researcher in the Physiology department. Rachael taught Exercise Physiology and Psychology at Leeds University & Leeds Metropolitan University before joining Leeds Trinity in 2001. Through postgraduate studies in Exercise Science and Education, Rachael has developed an interest in the relationship between the two. Rachael enjoys running and all sports. She currently plays competitive tennis as well as helping to coach juniors.

Teaching and Administration

Level 4

SHN4282 Anatomy and Physiology
SHN4142 Research Methods
SHN4342 Sport and Exercise Performance Studies

Level 5

SHN5672 Physiology of Training

SHN5142 Research methods

SHN5722/SHN5692 Professional Development and Placement 2/Volunteering

Level 6     

SHN6602 Dissertation

SHN6222 Performance Physiology

SHN6742 Sport Injury/Sport Therapy 

Research interests

Rachael's current research is focusing on the effects of exercise intensity on cognitive function in healthy active males, she is also looking at whether exercising at certain intensities causes dehydration;  and dalso whether this has an effect on cognitive function...