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The Active Lifestyles Team


The Active Lifestyles Team

Professor Jim McKenna
Jim McKenna is Carnegie Professor of Physical Activity and Health and head of the Active Lifestyles research centre in the Carnegie faculty.

Dr Victoria Archbold
Victoria currently teaches Research Methods, Contemporary Health and Physical Activity Rehabilitation, Promoting Active Living and Healthy Eating. She also contributes to Dissertation Supervision and Training, Physical Activity, Exercise and Health.

Professor Sue Backhouse
Susan Backhouse is a Professor in the Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure at Leeds Beckett University, UK. Internationally recognised for her research on the social science of doping in sport, Susan leads a team of researchers committed to the development of effective anti-doping policy and practice.

Dr Athanassios Bissas
Dr Bissas currently teaches BSc Sport & Exercise Science, MSc Sport & Exercise Science and MSc in Osteopathic Sports Care.

Professor David Carless
David is a Professor in Narrative Psychology in the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure. His research explores psychological wellbeing, mental health and identity development in physical activity and sport-related contexts.

Dr Kevin Deighton
Kevin is a Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Nutrition. His primary research interests are appetite regulation, energy balance and cardiovascular disease risk.

Dr Lauren Duckworth
Dr Lauren Duckworth is a Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Nutrition, working within the Carnegie Faculty. Lauren joined the Faculty in 2008 and in 2010 completed her doctoral studies.

Jamie French
Jamie is a qualified UK Athletics Coach Education Tutor with 12 years experience. His research interests include measuring health behaviours of young people as well as measuring the affects of physical activity on both physical and psychological health.

Max Garrard
Max Garrard joined Leeds Beckett University in 2010 and is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology within the Carnegie Faculty. He is currently the Level 4 leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree programme. Max is passionate about providing a high quality student experience that blends motivational teaching, extra-curricula opportunity, and quality research activity.

Professor Paul Gately
Paul is Professor of Exercise and Obesity at Leeds Beckett University and founder of MoreLife www.more-life.co.uk (formerly Carnegie Weight Management). He is also visiting Professor in the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London.

Hannah Greatwood
Hannah Greatwood is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Hannah's main interests lie in multi-factorial interventions for healthy eating and physical activity in children.

Dr Claire Griffiths
Claire joined the school of sport in September 2008 as a senior Lecturer in Physical Activity, Exercise & Health. Her main research and teaching interests are childhood obesity and physical activity / lifestyle behaviours.

Dr Jackie Hargreaves
Jackie is module leader for exercise psychology and physical activity modules. She is interested in a number of research areas relating to exercise psychology. Specific interest lies in exploring how physical activity can be beneficial for mental health.

Dr Karen Hind
Dr Hind is a Senior Research Fellow in Physical Activity and Bone Health. She leads bone imaging, peak bone mass and osteoporosis research in the Carnegie Research Institute, and is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Dr Theocharis Ispoglou
Dr Ispoglou is the Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Physiology & Nutrition. He is also the Course Leader for BSc Sport & Exercise Science.

Dr Mariana Kaiseler
Mariana is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and her research interests are in the applied field of stress, coping and emotions.

Dr Nicola Kime
Nicky is a Senior Research Fellow in the Carnegie Faculty. She is involved in several collaborative research projects focused on children and young people with type 1 diabetes.

Professor Roderick King
Roderick King is Carnegie Professor of Sport and Exercise Biochemistry. He is interested in how and why biochemical systems in the human body behave as they do, especially in response to carbohydrate and fluid provision before, during and after exercise.

Kacy Mackreth
Kacy is a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Sports Marketing & PR course.

Peter Mackreth
Peter is currently completing his PhD at Leeds Beckett through designing and evaluating a community based childhood obesity intervention, which has recently been highlighted in a report produced by the UK Governments Foresight Programme.

Dr Andrew Manley
Andrew is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Level 6 Leader for the BSc. Sport and Exercise Science Course. He is also a practitioner Sport and Exercise Psychologist (HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered).

Dr Michelle Mellis
Dr Michelle Mellis has been a member of the Carnegie Faculty teaching team since 2011 and has recently been appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology. Her research interests are in the area of physical activity, obesity and cardiovascular disease risk.

Dr John OHara
Dr John O’Hara is a Reader in Sport and Exercise Physiology. His research interests are in the area of sport performance, including; carbohydrate metabolism; hydration status; global position tracking; physiological changes at high altitude.

Dr Andy Pringle
Dr Andy Pringle is Reader in Physical Activity, Exercise and Health. He has previously held tenures as Principal and Senior Lecturer, (1996-2012).

Andrew Smith
Andy Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity, Exercise and Health and is currently course leader of the BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Activity and Health Course.

Professor Andrew C Sparkes
Andrew Sparkes PhD is Professor of Sport, Physical Activity & Leisure in the Research Institute for Sport, Physical Activity & Leisure where his research interests link into those of the Centre for Active Lifestyles and the Centre for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. He is also a full and active member of the Carnegie Faculty.

Dr Nick Stanger
Dr Nick Stanger is a Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology. Nick teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate provision with research interests in emotion and morality in sport.

Louise Sutton
Louise is the Principal Lecturer responsible for Sports Nutrition and Collaborative provision. Her subject specialisms are in the areas of nutrition and applied exercise teaching.

Costas Tsakirides
Costas is a Senior Lecturer and teaches across the Sports Science courses.

Liz Webster
Liz Webster is a Principal Lecturer and Director in the Getting Sorted programme. She has a broad range of experience, both in acute and primary care settings at operational and strategic level.


Contact Carnegie Professor of     Physical Activity and Health

0113 81 27483 j.mckenna@leedsbeckett.ac.uk