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The Sports Performance Team


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 Matt Barlow

Dr Matt Barlow joined Leeds Beckett in September 2013 as a senior lecturer in exercise physiology. Prior to this Matt worked in marine sports at Plymouth University.

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 Richard Clements

Dr Clements joined Leeds Beckett University as a Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Physiology in October 2012. His particular area of interest is the cardiovascular system, and the effects of ageing and exercise.

Dr Kevin Deighton

Kevin is a Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Nutrition. He teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels while maintaining an active research profile.

Dr Faye Didymus

Faye Didymus is a senior lecturer in sport and exercise psychology. Her teaching, research, and consultancy focuses on the psychology of peak performance in coaches and athletes, with a particular emphasis on stress and coping.

Dr Kitrina Douglas

Kitrina joined Leeds Beckett University in December 2013 on a .2 contract bringing a reservoir of research experience in the areas of elite and professional sport, physical activity and mental health. She is an ambassador for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), a member of the National Anti-doping panel for sport and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol.

Dr Kelsey Erickson

Dr Kelsey Erickson is a Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University. Her primary research interest is the social psychology of doping in sport. Her PhD research was titled "Doping in Sport: a cross-national (US and UK) analysis of track and field athletes".

Lisa Gannon

Dr Gannon is a Senior Lecturer and level leader teaching on the Physical Education courses. Her research concentrates on the area of bone health and sport. She has strong links with both the national and international governing bodies for gymnastics.

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.

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 Brian Hanley

Brian is undertaking research for a PhD in the Biomechanics of Elite Race Walking Technique. He lectures mainly in the areas of biomechanics and anatomy.

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 Ben Jones

Dr Ben Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology. Ben also undertakes consultancy work on athletic development and sports performance in professional sport, currently working with Leeds Rhinos Rugby League and Leeds Carnegie Rugby Union Club.

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.

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.

Matt Lees

Dr Chris Low

Dr Low is a Lecturer in Biomechanics. His main interests lie in technique analysis, particularly within gymnastics.

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).

Gareth Nicholson

Dr Gareth Nicholson joined Leeds Beckett in September 2014 as a Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics. His research interests are in the measurement and development of strength & power.

Julian North

Julian North is a Senior Research Fellow in sport and coaching, in the Carnegie School of Sport. He heads the Sport Coaching Innovations (SCI) unit which provides innovative research and consultancy services to sport and coaching organisations globally.

Professor John O'Hara 

Professor 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.

Laurie Patterson

Jamie Poolton

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.

Dr Kevin Till

Kevin is currently a lecturer on the Sports Coaching course. Kevin completed his BSc, MSc and PhD in Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Beckett University and has previously worked within professional sport as a strength and conditioning coach.

Costas Tsakirides

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

Dr Catherine Tucker

Catherine joined Leeds Beckett University in 2013 as Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics from the University of Limerick. Her research interests include 3D golf swing analysis and variability of movement patterns.

Dr Lisa Whitaker

Dr Whitaker is a Research Officer in the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure. Her primary research interests are in the area of behaviour change and anti-doping. Doping prevention is the key focus of Lisa’s current research.

Dr Paul Widdop