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Dr Lisa Whitaker

Dr Lisa Whitaker
Contact Details
Dr Lisa Whitaker

Research Officer

Carnegie School Of Sport

0113 81 28651 L.A.Whitaker@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About 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.

Lisa first joined Leeds Beckett University as an MSc Sport and Exercise Science student in 2008 following the completion of her undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University.

In 2009, Lisa became a Carnegie bursary student, where she undertook a PhD in anti-doping, focusing on the psychosocial factors that influence an athlete'’s willingness to dope. During her PhD, Lisa worked as a part-time Lecturer, contributing to the teaching of research methods and sport and exercise psychology at undergraduate level. Lisa also worked as a Research Assistant on a number of projects within the Carnegie Faculty.

Following the completion of her PhD in May 2013, Lisa was appointed as a Research Officer to work on an anti-doping research project funded by the Rugby Football Union. Through the project, Lisa aims to use her experience of investigating doping in sport from a psychosocial perspective to help inform the development of evidence-based anti-doping education programmes. Lisa is also actively involved in sharing her research experiences with students whilst delivering on research methods and sport and exercise psychology based modules.

Current Teaching


  • BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Activity and Health
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • BA (Hons) Physical Education

Level 5:

  • Research methods

Lisa also contributes to the delivery of undergraduate Sport and Exercise Psychology modules.

Research Interests

Following on from her PhD which investigated athlete's willingness to dope, Lisa continues to work within the anti-doping domain with a commitment to conducting research that informs anti-doping policy and practice. With other researchers in the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure, Lisa is currently working on an anti-doping research project in partnership with the Rugby Football Union. The project will explore the behaviours, beliefs and perceptions of adolescent males in relation to performance and image enhancement in sport. In particular, the project aims to develop an understanding of the factors influencing players' decision making and willingness to use performance and image enhancing substances to help inform young player education programmes.

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