Professor Susan Backhouse and the Sporting Integrity and Welfare Research Group at Leeds Beckett have established a globally recognised programme of research investigating doping and clean sport behaviour from multiple perspectives (e.g. athlete, athlete support personnel, policymaker). Her research work has attracted funding from the European Commission, World Anti-Doping Agency, International Olympic Committee and National Governing Bodies of Sport. For example, in 2018 Sue launched the European Union Erasmus+ funded Clean Sport Alliance with partners from three academic institutions and five national anti-doping organisations across Europe. Sue is a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency Social Science Research Group, a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, an Associate Fellow and Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.


Dr. Laurie Patterson is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology within the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University. Laurie commenced her anti-doping research in 2008 and her PhD specifically examined anti-doping education for coaches. Her work focusses on understanding doping behaviours across a range of stakeholder groups in order to inform effective practice, programmes and policy.


Hayden Allen is a PhD student in the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University, investigating asthma anti-doping policy, inhaler (mis)use and the impact of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction on athletic performance. Hayden will present: Perceptions and experiences of asthma medication use in athletes: A qualitative study examining barriers and enablers to anti-doping policy adherence.

Professor Susan Backhouse

Director of Research / Carnegie School Of Sport

Sue is the Director of Research for Sport and Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism, leading our REF2021 submission. Sue is an interdisciplinary academic serving as a Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Nutrition in the Carnegie School of Sport.