Staff Members


Dr Hannah Henderson 

Associate Professor in Health and Exercise Science in the School of Sport and Exercise Science, and Director of HART, Hannah is an applied practitioner with experience of delivering community physical activity programmes. Her research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programmes, for a variety of populations, and creating meaningful impact.

Dr Patricia Jackman

HART StaffLecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Lead for the Lincoln Sport and Exercise Psychology Group Trish’s research focuses on understanding how to promote optimal experiences in sport, exercise, and physical activity, with a particular interest in the concepts of flow, clutch performance, affect, and goal setting. Additionally, she is currently working on projects examining psychological wellbeing in doctoral education and occupational contexts.

Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson

Professor Emerita in Sociology & Physical Cultures in the School of Sport and Exercise Science, and former Director of HART, Jacquelyn’s research coheres around the sociology of physical cultures, sport, exercise and physical activity, and the social interactional, embodied, and sensory aspects of participation in these domains. With colleagues, she has been interested in advancing the nexus of sociology and phenomenology, particularly in relation to researching sporting embodiment.

Dr Hayden Bird

Research Assistant with HART, Hayden has a background in applied research and evaluation across criminal justice, higher education, social work and the voluntary and community sector. Hayden’s role involves research on the learning and evaluation of the Talk Eat Drink (TED) East Lindsey project at Community Lincs (part of Lincolnshire YMCA). TED forms part of the ‘Ageing Better’ programme set up by the National Lottery Community Fund with the aim of developing creative ways for people aged 50+ to be actively involved in their communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness.

Dr Matt Bird

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the School of Sport and Exercise Science, Matt’s research focusses on understanding and reducing stigma towards mental health and mental health help-seeking among athletes and university students. He is also interested in evaluating the effectiveness of applied sport psychology interventions implemented with sport performers. Matt is a member of the Lincoln Sport and Exercise Psychology Group.

Mrs Joanna Blackwell

Associate Lecturer and doctoral student with the School of Sport and Exercise Science, and the University of Copenhagen, NEXS, Joanna’s PhD focuses on the ‘Sociology of ageing, exercise and cardiac rehabilitation’, and is supervised by Dr Hannah Henderson, Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson and Dr Adam Evans (Copenhagen) as a Dual Studentship between the Universities of Lincoln and Copenhagen.

Miss Georgia Clay

Associate Lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise Science, and doctoral student with the School and the University of Copenhagen, Georgia’s PhD focuses on the ‘Sociology of ageing, exercise and stroke rehabilitation’, supervised by Dr Hannah Henderson, Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson and Dr Adam Evans (Copenhagen) as a Dual Studentship between the University of Lincoln and the University of Copenhagen. Georgia’s previous research has focussed on physical and psychological wellbeing, behaviourinterventions and evaluation in a health and exercise setting.

Professor Nigel Curry                                                                                            

CURRY photoVisiting Professor in Healthy Food Systems, based in HART and the School of Sport & Exercise Science, Nigel was formerly Professor of Countryside Planning at the Universities of the West of England and of Gloucestershire. He has a particular interest in rural development, and song writing and recording. His work embraces the relationship between food production, consumption and health, the social and economic value of healthy exercise, and the health and welfare of rural older people. He is founder of the Lincolnshire Food Partnership.

Dr Nikolas DickersonNik

Lecturer in Sport Sociology in the School of Sport and Exercise Science, Nik’s work examines how film, television, the printed press, and social media construct knowledge about race, gender, the nation, and sporting spaces. He is interested in how these mediated narratives are connected to larger systems of power.

Miss Rebecca Hawkins 

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the School of Sport and Exercise Science, Rebecca’s work considers the effectiveness of interventions and guidance for health-enhancing physical activity. Specifically, her research examines psychological outcomes associated with the commonly employed strategy of goal setting for the purposes of physical activity promotion. Rebecca is also involved in projects examining optimal experiences in sport and exercise, and is interested more broadly in challenging current practices and recommendations within the physical activity domain. Rebecca is a member of the Lincoln Sport and Exercise Psychology Group.

Miss Rachel Langbein

A doctoral student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Sport and Exercise Science, Rachel is a member of the Lincoln Sport and Exercise Psychology Group. Her doctoral research is supervised by Dr Trish Jackman, Dr Dan Martin, and Professor Jaquelyn Allen-Collinson. Rachel’s research explores the psychology of low energy availability in sport and exercise, and more specifically seeks to understand potential antecedents and consequences of inadequate fuelling and excessive exercise among both competitive athletes and recreational exercisers.

click to view bioMr Geoff Middleton

Associate Professor, with direct experience of administration of, delivering and monitoring health promotion programmes relating to physical activity and nutrition in multi-setting environments, Geoff’s past and present research focuses on evaluating health promotion programmes on a consultancy basis.

HanyaDr Hanya Pielichaty

Associate Professor in the Lincoln International Business School and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Sports Business Management. Hanya’s research focuses on the relationship between sport, gender and family, in and around football spaces. In particular, Hanya is interested in how girls and women construct a sense of self through participation and how this impacts upon gender understanding and social relationships. Hanya’s own playing ‘career’ spans over 20 years and she utilises this ‘insider’ position to understand the research environment.

Dr Kate Timmins

Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise Science. With a background in nutritional and physical activity epidemiology, Kate’s research is concerned with the lifestyle determinants of health and chronic non-communicable diseases. Previous projects have focused on environmental factors affecting food choice, the measurement of diet and physical activity, the epidemiology of osteoarthritis, and the use of ‘big data’ for obesity research.

DonnaDr Donna Windard

Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise Science, Donna’s previous research has involved the evaluation of community and school-based initiatives on increasing physical activity in young people. Donna is also the director of the Youth Sport Group.