Staff Members


Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson

Prof J Allen-CollinsonDirector of HART, and Professor in Sociology & Physical Culture in the School of Sport and Exercise Science, where she is also Director of Postgraduate Research, Jacquelyn’s research coheres around the lived experience of physical cultures, sport, exercise and physical activity, and the social interactional, embodied, and sensory aspects of participation in these domains. She has also conducted evaluations of a range of health and exercise promotion schemes and is a specialist in qualitative methodology.

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. His 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 Daniel Bishop

Associate Professor in sport and exercise biomechanics in the School of Sport and Exercise Science. Dan has been involved in a number of project evaluations which have looked at the effects of community and school-based initiatives on increasing physical activity in young people.

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.

Professor Nigel Curry                                                                                            

CURRY photoVisiting Professor in Healthy Food Systems, based in HART, and formerly Professor of Countryside Planning at the Universities of the West of England and of Gloucestershire, Nigel has a particular interest in rural development. 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 currently involved in HART’s health and food research programme, and founder of the Lincoln 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.

Dr Hannah Henderson  Senior Lecturer in Health and Exercise Science in the School of Sport and Exercise Science, Hannah’s research focuses on the development and evaluation of physical activity interventions, increasing understanding of what is required in designing and delivering effective physical activity interventions, and how this is best evaluated to reflect fully impact.
Dr Patricia Jackman

HART StaffA Lecturer 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.

Dr Gareth McNarry

A former Research Assistant with HART, Gareth’s current role is that of Assistant Performance Swimming Coach and Para-Swimming Lead with Loughborough University’s performance swimming team. Gareth also researches and publishes with HART colleagues, Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson and Dr Adam Evans (University of Copenhagen), including on sporting embodiment and sensory work in performance swimming.

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Mr 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 past 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 Danny Taylor

Danny TLecturer in sport physiology in the School of Sport and Exercise Science, Danny’s research to date has focussed on pacing during multi-modal exercise, and also the combined physiological and perceptual demands of sport, exercise and physical activity. This has more recently led to an interest in better understanding how exercise, task perception and/or pacing interventions may help enhance the health/fitness status of different populations.

Dr Kate Timmins

KTimminsSenior 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.