Laura Healy

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr. Laura Healy is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Coaching Science and teaches on the BSc Coaching and Sports Science programme. She supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research projects in areas related to coaching and sport psychology.

Career overview

Dr Healy joined Nottingham Trent University in September 2017. Dr Healy began her academic studies at Bangor University, where she obtained a 1st class BSc in Sport Science in 2008, followed by an MSc with Distinction in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2010. She successfully defended her Doctorate in Sport Psychology from the University of Birmingham in July 2015, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Dr Healy has worked in a variety of academic roles. This includes work as a Research Associate, first at Bangor University before working on an ESRC-funded research project at the University of Birmingham. Most recently, she worked as a Lecturer in Sport Coaching Science at Newman University, Birmingham.

Research areas

Dr Healy is a member of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Group.

Her research to date has explored how the motivation underpinning goal striving can impact upon goal related variables, such as persistence, disengagement and the management of multiple goals. This research has been conducted largely in sporting contexts.

Broadly, she is interested in the personal and contextual factors which influence individuals’ experience in sport and physical activity. She is particularly interested in exploring these aspects within youth sport settings.

Dr Healy also researches in mental health, particularly related to the role of sport and physical activity in the treatment of mental health conditions, and how coaches can effectively support individuals within such contexts.

External activity

Dr Healy is a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES). She regularly reviews for high-quality peer reviewed journals, such as Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology and Psychology of Sport & Exercise.

Sponsors and collaborators

Dr Adam Benkwitz, Newman University, Birmingham

Press expertise

  • Motivation (including exercise, sport and diet)
  • Goals
  • Mental health and physical activity
  • Coaching