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Laura Healy

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

Her research explores how the motivation underpinning goal striving can impact upon the self-regulation of goals and well-being. Recently, Dr Healy has extended this work to look at the role of motivation for the pursuit of team goals and the management of multiple goals.

Dr Healy also researches in mental health, particularly related to the role of sport and physical activity in mental health recovery, and how coaches, peer leaders and others such as support workers or healthcare professional can effectively support individuals within such contexts.

Opportunities arise to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD in the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained on the NTU Research Degrees website

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 Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Psychology of Sport & Exercise, Motivation and Emotion and Journal of Sports Sciences.

Sponsors and collaborators

Research is currently being conducted with the funding and/or support of:

  • British Academy
  • Rethink Mental Illness

NTU collaborators

  • Dr Mustafa Sarkar
  • Dr Julie Johnston
  • Dr Ruth Boat
  • Prof Mary Nevill
  • Dr Maria Karanika-Murray

External collaborators

  • Dr Adam Benkwitz, Newman University, Birmingham
  • Dr Alison Tinknell-Smith, University of Bath
  • Prof Nikos Ntoumanis, Curtin University, Australia

Press expertise

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