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Laura Healy

Nottingham Trent University
Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching

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 sport psychology.

Dr Healy joined Nottingham Trent University in September 2017. 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.

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. Her research has been funded by UK research organisations such as the British Academy, as well as charitable organisations such as Rethink Mental Illness.

Outside of academic, Dr. Healy is an active hockey player and Head Coach of the Junior section of a hockey club.

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