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Dr Sarah Edmunds

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Psychology

I am an HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and a Chartered scientist with the British Psychological Society. I work within the Institute of Sport as a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Psychology. My main teaching responsibilities include a Level 6 module ‘Exercise and Physical Activity Interventions’ and an MSc module ‘Enhancing Physical Activity Participation and Wellbeing’.  I am the Programme Coordinator for the MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS Stage 1).

Professional

  • Health and Care Professions Council, Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • British Psychological Society, Chartered Member
  • BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, full member
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow

Publications

Publications

Recent publications

  • Gorczynski, P.F., Edmunds, S. and Lowry, R. (2020). Enhancing physical activity knowledge exchange strategies for Canadian long-haul truck drivers. International Journal of Workplace Health Management. DOI: 10.1108/IJWHM-02-2019-0032.
  • Edmunds, S., Sitch, M. and Lowry, R. (2019). Who provides physical activity support in the workplace? Implications for peer led interventions, Health Education Journal, 79(2), 195-211. DOI: 10.1177/0017896919872230.
  • Brown, G. and Edmunds, S. (2018) On explaining. In O. Hargie (Ed.) The Handbook of Communication Skills, 4th edition. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge.
  • Brown, G. and Edmunds, S. (2018) Effective Teaching? In R. Ellis and Hogard, E. (Eds.) Handbook of Quality Assurance for University Teaching. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge.
  • Edmunds, S. and Clow, A. (2016) The role of peer physical activity champions in the workplace: a qualitative study. Perspectives in Public Health, 136, 3, 161-170. DOI: 10.1177/1757913915600741.
  • Cartwright, T., Fraser, E., Edmunds, S., Wilkinson, N. and Jacobs K. (2015) Journeys of adjustment: the experiences of adolescents living with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Child: Care, Health and Development, 41, 5, 734-43. DOI: 10.1111/cch.12206.
  • Cartwright, T., Fraser, E., Edmunds, S., Wilkinson, N. and Jacobs K. (2014) Journeys of adjustment: the experiences of adolescents living with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Child: Care, Health and Development. doi: 10.1111/cch.12206
  • Brown G. and Edmunds S. (2014) Undertaking pedagogic research using quantitative methods. In: Getting Started in Pedagogic Research within the STEM Disciplines (pp. 13-20). University of Birmingham STEM Education Centre on behalf of the National HE STEM Programme, Birmingham. 
  • Clow A. and Edmunds S. (2014) Physical Activity and Mental Health. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Edmunds S. and Clow A. (2014) Physical activity and mental health in long term conditions. In Clow A and Edmunds S. (Eds) Physical Activity and Mental Health. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Clow A. and Edmunds  S. (2014) Pathways linking physical activity to well-being and mental health. In Clow A and Edmunds S. (Eds) Physical Activity and Mental Health. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Brown G. and Edmunds S. (2013) Lectures. In J. Dent and R. Harden (eds) A Practical Guide for Medical Teachers 4th Edition. Edinburgh: Elsevier
  • Edmunds S. and Brown G. (2013) Undertaking pedagogic research using qualitative methods. In: M.Grove and T. Overton (Eds.) Getting Started in Pedagogic Research within the STEM Disciplines (pp. 21-28). University of Birmingham STEM Education Centre on behalf of the National HE STEM Programme, Birmingham.  
  • Edmunds S., Hurst L. and Harvey K. (2013) Physical activity barriers in the workplace: An exploration of factors contributing to non-participation in a UK workplace physical activity intervention. International Journal of Workplace Health Management. 6.3.227-240
  • Edmunds S., Stephenson D. and Clow A. (2013) The effects of a physical activity intervention on employees in small and medium enterprises: a mixed methods study. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 46, 39–49..
  • Edmunds S. and Brown G. (2012) Doing qualitative research in dentistry and dental education. European Journal of Dental Education, 16, 110–117.
  • Brown G. and Edmunds S. (2011) Doing Pedagogical Research in Engineering. Engineering Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning: Loughborough University.
  • Edmunds S. and Brown G. (2010) Effective Small Group Learning: AMEE Guide No. 48. Medical Teacher, 32, 715-726.
  • Edmunds S. and Brown G. (2010) AMEE Guide 48: Effective Small Group Learning. Dundee: Association for Medical Education in Europe.
  • Edmunds S. (2010) Wellbeing: conceptual issues and implications for interdisciplinary work. Journal of Holistic Healthcare, 7, 9-12.
  • Edmunds S., Roche D. and Stratton G. (2010) Levels and patterns of physical activity in children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes and associated metabolic and physiologic health outcomes. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 7, 68-77.
  • Brown G. and Edmunds S. (2009) Learning from Lectures. In J. Dent and R. Harden (eds) A Practical Guide for Medical Teachers 3rd Edition. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
  • Roche D.M., Edmunds S., Cable T., Didi M. and Stratton G. (2008) Skin microvascular reactivity in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes in relation to levels of physical activity and aerobic fitness. Pediatric Exercise Science, 20, 426-438.
  • Edmunds S., Roche D., Stratton G., Wallymahmed A. and Glenn S. (2007) Physical activity and psychological well-being in children with Type 1 diabetes. Psychology, Health and Medicine Journal, 12, 353-363.
  • Edmunds S., Garratt A., Haines L. and Blair M. (2005) Child health assessment at school entry (CHASE) project: evaluation in 10 London primary schools. Child: Health, Care and Development, 31, 143-154.
  • Edmunds S., Haines L. and Blair M. (2005) Development of a questionnaire to collect public health data for school entrants in London: Child Health Assessment at School Entry (CHASE) project. Child: Health, Care and Development, 31, 89-97.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Edmunds S., Sitch M. and Lowry R. (2015) An exploration of the types and sources of social support for physical activity that are provided and received in an office based workplace. To be presented at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, June 2015, Edinburgh.
  • Lowry R., Sitch M. and Edmunds S. (2015) Who do you turn to? Mapping employee social support for physical activity in an office-based workforce. International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, June 2015, Edinburgh.
  • Sitch M., Lowry R., Edmunds S. and Day M. (2015) An exploration of the structure of personal social networks and physical activity level. International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, June 2015, Edinburgh.
  • Edmunds S. and Clow A. (2012) The effects of a physical activity intervention on employees in small and medium enterprises: a mixed methods study. British Psychological Society Annual Conference, London.
  • Edmunds S. and Stephenson D. (2010) ‘Workplace Activator’: a pilot programme to engage small and medium sized enterprises in physical activity promotion. London Health 2010, London.

Public engagement:

Media activity

  • Interview about physical activity and wellbeing on BBC Radio Scotland, MacAulay and Co. (15/05/2013)
  • Careers in Sport and Exercise Psychology Talk for BPS London and Home Counties Branch (2009 & 2010)

Non peer reviewed publications

Funding awarded from external sources:

  • £9,821 from the Greater London Authority. London Workplace Well-being Charter Evaluation Framework (Jan 2013-June 2013). Co-applicant.
  • £85,614 from: the Department of Work and Pensions Challenge Fund (£39,594); NHS Westminster £8,500; NHS Camden £5,000; Central YMCA £32,520 in kind. ‘Workplace Activator’ (April 2010-September 2011). Co-applicant.
  • £38,065 from the Higher Education Innovation Fund ‘Development of interactive lesson plans to promote positive body image in children and adolescents’ (March 2011 – November 2011). Co-applicant, with Central YMCA as partners
  • £90,000 from British Heart Foundation. ‘The use of natural green space to modify psychophysiological responses associated with workplace stress’. Co-applicant with Dr Valerie Gladwell, University of Essex. (September 2010-2013).

Reviewing

Reviewer for a number of peer reviewed journals including: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; Health Education Research; International Journal of Workplace Health Management; and Academic Medicine.

Research

My research interests cover promoting physical activity in the workplace; qualitative studies to explore physical activity behaviour; physical activity and well-being; and physical activity and diabetes. I have been involved in a number of projects within a workplace setting. Recently this has included studying social support for physical activity within a workplace setting, and exploring physical activity literacy within employees. I jointly edited the book ‘Physical Activity and Mental Health’ which was published by Human Kinetics in 2014. Recent work in this area involved exploring the effects on of running with a dog on mood. I have also published a number of book chapters on pedagogy of teaching and learning and research methods for pedagogical research.

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