Kiara Lewis


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Kiara joined the University of Huddersfield in September 1997 and is currently Head of the Division of Health and Wellbeing. Within the division there are 3 related courses: Sport Science, Exercise Science and Sport, Exercise and Nutrition. Kiara is a BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientist) Accredited Scientist and a Charted Scientist with the Science Council. She has published research in the areas of exercise psychology including adherence to exercise, children’s engagement with exercise, obesity in childhood and exercise and mental health.

Kiara came to the University from a Health and Fitness Development post working to promote physical activity in sedentary populations. She continues this work locally as an Executive Board member of ‘Everybody Active’, regionally as a Central Committee member of YoPAKE (Yorkshire and Humber Physical Activity Knowledge Exchange) and internationally as part of the Health Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) children and young people working group. Kiara is passionate about the health enhancing potential of physical activity and is supervising post graduate research in the areas of exercise and breast cancer, stroke, multiple sclerosis and mental health.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Experience of physical activity
  • The influences on the adoption and adherence to exercise as well as the impact of exercise
  • The physical activity behaviours of students, cardiac patients, cancer survivors, professional athletes and overweight/obese children 

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Output 2014 2018

  • 9 Article
  • 1 Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Review article

Social physique anxiety and physical activity behaviour of male and female exercisers

Portman, R. M., Bradbury, J. & Lewis, K. 10 Jan 2018 In : European Journal of Sport Science. 18, 2, p. 257-265 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Heart Rate
Open Access
Focus Groups
Institutional Ethics
Public Health
Qualitative Research
Breast Neoplasms
Social Support
1 Citations

Person-centred phenomenology: service user experiences of exercise

Pickard, L., Rodriguez, A. & Lewis, K. 10 Apr 2017 In : Mental Health and Social Inclusion. 21, 2, p. 119-126 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mental Health Services
Mental Health
mental health

Activities 2014 2016

  • 3 Oral presentation
  • 1 Invited talk