Dr Laura Johnson

Lecturer in Sport, Physical Activity and Health

Research Group and Institute

  • Psychology of Sport, Exercise & Movement Research Group
  • Sport, Work & Health Research Group

Profile

Laura Johnson is a Lecturer in Sport, Physical Activity and Health for the Sport Development and Management/Sport Management and Coaching programmes. She also contributes to teaching on the MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health programme.

She joined Edge Hill in 2013 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and full-time PhD candidate in September 2013. Laura submitted her PhD thesis in August 2016 before being appointed as a Lecturer in September 2016. Prior to this Laura worked as a research assistant on the Fathers’ Engagement Project at Liverpool John Moores University [2012-2013], having completed an MSc in the Psychology of Sport at Liverpool John Moores University [2009-2010] and a BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science (psychology) at the same institution [2006-2009].

Research

Laura’s PhD work was based around the impact of family background on health and physical activity within an area of high socioeconomic deprivation and also included the design and delivery of a health-based intervention through Everton in the Community. This work was shortlisted for the Guardian’s University Social and Community Impact Awards 2015. A case study on this research was also one of only a small number of examples selected by the Sport and Recreation Alliance to showcase the positive impacts of sports-based programmes on mental health/well-being nationally. This work is currently being written up as a number of academic papers which will be submitted to peer-reviewed journals over the next few months.

Laura is also involved in a number of new projects including levels of motivation and self-rated mental wellbeing of novice runners and the links between sport, physical activity and mental-wellbeing for children and young people.

External Engagement

Laura’s external engagement activities include:

  • Member of MSP’s Children and Young People Strategic Group (2018-)
  • BASES Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist/Charted Scientist (CSci) (2016-)
  • Sport & Exercise Science Consultancy, supporting athletes in performance enhancement and wellbeing (2016-)

Selected Publications

  • HOUGHTON, L., and KNOWLES, Z. R., 2017. Improving health behaviours and outcomes: An intervention to support engagement in physical activity. Case studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology. 1(1), pp. 103-114. https://doi.org/10.1123/cssep.2017-0006
  • HOUGHTON, L., WILLIAMS, E, L., JONES, H. S., and PAGE, R. M., 2017. To align or not to align? Research methods and its relationship with dissertation marks across Sport undergraduate degree programmes. Studies in Higher Education. 20, pp.101-109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhlste.2017.04.005
  • SMITH, A., JONES, J., HOUGHTON, L. and DUFFELL, T., 2016. A Political Spectator Sport or Policy Priority? A Review of Sport, Physical Activity and Public Mental Health Policy. International Journal of Sports Policy and Politics. 8(4), pp. 593-607. https://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2016.1230554
  • HOUGHTON, L. J., O’DWYER, M., FOWEATHER, L., WATSON, P., ALFORD, S. and KNOWLES, Z.R., 2014. An impact and feasibility evaluation of a six-week (nine hour) active play intervention on fathers’ engagement with their preschool children: a feasibility study, Early Child Development and Care. 185(2), pp. 244-266. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2014.919495
  • HOUGHTON, L., O’DWYER, M., FOWEATHER, L., WATSON, P. M., ALFORD, S., and KNOWLES, Z., 2014. Benefits of daddy play. Early Years Educator. 16(7), pp. 28-30.
  • BODDY, L. M., KNOWLES, Z.R., DAVIES, I. G., WARBURTON, G.L, MACKINTOSH, K.A., HOUGHTON, L. and FAIRCLOUGH, S.J., 2012. Using formative research to develop the healthy eating component of the change! school-based curriculum intervention. BMC Public Health. 12, pp. 710-720. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-710