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Dr Sandra Leyland


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Senior Lecturer

I am a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I am also a founding member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology. I have been teaching psychology in further and higher education institutions since 1988 and I'm a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have a particular interest in psychological factors related to physical activity motivation and behaviour change in the context of health and wellbeing.


Teaching and supervision

I am Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Exercise, Health and Fitness, BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise and Health and also the Foundation Degree in Exercise, Health and Fitness. I specialise in sport and exercise psychology but have also taught research methods and health psychology. I am currently module leader for the undergraduate and postgraduate modules in sport and exercise psychology and a level 6 module in exercise behaviour change. My most recent PhD student completed his doctorate in motivation for school-based dance and another  has completed a series of studies on self-efficacy for high-board diving. My other PhD students are examining psychological issues in the context of a variety of behaviours including use of performance and image enhancing drugs, participation in voluntary opportunities at the University and teacher perceptions of physical education.

Research interests for potential research students

I welcome new doctoral students interested in the relationship between psychology (eg motivation, mental health and wellbeing) and health related physical activity.

Research

I am principle investigator of a research project examining barriers faced by mental health care workers when offering physical activity advice to patients with severe and enduring mental illness in collaboration with Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust Regional Affective Disorders Service. I also lead a project examining the mental health of elite athletes.   I have an interest in the health and wellbeing of children and the role of physical activity participation and non participation. Currently I am part of a team assessing methods of fitness testing with school children.

Publications

Number of items: 14.

Article

Leyland, Sandra, Currie, Alan, Anderson, Steven, Bradley, Eddie and Ling, Jonathan (2018) Offering physical activity advice to people with serious mental illness: The beliefs of mental health professionals. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 15. pp. 1-6. ISSN 1755-2966

Archer, David, Hogg, Robert, Coulson, Morcombe, Soos, Istvan, Anderson, Steven, Innerd, Paul and Leyland, Sandra (2017) Influence of body mass index and gender on physical activity in primary school children during PE and non-PE school days. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 76. E33-E33. ISSN 0029-6651

Anderson, Steven, Leyland, Sandra and Ling, Jonathan (2017) Gender differences in motivation for participation in extra-curricular dance: Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour. Research in Dance Education, 18 (2). pp. 150-160. ISSN 1464-7893

Pattinson, Emily M., Cotterill, Stewart T. and Leyland, Sandra (2017) Sources of Self-Efficacy in Springboard and Highboard Diving: A Qualitative Investigation. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, 13 (1). ISSN 1745-4980

Leyland, Sandra, van Wersch, A and Woodhouse, D (2013) Testing an extended theory of planned behaviour to predict intention to participate in health-related exercise during long-distance flight travel. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. ISSN 1612-197X

Anderson, Steven, Leyland, Sandra and Ling, Jonathan (2013) UK Adolescent School Pupils' Beliefs about Participation in Extra-Curricular Dance. Sport and Art, 1 (3). pp. 75-81.

Anderson, Steven, Leyland, Sandra and Ling, Jonathan (2013) UK Adolescent School Pupils’ Beliefs about Participation in Extra-Curricular Dance. International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 1 (3). pp. 75-81. ISSN 2381-4381

Conference or Workshop Item

Leyland, Sandra, Board, Lisa and Currie, Alan (2019) Initial data from the EIS survey presented by associate Prof A Currie and the EIS Expert Mental Health Panel. In: UK Paralympic Performacne Conference, 12-13th March 2019, Manchester. (Unpublished)

Gambles, Ellen-Alyssa, Anderson, Steven, Leyland, Sandra and Ling, Jonathan (2018) Barriers and Facilitators underpinning PE teachers’ perspectives of the Teaching Games for Understanding approach using Occupational Socialisation. In: North East Postgraduate Conference 2018, 09 Nov 2018, Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. (Unpublished)

Leyland, Sandra, Currie, Alan, Anderson, Steven, Bradley, Eddie and Ling, Jonathan (2018) Offering physical activity advice to people with serious mental illness: The beliefs of mental health professionals. In: Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust Research and Development Conference, 16 May 2018, Newcastle, UK. (Unpublished)

Gambles, Ellen-Alyssa, Anderson, Steven, Leyland, Sandra and Ling, Jonathan (2018) Occupational Socialisation Theory: Identification of the barriers and facilitators that underpin physical education teachers' perspectives of the Teaching Games for Understanding approach. In: BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) Student Conference 2018, Apr 2018, Northumbria University. (Unpublished)

Perry, K, Archer, David and Leyland, Sandra (2017) Student motivation to take part in employability enhancing volunteering opportunities within Higher Education Sport and Exercise degree programmes. In: University of Sunderland Research Conference, 5th June 2017, University of Sunderland.

Johansen, M, Whyte, Ian, Davis, Paul and Leyland, Sandra (2017) Attitudes and Beliefs about taking Steroid and Image Enhancing Drugs (SIEDs): A systematic review of studies with gym users. In: Association for Applied Sports Psychology Student Conference 2017, 20-21st May 2017, University of Winchester.

Anderson, Steven, Leyland, Sandra and Graham, Sarah (2017) Transforming assessment: Using a rubric approach effectively to support learning. In: Three Rivers Conference, March 2017, University of Northumbria.

This list was generated on Fri May 29 22:56:12 2020 BST.
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Health behaviour motivation and behaviour change
  • The relationship between physical activity, mental health and wellbeing

Last updated 28 April 2020