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Ifigenia (Fenia) joined the University of Brighton in 2010 as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science.

Fenia comes from a diverse background of educational and research experiences, having studied and worked as an academic both in Europe and America. Fenia has a BSc in Exercise Science from the  University of Athens, Greece; an MscEdu in Exercise Science from Northern Illinois University in America; and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology/Science Education, from Syracuse University in New York State in America. She was previously been a Lecturer in Applied Physiology at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, and a Lecturer in Exercise Physiology/Sports Nutrition, at the University of Athens in Greece.

Fenia holds the equality and diversity role in the School of Sports and Service Management and is a passionate advocate of equality and diversity issues in the student population and in the workplace.

Fenia teaches a variety of courses in exercise physiology, exercise and health, nutrition for health and sports, exercise testing and prescription for athletes and clinical populations both in the BSc and MSc educational level in Sport Science.

Fenia’s research interests lie in the area of clinical exercise physiology, health and nutrition.  Her research is focused on the effects of exercise and diet on health and specifically on abdominal obesity and chronic low grade inflammation and on clinical populations such as obese individuals, type 2 diabetes patients and peri- and post-menopausal women.

More recently her research is focused on mental health. Fenia has been investigating the effects of different exercise modes such as interval exercise Vs continuous exercise on older women and mood; further she has been investigating the effects of lifestyle interventions through new innovative techniques such as mindfulness and mindful eating on mood, eating behaviour and overall wellbeing in university students and mental illness patients.


Research interests

My research interest lies on the effects that lifestyle interventions such as diet and exercise have on the health of the average individual and most importantly on clinical population such as obese, type 2 diabetic patients, peri- and post-menopausal women etc. 

The last five years, my research interest has also focused into the area of mental health. I have been conducting research investigating the effects that exercise and dietary interventions have on individuals with mental health problems such as severe mental illness patients and individuals that exhibit disordered eating behaviours or are clinically diagnosed with eating disorders.

At present, I am continuing my research on older women with a greater focus on the effects of high intensity interval exercise on exercise capacity, mood and congition. Recently, I have started investigating new, innovative strategies to promote health such as mindfulness and mindful eating and I am currently exploring the relationship between mindful eating and disordered eating (binge eating) and mood in university students and mentally ill patients. Further, I am in the process of exploring eating behaviour in a multidisciplinary approach, by integrating consuming behaviour, psychology of consumption and mindful eating.


 Current Research Projects

 - The effects of high intensity interval exercise Vs continuous exercise on the exercise capacity, fat oxidation, mood and enjoyment of exercise in overweight peri- and post-menopausal women.

 - Eating Disorders in elite level athletes. 

 - The effects of disordered eating and poor mental health on mindful consumption of food in young adults. A multi-disciplinary collaborative research project between the University of Brighton,  Nottighnam Trent University and Conventry University.

 - Mindful eating and mood. An investigation of the relationship between mindless eating, binge eating behaviour and mood in sports science, health science and pharmacy and medical science students. A multi-disciplinary collaborative research project between the University of Brighton and Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

 - The association between work-related stress, eating behaviour and binge eating in academic staff in the UK. A multi-disciplinary collaborative research project between the University of Brighton and Brighton and Sussex Medical School.




Approach to teaching

I have always been a great advocate of collaborative teaching. Through my Phd studies in Science Education and after completing my training and receiving a Certificate in University Teaching in Syracuse University, I have been a great believer of the strenght of a collaborative style of teaching in the advancement and learning progress of students. The teaching environment that us, the academic professionals create for our students, should be one of support, engagement and exploration. The students should be seen as an active learner that builds on his/her current experiences and knowlwedge and uses these experiences and knowledge to learn and expand. Working in small groups, stimulating active and autonomous thinking through student-led projects in the classroom we can allow our students to become independent and active thinkers.


As an active researcher and active learner myself, I strive for the intergration of research into teaching. By stimulating research-informed teaching through the inclusion of our research work in our teaching/curriculum as well as the introduction of small research projects to our students, we can support them into acquiring a hands on experience on experimentation, trial and error practices, autonomy of thinking and reflection. We can encourage students to seek and discover new knowledge.


My teaching is focused on the following scientific areas:

-Exercise and Health

-Nutrition for Performance

-Nutrition for Health Promotion

-Energy Metabolism and Endocrinology 

-Exercise and Systemic Inflammation

-Eating Behaviour

-Eating Disorders

External positions

Expert/Reviewer for the European Commission-Horizon 2020 Grants, European Commission

1 Dec 20171 Jul 2019

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Research Output 2003 2020

Interval exercise induces milder respiratory responses compared to continuous exercise

Thomakos, P., Geladas, N., Paschalis, V., Giannopoulou, I., Varouhakis, G. & Behrakis, P., 29 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Sports Sciences. p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Mindfulness in Eating Is Inversely Related to Binge Eating and Mood Disturbances in University Students in Health-Related Disciplines

Giannopoulou, I., Kotopoulea-Nikolaidi, M., Daskou, S., Martyn, K. & Patel, A., 2 Feb 2020, In : Nutrients. 12, 2, p. 1-11 11 p., 396.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Prevalence of disordered eating in elite female athletes in team sports in Greece

Kampouri, D., Kotopoulea-Nikolaidi, M., Daskou, S. & Giannopoulou, I., 17 Mar 2019, In : European Journal of Sport Science. 19, 9, p. 1267-1275 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Comparison of Inflammatory Responses and Muscle Damage Indices Following a Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball and Handball Game at an Elite Competitive Level

Souglis, A., Bogdanis, G. C., Giannopoulou, I., Papadopoulos, C. & Apostolidis, N., 1 Jan 2015, In : Research in Sports Medicine. 23, 1, p. 59-72 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle