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Research interests

The role of physical activity in preventing and managing disease and illness, and improving health and wellbeing. 

My research and practice has focused on:-

  • cardiac rehabilitation and exercise training for individuals with cardiovascular disease, particularly chronic heart failure.
  • exercise programmes for individuals being treated for and/recovering from can
  • exercise during pregnancy.
  • exercise interventions to prevent falls in the elderly.

I have worked with NHS trusts, hospitals, condition-specific charities and leisure providers to research and implement positive outcomes for patients.


Supervisory Interests

I have supervised/am supervising PhDs in the following areas:-

  • Exercise cardiology
  • Detraining and muscle function
  • Heat sensitivity in breast cancer survivors
  • High intensity interval training
  • Women’s decisions to exercise in pregnancy

Approach to teaching

Course Leader for BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science.

I encourage students to take an interest in what is going on around them - in the local or wider community - and to think about how this links to sport, exercise and health science. Relating a theoretical concept to something that is personally relevant in their lives often helps them to extend their learning beyond the degree course content.

I assist students into voluntary work on exercise referral and falls prevention interventions, and cardiac, stroke and cancer rehabilitation programmes as this enhances their learning, motivates their interest and can improve their employability.

I particularly enjoy this aspect of working with students individually or in small groups on exercise, nutrition and health-related projects in the community.

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education Academy, UK

… → 2010

PhD, University of Brighton

… → 2010

University of Brighton

… → 2006

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

2011 → …

British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation

2006 → …

External positions

External Examiner, MSc Applied Exercise and Health Science, Canterbury Christ Church University

2018 → …

Adviser, CU Fitter initiative and Course Tutor for the CU Fitter Award in Applied Cancer Exercise (CIMSPA endorsed), Cancer United

2015 → …

External Examiner, University of Chester, MSc Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation, University of Chester


External Examiner, Foundation Degree and Progression to Honours in Health Promotion and Personal Training, University of Chichester


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Research Output

Validity of a wearable sweat rate monitor and routine sweat analysis techniques using heat acclimation

Relf, R., Eichhorn, G., Waldock, K., Flint, M., Beale, L. & Maxwell, N., 29 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Thermal Biology. 90, 8 p., 102577.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The importance of contractile reserve in predicting exercise tolerance in asymptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis

    van Zalen, J., Badiani, S., Hart, L. M., Marshall, A. J., Beale, L., Brickley, G., Bhattacharyya, S., Patel, N. R. & Lloyd, G., 1 Sep 2019, In : Echo Research and Practice. 6, 3, p. 43-52 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Reliability of a wearable sweat rate monitor and routine sweat analysis techniques under heat stress in females

    Relf, R., Willmott, A., Flint, M., Beale, L. & Maxwell, N., 18 Dec 2018, In : Journal of Thermal Biology. 79, p. 209-217

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Short-Term Psychological and Physiological Effects of Varying the Volume of High-Intensity Interval Training in Healthy Men

    da Silva Machado, D. G., Costa, E. C., Ray, H., Beale, L., Chatzisarantis, N. L. D., de Farias-Junior, L. F. & Hardcastle, S., 21 Nov 2018, In : Perceptual and Motor Skills. 126, 1, p. 119-142 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prognostic importance of tissue velocity imaging during exercise echocardiography in patients with systolic heart failure

    van Zalen, J., Patel, N. R., Podd, S., Raju, P., McIntosh, R., Brickley, G., Beale, L., Sturridge, L. P. & Lloyd, G., 1 Mar 2015, In : Echo Research and Practice. 2, 1, p. 19-27 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 1 Research degree

    Heat sensitivity and alleviating strategies for female breast cancer survivors

    Neil Maxwell (Supervisor), Melaine Flint (Supervisor) & Louisa Beale (Supervisor)

    Oct 2016 → …

    Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree