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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 and Scholarship

Research groups

Member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, the Centre for Applied Psychological Research.

Research interests

Kiara Lewis’s research focuses on the experience of physical activity and the influences on the adoption and adherence to exercise as well as the impact of exercise. Kiara is interested in the impact of physical activity on both physical and mental health and how we can translate physical activity research into practice. Her work has included studying the physical activity behaviours of students, cardiac patients, cancer survivors, professional athletes and overweight and obese children. She has worked collaboratively with other Universities to investigate the impact of physical activity interventions on behaviour. The article Hudds researcher evaluates success of child obesity project describes Kiara’s research with overweight and obese children and is published on the University's website. Her work with the RFL (Rugby Football league) is also on the University website http://www.hud.ac.uk/news/2016/september/majorstudyintothementalhealthofprorugbyleagueplayers.php

Research projects

  • 2016 - 2018 Environmental Nudges Physical Activity Project
  • 2015 - 2017 Rugby Football League (RFL) Player Welfare Study
  • 2011 - 2012 Randomised Control Trial of a Workplace Physical Activity Intervention. BUPA funded project led by Leeds University
  • 2006 - 2009 Evaluation of ‘Young Pals’ physical activity scheme for overweight and obese children in Kirklees. Funded by Sport England and Kirklees PCT
  • 2004 - 2006 Member of ‘LEAP’ (Local Exercise Action Pilots) steering group. A nationally funded campaign to evaluate the effectiveness of physical activity interventions

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Livsey, L. and Lewis, K. (2017) ‘Breast cancer survivors’ perceptions of participating in a supervised exercise intervention: A systematic, critical review of the qualitative literatureWomen & Health . ISSN 0363-0242

Lewis, K., Daly-Smith, A. and Corrigan, N. (2017) ‘Yorkshire and Humber Physical Activity Knowledge Exchange - advancing translational research in the North of EnglandThe Sport and Exercise Scientist , 53. ISSN 1754-3452

Ashton-Goldthorpe, L., Lewis, K. and Tobbell, J. (2017) ‘Talking about Taekwon-Do’. In: Early Career Researcher Conference, 5th July 2017, Edge Hill University, UK

Lewis, K (2017) ‘Children and physical activity - why bother?’. In: Yorkshire Sport Foundation National Policy Seminar: Coping with reducing budgets: Improving attainment by improving pupil health, 27th April 2017, Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield, UK

Pickard, L., Rodriguez, A. and Lewis, K. (2017) ‘Person centred phenomenology : service user experiences of exerciseMental Health and Social Inclusion , 21 (2), pp. 119-126. ISSN 2042-8308


Lewis, K., Rodriguez, A., Kola, S. and Sherretts, N. (2016) ‘Mental health and rugby football league: is enough being done to support players?Journal of Sports Sciences , 34 (sup1), p. i-s85. ISSN 0264-0414

Eccles, N. and Lewis, K. (2016) ‘Do environmental nudges increase physical activity levels?’. In: 5th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 30th August - 1st September 2016, University of Chichester

Adami, P., Chalkley, A., Lewis, K., Hardie Murphy, M., Seghers, J., Gusi, N., Murtagh, E., Skovgaard, T., Belton, S., Murphy, M. and Dijk, D. (2016) ‘Promoting Physical Activity in Children and Young People, determinants and interventions’. In: 12th Annual Meeting 7th HEPA Europe Conference, 28th - 30th September 2016, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Lewis, K (2016) ‘Exercise and dementia evidence: A review of reviews’. In: ‘Everybody Active - Supporting People with Dementia to be Active’ seminar, 18th March 2016, Huddersfield, UK

Lewis, K., Rodriguez, A., Sherretts, N. and Kola, S. (2016) Super League Player Welfare Study: A Mixed Method Evaluation Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)


Lewis, K. and MacKenzie, A. (2015) ‘Should strategies to tackle childhood obesity also focus on mental health?British Journal of School Nursing , 10 (9), pp. 434-438. ISSN 1752-2803

Lewis, K (2015) ‘Engaging Children in Physical Activity’. In: International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference 2015, 3rd - 6th June 2015, Edinburgh, UK

Greenwood, N. and Lewis, K. (2015) ‘Opportunistic health promotion among overweight childrenNursing Children and Young People , 27 (3), pp. 16-20. ISSN 2046-2336

Lewis, K (2015) Engaging children and young people in physical activity Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Van der Gucht, N. and Lewis, K. (2015) ‘Women's experiences of coping with pain during childbirth: A critical review of qualitative researchMidwifery , 31 (3), pp. 349-358. ISSN 0266-6138

Van der Gucht, N. and Lewis, K. (2015) ‘To cope or not to cope- are we meeting the needs of women experiencing pain during child birth?’. In: Normal Labour and Birth Conference, 15th - 17th June 2015, Grange Over Sands, Lake District


Lewis, K (2014) ‘‘Is it worth it?’ a qualitative study of the beliefs of overweight and obese physically active childrenJournal of Physical Activity and Health , 11 (6), pp. 1219-1224. ISSN 1543-3080

Greenwood, N. and Lewis, K. (2014) ‘Health Promotion and Overweight Children: Whose responsibility? Insights into paediatric nurse’s attitude toward health promotion’. In: 10th Annual Meeting and 5th Conference of HEPA Europe, 26th - 29th August 2014, Zurich, Switzerland

Jackson, C., Lewis, K., Conner, M., Lawton, R. and McEachan, R. (2014) ‘Are incremental changes in physical activity and sedentary behaviours associated with improved employee health?: A 12-month prospective study in five organisationsInternational Journal of Workplace Health Management , 7 (1), pp. 16-39. ISSN 1753-8351

Lewis, K (2014) ‘Pupils’ and teachers’ experiences of school-based physical education: A qualitative studyBritish medical journal , 4 (9). ISSN 0959-8138


Lewis, K (2013) ‘Using evidence to inform practice to tackle child obesity’. In: Public Health England’s workshop for practitioners involved with the National Childhood Measurement Scheme, 14th November 2013, Durham, UK

Lewis, K (2013) ‘Can Physical Education (P.E.) foster a lifelong commitment to physical activity?’. In: 9th Annual Meeting and 4th Conference of HEPA Europe, 21st - 24th October 2013, Helsinki, Finland


Fraser, C., Lewis, K. and Manby, M. (2012) ‘Steps in the Right Direction, Against the Odds: An Evaluation of a Community-Based Programme Aiming to Reduce Inactivity and Improve Health and Morale in Overweight and Obese School-Age ChildrenChildren and Society , 26 (2), pp. 124-137. ISSN 0951-0605

Lewis, K (2012) ‘Physical activity behaviour of overweight and obese children’. In: Advances in Medicine and Biology. : Nova Science Publishers. . ISBN 9781614707028


Lewis, K (2010) ‘Evaluating physical activitySportex Health , 26, pp. 7-10. ISSN 2040-4794

Lewis, K (2010) ‘How do we engage overweight and obese children and young people in physical activity?’. In: University of Huddersfield Annual Research Festival School of Human and Health Sciences 2010, 8-18 March, University of Huddersfield

Lewis, K (2010) ‘Investigation into first year undergraduate students' experience of learning: in particular students' beliefs and attitudes towards the use of visual tools (VT) in enhancing the students' learning experience’. In: University of Huddersfield Annual Research Festival School of Human and Health Sciences 2010, 8-18 March, University of Huddersfield


Lewis, K (2009) ‘The use of Visual Tools in Teaching and Learning’. In: University of Huddersfield Teaching and Learning Conference 2009 - Inspire: Delivering inspiring teaching, 14th September 2009, University of Huddersfield

Fraser, C., Lewis, K. and Manby, M. (2009) Kirklees Young Pals Evaluation: Final Report Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield and Nationwide Children's Research Centre (Unpublished)

Lewis, K. and Manby, M. (2009) ‘Young Pals Evaluation Report 2006-08’. In: Young Pals Review and Celebration Evening, 2009, Huddersfield, UK

Lewis, K., Fraser, C. and Manby, M. (2009) ‘An evaluation of a community based programme aiming to reduce obesity and improve morale in school-age children’. In: Young Pals Review and Celebration Evening, 2009, Huddersfield, UK


Lewis, K (2008) ‘Engaging women from South Asian communities in cardiac rehabilitation: CommentaryInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation , 15 (7), p. 304. ISSN 1741-1645

Lewis, K (2008) The Impact of Physical Activity Motivators (PAMS) on the Physical Activity and Leisure Scheme (PALS) Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)


Lewis, K. and Horner, L. (2007) ‘Social impact of sport’. In: Kirklees Sport and Recreation Partnership conference: Together for Sport, Wednesday 21 November 2007, University of Huddersfield

Fraser, C., Lewis, K. and Manby, M. (2007) Kirklees Young Pals Evaluation: Interim Report Huddersfield: Nationwide Children's Research Centre and University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)


Lewis, K. and Sellars, C. (2006) ‘Use of role play to enhance and assess students' communication and helping skills’. In: Teaching and Learning Conference 2006: A Future Envisioned: A Future Arrived, 15th September 2006, University of Huddersfield

Lewis, K. and Sellars, C. (2006) Student Physical Activity Behaviour – Executive Summary Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Lewis, K (2006) What interventions are effective in increasing physical activity levels? Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield

Little, A. and Lewis, K. (2006) ‘Influences on long-term exercise adherence in older patients with cardiac diseaseInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation , 13 (12), pp. 543-549. ISSN 1741-1645


  • Central team member of YoHPAKE (Yorkshire and Humber Physical Activity Knowledge Exchange)
  • Charted Scientist with the Science Council
  • BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (research)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Invited to the Executive Board of Kirklees Everybody Active Partnership
  • Management team member for the Centre for Applied Psychological and Health Research
  • Reviewer for
    • BMC Public Health
    • ESCR (Economic and Social Research Council)
    • HTA (Health Technology Assessment)
    • International Journal of Obesity
    • Journal of Adolescent Health

Research Degree Supervision

Kiara Lewis can supervise projects surrounding health related behaviour change. She is particularly interested in physical activity behaviour of obese and overweight populations and health related behaviour of children. She has experience of studies which utilise a range of study designs including systematic reviews, RCT, qualitative and mixed method study designs.


  • Luke Pickard: ‘Sport and exercise and wellbeing in people with mental health problems’
  • Christina Wilks ‘Physical activity experiences of people living with Multiple Sclerosis’
  • Robert Portman ‘Exercise and self-presentational concerns’


  • Leanne Livsey: ‘Physical activity in women with or recovering from breast cancer’
  • Elizabeth Harkin: ‘Tai Chi and stroke survivors, a feasibly study’
  • Laura Ashton-Goldthorpe – ‘An ethnographic study of Taekwondo’
  • Abdus Sammad - An exploration of the lived experience of an athlete’s injury and return to sport after an injury.

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Kiara Lewis


MSc by Research

Administrative Responsibilities

Kiara is Divisional lead for the Division of Health and Wellbeing, attending Heads of Division and Departmental Management Meetings, and is acting as Head of Department when required.

She is also a member of University Senate, the School Research and Ethics Committee, the School Accreditation and Validation Panel and a University Validation panel member.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Kiara has previously been a course leader at UG and PG level. She currently is module leader for Behaviour Change and contributes to UG modules in Sport, Exercise and Health Psychology, Exercise Medicine, Research Methods, Children and Physical Activity and Health and Wellbeing.

Kiara also contributes to teaching M level Research Methods, supervises Masters and UG dissertations and a number of PGR students

Kiara is a professional member of BASES and a member of BASES HoD advisory forum.