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Laura 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 interests

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.


Laura 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.

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Research Output 2012 2017

Improving health behaviours and outcomes: An intervention to support engagement in physical activity

Houghton, L. & Knowles, Z., 31 Dec 2017, In : Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology. 1, 1, p. 103-114

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An impact and feasibility evaluation of a six-week (nine hour) active play intervention on fathers’ engagement with their preschool children: a feasibility study

Houghton, L. J., Mareesa, OD., Lawrence, F., Paula, W., Simon, A. & Knowles, Z. R., 10 Jun 2014, In : Early Child Development and Care. 185, 2, p. 244-266

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Using formative research to develop the healthy eating component of the CHANGE! school-based curriculum intervention

Boddy, L. M., Knowles, Z. R., Davies, I. G., Warburton, G. L., Houghton, L. & Fairclough, S. J., 2012, In : BMC Public Health. 12, p. 1-10

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Family Physical Activity and Health in Everton: The People's Family Project

Author: HOUGHTON, L., 5 Apr 2017

Supervisor: SMITH, A. (Director of Studies) & HARTILL, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis