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Who we are

Dr Jacky Forsyth

Dr Jacky Forsyth is an exercise physiologist, specialising in women’s exercise and health.  She is passionate about encouraging more research on women in sport and exercise (hence the development of this network), since women are often overlooked when it comes to designing, prescribing and evaluating exercise and nutrition programmes. She wishes to promote a better understanding of the physiological factors affecting women’s exercise and sports performance, by not only carrying out research, but also by disseminating this research for the benefit of all women who take part in exercise and sport. Jacky's research specialism is on the interactive effect of ovarian hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) and bone health. She also undertakes consultancy work on menstrual health.

Dr Claire-Marie Roberts

Dr Claire-Marie Roberts is a BPS Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), Chartered Scientist (CSci) and BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist who  is the Performance Director at Coventry City Football Club. She has worked in various roles in men’s and women’s professional footballfor 20 years, including nearly a decade at the Premier League, leading transformationalchange in elite football development. She is a senior research fellow at the University of theWest of England, a special advisor to Nike on women athletes, and a Trustee of Restart—theofficial charity of The Rugby Players Association dedicated to supporting elite men’s andwomen’s rugby players suffering from serious injury, illness or hardship. Claire-Marie's specific research interests include the psychology of the female athlete and the psychology of combining motherhood and an elite athletic career.

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Dr Rachael Bullingham

Dr Rachael Bullingham is a Senior Lecturer of Sport and Exercise at the University of Gloucestershire. She is course leader for Physical Education and is involved with several EDI projects and initiatives. Rachael’s PhD analysed the experiences of openly lesbian athletes participating in team sports and she published ‘Out in Sport’ which offers an up-to-date examination of homophobia in sport. Additionally, she has published on lesbian athletes in the sports media and athletes coming out and has edited the Routledge Handbook on Gender Politics in Sport and Physical Activity.   

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Dr Nicola Brown

Dr Nicola Brown is an Associate Professor in Female Health and Performance and teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in the Faculty of Sport, Allied Health and Performance Science at St Mary’s University. She is also a member of the Research Group in Breast Health at the University of Portsmouth who are well known within the commercial sector, with research projects funded by many of the major lingerie, sports bra, and sporting apparel manufacturers around the world. Recent projects Nikki has been involved in include investigation of sports bra use, sports bra preferences, breast pain and bra fit issues in exercising females, breast education of adolescent schoolgirls, and the relationship between breast size and body composition. These projects aim to increase scientific knowledge of breast health issues and to inform effective strategies for optimising health and performance of female athletes and exercisers. 


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