Sarah Collard

Dr Sarah Collard

  • 01202 964328
  • scollard at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow (BUCRU)
  • Royal London House R313a, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LT
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I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow working within the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. With a background in sport and exercise psychology, I am primarily interested in exploring the psychosocial impact of exercising with chronic conditions. With a particular interest in presenting the lived experience of exercising with epilepsy, my PhD explored the narratives of the sportsperson with epilepsy over time. This has led to my desire to further this research into finding ways to increase physical activity levels for people with epilepsy and develop coping mechanisms to aid the disruption that epilepsy can have upon an individual’s identity, self-confidence, and overall quality of life. I am a passionate qualitative researcher and am interested in using qualitative methods to present the lived experiences of individuals who may not always be heard within society. I would be happy to supervise PhD students who are interested in using qualitative methods within my area of expertise.


My research interests and experience:

1) Exploring the psychosocial impact of exercising with epilepsy over time.

2) The adaptation methods used by people with epilepsy to exercise safely and confidently.

3) The impact of social support on increasing exercise levels for people with epilepsy.

4) Stigma in relation to invisible and visible disabilities, particularly within the workplace and within an exercise environment.

4) Presenting the psychosocial impact of living with Type 1 Diabetes. In particular, the impact of new technology on overall quality of life.

5) The experiences of exercising with Type 1 Diabetes (for example, current barriers, identity impact, and impact on overall health).

Journal Articles


  • Collard, S. and Marlow, C., 2015. The hidden ill body: Narratives of the embodied experiences of the sportsperson with epilepsy. In: Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, British Psychological Society Conference 14-15 December 2015 Leeds.


  • Qualitative insights into epilepsy-related death and prevention: A narrative synthesis (Epilepsy Action, 01 Feb 2017). In Progress
  • Understanding the psychosocial experiences of exercising with epilepsy: A narrative analysis (University of Roehampton, 01 Jan 2011). Awarded
  • Understanding the psychosocial experiences of exercising with epilepsy: A narrative analysis (Epilepsy Action, 01 Jan 2010). Awarded

External Responsibilities

  • Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, Reviewer
  • Epilepsy & Behavior, Reviewer
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Reviewer


  • BA in Psychology (Villanova University, 2005)
  • MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology (University of Roehampton, 2007)
  • PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology (University of Roehampton, 2014)


  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Professional,
  • British Psychological Society, Chartered,
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