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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).
- Collard, S.S. and Regmi, P., 2019. Qualitative insights into the feelings, knowledge, and impact of SUDEP: A narrative synthesis. Epilepsy and Behavior, 94, 20-28.
- Thomas, S. et al., 2019. Digitizing a Face-to-Face Group Fatigue Management Program: Exploring the Views of People With Multiple Sclerosis and Health Care Professionals Via Consultation Groups and Interviews. Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Formative Research, 3 (2).
- Collard, S.S. and Ellis-Hill, C., 2017. Can lack of knowledge of health professionals on epilepsy and exercise prescription be a barrier to exercise practice? Reply to Vancini et al. . Epilepsy and Behavior, 75, 270.
- Collard, S. and Ellis-Hill, C., 2017. ‘I’d rather you didn’t come’: The impact of stigma on exercising with epilepsy. Journal of Health Psychology.
- Collard, S. and van Teijlingen, E., 2016. Internet-based focus groups: New approaches to an ‘old’ research method. Health Prospect, 15 (3), 4-7.
- Collard, S. and Ellis-Hill, C., 2016. How do you exercise with epilepsy? Insights into the barriers and adaptations to successfully exercising with epilepsy.
- Collard, S.S. and Marlow, C., 2016. The psychosocial impact of exercising with epilepsy: A narrative analysis. Epilepsy and Behavior, 61, 199-205.
- Collard, S.S. and Marlow, C., 2016. "It's such a vicious cycle": Narrative accounts of the sportsperson with epilepsy. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 24, 56-64.
- Scarfe, S.V. and Marlow, C., 2015. Overcoming the fear: an autoethnographic narrative of running with epilepsy. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 7 (5), 688-697.
- Tee, S., Scammell, J., Docherty, S., Collard, S. and Higgins, S., 2019. Support4Nurses: NHS Acute Hospital Trust and local University partnership to improve the retention of registered nurses. In: Networking for Education in Healthcare NET2019 3-5 September 2019 Keele University.
- Chapman, J.A. and Collard, S.V., 2016. "I say tomato, you say tomato". Is Autoethnography Auto\Biography by any other name? In: Winter Auto/Biographical conference. Auto/Biographical Methodologies 16 December 2016 Friends House, Euston Road, London.
- Chapman, J.A. and Collard, S.V., 2016. "I say tomato, you say tomato". Is Autoethnography Auto\Biography by any other name? In: CQR (Centre for Qualitative Research) Lunchtime Seminar 7 December 2016 Royal London House., Bournemouth University.
- 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
- Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Reviewer
- Epilepsy & Behavior, Reviewer
- Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, Reviewer
- PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology (University of Roehampton, 2014)
- MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology (University of Roehampton, 2007)
- BA in Psychology (Villanova University, 2005)
- British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Professional,
- British Psychological Society, Chartered,