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As a qualitative researcher, I am interested in motivation and the relationship between movement, character, cognition, and emotion.


My current research is exploring the motivation to practice and how this changes over time. It suggests that love of movement could be a character strength while maintaining a movement practice over time is linked to self-actualisation and self-transcendence.

My research interest areas link to Positive Psychology and Exercise & Sport Psychology. I'm particularly interested in how both of these areas of psychology have emerged and intersect. Past research has explored the motivation to teach martial arts and/or self-defence. Other research is exploring the impact of fear on motor skills development, and how movement (kinaesthetic) "intelligence" is formed.


I also coach, train, and facilitate people and organisations on Positive Psychology. I am a fellow member of the Positive Psychology Guild, where I lead operations and direct research and education initiatives. Prior to this, I ran an executive coaching practice and worked with international organisations such as the United Nations, Doctors Without Borders, and International Red Cross & Red Crescent for 16 years.

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  • MSc Exercise & Sport Psychology (MMU, 2019)

  • MSc Violence, Conflict & Development (SOAS, 2004)

  • BA (Hons) Arabic & Persian (SOAS, 2002)

  • Positive Psychology Practitioner (PPG, 2018)

  • ORSC Fundamentals (KnowledgeWorkx, 2015)

  • Professional Coach (MMS Institute, 2014 / ICF)

  • ​Humanitarian Trainer (RedR, 2011)

  • Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (IIN, 2011)

  • Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor (Fit Asylum, 2018)

  • Self-Defence Instructor (Combat Academy, 2017)

  • Women's Yoga Teacher (Sara Avant Stover, 2013)

  • Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (L1, L2, 2012)

  • Relax & Renew Trainer (Judith Hanson Lasater, 2010