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Dr Naomi Ellis

  • Job title: Senior Lecturer
  • Department: School of Life Sciences and Education


Following an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science and Psychology (University of Gloucestershire), I completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology (University of Chichester) and a PhD entitled: “It’s all different has turned around for the better”: A qualitative investigation into the impact of physical activity as a therapy for mental health problems (Staffordshire University).

Originally from Winchester in Hampshire, I joined Staffordshire University as a lecturer in 2008 where I teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Since that time I have been involved with a number of research projects relating to physical activity and mental health, green space and health; health in mid-life; sport and mental health in prisons.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Ellis, N. J., Gidlow, C. and Davey, R. (under review). “Advertise in the chippy”: the importance of ‘scoping’ within social marketing for the promotion of positive mental health: a case study. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

Ellis, N., Crone, D., Davey, R., & Grogan, S. (2007). Exercise as an adjunct therapy in psychosis: A critical review. British Journal of Clinical Psychology 46(1): 95-111

Gidlow, C., Johnston, L., Crone, D., Ellis, N. and James, D. (2006). A systematic review of evidence of the relationship between socio-economic position and physical activity. Health Education Journal 65(4): 366-395.

Conference Presentations

  • Ellis, N. J., Gidlow, C. & Davey, R. (2009). Promoting physical activity for mental health: A pilot study using social marketing techniques. 3rd International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 10-12th June: Roehampton University

  • Ellis, N. J., Grogan, S., Crone, D., Davey, R. (2008). Community based physical activity groups for mental health. British Heart Foundation National Conference (BHFNC), 19th November: East Midlands Conference centre

  • Ellis, N. J., Davey, R., Grogan, S., & Crone, D. (2008). Service users’ opinions of the use of physical activity as a therapy in mental health. Division of Health Psychology annual conference (British Psychological Society), 9-12th September: University of Bath

  • Ellis, N. J., Crone, D., Grogan, S., & Davey, R. (2008). A qualitative investigation into the opinions of service users’, service providers’ and carers’ on the use of physical activity as an adjunct therapy for mental health. Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) Section Inaugural Conference, 2-4 September: University of Leeds

  • Ellis, N. J., Davey, R., Grogan, S., & Crone, D. (2008). The benefits of incorporating physical activity into a service for early onset psychosis: A qualitative study using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. International Mental Health Conference, 26-28th August: King’s College London.

  • Ellis, N. J., Grogan, S, Davey, R., & Crone, D. (2007). Using IPA to Analyse Accounts of Exercise as an Adjunct Therapy in Psychosis. 7th Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Conference. 4-6th July: University of East Sussex.

  • Ellis, N. J., Grogan, S., Davey, R., & Crone, D. (2007). The opinions of service users’ on the use of a sports group as an adjunct therapy for psychosis. 10th Annual Achieving Excellence in Public Health Conference, 10th May 2007: The International Centre, Telford.

Workshop Presentations

Ellis, N. J., Gidlow, C. J. & Davey, R. (2008). Social Marketing for the promotion of physical activity for mental health. The Feel Good Factor Physical Activity and Mental Health. 3rd Annual Conference for the Physical activity Network for the West Midlands. 20th October: Birmingham City Football Club

Ellis, N. J. (2008). Using physical activity within mental health services: the important role of mental health professionals. ‘Lets get physical’ Mental Health in Higher Education conference, 22nd May: University of Middlesex