Staff Profile


Dr Hayley Mills


School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 923294

Profile summary

Dr Hayley Mills is a chartered exercise psychologist (HCPC/BPS) and the Director of the MSc Applied Exercise and Health Science at CCCU. Hayley is both an experienced supervisor and examiner of PhDs. Her research interests broadly span the psychological processes of exercise participation. She has established research interests in the communication of physical activity messages and physical activity during the pregnancy journey. Hayley's involvement in projects extends to other populations such as those experiencing musculoskeletal issues.

 The majority of her current projects focus on the physical activity and pregnancy/post partum field. For example exploring the knowldge and attitudes involved in making physical activity decisions. The potential impact of IVF conception on physical activity attitudes and behaviour is another area of interest. Hayley is also involved in a number of projects looking at the health professionals role in providing physical activity advice and guidance during the preganacy and post-partum periods.

Research and knowledge exchange

Hayley is an experienced postgraduate supervisor. With students having successfully completed both PhD and clinical doctorate studies. 

Teaching and subject expertise

Programme Director;

MSc Applied Exercise and Health Science

Module Lead;

Level 7- Psychology of Exercise and Health Behaviour Change

Level 7- Dissertations

Level 6: Applied Exercise and Health Psychology

Level 5: The Psychology of Exercise and Health

External activities

Positions held

Core Committee member- UK Chief Medical Officers expert committee for physical activity commuication

Chair- UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines postpartum expert working group 

ukactive scientific advisory board member (chaired by Prof Greg White OBE)

Research group lead/chair- 'Supporting pre-conception, pregnant and postnatal women to be physically active (SP4A)', funded by Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS)

Co-investigator - 'This mum moves' ukactive project (Sport England funded)

Co- investigator- 'Mums zone', Get Berkshire Active (Sport Council Trust funded)



Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (British Psychological Society)  

Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (Health and Care Professions Council)

Fellow (Higher Education Academy)

Publications and research outputs

Williamson, C...Mills, H.,  et al (2021). The Physical activity messaging framework (PAMF) and checklist (PAMC): International consensus statement and user guide. International Journal of behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 18 (1), 1-12.

Budzynski- Seymour, E., Milton, K., Mills, H.,  et al, (2021). A Rapid Review of Communication Strategies for Physical Activity Guidelines and Physical Activity Promotion: A Review of Worldwide Strategies. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 18 (8) 1014-1027.

De Vivo, M & Mills, H (2021).Laying the foundation for Pregnancy Physical Activity Profiling: a framework for providing tailored physical advice and guidance to pregnant women. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Special issue Physical Activity Behaviour during Pregnancy and Postpartum, 18 (11)

Pitchers, G., Elliot-Sale, K., DeVivo, M., Donelon, T., Mills, H., Brockwell, E & Donnelly, G (2020). Pregnancy in the female athlete Part 1: antenatal. Professional Strength and Conditioning, 58, 15-22.

Atkinson, L, De vivo, M., Hayes, L, Hesketh, K, R, Mills, H., Newham, J,J, Olander, E,K and Smith, D,M (2020). Encouraging physical activity during and after pregnancy in the Covid-19 era, and beyond. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Donnelly, G., Rankin, A., Mills, H., DeVivo, M, Goom, T & Brockwell, E. (2020) Infographic. Guidance for Medical, Health and Fitness Professionals to Support Women in Returning to Running Postnatally. British Journal of Sport Medicine, 54, (18).

Mills, H., Atkinson, L., Olander, E.K., Smith, D.M., Hayes, L., Currie, S., Newham, J., Foster, C., & De Vivo, M. (2019).A bump start needed: Linking guidelines, policy and practice in promoting physical activity during and beyond pregnancy. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 54, (13).

De Vivo, M. & Mills H.  (2019) “They turn to you first for everything”: Midwives’ perspectives on roles, responsibilities, and barriers in providing physical activity advice and guidance during pregnancy.  BMC- Pregnancy and Childbirth, 19,462


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