Staff Profile


Dr Hayley Mills

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Human and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury

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. Hayley graduated from the University of Surrey with both a Psychology BSc (Hons) and an MSc in Health Psychology. She went on to complete a PhD at the University of Gloucestershire in Exercise and Health Psychology. 

Her research interests broadly span the psychological processes of exercise participation. She has established research interests in both exercise referral and physical activity during the pregnancy journey. Hayley's involvement in projects extends to 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 behvaiour 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

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- '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)



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

De Vivo, M. & Mills H.  (pre-print) “They turn to you first for everything”: Midwives’ perspectives on roles, responsibilities, and barriers in providing physical activity advice and guidance during pregnancy.  SportRxiv. May 14. doi:10.31236/

Eynon, M., Foad, J., Downey, J.,  Bowmer, Y & Mills  H (2019). Assessing the psychosocial factors associated with adherence to exercise referral schemes: a systematic review. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 29 (5), 638-650. 

Mills, H, De Vivo, M & Beedie, C. Expert commentary (May- 2017). Alcohol in pregnancy, and why absence of evidence for a risk is not the same as evidence for absence of risk. CCCU media page. 

Walker, C, Mills, H & Gilchrist, A (2017). Experiences of physical activity during pregnancy resulting from in vitro fertilisation: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 35, (4) 365-379. 

De vivo, M., Hulbert, S., Mills, H & Uphill, M (2016). Examining exercise intention and behaviour during pregnancy using the Theory of Planned Behaviour: A meta-analysis. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 34 (2) 122-138. 

Ferrara, K., Burns, J., Mills, H (2015).Public attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities after viewing Olympic or Paralympic performance. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 32 (1), 19-33. 


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