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 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 in pregnancy. Hayley involvement in projects extends to populations such as those experiencing cancer or musculoskeletal issues.
The majority of her current projects focus on the physical activity and pregnancy field. For example exploring the attitudes involved, the interaction with mood and the potential impact of IVF on physical activity attitudes. Hayley is also involved in a number of projects looking at the health professionals role in providing physical activity advice and guidance.
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
MSc Applied Exercise and Health Science
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
Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (British Psychological Society)
Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (Health and Care Professions Council)
Fellow (Higher Education Academy)
ukactive scientific advisory board member (chaired by Prof Greg White OBE)
Invited to contribute to the Scientific Consensus Meeting for Chief Medical Officer (CMO) physical activity guidelines update for the UK, Sport England (July, 2018).
Invited to Parliamentary Reception, “Getting your local community active”. State Rooms of the Speakers House, House of Commons (May, 2018)
Invited to contribute to Exercise- Works ‘movement for movement’ national education resources relating to pregnancy and exercise. Resources endorsed by the Council of Deans of Health. 2017 update
Invited presentations to London and Home Counties branch of BPS (University College London) 2011 &2012.
Publications and research outputs
Howells, K., Gubby, L., Dray, K. & Mills, H. Press Release (August-2018). We need more female role models in sport to inspire the next generation. CCCU media page
Eynon, M., Crowther,G & Mills, H. (in press)Chapter 8- Maintaining exercise following exercise referral programme completion. In Exercise and Management for Referred Medical Conditions. Routledge.
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.
Mills, H, Crone, D., James, D.V.B & Johnston, L.H (2012). Exploring the perceptions of success in an Exercise Referral Scheme: A mixed method investigation. Evaluation Review, 36 (6), 407-429. IF 1.436