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 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)
Publications and research outputs
De Vivo, M & Mills, H (under review)The importance of context in the understanding and prediction of physical activity behaviour: the case of pregnancy
De Vivo, M. & Mills H. (under review) “They turn to you first for everything”: Midwives’ perspectives on roles, responsibilities, and barriers in providing physical activity advice and guidance during pregnancy.
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 Psychology35, (4) 365-379.http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/UADZAtyygdmMXVMNndGu/full
Mills, H, De Vivo, M & Beddie, C. Expert commentary (May- 2017). Alcohol in pregnancy,
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, 19-33.
De vivo, M., Hulbert, S., Mills, H & Uphill, M (2014). Examining the effectiveness of the Theory of Planned Behaviour in predicting exercise intention and behaviour during pregnancy: Preliminary findings from a random effects meta-analysis. Journal of Sport Sciences, 32 (S2), s39-43.
Mills, H, Crone, D., James, D & Johnston, L. (2013). Exploring Perceptions of Success within an Exercise Referral Scheme: A mixed method investigation. Evaluation Review, 36, (6), 407-429.
Crone, D., James, D, Mills, H. & Johnston, L. ( 2011). Response to article - Effect of exercise referral schemes in primary care on physical activity and improving health outcomes: systematic review and meta-analysis. British Medical Journal.
James, D.V.B., Mills, H., Crone, D., Johnston, L.H., Morris, C., Gidlow, C. (2009). Factors associated with physical activity referral completion and health outcomes. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27 (10) 1007-1017.