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James Mcleod

Research Postgraduate

Research Postgraduate in the Department of Psychology
Research Student in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences


James is a current MRes student in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University, funded by the National Institute of Healthcare Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research as part of the Three NIHR Research Schools Mental Health Programme. James has a BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences. He was recently awarded an ESRC NINE Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship to pursue a PhD in Psychology at Durham University commencing in October 2023.


Book Chapters

Patrick Jachyra, James Mcleod, Simon Rosenbaum. Trauma-informed Research in Sport, Exercise and Health: Qualitative Methods. Chapter 12. (In Progress)

Patrick Jachyra, James Mcleod. Physical activity promotion with disabled university students (In Progress)


Throughout his research, James aims to better understand the factors that facilitate, shape and/or hinder physical activity engagement for autistic people across different stages of the life course by engaging with autistic people. Following completing his MRes in September, James will begin his doctoral studies where he will be adopting a mixed methods (both qualitative and quantitative) approach to better understand the factors that influence their engagement in secondary physical education for autistic adolescents.


Primary: Dr Patrick Jachyra

Secondary: Professor Martin Roderick

Mentored: Professor Emily Oliver

Teaching Experience

James has experience delivering on the Sport Psychology module on the BSc Sport and exercise sciences undergraduate programme at Durham University.