Ms Katy Kennedy

PhD Candidate

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Psychology, Open University; MSc in Psychological Research Methods, University of Reading

Phone: Work: 01483 68 2910
Room no: 06 AC 04

Further information


A former analytical chemist, I decided to study psychology through the OU when my kids were young. A lifelong love of exercise led me to an interest in exercise psychology. Currently doing my PhD part-time to fit round my family, I also love running, exercise classes, reading and travelling.

Research Interests

My PhD looks at affective responses to exercise, particularly in those new to exercise, and how these might change with time. My studies so far have looked at beginner running groups (Running Commentary study) and New Year's resolutions to walk more (Resolve to Walk: a study of New Year's walking resolutions). I'm interested in naturalistic contexts, people's self-initiated behaviour change, and how we can help people feel better during exercise. I use both quantitative and qualitative methods in my research.


Former OU tutor in Biological Psychology

Teaching assistant at University of Surrey:

  • Social Psychology and Research Methods (undergraduate, PSY1019)
  • Statistics and Data Analysis (MSc conversion, PSYM094)
  • Introducion to Statistics and Data Analysis (undergraduate, PSY1020)
  • Qualitative research methods (MSc, PSYM064)

Conference Presentations

Kennedy, K. (2015, June) 'I like to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel’: qualitative field study findings on how anticipation of the end influences affective responses during exercise, Poster presented at the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity annual conference, Edinburgh.

Presentations & Public engagement

£5000 funding won from the ESRC for Running Dialogues (a public interdisciplinary seminar series about social sciences approaches to running), co-organised with another PhD candidate from Royal Holloway University

I enjoy public engagement, and as well as the Running Dialogues series, I have also given talks on running and New Year's resolutions at local Cafe Scientifiques, and I co-organise the Guildford branch of Bright Club (standup comedy for researchers, which I also took part in).

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