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Dr Jennifer Joyce

Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science and Link Tutor for HND Sports Coaching

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science

Contact Details

email: j.joyce@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 542632

Originally from Ireland, Dr Jennifer Joyce joined the University of Worcester in September 2013. Jennifer graduated from the University of Limerick, Ireland in 2007 with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences (1st Class Honours), before continuing her studies at the University of Chichester, UK where she received a Masterís degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Having developed an interest in the relationship between exercise and the brain during her time at both of these institutes, Jennifer completed a PhD examining the effects of exercise on cognitive function in older adults.

Qualifications:

  • PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Worcester (2015)
  • PhD Ė Cognitive Neuroscience, Exercise and Ageing, University of Limerick, Ireland (2013)
  • MSc - Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Chichester, UK (2008)
  • BSc - Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland (2007)
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • University of Worcester Teaching Award (2016)
Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

University Roles:

  • Link Tutor for HND Sports Coaching (BMetC)
  • Sport and Exercise Science Academic Integrity Lead
  • Sport and Exercise Science Teaching and Learning Lead

Teaching:

Jenniferís teaching interests lie predominantly in the area of motor learning and skill acquisition. She has a particular interest in the importance of acquiring fundamental motor skills and their subsequent role in sustained sports participation throughout the lifespan. Additionally, Jenniferís current research underpins her teaching in the area of exercise and cognitive health. Jennifer was awarded the University of Worcester Teaching Award in 2016.

Primary Teaching responsibilities:

  • SPRT 1005 Introduction to Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
  • SPRT 1022 Foundations of Human Movement
  • SPRT 2020 Motor Skill Progression
  • SPRT 3023 Learning and Performance of Sports Skills
  • SPRT3026 The developing Child in Sport

Research:

Jenniferís current research investigates the relationship between ageing, exercise and cognitive functioning, with a particular interest in the effect of acute exercise on executive function in an elderly population.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

  • European College of Sports Science (ECSS)
  • European Group for Research into the Elderly and Physical Activity (EGREPA)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)†

Publications

Publications

Joyce, J., Smyth, PJ., Donnelly, A. & Davranche, K. (2014) The Simon task and aging: Does acute moderate exercise influence cognitive control? Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 46(3), 630-639

Joyce, J., Graydon, J., McMorris, T. and Davranche, K. (2009) The time course effect of moderate intensity exercise on response execution and response inhibition. Brain and Cognition, 71(1), 14- 19.

Conference Proceedings:

Joyce J., Swinnerton, L., Giles, M & Brooks, W. (2017). Leaving a Legacy: The self-identified learning needs of Outdoor Adventure and Leadership Management (OALM) students and their journey to make a scientific module about motor learning and skill acquisition more meaningful and applied to OALM. University of Worcester Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference, Worcester, UK.

Joyce J., (2017). Simulation-based learning: The use of the GERontological Test suit (GERT) to challenge studentsí perception of ageing and inclusive sport for older adults. University of Worcester Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference, Worcester, UK.

Joyce J., (2015). A comparison of the effectiveness of e -lectures versus traditional lecture delivery on student learning, engagement and satisfaction in an introductory motor learning and skill acquisition module. University of Worcester Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference, Worcester, UK.

Joyce J., Donnelly A.E., Smyth P.J., Davranche, K. (2015).†The effect of manipulating exercise intensity and speed-accuracy instructions on cognitive performance. 20th Annual meeting of the European College of Sports Science, Malmo, Sweden.

Joyce J., Davranche, K. (2013) The usefulness of distributional analysis to assess cognitive control efficiency and susceptibility to impulsive reactions. 20th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Joyce J., Donnelly A.E., Smyth P.J., Davranche, K. (2012) Does acute exercise benefit reaction time performance and cognitive control in adults aged 60-70 years? Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 20, S38-S38. World Congress on Active Ageing, Glasgow, Scotland.

Harrington, D., Joyce, J., Dowd, K.P., Donnelly, A.E., (2011) Older Adult office workers: Active yet sedentary. International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity, Glasgow, Scotland.

Joyce, J., Smyth, P.J., Donnelly, A.E., (2010) The relationship between current physical activity levels as measured by accelerometers and current levels of cognitive performance in adults aged 55-65 years. International Conference of Aging and Cognition, Dortmund, Germany.

Joyce, J., Smyth, P.J., Donnelly, A.E., (2010) An examination of the relationship between ageing, cardiovascular fitness and aspects of cognitive functioning. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Volume 42:5 Supplement. 57th Annual American College of Sports Medicine Meeting, Baltimore, MD, USA.