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Dr Nicola Brown

Programme Director - Research

Dr Nicola Brown

Email: nicola.brown@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 4821

About Research Media

Biography

Nicola graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2005 with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Science. Having developed a keen interest in health and exercise during her degree Nicola then completed a PhD at Portsmouth in the area of obesity and body composition in 2010.

Having joined St Mary’s in 2009 Nicola is now an Associate Professor in Female Health in the Faculty of Sport, Allied Health and Performance Sciences. She teaches across the BSc Health and Exercise Science, BSc Nutrition and MSc Applied Sprots Nutrition programmes, specialising in research methods and anthropometry. Nicola is also an accredited ISAK Level III anthropometrist delivering ISAK accredited training courses to a wide range of sport and health professionals.


Research

Nicola's research interests in the exercising female have led to collaboration with the Research Group in Breast Health at the University of Portsmouth and the development of the Female Health and Wellbeing Research Group at St Mary's University.

Recent projects Nicola has been involved in include investigation of sports bra use, sports bra preferences, breast pain and bra fit issues in exercising females, and breast education of adolescent schoolgirls, Currently her research is focused on increasing scientific knowledge of breast health issues and informing effective strategies to optimise health and performance of female athletes and exercisers.

Current PhD students

  • Dr Matthew Wade (completed 2019)
  • Dr Atefeh Omrani (completed 2020)
  • John Downey
  • Elaine Mullally
  • Cindy Okonkwo
  • David Silver

If you are interested in doing a PhD with Nicola, please contact her directly.

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Brown, N., Campbell, C., Owen, C. & Omrani, A. (2020). How girls’ magazines talk about breasts? Feminism and Psychology, 30(2), 206-226. DOI: 10.1177/0959353519900203
  • Brown, N., Forsyth, J., Bullingham, R. & Roberts, C.-M. (2020) Pushing boundaries: Women in Sport and Exercise Conference, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, June 11–12, 2019. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 28(1), 53-54. DOI: 10.1123/wspaj.2019-0050
  • Wade, M., Majumdar, A., Brown, N., Dancy, B., Mann, S. & Gissane, C. (2020). Identification of dropout predictors to a community-based physical activity programme that uses motivational interviewing. Journal of Public Health, 42(1), 3-11. DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdy206
  • Omrani, A., Wakefield-Scurr, J., Smith, J., & Brown, N. (2019). The development and psychometric properties of a survey to assess breast knowledge and attitudes of adolescent girls. American Journal of Health Education, 50(6), 374-389. DOI: 10.1080/19325037.2019.1663380
  • Bowmer, Y., & Brown, N. (2018). Perceived barriers and motivators to physical activity in young and middle aged women. Women in Sport Physical Activity Journal, 27(1), 52-59. DOI: 10.1123/wspaj.2017-0045
  • Brown, N., Smith, J., Brasher, A., Risius, D., Marczyk, A., & Wakefield-Scurr, J. (2018). Breast health education for schoolgirls: why, what, when and how? The Breast Journal, 24(3):377-382. DOI: 10.1111/tbj.12945
  • Omrani, A., Wakefield-Scurr, J., Smith, J., & Brown, N. (2018). Survey development for adolescents aged 11 – 16 years: A developmental science based guide. Adolescent Research Review, DOI: 10.1007/s40894-018-0089-0
  • Silver, D., Brown, N., & Gissane, C. (2018). Reported concussion incidence in youth community Rugby Union and parental assessment of post head injury cognitive recovery using the King-Devick test. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 388, 40-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.jns.2018.02.046
  • Wade, M., Brown, N., & Majumdar, A. (2018). Effectiveness of a community based physical activity intervention grounded in motivational interviewing. The Lancet, 392, S90. DOI: 510.1016/S0140-6736(18)32406-1
  • Brown, N., Smith, J., Brasher, A., Omrani, A., & Wakefield-Scurr, J. (2017). Breast cancer education for schoolgirls: an exploratory study. European Journal of Cancer Prevention. DOI: 10.1097/CEJ.0000000000000356
  • Blagrove, R., Brown, N., Howatson, G., & Hayes, P. (in press). Strength and conditioning habits of competitive distance runners. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002261
  • Brown, N., & Scurr, J. (2016). Do women with smaller breasts perform better in long distance running? European Journal of Sports Science, 16(8), 965-971. DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2016.1200674
  • Brown, N., & Scurr, J. (2016). Breasts are getting bigger. Where is the evidence? Journal of Anthropological Sciences, 94, 237-244. DOI: 10.4436/JASS.94020
  • Brown, N., Burnett, E., & Scurr, J. (2016). Is breast pain greater in active females compared to the general population in the UK? The Breast Journal, 22(2), 194-201. DOI: 10.1111/tbj.12547
  • Risius, D., Milligan, A., Berns, J., Brown, N., & Scurr, J. (2016). Understanding key performance indicators for breast support: An analysis of breast support effects on biomechanical, physiological and subjective measures during running. Journal of Sports Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1194523
  • Scurr, J., Brown, N., Smith, J., Brasher, A., Risius, D., & Marczyk, A. (2016). The influence of the breast on sport and exercise participation in schoolgirls in the UK. Journal of Adolescent Health. 58(2), 167-173. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.10.005
  • Patterson, S., Legg, H., Gibson, A-M., & Brown, N. (2016). The impact of badminton on health markers in untrained females. Journal of Sports Science. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1210819
  • Bruinvels, G., Burden, R., Brown, N., Richards, T., & Pedlar, C. (2016). The prevalence and impact of heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) in elite and non-elite athletes. PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149881
  • Bruinvels, G., Burden, R., Brown, N., Richards, T., & Pedlar, C. (2016). The prevalence and impact of heavy menstrual bleeding among athletes and mass start runners of the 2015 London Marathon. British Journal of Sports Medicine. DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-095505
  • Scurr, J., Loveridge, A., Brown, N., & Mills, C. (2015). Acute changes in clinical breast measurements following bra removal: Implications for surgical practice. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery Open, 3, 22-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpra.2015.01.002
  • Brown, N., White, J., Brasher, A., & Scurr, J. (2014). An investigation into breast support and sports bra use in female runners of the 2012 London Marathon. Journal of Sports Sciences, 32(9), 801-809. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2013.844348
  • Brown, N., White, J., Brasher, A., & Scurr, J. (2014). The experience of breast pain (mastalgia) in female runners of the 2012 London Marathon and its effect on exercise behaviour. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(4), 320-325. DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-092175
  • Scurr, J., Hedger, W., Morris, P., & Brown, N. (2014). The prevalence, severity and impact of breast pain in the general population. The Breast Journal, 20(5), 508-513. DOI: 10.1111/tbj.123010.1111/tbj.12305
  • Brown, N., & Scurr, J. (2012). The need for a standardised anthropometric protocol for objective assessment of pre- and postoperative breast surgery. Gland Surgery, 1(3), 142-145. DOI: 10.3978/j.issn.2227-684X.2012.10.01
  • Brown, N., White, J., Milligan, A., Risius, D., Ayres, B., Hedger, W., & Scurr, J. (2012). The relationship between breast size and anthropometric measures. 24, 158-164. DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.22212

Book Chapters

  • Penn, S., & Brown, N. (2016). Components of fitness. In P. Hough & S. Penn (Eds.), Advanced personal training: Science to practice. London, UK: Routledge.
  • Penn, S., & Brown, N. (2016). Fitness assessment. In P. Hough & S. Penn (Eds.), Advanced personal training: Science to practice. London, UK: Routledge.

Conference Communications and Published Abstracts

  • Brown, N. (2019). Breast health for athletes. IADMS Regional Meeting: Control – the Interdisciplinary Management of the Artistic Athlete. 30 March, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh.
  • Wade, M., Brown, N., Winter, S., Dancy, B., & Majumdar, A. (2019). Effects of disability or medical condition on physical activity and mental wellbeing: a community-based motivational interviewing physical activity intervention. The Lancet, 394, S95.
  • Wade, M., Brown, N., Steele, J., Dancy, B., & Majumdar, A. (2019). Comparing health improvements achieved through different pathways of a community-based motivational interviewing physical activity programme: 2764: May 31 1: 30 PM-1: 45 PM. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 51(6), 772.
  • Wade, M., Brown, N., & Majumdar, A. (2018). Effectiveness of a community based physical activity intervention grounded in motivational interviewing. Public Health Science conference 23 November, Queen’s University, Belfast.
  • Brown, N., & Burbage, J. (2018). Breast biomechanics: Performance and health implications. Women in Sport & Exercise Conference, 13-14 June, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK.
  • Exell, T., Brown, N. & Wakefield-Scurr, J. (2018). Breast support education for exercising females. 7th International Working Group on Women and Sport, 17-20 May, Gaborone, Botswana.
  • Omrani, A., Brasher, A., Smith, J., Wakefield-Scurr, J. & Brown, N. (2017). Support for Sport: Breast health education for schoolgirls. Gender, Physical Education and Active Lifestyles, 11 Sept, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK.
  • Scurr, J. & Brown, N. (2015). Is breast bounce an issue for female athletes? Female Athlete Conference, 19-20 June, Boston, US.
  • Brown, N., & Scurr, J. (2013). The need for a standardised anthropometric protocol for objective assessment of pre and post-operative breast surgery. Evidence Live, 25-26 March, 2013. Oxford, UK.
  • Brown, N., White, J., Milligan, A., Risius, D., Ayres, B., Hedger, W. & Scurr, J. (2013). Limitations of clinical selection criteria for mammoplasty. Evidence Live, 25-26 March, 2013. Oxford, UK.
  • Brown, N., White, J., Milligan, A., Risius, D., & Scurr, J. (2011). The influence of anthropometric measures on three-dimensional breast kinematics. In NT Cable & K George (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th Annual Congress of the ECSS (pp. 467). July, Liverpool, UK.

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