Faculty of Biological Sciences

Dr Shaunna Burke

BA 1997-2000; McGill University, MA 2001-2003; University of Ottawa, PhD 2003-2007; University of Ottawa
Associate Professor in Exercise and Health Psychology
School of Biomedical Sciences

Contact:  Miall 5.20, +44(0) 113 34 35086, email address for  

Dr Shaunna Burke is a lecturer in Exercise and Health Psychology at the University of Leeds. Her research is focused on the role of physical activity in health and disease. She is particularly interested in physical activity as a complimentary therapy to manage the adverse effects of cancer and improve quality of life across the disease continuum. She is also interested in the advancement of qualitative research methods within clinical and health services research, evaluations of exercise interventions in public health, and strategies to increase activity levels across the lifespan.

Recent research projects have been funded by the National Institute of Health Research, Heart Research UK, Arts Council England, Cyclists Fighting Cancer, and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. Her various projects have been published in a number of high impact factor journals including Journal of Health Psychology, Psycho-Oncology, Disability and Rehabilitation, and Supportive Care in Cancer




Faculty Research and Innovation

Modules managed

SPSC3318 - Exercise and Psychological Health

Modules taught

SPSC1211 - Tutorial and Practical Skills in Sport and Exercise Science
SPSC1216 - Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
SPSC1225 - Physical Activity Across the Lifespan
SPSC2218 - Professional and Research Skills: Working as a Sport and Exercise Scientist
SPSC3061 - Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science II
SPSC3061/3389 - SPSC research project
SPSC3301 - Inter-disciplinary Issues in Sport and Exercise Science
SPSC3318 - Exercise and Psychological Health
SPSC3329 - Motor and Psychological Aspects of Rehabilitation


Member of Undergraduate School Taught Student Education Committee (Programme Manager: Sport and Exercise Sciences, Sport Science and Physiology)


Andrew Bradshaw (Primary supervisor) 80% FTE
Sam White (Co-supervisor) 25% FTE