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Dr Charlotte Kerner

Dr Charlotte Kerner
Lecturer in Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences


Dr Charlotte Kerner is a lecturer in Physical Education and Youth Sport. Her overarching research intersts focus on the role of physical education in encouraging and promoting physical activity and well-being throughout the lifespan. Dr Kerner is specifically interesting in how learning environments can be structured to faciliate physical activity motivation and support the development of a positive body image in children and adolescents. She is also interested in the role of technology in this process. Her work focuses on applying social psychological theory to explore these issues.


  • PhD- Physical education psychology- University of Bedfordshire (2013)
  • PgCert- Physical activity and well-being- University of Bedfordshire (2009)
  • BSc- 1st Class (hons) Sports studies- De Montfort University (2008)
  • Cert HE- Sports science- Liverpool John Moores University (2004).

Newest selected publications

Kerner, C., Haerens, L. and Kirk, D. (2018) 'Body Dissatisfaction, Perceptions of Competence, and Lesson Content in Physical Education.'. J Sch Health, 88 (8). pp. 576 - 582. ISSN: 0022-4391 Open Access Link

Journal article

Kerner, C., Kirk, D., De Meester, A. and Haerens, L. (Accepted) 'Why is physical education more stimulating for pupils who are more satisfied with their own body?'. Health Education Journal. ISSN: 0017-8969 Open Access Link

Journal article

Owen, MB., Kerner, C., Taylor, SL., Noonan, RJ., Newson, L., Kosteli, M-C., et al. (2018) 'The Feasibility of a Novel School Peer-Led Mentoring Model to Improve the Physical Activity Levels and Sedentary Time of Adolescent Girls: The Girls Peer Activity (G-PACT) Project.'. Children (Basel), 5 (6). pp. 67 - 67. ISSN: 2227-9067 Open Access Link

Journal article

Kerner, C., Haerens, L. and Kirk, D. (2018) 'Understanding body image in physical education'. European Physical Education Review, 24 (2). pp. 255 - 265. ISSN: 1356-336X Open Access Link

Journal article

Owen, MB., Curry, WB., Kerner, C., Newson, L. and Fairclough, SJ. (2017) 'The effectiveness of school-based physical activity interventions for adolescent girls: A systematic review and meta-analysis.'. Prev Med, 105. pp. 237 - 249. ISSN: 0091-7435 Open Access Link

Journal article
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