Name: Kate Stych (neé Sheppard)
Course: Sport & Exercise Psychology
Level of study: MSc
Graduation Year: 2002
Current Employer: University of Exeter
Job title: Associate research fellow
Current Duties: Coordinate an NIHR research grant bid.
Story so far:
After completing my MSc I qualified as a Phase IV cardiac rehabilitation exercise instructor and ran hospital-based Phase III, and community-based Phase IV cardiac rehabilitation programmes. I then went on to complete a PhD in the field of exercise psychology, specifically acute affective responses to exercise.
I have since worked as a researcher, working on projects focused on health behaviour change. Projects have included researching and developing individual-level behaviour change interventions to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes in adults, and GP-led physical activity interventions in primary care.
What I miss most about Bangor...
The people who were there at that time, I made some great friends and also met people who inspired me to follow this career path and taught me a lot. I also just miss the gorgeous setting! Walking down to the department on a bright sunny day was a highlight of my time in Bangor.
My time at Bangor...
....was very enjoyable
Anything else you would like to share about your time in SSHES…
The SSHES department was a great place to study. The department provided a supportive learning environment. There were opportunities available to develop practical skills and academic careers. Lecturers were approachable and excellent mentors.