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I am an Associate Professor in Sport Psychology in the School of Applied Sciences and a member of the Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre. I am the module leader for psychology modules across all levels of of the sport and exercise subject area. I represent the School as the Deputy Director of Education and Student Experience and Chair of the School Academic Standards Committee. I joined LSBU in 2014 having previously worked for 8 years as a Senior Psychologist and Researcher at ASPETAR, FIFA Centre of Excellence in Qatar.

My External activities include being a member of the scientific panel of the African Confederation of Football (CAF) Medical Committee and the International Post -Graduate Research Advisory Panel at the University of Pernambuco in Brazil

My research interest is in the effect of different environmental conditions on human health and performance. My research focuses on the effect of heat, cold and altitude on cognitive function and its impact on sport performance. My work is published in internationally recognised Journals (https://openresearch.lsbu.ac.uk/researcher/806w3/dr-nadia-gaoua) and I supervise PhD programmes within my area of expertise.

My recent research projects include the investigation of hypoxic training for overweight-to-obese adults. I am currently working on two new research projects. The first investigates the effect of cooling strategies in cycling performance and the second explores the impact of youth sport participation in the prevention of antisocial behaviour, crime and gang membership.

Courses taught

Sport and Exercise Science - BSc (Hons)

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Miss Adri BesterDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Liam HobbinsAcute and short-term normobaric hypoxic conditioning on psycho-physiological responses in obese populationsPhD
Mr Louis Gladstone AnnanDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Scott PollockDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Miss Freya Margaretta BayneDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
PhD in Cognitive Sport Psychology

Paris 8 University, France

2008
2012
MSc (Hons) in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology

University Tunis 1, Tunisia

2003
2005
BSc (Hons) Psychology

University Tunis 1, Tunisia

1996
2000
Senior Researcher
Aspetar, Qatar Orthopedic and Sport Medicine Hospital, Qatar

Oversee the research in the Research Center and across the hospital.

2006
2014
Other public sector
Senior Sport Psychologist
National Center of Sports Medicine and Science

Follow up of National team athletes.

2000
2006
Other public sector
FunderYear wonProjectRole
Wellcome Trust 2018PGR041_NGaoua_ClaireVacationScholarshipPrincipal Investigator
African Confederation of Football (CAF)
Other

Scientif Panal member of the Medical Committee

Grant applications

Define research priorities

September 2019
University Of Pernambuco Brazil

International Research Advisory panel member.

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Short-Term Perceptually Regulated Interval-Walk Training in Hypoxia and Normoxia in Overweight-to-Obese Adults.
Hobbins, L., Hunter, S., Gaoua, N. and Girard, O. (2021). Short-Term Perceptually Regulated Interval-Walk Training in Hypoxia and Normoxia in Overweight-to-Obese Adults. Journal of sports science & medicine. 20 (1), pp. 45-51. https://doi.org/10.52082/jssm.2021.45

Sleep and psychological factors are associated with meeting discharge criteria to return to sport following ACL reconstruction in athletes
Khalladi, K, Abdulaziz, Fa, Sas, B, Chtourou, H, Bouras, R, Racinais, S, Souissi, S, Gaoua, N, Chamari, K and El Massioui, F (2020). Sleep and psychological factors are associated with meeting discharge criteria to return to sport following ACL reconstruction in athletes. Biology of Sport. 38 (3), pp. 305-313. https://doi.org/10.5114/biolsport.2021.99704

Running mechanics adjustments to perceptually-regulated interval runs in hypoxia and normoxia
Li, S.N., Hobbins, L., Morin, J-B., Ryu, J.H., Gaoua, N., Hunter, S. and Girard, O. (2020). Running mechanics adjustments to perceptually-regulated interval runs in hypoxia and normoxia. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 23 (11), pp. 1111-1116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2020.04.001

Acute Psychophysiological Responses to Cyclic Variation of Intermittent Hypoxic Exposure in Adults with Obesity
Hobbins, L, Girard, O, Gaoua, N and Hunter, S (2019). Acute Psychophysiological Responses to Cyclic Variation of Intermittent Hypoxic Exposure in Adults with Obesity. High Altitude Medicine and Biology. https://doi.org/10.1089/ham.2019.0002

Psycho-physiological responses to perceptually-regulated interval runs in hypoxia and normoxia
Hobbins, L, Gaoua, N, Hunter, S and Girard, O (2019). Psycho-physiological responses to perceptually-regulated interval runs in hypoxia and normoxia. Physiology and Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2019.112611

Effect of passive hyperthermia on working memory resources during simple and complex cognitive tasks
Gaoua, N, Herrera, CP, Periard, JD, El massioui, F and Racinais, S (2018). Effect of passive hyperthermia on working memory resources during simple and complex cognitive tasks. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02290

The Association between Obesity and Cognitive Function in Otherwise Healthy Premenopausal Arab Women
Farooq, A, Gibson, A-M, Reilly, J and Gaoua, N (2018). The Association between Obesity and Cognitive Function in Otherwise Healthy Premenopausal Arab Women. Journal of Obesity. p. 1741962. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/1741962

Effect of Cold on Proprioception and Cognitive Function in Elite Alpine Skiers
Gaoua, N (2017). Effect of Cold on Proprioception and Cognitive Function in Elite Alpine Skiers. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 12 (1), pp. 69-74. https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2016-0002

Normobaric hypoxic conditioning to maximise weight-loss and ameliorate cardio-metabolic health in obese populations: A systematic review.
Hobbins, L, Hunter, S, Gaoua, N and Girard, O (2017). Normobaric hypoxic conditioning to maximise weight-loss and ameliorate cardio-metabolic health in obese populations: A systematic review. American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology. 313 (3), pp. R251-R264. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpregu.00160.2017

Heat acclimation has a protective effect on the central but not peripheral nervous system
Racinais, S, Wilson, MG, Gaoua, N and Periard, JP (2017). Heat acclimation has a protective effect on the central but not peripheral nervous system. Journal of Applied Physiology. 123 (4), pp. 816-824. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00430.2017

Perception, action and cognition of football referees in extreme temperatures: Impact on decision performance
Gaoua, N, de Oliveira, RF and Hunter, S (2017). Perception, action and cognition of football referees in extreme temperatures: Impact on decision performance. Frontiers in Psychology. 8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01479

Accuracy of peak nasal flow to determine nasal obstruction in patients with allergic 5 rhinitis
Hunter, S., de Oliveira, G., Valois, M., Costa, M., Veras, G., Rizzo, J., Gaoua, N. and Sarinho, E. (2022). Accuracy of peak nasal flow to determine nasal obstruction in patients with allergic 5 rhinitis. Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica.

Ventilation rates achieved in eucapnic voluntary hyperpnea challenge and exercise-induced bronchoconstriction diagnosis in young patients with asthma
Rizzo, J.A., de Barros Albuquerque, L.C.B, Medeiros, D., de Albuquerque C.G, Filho, E.A.R, de Moura Santos M.A, Hunter, S., Gaoua, N. and de Valois Correia Jr, M.A. (2022). Ventilation rates achieved in eucapnic voluntary hyperpnea challenge and exercise-induced bronchoconstriction diagnosis in young patients with asthma. Lung. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00408-022-00519-0

Effects of living and working in a hot environment on cognitive function in a quiet and temperature-controlled room: An oil and gas industry study
Girard, O., Gaoua, Nadia, Grantham, Justin, Knez, Wade, Walsh, Andrew and Racinais, S. (2021). Effects of living and working in a hot environment on cognitive function in a quiet and temperature-controlled room: An oil and gas industry study. Temperature. 8 (4), pp. 372-380. https://doi.org/10.1080/23328940.2021.1959289

What makes young people get involved with street gangs in London? A study of the perceived risk factors
Annan, L., Gaoua, N., Mileva, K. and Borges, M. (2021). What makes young people get involved with street gangs in London? A study of the perceived risk factors. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22767

Less Is More—Cyclists-Triathlete’s 30 min Cycling Time-Trial Performance Is Impaired With Multiple Feedback Compared to a Single Feedback
Bayne, F., Racinais, Sebastien, Mileva, Katya, Hunter, Steve and Gaoua, Nadia (2020). Less Is More—Cyclists-Triathlete’s 30 min Cycling Time-Trial Performance Is Impaired With Multiple Feedback Compared to a Single Feedback. Frontiers in Psychology. 11, p. 608426. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.608426

Acute psycho-physiological responses to perceptually regulated hypoxic and normoxic interval walks in overweight-to-obese adults
Hobbins, L., Girard, O., Gaoua, N. and Hunter, S. (2021). Acute psycho-physiological responses to perceptually regulated hypoxic and normoxic interval walks in overweight-to-obese adults. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 24 (5), pp. 481-487. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2020.11.011