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Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

PhD Dance Psychology

MSc Dance Science

BA(Hons) Dance


Acceptance and commitment therapy (International Association of Therapists accredited) 

Research mentorship training

Life coaching (individual and group)

Mental health awareness

Counselling skills

Mental health first aid

Awards and nominations

  • Nominated for One Dance UK Health and Wellbeing in Dance Award 2022

  • Shortlisted for One Dance UK Science and Research in Dance Award 2022

  • Nominated for One Dance UK Inspirational Lecturer Award 2021

  • Shortlisted for One Dance UK Dance Science Award 2019

  • Nominated for One Dance UK Research in Dance – Impact Award 2019

  • Nominated for One Dance UK Research in Dance – Impact Award 2018

  • Nominated for One Dance UK Dance Science Award 2018

  • Nominated for One Dance UK Inspirational Lecturer Award 2018

  • Won Dr Marjorie Moore Award for research poster “Injury Tracking in Pre-Vocational Dancers”, first-authored by Dr Sarah Needham-Beck, IADMS Annual Conference 2013

  • Won Harkness Centre for Dance Injuries Award for research poster “An Inquiry into the Correlation between Knee Injuries and Hypermobility”, first-authored by Stephanie De'Ath, IADMS Annual Conference 2013

  • Journal article “Talent Identification and Development in Dance: A Review of the Literature” selected as part of Arts Education Editors' Choice in 2011

  • Won first prize award for research poster “Commitment to Elite Dance Training: Findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training”, British Psychological Society Conference, 2010

Lecturing and course leadership

I have over 15 years' experience as a lecturer, senior lecturer, and course leader in Higher Education. I worked as a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the MSc Dance Science at the University of Bedfordshire for almost a decade. I have substantial experience of lecturing in dance psychology, dance science, inclusive dance, research methods, and dance technique as well as dissertation and PhD supervisor at a variety of institutions including the University of Bedfordshire, the University of Bern, and Trinity Laban

Research projects

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Book chapters 

  • Aujla, I.J., & Jones, L. (in press) ‘Conversations: Inclusive Dance’, in Colin, N., & Seago, C. (eds.) Ethical Agility in Dance: Rethinking Technique in British Contemporary Dance. Oxon: Routledge.

  • Mainwaring, L., & Aujla, I.J. (2023) ‘Qualitative research’, in Welsh, T., Mainwaring, L., & Ambegaonkar, J. (eds.) Research in the Dance Sciences. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, pp. 180-196.

  • Farrer, R., & Aujla, I.J. (2020) 'Notions of place in relation to freelance arts careers', in Weedon, A., & Ashley, T. (eds.) A Sense of Place. London: UCL Press.

  • Aujla, I.J., Redding, E., & Jobbins, V. (2017) 'Supporting change: The identification and development of talented young dancers with disabilities', in Burridge, S., & Svendler Nielsen, C. (eds.) Dance, Access and Inclusion: Perspectives on Dance, Young People and Change. London: Routledge, pp. 75-84.

  • Mainwaring, L., & Aujla, I.J. (2017) 'Psychological wellness', in Wilmdering, M.V., & Krasnow, D. (eds.) Dancer Wellness. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, pp. 71-82.


Journal articles

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