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Research interests

Masha's research explores the combination of physical activity and mindfulness practice. She is particularly interested in how mindfulness practice can help change attitudes, mindsets and behaviour related to exercise, and how to best deliver this through digital health tools.

Masha's current project is developing and evaluating a digital mindfulness-based intervention aiming to support exercise engagement in insufficiently active adults. This new tool is being created through extensive consultation with its target audience and expert stakeholders. She is working with a mindfulness non-profit, Medito Foundation, whose mobile application has over 2 million downloads and hundreds of thousands of monthly active users. The guided mindfulness sessions they have developed will soon be freely available on their mobile application, Medito.

Through this work Masha hopes to expand the understanding of how the effects of mindfulness practice can help people engage in physical activity more regularly, and how this impacts their psychological wellbeing.

The project is supported by the ESRC SWDTP and supervised by Dr Max Western and Prof Paul Chadwick from the University of Bath, Dr Ben Ainsworth from the University of Southampton, and Dr Olivia Maynard from the University of Bristol, with a projected end date of June 2024.

Teaching interests

Masha has experience with teaching and marking on a range of units, both at undergraduate and postgraduate taught level. Notable experience includes leading a seminar-based unit on Controversies in Psychology, teaching Advanced Research Methods & Designs, and facilitating a unit on Psychology of Wellbeing.

Other responsibilities

Alongside her research and teaching work, Masha is also a consultant to the University's Human Resources team. She provides expert advice, analysis and reports on the quarterly Work & Wellbeing Staff Surveys. Her consulting work feeds directly into the University Executive Board, where it helps shape the institutional work and wellbeing strategy.

Masha also served as the Faculty Doctoral Student Representative for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2020-2022. She sat on multiple Faculty and University-level committees, representing over 1000 doctoral students of her faculty.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sport & Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science, Dissertation: Does a short planning intervention reduce ruminative thinking characteristic of depression?, University of Exeter

Sept 2016Jul 2019

Award Date: 18 Jul 2019

MSc Health Psychology, Master of Science, Dissertation: Student priorities for University well-being resources: A mixed-methods exploration using the Person-Based Approach, University of Bath

Sept 2019Sept 2020

External positions

Research Officer, Medito Foundation

1 Jan 20221 Jan 2023

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) member, Medito Foundation

1 Sept 2021 → …


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