Personal profile


Dr Watkins joined the University of Roehampton in September 2019 and currently teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Sport and Exercise Science. She completed her BSc degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Brighton in 2014. She then went on to complete her PhD entitled "Physiological and inflammatory responses to UK Fire Service Instructors' working practices" at the University of Brighton in 2018. During her PhD Dr Watkins also performed the role of Technical Instructor and Visiting Lecturer at Brighton. Currently, Dr Watkins is working on research projects investigating inflammation and contaminant levels in firefighters and the impact of the menstrual cycle and menopause on heat tolerance.  


PhD, Environmental Physiology, 2014 - 2018, University of Brighton

BSc (Hons), Sport and Exercise Science, 2011 - 2014, University of Brighton 

Research interests

Dr Watkins' main research interests cover the consequences of the occupational demands of firefighting and exercise perfomed in extremely hot environments. Specifically, this includes: systemic inflammation of fire service instructors, the association between exposure types and contaminants, cardiac event risk, and the impact of the menstrual cycle and menopause on heat tolerance.

Professional affiliations

The Physiological Society



Dr Watkins is the module convener for Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology (L1) and Limitations of Performance and Training (L3). She also contributes to Survival Skills (L1), Research Methods (L2), Environmental Physiology (L3) and Physiological Assessment (MSc) modules on the Sport and Exercise Science degree programmes. In addition, Dr Watkins contributes to the Physiology and Metabolism (L2) module on the Bioscience and Biomedical Science course.