Dr Andrew Soundy BSc, PhD

Dr Andrew Soundy

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Associate Professor

Contact details

+44 (0)121 414 8385
skype: andy.soundy1
School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Andrew Soundy is a leading expert considering individuals psychological responses to chronic and palliative illness. His research is now taught within Physiotherapy departments across England and within NHS trusts. The focus of his work is to improve and develop supportive and empowering physiotherapist-patient interactions by using novel placements. 

Feedback and office hours

Individual appointments can be made via email and appointments will be grouped together where possible to avoid disruption to research activities.

No appointment (open door policy) is required for personal tutees experiencing any kind of difficulty whilst at University.


BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences 2002

PhD in Severe Mental Illness and Physical Activity 2006

PGCE in Education 2012


Dr Andrew Soundy undertook his PhD at the University of Exeter considering how physical activity can benefit individuals with severe mental illness with a particular interest in Schizophrenia. During this time, he developed a unique placement for students supporting individuals with severe mental illness and individuals with chronic and neurological conditions.

He obtained his Lectureship at the University of Birmingham in the Physiotherapy department 2005. Since then he developed his research for people with severe mental illness considering the psychological and social benefits of physical activity and exercise. In July 2022 he was invited to  support the World Health Organisation peer review group for developing a package of rehabilitation interventions for people with schizophrenia.

As part of Dr Soundy’s post-doctoral research he developed the model of emotions, adaptation and hope (MEAH). He now uses this as a basis to teach brief psychological interventions to health care students and health care professionals. He is now expanding this work more globally in order to train health care professionals outside England.

Finally, Dr Soundy has a strong interest in research methodology and in particular qualitative methodologies and has recently (2021 onwards) authored chapters on developing a social constructivist approach to meta-ethnography (a qualitative review type) and grounded theory.

YouTube Channel

Youtube: Youtube.com/@andrewsoundy


  • Literature review module (MSci courses). This module teaching various types of reviews to students across the school
  • Research design and evaluation (MSci courses).  this module teaching advanced research design. Dr Soundy leads the qualitative design.
  • Research Methodology course (M level modules).

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Soundy is supervising 12 PhD students and multiple masters students.


Research interests

  • Novel psychosocial placements for physiotherapy students
  • Understanding the psychological response to chronic and palliative illness
  • Physical activity and neurological disorders
  • Physical activity and severe mental illness

Current projects

  • Developing a novel community intervention for physiotherapy students

Profiles Online

ORCID ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5118-5872

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=sg5BSsIAAAAJ&hl=en

Scopus profile: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=23006632000

Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrew-Soundy

University of Birmingham Research: https://research.birmingham.ac.uk/en/persons/andrew-soundy

Other activities

  • Senior tutor for the school
  • Editor for several international peer reviewed journals