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Dr. Nicola Hodges



School of Kinesiology

Faculty of Education

Dr. Nicola (Nikki) Hodges is a Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada in the School of Kinesiology. Originally from the UK she developed a passion for sport and experimental psychology and has continued to live out these passions through the study of motor behaviour in Canada over the last 25 years. It is at UBC that Dr. Hodges runs the Motor Skills Laboratory (, where she studies the mechanisms of motor skill learning. Her research focuses on processes involved in watching, learning and predicting from others and how practice should be best structured to bring about long-term enhancement of motor skills and high level performance (particularly in sports).Her research has been funded by the three tri-council agencies in Canada (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR) and she has collaborated on research related to voice and stroke therapy. She has been involved in sport-consulting and she has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. Her co-edited book (with Mark Williams); Skill Acquisition in Sport: Research, Theory and Practice (Routledge Press), is just going into it’s 3rd edition.