Sports and exercise psychology
Our focus within the Sport and Exercise Psychology Research Group is on the psychological factors underpinning the performance and wellbeing of a range of population groups, for example athletes, coaches, mental health staff, and mental health service users.
Additionally, there is a strong focus on practitioner development and well-being, and the use of counselling approaches for practitioners and clients alike.
Areas of research
- Professional practice development in sport psychology
- The use of counselling skills with clients and practitioners alike
- Anxiety and coping strategies in athletes and coaches
- Quantum change in high-performance individuals
Recent and current projects
- Exploration of stressors and coping strategies in elite athletic coaches - ‘Do we practice what we preach?'
- The Use of Counselling Principles and Skills to Develop Practitioner - Athlete Relationships by Practitioners Who Provide Sport Psychology Support
- Predictors of alcohol consumption in university athletes.
Current and recent collaborations include:
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- University of Northampton
- St Marys University
- University College Dublin