looking forward to the chat later this morning!
Highbury County Secondary School (now Wyvern College), Wiltshire
University of Chichester, (1993-1996), Sports Studies (with coaching science)
The Laboratory Spa and Health Club, Eastbourne College of Arts and Technology
Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Canterbury Christ Church University
Favourite thing to do in my job:
Case studies with individual athletes to help them regulate their emotions and perform better is something that is rewarding for me, and can make a real difference to the participants themselves.
My work focusses athletes’ emotions, the impact of those emotions on performance and the strategies athletes can use to regulate emotions.
My Typical Day:
My 5 month old baby normally wakes me up early!
After that, I could be teaching students, marking their work, interviewing athletes, writing a book chapter, or entering some results on a computer. It is really varied, which makes it enjoyable!
What I'd do with the prize money:
I’d like to produce a DVD for parents!
Often when athletes are young, the person/people travelling with athletes to competition are their parents or guardians. Parents can influence the emotions athletes have by the things they do and say. The DVD would be a guide to helping athletes arrive at competition in the best frame of mind possible!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Calm, motivated, inquisitive
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I had a week’s lunchtime detention for kicking a stone around the playground at junior school after a spongeball was confiscated! I’m still astonished!
Tell us a joke.
How many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb? One, but the lightbulb must want to change!