Professional development, education, and training in applied sport psychology
The focus of the proposed PhD is to examine issues associated with professional development, education, and training in applied sport psychology. The PhD will add to the vibrant research programme in the psychology and development area in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University that is focused on understanding two key topics:
(a) what are the characteristics of effective applied sport psychologists and
(b) how can individuals be trained to become effective sport psychologists.
Current directions that the proposed PhD could explore include (but are not limited to): personal characteristics of effective practitioners, practitioner developmental journeys, sport psychologist and athlete relationships, current and effective training, supervision, and educational practices, and/or outcomes of training and supervision.
The research programme is headed by Drs David Tod, Martin Eubank, and Mark Nesti, all of whom are recognised leaders in the area. The School has links with the British Psychological Society and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
The successful candidate will be based in the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. Sport and Exercise Science was ranked 2nd highest in the UK for research in sport and exercise sciences and the 11th best academic department (of any department) in the country at the recent UK government research assessment exercise. 97% of the research was rated as world or internationally leading. The Institute received top marks for the impact of its research in the community and for creating an environment in which young researchers and PhD students could develop their skills and make contacts to establish their careers. The successful candidate will be aligned with one of the School’s Psychology and Development Research Group, which represents a key area of research in the School.