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PhD Psychology Researcher School of Health & Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University

I am a Performance Psychologist and my PhD research investigated how athletes control their attention. Although my research is theory-based, it holds applications to the practice of sports and performance. Specifically I study the area of meta-attention - the knowledge and awareness performers have of their attention system and what they can do to control their attention. My research has created a theoretical understanding of meta-attention in golf to describe and explain the processes that enable concentration in performance.

My current research looks to further develop the understanding of meta-attention in sports and performance settings - an area which holds theoretical and applied implications.

In addition to my research, I hold teaching positions at Glasgow Caledonian University and The Open University. I have previously held short fixed term positions at Robert Gordon University and The University of Edinburgh.

Experience

  • –present
    PhD Psychology Researcher School of Health & Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University

Education

  • 2015 
    The University of Edinburgh, MSc Performance Psychology
  • 2014 
    Edinburgh Napier University, BA (Hons) Psychology

Publications

  • 2020
    Using a “Think Aloud” protocol to understand meta-attention in club-level golfers, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • 2020
    A Grounded-Theory Study of Meta-Attention in Golfers, The Sport Psychologist

Professional Memberships

  • The British Psychological Society