Senior Lecturer in Sports Management, University of Portsmouth

I currently pursue three distinct research programmes. The first, and topic of my PhD, addresses the impact of emotions in a leadership context. I am particularly interested in individual differences and emotional mechanisms that explain leader (e.g., coach) effectiveness. The second research programme focuses on gender and leadership issues in sport, presently related to underrepresentation of women in coaching. I am interested in understanding organisational and sociocultural barriers (and supports) for women coaches in male-dominated sports. I am a UEFA/FAW "B" License (Level 3) football coach and I have 13 years experience coaching in elite youth football in the U.K., Europe and America. Third, and owing to my previous industry involvement as a woman working in football, I am interested in exploring psychology, management, and governance of women's football.

Broad research specialisms are in leadership and emotion, fender and leadership and women and football


  • 2019–present
    Senior lecturer, University of Portsmouth
  • 2016–2019
    Lecturer, University of Portsmouth
  • 2015–2016
    Associate lecturer, University of Winchester


  • 2019 
    University of Portsmouth, PhD
  • 2013 
    Bangor University, MRes
  • 2012 
    Bangor University, BSc(Hons)


  • 2019
    Negotiating Gender in the English Football Workplace: Composite Vignettes of Women Head Coaches’ Experiences, Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
  • 2019
    Leadership and the contagion of affective phenomena: A systematic review and mini meta‐analysis, European Journal of Social Psychology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Research seed grant
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • 2013
    Knowledge economy skills scholarship
    Funding Source:
    European Social Funds

Professional Memberships

  • North American Society for Sport Management
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology