Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology
PhD, MSc , BSc(Hons), PGCE
Telephone: +44 (0)1242 715169
- Head of Postgraduate Studies – School of Sport
- MSc Sports Coaching Course Leader
- Module tutor/teacher for various undergraduate and postgraduate modules/sessions relating to sport psychology, socio-psychological aspects of sport coaching and mentoring
Academic qualifications in full
- PhD Psychology - University of Gloucestershire
- PGCE Education - Greenwich University, London
- MSc Sports Sciences - Brunel University, London
- BSc Hons in Sports Studies and Geology - Brunel University, London
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (in progress)
- HCPC Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist
- BASES accredited Sport Scientist (Psychology)
Areas of research interest and teaching expertise
- National Premier League Hockey
- National League Rugby and National League and Regional 800m & Cross-Country runner
- Previously or presently hold coaching qualifications in: Hockey, Athletics, Rugby, Basketball & SAQ
- High performance athlete well-being & quality of life
- Sustainable development in athlete welfare and athlete well-being
- Positive psychology in sport and physical activity - personal (and collective) experiences, virtues and strengths
- Athlete-centred sport science support and coaching
- Coach development, mentoring and reflective practice
- Optimal experience (flow) in sport
- Sport psychology practice and intervention efficacy.
Over the past 15 years I have worked with a range of amateur and professional coaches, teams and individual athletes, and parents to design and provide educational, sports programme design and/or intervention programmes and support through sport psychology. This support has transcended all levels of performance from grassroots to Paralympic/Olympic standards. Sports include: Athletics, Hockey, Cricket, Squash, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Tennis, Table Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling, Equestrian and Modern Pentathlon, Netball, Football, Triathlon, Swimming, Rugby and Golf. Recent /current clients include; GB Sitting Volleyball, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, Bristol Rovers WFC (English Premiership), Clifton Hockey (English National Premier League), English Netball SW satellite squad, The English Golf Partnership (EGP), Smart-Pro Consulting, The Professional Jockey Association, as well as individual performers in Athletics, Fencing and Golf.
Research degree students currently supporting
- Samantha Hughes PhD - Examining the impact of positive psychological interventions on well-being in sporting populations.
- Barbara Daniels MPhil/PhD - Exploring the role of reflective practice in the professional development of senior coaches.
Vinson, D., Padley, S., Brady, A., Jeffreys, M., Croad. A., & James, D. V. B. (2013). Penalty corner routines in elite women’s indoor field hockey: prediction of outcomes based on tactical decisions, Journal of Sports Sciences, DOI:10.1080/02640414.2012.757341.
Brady, A. & Kavanagh, E. (article under review). Humanization in high performance sport: Introducing a values-based framework for examining athletes’ experience.
Brady, A. & Maynard, I. (2010). At an elite level the role of a sport psychologist is entirely about performance enhancement: A debate article. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 6, 1; 59-66.
Cotterill, S., Lovell, G. P., Parker, J. K., Brady, A., & Howalson, G. (2011). Looking the part: Sport Psychologist’s Body Mass index and dress influences athletes’ perceptions of their potential effectiveness. The Sport Psychologist. 25 (1). pp. 82-93.
Brady, A. (2010). Understanding athlete well-being: reflections and recommendations based on a review of UK-based national governing bodies of sport websites for information relating to athlete welfare and athlete well-being. In Brackenridge, C.H. & Rhind, D. (Eds.) Elite Child Athlete Welfare: International Perspectives. (pp 109-117) Brunel University Press; London.
Oliver, J.L, Brady, A., & Lloyd, R. S. (2013). The wellbeing of youth athletes. In Oliver, J.L. & Lloyd, R.S. (Eds) Strength and Conditioning for Young Athletes: Science and Application. Routledge, Oxford.
Brady, A. & Kavanagh, E. (2013). Examining ideas about humanization in high performance sport. Oral Presentation at the British Philosophy of Sport Association. Gloucester, April.
Brady, A. & Kavanagh, E. (2012). Humanization in High Performance Sport. Oral Presentation at the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS). Glasgow, July.
Vinson, D., Brady, A., Padley, S., Croad, A., & Jeffreys, M. (2012). Professional Pedagogies? Exploring Coach Behaviours, Session Contexts and Player Perceptions of Innovative Coaching Approaches. Oral Presentation at the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS). Glasgow, July.
Vinson, D., Brady, A., Padley, S., Croad, A., & Jeffreys, M. (2012). Towards ‘professional’ pedagogies? Investigating the coach behaviours, session contexts and player perceptions of game-based approaches. Oral presentation at the Teaching Games for Understanding Conference, Loughborough University, July.
Jeffreys, M., Vinson, D., Padley, S., Brady, A., & Croad, A. (2011). ‘Looking Beyond 2012 – Ethical Conflicts for Coaching: A Review of UK Sport-Based Policy', Institute for Performance Research Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, June.
Padley, S., Brady, A., Croad, A., Jeffreys, M., Chesterfield, G., & Vinson, D., (2011). ‘Embedding Communities of Practice in Cross-Cohort Collaborative Coaching Activities – An Action Research Project', Institute for Performance Research Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, June.
Vinson, D., Croad, A., Padley, S., Brady, A., & Jeffreys, M. (2011). ‘Investigating Sports Coaching Pedagogies in Games Contexts', Institute for Performance Research Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, June.
Brady, A. (2010). Exploring notions of athlete welfare and well-being. Presentation at International Symposium of Elite Child Athlete Welfare. Brunel University, London, June.
Brady, A. (2009). Promoting athlete-centred sport science. Presentation at Researching Youth Sport: Supporting Youth Ability and Talent conference. Co-organised by Brunel University and Loughborough University. Held at Brunel University, London. September.
Brady, A. (2009). Research publication trends associated with deficit and abundance concepts in sport psychology. Oral presentation as part of the symposium 'Enriching sport psychology: engaging with positive psychology' presented by A. Brady, A. Ashfield, J. Allan, J. McKenna and E. Duncan. BASES Annual Conference. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, September
Brady, A. (2009). Assessing reflective practice in sport and physical education curricula. Poster presentation at BASES Annual Conference. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, September.
Brady, A. (2009). Conceptualising athlete welfare and athlete well-being in sport: recommendations and implications for sustainable practice in the UK. Presentation at the Third International Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Conference. Roehampton University, London, June.
Brady, A. (2009). Exploring notions of athlete welfare and well-being: implications for sustainability in the governance of high performance sport in the UK. Presentation at the Political Studies Association, Sport and Politics Annual Conference, Birkbeck Sport Business Centre, University of London, February.
Brady, A. & Duncan, E. (2008). A review of British governing bodies of sports’ websites for information relating to athlete well-being. Presentation at the British Psychological Society’s Inaugural Conference of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, London, December. View online.
Brady, A. & Fletcher, D. (2008). Making the case for the reconceptualisation and prioritisation of athlete welfare in sport. Presentation at the British Psychological Society’s Inaugural Conference of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, London, December. View online.
Brady, A., Lovell, G., Parker, J.K. & Cotterill, S. (2008). A qualitative examination of athletes’ perceptions of sport psychology consultant effectiveness based on physical characteristics. Presentation at BASES Annual Conference. Brunel University, September. View online.
Cotterill, C., Brady A., Parker, J. & Lovell, G. (2008). Sports psychologist consultants’ physical characteristics influence potential clients’ preference to work with them and perceptions of their effectiveness. Presentation at British Psychological Society Annual Conference in association with the Psychological Society of Ireland & NIBPS. The Royal Dublin Society, March.
Cotterill, C., Brady A., Parker, J. & Lovell, G. (2007). An investigation into whether physical characteristics of sports psychologists’ influence potential clients’ preference to work with them and perceptions of their effectiveness. Presentation at BASES Annual Conference. University of Bath, September. Abstract available in Journal of Sport Sciences, 25, (S2), S98.
Brady, A. (2007). An investigation into the use of performance profiling as a teaching tool to encourage reflection amongst undergraduate sports coaches. Presentation at BASES Annual Conference. University of Bath, September (Abstract also published in The Sport and Exercise Scientist, Autumn 2007).
Brady, A. & Cotterill, S. (2006). Doubling the Workforce: Reflections on working in Tandem as Sport Psychologists. Poster Presentation at BASES Annual Conference. University of Wolverhampton, September.
Hodge, D. & Brady, A. (2005). Imagery use by English youth academy Football players. Presentation at BASES Annual Student Conference. University of Aberystwyth, March.
Barry, D. & Brady, A. (2005). Flow state occurrence in golfers: an examination of the challenge-skills balance dimension. Presentation at BASES Annual Student Conference. University of Aberystwyth, March.
Brady, A. (2004). Motivation of Young People for Sport and Physical Activity. Presentation at the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Annual Coaching Conference, University of Gloucestershire, May.
Brady, A. & Price, L. J. (2004). Flow state occurrence in collegiate athletes: a comparison of different sport types. Poster Presentation at BASES Annual Student Conference. Lilleshall National Performance Centre, April.
Brady, A. (2003). Reflections on a Sport Psychology Consultancy Programme with Children and Youth Table Tennis Players. BASES Annual Conference. Sheffield Hallam University, September.
Brady, A. (2003). An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Elite Athlete Quality of Life. Presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Sport Psychology Annual Conference. Philadelphia, USA, October.
Brady, A. & Skinner, E. (2003). Only Half the class turned up for my lecture! Encouraging student engagement in their learning. Presentation at Institute for Learning and Teaching Annual (ILTHE — now HEA) Annual Conference, Coventry, June 2003.
Brady, A. (2003). Effective Performance Profiling for the Development of Coaches and Athletes. Gloucestershire Annual Coaching Conference, University of Gloucestershire, June.
Carrington, S. & Brady, A. (2003). Mind Over Matter? A Study of the Placebo Effect associated with Caffeine on 200m Sprinters. Poster Presentation at BASES Annual Student Conference. University of Coventry, April.
Wade, S. & Brady, A. (2003). Effectiveness of Imagery Training for the Serve in Junior Male Beach Volleyball Players: A Single Case Design. Poster Presentation at BASES Annual Student Conference. University of Coventry, April.
Howe, A. & Brady, A. (2003). Attentional Styles and Flow Experiences in Tennis Players. Poster Presentation at BASES Annual Student Conference. University of Coventry, April.
Brady, A. & Shambrook, C. (2002). Towards an understanding of elite athlete quality of life: A phenomenological study. Presentation at 12th Commonwealth International Sport Conference, Manchester. July.
Brady, A. (2002). Helping students to reflect on their learning: A profiling approach. Presentation at Institute for Learning and Teaching Annual Conference, Edinburgh, June.
Wright, S. & Brady, A. (2002). Drop out and non-participation in sports teams and clubs amongst sport and exercise students (SES) at the University of Gloucestershire. Perceived strategies to avoid drop out and increase/maintain retention rates. Presentation at BASES Annual Student Conference, Harrow. April.
Glason, T. & Brady, A. (2002). Athletic identity, personal appraisal of match outcomes and resultant affective states. Poster Presentation at BASES Annual Student Conference, Harrow, April.
Hill, D., Brady, A., & Wood, D. (2002). An Investigation into team quality and home advantage using archival data amongst English Premier League Soccer. Poster Presentation at BASES Annual Student Conference, Harrow. April.
Green, K. & Brady, A. (2002). An Investigation into the psychophysical and ergogenic effects of music. Poster Presentation at BASES Annual Student Conference, Harrow. April.
Brady A. & Woodhouse, T. (2001). On behalf of Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, An evaluation of the impact of the Good Practice and Child Protection coach education workshop. Available online at http://www.sportscoachuk.org/news/media/18-8-2001.htm
Reinge, I. & Brady, A. (2001). In-event mood measurement. Presentation at BASES Annual Student Conference, Manchester. April.
Brady, A. & Hale, B. (1999) Imagery Training National Coaching Foundation Performance Workshop NCF, Leeds.
Brady, A. (1999). The training and development of coaches in the United Kingdom, SOCRATES European Conference proceedings, 1999 Angier, France
Brady, A. (1998). Motivation and Mental Toughness, National Coaching Foundation Coach Workshop, NCF, Leeds.
Membership of professional bodies
BASES, AASP, SCUK, UCU
External Examiner for which University
Oxford Brookes University