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"Nobody will put Baby in the Corner!" A Qualitative Evaluation of a Physical Activity Intervention to Improve Mental Health

Journal Article
Snowden, A., Westbury, T., & Peddie, N. (in press)
"Nobody will put Baby in the Corner!" A Qualitative Evaluation of a Physical Activity Intervention to Improve Mental Health. Health and Social Care in the Community, https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13017
Physical activity is beneficial for mental health, but people with mental health issues are less likely to be physically active than the general population. Socially prescribe...

Unsuccessful Transitions: Understanding Dropout from the Athlete's Perspective

Journal Article
Andronikos, G., Westbury, T., & Martindale, R. J. (2019)
Unsuccessful Transitions: Understanding Dropout from the Athlete's Perspective. Athens Journal of Sports, 6(4), 195-214. https://doi.org/10.30958/ajspo.6-4-2
Limited studies have investigated the experiences of athletes who did not "make it" to elite level. To target this research gap, this study accessed and investigated this hard...

The effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural interventions at increasing adherence to physical activity in mental health populations: a systematic review

Journal Article
Snowden, A., Peddie, N., & Westbury, T. (in press)
The effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural interventions at increasing adherence to physical activity in mental health populations: a systematic review. Advances in Mental Health, https://doi.org/10.1080/18387357.2019.1684829
Objective: There is growing global evidence for stark inequalities in the physical health status and life-expectancy of people with a mental health diagnosis. In most cases, p...

Unsuccessful Transitions: Understanding Dropout from the Athletes’ Perspective

Presentation / Conference
Andronikos, G., Westbury, T., & Martindale, R. (2019, May)
Unsuccessful Transitions: Understanding Dropout from the Athletes’ Perspective. Presented at 19th International Conference on Sports: Economic, Management, Marketing and Social Aspects
Limited studies have investigated the experiences of athletes who did not ‘make it’ to elite level. To target this research gap, this study accessed and investigated this hard...

The Importance and Influence of a Successful Environment on Athletes’ Transition towards Elite Level: The case of Triathlon

Presentation / Conference
Andronikos, G., Westbury, T., Kolyperas, D., & Martindale, R. (2018, June)
The Importance and Influence of a Successful Environment on Athletes’ Transition towards Elite Level: The case of Triathlon. Paper presented at European Academy of Management 2018 (EURAM'18), Reykjavík, Iceland
Developing athlete talents into professional successful athletes has been a challenge across various nations, sports, and cultures. While research has flourished and strived t...

Anticipation and the cortisol awakening response within a dynamic psychosocial work environment

Journal Article
Campbell, T. G., Westbury, T., Davison, R., & Florida-James, G. (2018)
Anticipation and the cortisol awakening response within a dynamic psychosocial work environment. International Journal of Stress Prevention and Wellbeing, 2,
The cortisol awakening response (CAR) is a distinct element of the diurnal pattern of cortisol release, believed to be partly driven by the anticipation of the demands of the ...

After Action (AAR) and Hot Reviewing in sport: An overview

Presentation / Conference
Westbury, T. (2017, December)
After Action (AAR) and Hot Reviewing in sport: An overview. Paper presented at British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Glasgow, Scotland
In a range of performance areas, it has become common practice to engage in 'huddles' or times out. The purpose being to reorient individual or team performance to the goals e...

Anticipation and the cortisol awakening response within a dynamic psychosocial work environment

Presentation / Conference
Campbell, T., Westbury, T., Davison, R. & Florida-James, G. (2017, October)
Anticipation and the cortisol awakening response within a dynamic psychosocial work environment. Poster presented at Society for Psychophysiological Research - 57th Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria
The cortisol awakening response (CAR) is a distinct element of the diurnal pattern of cortisol release, believed to be partly driven by the anticipation of the demands of the ...

Faster, Fitter, Happier: 75 questions with a Sport Psychologist

Book
Westbury, T. (2017)
Faster, Fitter, Happier: 75 questions with a Sport Psychologist. Oxford: Taylor & Francis (Routledge
Faster, Fitter, Happier is the first book to bridge the gap between the practice of psychology across both professional and amateur sport, and the theoretical foundations on w...

A case study investigation or the autonomic and endocrine response to psychosocial demand in the workplace.

Presentation / Conference
Campbell, T., Westbury, T., Davison, R. & Florida-James, G. (2017, July)
A case study investigation or the autonomic and endocrine response to psychosocial demand in the workplace. Paper presented at 38th Annual Conferenec of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society., Hong Kong
Purpose: To investigate the effect of acute day-to-day psychosocial work characteristics upon the autonomic and endocrine stress response. Design: The study employed a singl...
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Establishing a high performance culture in an emerging rugby nation

2018 - date
Andrew Hall | Director of Studies: Dr Russell Martindale | Second Supervisor: Dr Cedric English

Gender differences and STEM subjects: the role of professional role confidence and gender identity

2017 - date
Kamila Krol | Director of Studies: Dr Tony Westbury | Second Supervisor: Dr Sally Brown

The hepatic health legacy of prenatal androgen excess in male adolescence

2017 - date
Jennifer Mcgeachie | Director of Studies: Prof Mick Rae | Second Supervisor: Dr Amy Poole

Evaluating the long-term effectiveness of ALBA: An intervention designed to increase physical activity levels of people with mental and/or physical health conditions, leading to improved mental and physical health

2016 - date
Introduction: Physical activity (PA) is beneficial for improving both physical and mental health. However, people with mental health conditions are more likely to be inactive. In order to encourage adherence to PA, the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) developed the Active Living Becomes Achievable (ALBA) intervention, which aimed to help people with poor physical and/or mental health to increase and maintain their PA levels. The main aim of this thesis was to evaluate the effectiveness of the ALBA intervention at increasing PA levels, improving mental wellbeing, self-efficacy for exercise, self-esteem and patient activation. Method: A mixed method approach was adopted for evaluating the ALBA intervention, which formed the basis of four studies: Study 1: a formative investigation, in the form of a systematic review was conducted to assess the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural interventions at increasing adherence to PA in mental health populations. Study 2: a qualitative process evaluation, using focus groups with participants. Barriers and facilitators to adhering to the intervention were identified using the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF). Study 3: a qualitative process evaluation using focus groups with the Behaviour Change Practitioners (BCP) who delivered the ALBA intervention. Thematic analysis was used to identify themes, which were then mapped onto the TDF, to identify the barriers and facilitators to the implementation of the intervention. Study 4: A quantitative outcome evaluation, with a before and after design was carried out to assess the effectiveness of the intervention. Participants completed 5 outcome measures and wore an activity tracker for 16 weeks. Participants who opted into the long-term study were monitored for up to 12-months. Results: The outcome evaluation revealed that 53% of the participants adhered to the intervention, however, the intervention did not appear to increase adherence to PA guidelines. The ALBA intervention had a significant positive impact on mental wellbeing, patient activation and self-efficacy, but not self-esteem. The qualitative evaluation suggested the intervention helped participants overcome the barriers they faced which prevented them from becoming active. There was a particular focus on role the BCP’s played in encouraging engagement in PA. The barriers to the delivery faced by the BCP’s mainly related to organisational and contextual factors. Conclusions: The ALBA intervention was effective at improving mental wellbeing but did not have a significant effect on PA levels. This suggests that the additional support offered through the ALBA intervention was key to improving wellbeing and encouraging PA in mental health population should be considered in a wider context of recovery.
Nicola Peddie | Director of Studies: Dr Tony Westbury | Second Supervisor: Prof Austyn Snowden

An investigation into the nature of psychological resilience in junior athletes

2015 - 2017
A mixed method approach to understanding the nature of psychological resielince in junior athletes, reviewing and proposi...
Dr Hollie Fountain | Director of Studies: Dr Russell Martindale | Second Supervisor: Dr Tony Westbury

An investigation into programme level approaches to feedback: Influences on students' learning and feedback literacy

2015 - 2020
The purpose of the current research is to explore what a programme-focused approach ...
Kimberly Wilder | Director of Studies: Prof Mark Huxham

Analysis of small sided games training in elite youth soccer players

2014 - 2017
William Gilogley | Director of Studies: Dr Tony Westbury | Second Supervisor: Prof Geraint Florida-James

The trajectory to elite level: an investigation of the individual and environmental features of within career transitions in sport

2013 - 2018
Dr George Andronikos | Director of Studies: Dr Russell Martindale | Second Supervisor: Dr Tony Westbury

Examining the nature of talent identification and development within a Nigerian context

2013 - 2016
Adeboye Elumaro | Director of Studies: Dr Russell Martindale | Second Supervisor: Dr Tony Westbury

A qualitative exploration of the South African cricket development environment

2011 - 2017
Dr Cedric English | Director of Studies: Dr Russell Martindale | Second Supervisor: Christine Nash

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