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  • 1051 Parkstead House, Whitelands

20132020

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Personal profile

Biography

I completed my undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Edge Hill University in 2008 before going on to achieve an MSc in Psychology of Sport and Exercise Behaviour from Northumbria University in 2009. I was then successfully accepted to study for my PhD at Loughborough University. My PhD research focussed on examining athlete well-being from the perspective of attachment theory and self-determination theory, with particular interest in the basic psychological needs sub-theory. I graduated from Loughborough University in 2012 and have since published several studies that were conducted as part of my PhD.

Since graduating I have held several positions before gaining my current post at the University of Roehampton. I acted as a research assistant for a project conducted at Loughborough University in collaboration with Sports Coach UK in 2013 that explored the psychological factors associated with recreational sport participation. Following this position I briefly worked at the University of Central Lancashire before accepting a position at Northumbria University in January 2014 to work as a lecturer in sport coaching.

My passion and interest has always been within sport psychology, with a particular focus on athlete well-being and performance. As a result of my doctoral studies I have also gained an interest in exploring the application of attachment theory to the domain of sport, which is a growing area with great potential. I am also interested in exploring the role of sport psychology within sports that have received less attention in research. Specifically I would like to work within the field of motorsport, which is a great passion of mine, to understand the psychological profile of racing drivers and to also understand the complex relationships that exist within racing teams. In addition, I am interested in the developing area of psychology in esports with an interest on the psychological characteristics of esport athletes and the possible impacts of esport competition on well-being.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Sport Psychology (Loughborough University)
  • MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise Behaviour (Northumbria University)
  • BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences (Edge Hill University)

Research interests

My interests predominately focus around the areas of social and developmental psychology. Specifically I am interested in; psychological factors associated with interpersonal relationships, understanding athlete well-being, and examining attachment theory within sport.

Professional affiliations

BPS Chartered Psychologist

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Research Output

A multi-study examination of the complementarity dimension of the coach-athlete relationship

Felton, L., Jowett, S., Begg, C. & Zhong, X., 8 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology.

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Attachment Theory and Coaching

Jowett, S. & Felton, L., 2014, Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Eklund, R. & Tenenbaum, G. (eds.). SAGE Publications

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Coach-athlete relationships and attachment styles within sports teams

Jowett, S. & Felton, L., 2014, Group dynamics in exercise and sport psychology. Beauchamp, M. & Eys, M. (eds.). Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, p. 73-90

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