Dr Andrew Wood

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • Teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate awards in the area of sport and exercise psychology.

  • Active researcher  (Staffordshire University Sport Psychology Research Group).

  • Consultancy and enterprise activities within elite sport and high performance settings.

  • Academic committee representative for Sport and Exercise.

About Me

I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a first class honours in Sport and Exercise Science in 2011, before completing a postgraduate diploma in Psychology (2012) and an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology (2013). In January 2014, I started a PhD (Staffordshire University) under the supervision of Associate Professor Jamie Barker and Dr Martin Turner investigating the effects of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy as an intervention to enhance performance within the context of elite sport. I also began training and consulting as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. In August 2016, I began the role of Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the school of Life Sciences and Education. I am currently the Lead Psychologist for the England Blind Football Team, as well consulting across a range of elite sports and organisations.

Qualifications

PhD (January 2018 - Staffordshire University

PGCHPE (2015) – Staffordshire University

PGCRM (2015) – Staffordshire University

Primary Practicum Certificate in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (2014), Albert Ellis Institute Centre of REBT - University of Birmingham

MSc (with Distinction) (2013) Sport and Exercise Psychology - Sheffield Hallam University.

Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology (2012) – Sheffield Hallam University

BSc (with First Class Honours) (2011) Sport and Exercise Science – Sheffield Hallam University

Professional Memberships and Activities

Stage Two Trainee Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) (Exp 01/2018)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)

Member of the British Psychological Society (2013)

Member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (2013)

Expertise

Primarily my expertise lay in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and its application to foster resilience and provide a model of optimal human functioning for those operating in performance settings. I also specialise in stress, emotion, and the application of psychological principles to enhance athletic performance. Such areas of expertise inform my role as a sport psychologist consultant, researcher, and lecturer (undergraduate & postgraduate).

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

As a sport and exercise psychologist training with the BPS I work with a number of professional athletes, across a range of sports including football (able and disability), tennis, swimming, MMA, Paralympic archery, rowing, cricket, and boxing. I also provide performance psychology support and educational workshops to business professionals. I am currently the lead Sport Psychologist with the England Blind (B1 Classification) Football team. Previously, with colleagues I have consulted with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Again with colleagues I have consulted with businesses in the area of psychological skills transferrable to  high performance settings. Most recently working with the enterprise and software development teams based at Staffordshire University myself and Dr Martin Turner have created the Smarter Thinking phone application. Specifically, the app is underpinned by scientific theory, allowing users to recognise, dispute, and replace an irrational approach to adversity with rational alternatives in situ; ultimately, fostering resilience and mental health for those working in challenging contexts.

Research Interests

My main research interests are in Applied Sport and Performance Psychology. Specifically, as part of my doctoral research I have examined the effects of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy on Performance Outcomes. Specifically, we are beginning to understand how irrational and/or rational beliefs will affect the psychological health and performance of those operating in highly demanding contexts. Alongside colleagues I am currently leading a number of research projects, first investigating the effects of REBT as an intervention to foster resilience using biological markers of hair cortisol with frontline operational fire-staff. I am also leading a project investigating the effects of a novel quiet-eye training intervention on eye gaze behaviour and performance accuracy with elite pistol shooters enrolled on the ‘Troops to Tokyo’ program. I am also involved in research that examines the use of Smarter Thinking App with recreational runners, as well supporting the supervision of a PhD project that examines the effects of REBT on exercise behaviour and social physique anxiety.

Selected Publications

Articles

Wood, A.G., Barker, J.B., & Turner, M.J. (2017). A case study with an elite archer: Developing performance using rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT). The Sport Psychologist, 31, 78-88.

Wood A.G., Turner, M. T., & Barker, J.B. (In Press). Investigating the influence of irrational self-statements on visual search behaviour, persistence and skilled motor performance. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, accepted 30th of March 2017.

Wood, A.G., Barker, J. B., & Turner, M. J. (In Press) Examining the effects of rational emotive behaviour therapy on performance outcomes in elite Paralympic athletes.  Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, accepted 30th of May 2017.

Book Chapters

Wood, A.G., Barker, J. B., & Turner, M.J. (in press). Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy to Help Young Athletes Build Resilience and Deal with Adversity. In C. Knight & C. Harwood & D. Gould (Eds.). Sport psychology for young athletes. Routledge.

Wood, A.G., & Woodcock, C. (in press). “Is it really that bad” A case study applying Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) with an Elite Youth Tennis Player. In M. Turner & R. Bennett (Eds.). The use of Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy in Sport and Exercise Contents. Routledge.

Wood, A.G. Turner, M.J. & Barker, J.B. (in press). Bolstering Psychological Health Using Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. In G. Breslin & G. Leavey (Eds.). Mental health and well-being interventions in sport: A case study analysis. Routledge.

Conference Presentations

Wood, A.G. (2017).  Irrational Beliefs in Sport – Helpful or a Hindrance?  Oral presentation delivered at Psychology in the Pub, British Psychological Society: West Midlands Branch, Stoke-on-Trent. 
Wood, A.G., Barker, J.B., & Turner, M. J. (2016). Examining the Effects of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy on Performance in Elite Paralympic Athletes.  Oral presentation delivered at the British Psychological Societies Annual Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Cardiff.
Wood, A.G., Barker, J.B., & Turner, M. J. (2016). Investigating the Effects of Rational and Irrational Cognitions on Performance: Testing the Predictions of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. Oral presentation delivered at the West Midlands British Psychological Society Conference, Birmingham.
Wood, A.G., Barker., J. B., & Turner, M. J. (2015). The Effects of a Single Integrated Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) on Penalty Shootout Performance in Elite Blind Footballers. Poster presented at the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Leeds.
Wood, A.G., Barker., J. B., & Turner, M. J. (2015).  Irrational Beliefs, Helpful or a Hindrance? Five-minute challenge. Oral presentation delivered at the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Leeds.
Wood, A.G. (2015).”I must be successful” – Investigating the influence of irrational beliefs on performance in elite athletes.  West Midlands Branch Newsletter, 4, 11-12. 
Wood, A.G., Turner, M. J. & Barker, J.B. (2015).  Exploring the Effect of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy on Irrational Beliefs and Performance in Elite Paralympic Athletes. Oral Presentation delivered at the West Midlands British Psychological Society Conference, Coventry.
Wood, A.G., Barker., J. B., & Turner, M. J. (2015). ‘I Must be Successful’. Three-minute thesis presentation delivered at the Glyndwr & Staffordshire University Joint Conference. (Runner-up), Stoke-on-Trent.
Wood, A.G., Barker., J. B., & Turner, M. J. (2015). Exploring the Effects Irrational Beliefs on Athletic Performance. Oral presentation delivered at the Glyndwr & Staffordshire University Joint Conference, Stoke-on-Trent.
Wood, A.G., Turner, M. J., & Barker, J. B. (2015). A Case Study With an Elite Archer: Developing Performance Using Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT).  Oral presentation delivered at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Student Conference (Winner of Best Oral Presentation), Loughborough.

Current Teaching

Undergraduate

Introduction to the Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity (Level 4).

Developing Research Skills and Graduate Employability (Level 4).

Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology (Level 5).

Research Methods and Graduate Employment (Level 5).

Stress and Emotion (Level 6)

Dissertation Supervision – Sport and Exercise Psychology

Postgraduate

Dissertation supervision – MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Practice of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Contact

Dr Andrew Wood
BSc, MSc, Ph.D, MBPsS, FHEA
Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Trainee Sport and Exercise Psychologist (BPS)
B173 - Brindley Building
Life Sciences and Education
Staffordshire University,
Stoke-on-Trent,
ST4 2DF

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