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I am a lecturer in the division of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Abertay with a keen interest in coaching, sport psychology and applied sport science. I am also conducting research into the behaviours of sports coaches and how this can be changed as a result of coach education with the aim of obtaining a PhD by publication. 

Prior to this I was a Teaching Fellow within the division from 2018-19. I started at Abertay University in August 2014 working as a teaching fellow and project assistant with the Dundee Academy of Sport (DAOS) from 2014-2018. During this time I was part of an exciting project that has worked with over 40,000 people in the Tayside and Fife area. 

Prior to this I studied and worked at the University of Stirling, obtaining an Honours Degree in Sports Studies and Psychology and a Masters Degree in Sports Coaching. The work I did there involved working with undergraduate students, young coaches and prospective PE teachers in their seminars, workshops and marking of their assignments and exams.

Outside of the academic world I work with Dundee FC as a UEFA A & B and UEFA Elite Youth A qualified Academy Coach and Head of Youth Football Science. During this time we have worked with Abertay University to provide students with work based placements and paid employment. Prior to this I performed a similar role at Alloa Athletic. Also in 2013 I was coaching football in 13 different states in the USA. During this time I also conducted much coach training for the volunteer coaches in each state. This involved working with children as young as 3 years old, and also players who were trying to obtain college scholarships and perhaps professional contracts.

Since 2012 I have also been involved in performance analysis for elite teams in sports such as football, badminton and gaelic football (GAA).

My key areas of academic interest are Sport Psychology, Coaching, Sport Physiology, Pedagogy and Sports Development.

In terms of playing, I am still playing competitively in football and golf.

Teaching

Taught on undergraduate sports modules and college sport courses.

Research interests

Coaching, Coach Education, Sport, Psychology

Esteem

Head of Youth Football Science, Dundee FC

UEFA A, UEFA Elite Youth A and UEFA B Licenced Football Coach

Knowledge Exchange

Delivery of CPD to coaches and practitioners in sport.

Outreach

I work as part of the Dundee Academy of Sport project which seeks to work with the most disadvantaged pupils and students in the Tayside, Fife and Angus region.

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education Teaching, PG Cert, Abertay University

1 Aug 20141 Nov 2015

Sports Coaching, MSc, University of Stirling

1 Aug 20111 Nov 2012

Psychology and Sports Studies, BA (Hons), University of Stirling

1 Sep 20071 Jun 2011

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