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Chris Rowley has an academic background in sport psychology, having previously completed undergraduate and masters degrees in sport psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, before then completing a PhD in Applied Sport Psychology at the University of Hull which was awarded in 2014. Chris joined Leeds Trinity University in 2015 as the programme leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology Degree, in addition to teaching across a number of sport related modules. Chris is also an Associate Lecturer with the Open University for module E313, and is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Chris has previously worked at the University Centre - North Lindsey College, and The University of Hull, in addition to undertaking applied work with professional football and rugby league academy teams. 

Research interests

Chris is an interpretivist researcher whose work primarily looks at the everyday realities of sport psychology practice within high-performance sporting contexts. In addition to this, Chris’ research also considers how literature from outside of the psychology domain (e.g. sports coaching, education, and sociology) can help underpin practice and pedagogy within the sport psychology profession. At present, Chris’ work currently includes collaborative projects with Prof. David Gilbourne (independent researcher), Dr. Lee Nelson (Edge Hill University), Prof. Paul Potrac (Northumbria University) and Prof. Zoe Knowles (Liverpool John Moores University). Chris is also lead supervisor for two PhD projects and a Masters by Research project, as well as serving as a reviewer for a performance psychology journal.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Sport Science (Applied Sport Psychology), University of Hull

Sept 2009Oct 2013

Award Date: 3 Feb 2014

Master of Science, Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Central Lancashire

Sept 2007Jul 2008

Award Date: 4 Aug 2008

Bachelor of Science, Sport Psychology, University of Central Lancashire

Sept 2004Jul 2007

Award Date: 6 Aug 2007

External positions

Associate Lecturer, The Open University

Oct 2013 → …

REF 2029 UOA

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