Richard Simpson


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Willing to discuss project interests relating to the topics of well-being, stress, organizational sport psychology, and applied sport psychology.

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Personal profile


Richard is a lecturer in the school of psychology with his main area of expertise nested in sport and exercise psychology. Richard completed his undergraduate degree in sport and exercise sciences (sport psychology) at Leeds Trinity University, graduating with the programme prize in 2017. Richard then studied for a MSc in Psychology of Sport and Exercise at Leeds Beckett University and graduated with distinction. Following his MSc, Richard spent a year as a Research Assistant in the Carnegie School of Sport, before reading for and completing a PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the same institution. Richard re-joined Leeds Trinity University as a lecturer in psychology (sport psychology) in 2023. Richard is also an Associate Lecturer with the Open University on the E312 module and is a fellow of the higher education academy (FHEA). Richard previously worked at Leeds Beckett University as an associate lecturer and currently sits on committees for the BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Research interests

Richard's research focuses on advancing individual and collective understanding of psychological well-being among sport performers. The aims of his work are to advance the organisational psychology and well-being sciences fields of literature, while benefitting those engaged and employed within sport organisations (e.g., supported athletes, coaches, support staff, managers, directors, board members) and those more broadly working occupationally or by association (e.g., parents) in performance or development sport. Richard's expertise is situated within qualitative methods (e.g., individual and interpersonal interviews, diaries, narrative inquiry, letter writing), but he often engages in reviews (e.g., narrative reviews, systematic reviews), multi- and mixed-method research to inform his work.

Beyond his main line of inquiry, Richard's research interests also relate to the following:

  • Psychological and organizational stress (e.g., stressors, appraising, emotions, coping, and outcomes).
  • Organizational sport psychology (e.g., culture, resilience, performance leadership and management).
  • Interpersonal/Social Psychology (e.g., dyadic and triadic relationships, contagion, spill-over).
  • Social justice, welfare, and integrity.
  • Applied practice (e.g., practitioner development and integration, reflective practice, cultural sport psychology).

Richard has worked on multiple projects on behalf of the Applied Association for Sport Psychology (AASP), BASES, UEFA, the English Football Association (FA), 'ICoachKids', the Croatian FA, the Slovenian FA, the Royal British Legion (Battle Back), WheelPower, World Triathlon, and Leeds Beckett University. Richard has attended and presented at multiple national and international conferences, has won various academic awards, appeared on various sport psychology podcasts, peer-reviewed for a variety of academic journals, and has organised multiple knowledge exchange activities.

Teaching and Administration

Richard is the module leader for L4 Principles of Sport Psychology and teaches also on L3 Foundations in Psychology, L5 Sport Psychology: Working with Stakeholders, L6 Sport Psychology in Context, L6 Psychology Research Project, and Research Methods modules across all levels. Richard is also a personal tutor who provides academic and pastoral support to students across foundation year and higher education contexts.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Psychological well-being among members of sport organizations., Leeds Beckett University

1 Feb 20202023

Award Date: 9 Oct 2023

Master of Science, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Leeds Beckett University

Award Date: 3 Sept 2018

Bachelor of Science, BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences (Sport Psychology)

Award Date: 11 Jul 2017

External positions

Associate Lecturer, The Open University

1 Aug 2021 → …


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