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ross-wadeyDr Ross Wadey

Ross is a Reader is Sport Psychology, Chair of the Injury and Rehabilitation Cluster at St Mary’s University, Trustee for the Charity LimbPower, and on the editorial board of The Sport Psychologist. Ross’s research involves working with external stakeholders (e.g., National Health Service, English Institute of Sport, English Cricket Board, BLESMA The Limbless Veterans) to develop programmes of research that meet their needs and informs professional practice.

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Ross’s specialist areas are: well-being following amputation(s) and the role of physical activity, psychological and social risk factors to sport injury, responses to and rehabilitation following sport injury, and personal growth following adversity in sport.

MRes project areas

There are three broad areas that Ross would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in that have the potential to make a significant difference to professional practice. For some projects, there will be opportunities to work with sporting organisations, elite sports teams, and charities. Ross’s research largely uses qualitative inquiry.

These are:

  • The role of sport and physical activity following amputation (e.g., lived experiences, overcoming barriers and enabling facilitators)
  • Psychological responses following sport injury (e.g., psychological readiness to return to sport, transforming injury from a potential disaster into an opportunity for personal growth and development)
  • Social and psychological risk factors following sport injury (e.g., cultural norms and values in sport, injury anxiety)

Tel: 020 8240 4177

stacy-winterDr Stacy Winter

Stacy is the MSc Applied Sport Psychology Programme Director and a Senior Lecturer at St Mary’s University. She is a BPS Chartered Psychologist, BASES Accredited Practitioner, and a Chartered Scientist and has been involved in providing psychological support to a variety of sports, athletes, and teams.

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Stacy is interested in areas of research with clear applied recommendations for the professional development and delivery of the applied sport psychology field. 

MRes project areas

There are three broad areas that Stacy would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in. These are:

  • Professional practice development
  • The impact of cognitions and mental strategies on performance
  • Use of observation within applied sport psychology practice

Tel: 020 8240 4098

lubna-ahmedDr Lubna Ahmed

Lubna is a senior lecturer in the department of Psychology. Lubna has a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences, MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, MSc in Research methods in Psychology and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology which she completed in 2010 from Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Her current work can be summarised into the following broad themes; Visual attention, Social cognition, Cross-cultural cognition, and pedagogical research related to HE achievements. Lubna employs mainly behavioural-computer based tasks to investigate these topics, but has also employed questionnaires and qualitative approaches.

MRes project areas

Lubna would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in the following or related topics. Behavioural or questionnaire approaches are preferred however Qualitative or mixed methodology proposals are welcome. St Marys is equipped to host behavioural computer-based testing and neuroimaging techniques, including eye tracking, EEG/ERP and TMS.

  • The effects of cognitive load on: visual attention, social cognition or dual tasking
  • Social cognition – factors affecting ‘reading’ emotions from faces, bodies or contexts
  • Ecopsychology - The cognitive and well-being benefits of interacting with nature
  • Cross-cultural cognition – does culture shape our cognitive processes? 
  • Sports Psychology – Cognitive benefits of sports and their transferability

Tel: 020 8240 4264

carla-meijenDr Carla Meijen

Carla is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Sport Psychology at St Mary’s University. She is an HCPC registered sport and exercise psychologist and chartered psychologist.

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Carla’s research focuses on the psychological determinants of endurance performance. In particular, she is interested in how psychological strategies can be made available to endurance participants, such as runners and cyclists, and how strategies are used to help enhance psychological factors such as motivation and self-efficacy.

MRes project areas

There are three broad areas that Carla would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in, for these projects she is keen to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective (such as combining psychology and physiology). These are:

  • The role of goal pursuit and goal abandonment when exercising in the heat (project with Dr Mark Waldron)
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of brief psychological interventions for (recreational) endurance athletes
  • Examining the influence of self-efficacy on performance

Tel: 020 8240 4232

kate-lawrenceDr Kate Lawrence

Kate is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at St Mary’s University. Kate obtained her Psychology degree from St Anne’s College, Oxford and her PhD from UCL. She has previously worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, London.

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Kate’s research interests lie within the area of developmental cognitive neuroscience. She has a particular interest in the influence of nutrition and the microbiome on mental health and emotional wellbeing. Kate also researches the development of social skills and face and emotion recognition.

MRes project areas

There are three broad areas that Kate would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in. These are:

  • Exploring associations between diet and mental health/well-being
  • Understanding the prevalence and nature of gastrointestinal problems in children with developmental disorders
  • Looking at associations between social cognitive function and/or emotion recognition and behaviour problems in school children