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Dr Ross Wadey headshotDr 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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Specialisms

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)

Contact

Email: ross.wadey@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 4177


Dr Stacy Winter headshotDr Stacy Winter

Stacy is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Sport Psychology 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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Specialisms

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

Contact

Email:  stacy.winter@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 4098


Dr Lubna Ahmed headshotDr 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 from Goldsmiths University.

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Specialisms

Her current work includes Visual attention, Social and cross-cultural cognition, and pedagogical research related to HE achievements. Lubna employs mainly behavioural-computer based tasks to investigate these topics, and has also employed electrophysiology, questionnaires and qualitative approaches. See below for representative publications and some recent articles citing /applying her theories.

MRes project areas

Lubna would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in the following or related topics..

  • Sports Psychology – Cognitive benefits of sports and their transferability
  • Sports Psychology – performing under pressure / when cognitively loaded.
  • Sports Psychology – does the attentional window alter with sports expertise?
  • Cross-cultural cognition – does culture experience shape our cognitive processes?
  • Social cognition – factors affecting ‘reading’ affect from faces, bodies or contexts
  • Ecopsychology -  The cognitive and well-being benefits of interacting with nature.

Contact

Email: lubna.ahmed@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 4264


Dr Carla Meijen headshotDr Carla Meijen

Carla is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Sport Psychology at St Mary’s University and programme director for the Masters in Research and PhD. She is an HCPC registered sport and exercise psychologist and chartered psychologist, and works with athletes and organisations to provide psychological support.

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Specialisms

Carla’s research mostly focuses on the psychological determinants of endurance performance and challenge and threat states in athletes. She is particularly passionate about how psychological strategies (such as if-then planning, self-talk, and goal-setting) can be made accessible to endurance participants, such as runners and cyclists. She is also interested in researching how strategies are used to help enhance psychological factors such as motivation and self-efficacy.

MRes project areas

There are some 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. These are: 

  • How can brief psychological interventions (online or face-to-face) be used for endurance athletes?
  • The role of goal pursuit and goal abandonment when exercising in the heat
  • Self-regulation processes and if-then planning in endurance exercise
  • Psychological responses to positive events and setbacks in endurance performance 

Contact

Email: carla.meijen@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 4232


Dr Kate Lawrence headshotDr 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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Specialisms

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

Contact

Email: kate.lawrence@stmarys.ac.uk


Dr Lori Minini headshotDr Lori Minini

Lori obtained a BSc in Psychology with Cognitive Science (first-class honours) and a PhD in Psychology from University College London. She completed her postdoctoral training in functional neuroimaging at the University of Oxford, where she investigated the properties of the visuomotor and visuocognitive systems, with an emphasis on binocular integration in visual cortex. Before coming to St Mary’s Lori taught Research Methods and Statistics as a lecturer at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University.

Lori’s research focuses on visual perception and visuomotor control. She uses psychophysical, optoelectronic and functional neuroimaging techniques, including retinotopic mapping, to investigate visualprocesses in humans; in particular, the parcellation of function in the dorsal (visuomotor) and ventral (visuocognitive) visual systems.

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Specialisms

Lori’s research focuses on visual perception and visuomotor control. She uses psychophysical, optoelectronic and functional neuroimaging techniques, including retinotopic mapping, to investigate visual processes in humans; in particular, the parcellation of function in the dorsal (visuomotor) and ventral (visuocognitive) visual systems.

MRes project areas

There are three broad areas that Lori would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in, they would all require the use of the Vicon system (biomechanics) for kinematic analysis. These are:

  1. Exploring the properties of the dorsal (and ventral) visual systems (eg Goodale & Milner, 2018) through kinematic analysis and biomechanics
  2. The research paradigms used so far to map visuomotor processing in humans have focused on upper limb movements. I would be interested in supervising any project seeking to extend the paradigms to lower limb movements
  3. Investigations comparing visuomotor processing in average controls and expert athletes

Contact

Email: lori.minini@stmarys.ac.uk