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Colm Murphy

Lecturer - Sports Coaching Science

Colm Murphy

About Research

Email: colm.murphy@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 4233

Biography

Having graduated from Dublin City University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport Science and Health, Colm went on to complete his PhD in Expertise and Skill Acquisition at Brunel University London. He joined St Mary’s University in 2016 and is currently a Senior Lecturer.

Colm’s research focuses primarily on perceptual-cognitive expertise, particularly the role of contextual information in anticipation and how factors such as fatigue affect expert decision-making. He also conducts research on how to create effective practice environments to optimise skill acquisition. His research is published in sport science and psychology journals and he frequently reviews articles for several high-impact journals.

Colm has over 12 years of applied experience, having held positions as a coach, trainer, and sports scientist with national governing bodies and at performance centres in the U.K. and Ireland. In his spare time, Colm enjoys running, hiking, playing tennis, and football.


Research

Areas of research supervision

  • Perceptual-cognitive expertise and its development
  • The effect of stressors (such as fatigue or anxiety) on perceptual-cognitive skill
  • Scaling equipment and play areas for skill learning

Research profile

Publications

  • Murphy, C. P., Wakefield, A., Birch, P. D. J., & North, J. S. (2020). Esport expertise benefits perceptual-cognitive skill in (traditional) sport. Journal of Expertise, 3, 227-237.
  • Dancy, P. & Murphy, C. P. (2020). The effect of equipment modification on the performance of novice junior cricket batters. Journal of Sports Sciences, 38, 2415-2422.
  • Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., & Williams, A. M. (2019). Informational constraints, option generation, and anticipation. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 41, 54-62.
  • North, J. S., Bezodis, N. E., Murphy, C. P., Runswick, O. R., Pocock, C, & Roca, A. (2019). The effect of consistent and varied follow-through practice schedules on learning a table tennis backhand. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37, 613-620.
  • Jalali, S., Martin, S. E., Murphy, C. P., Solomon, J. A., & Yarrow, K. (2018). Classification videos reveal the visual information driving complex, real-world speeded decisions. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2229.
  • Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., & Williams, A. M. (2018). The role of contextual information during skilled anticipation. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71, 2070-2087.
  • Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., Cooke, K., Roca, A., Benguigui, N., & Williams, A. M. (2016). Contextual information and perceptual-cognitive expertise in a dynamic, temporally-constrained task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 22, 455-470.
  • Moran, K., Murphy, C. P., Marshall, B. (2012). The need and benefit of augmented feedback on service speed in tennis. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44, 754-760.

Book Chapters

  • Williams, A. M., Fawver, B., Broadbent, D. P., Murphy, C. P., & Ward, P. (2019). Skilled anticipation in sport: past, present, and future. In P. Ward, J. M Schraagen, J. Gore, & E. M. Roth (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Expertise. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., & Williams, A. M. (2019). Contextual information and its role in expert anticipation. In A. M. Williams & R. C. Jackson (Eds.) Anticipation and Decision Making in Sport (pp. 43-58). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Williams, A. M., Murphy, C. P., Broadbent, D. P., & Janelle, C. M. (2018). Anticipation in sport. In T. Horn, & A. Smith (Eds.) Advances in Sport Psychology (pp. 229-246). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Hendry, D. T., Murphy, C. P., Williams, A. M., & Hodges, N. J. (2016). Improving anticipation in racket sports: An evidence-based intervention. In S. Cotterill, N. Weston, & G. Breslin
  • (Eds.) Sport and Exercise Psychology: Practitioner Case Studies (pp. 279-298). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Conference Presentations

  • Roca, A. Gomez, C., & Murphy, C. P. (2021). An Investigation of the cognitive processes underlying soccer coaches’ decision-making during competition. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 43, S44.
  • Atack, A. C., Murphy, C. P., & North, J. S. (2020). The effect of representative task design on ground reaction forces produced by adolescent rugby players. ISBS Proceedings Archive, 38, 484.
  • Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., & Williams, A. M. (2018). Option generation and skilled anticipation behaviour in tennis. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 40, S32.
  • Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., & Williams, A. M. (2016). The effect of sequencing information on anticipation. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 38, S90.
  • Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., & Williams, A. M. (2015). Perceiving context: the key to anticipation in sport?. In O. Schmid, S. Seiler (Eds.) 14th European Congress of Sport Psychology, July, 2015, Bern, Switzerland, 154.
  • Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., Roca, A., & Williams, A. M. (2015). Cognitive processes underlying anticipation in a context-oriented task. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 37, S53.
  • Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., & Williams, A. M. (2014). The use of contextual information in expert tennis anticipation. In A. De Haan, C. J. De Ruiter, E. Tsolakidis (Eds.) 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, July, 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Moran, K., Murphy, C. P., Cahill, G., & Marshall, B. (2009). Augmented knowledge of results feedback in tennis serve training, In A. J. Harrison, R. Anderson, I. Kenny (Eds.) 27th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, July, 2009, Limerick, Ireland, 289-292.
  • Moran, K., Murphy, C. P., Cahill, G., & Marshall, B. (2009). Can elite tennis players judge their service speed?. In A. J. Harrison, R. Anderson, I. Kenny (Eds.) 27th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, July, 2009, Limerick, Ireland, 340-342.

Research Grants Awarded

International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Internship Grant (€2000, Awarded June 2020)

Grand awarded to support a student intern to complete a research project entitled ‘The effect of fatigue on rugby place kicking technique and performance’ for a period of 8 weeks.


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