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Dr Ross Wadey

Reader in Sport Psychology

Dr Ross Wadey

Tel: 020 8240 4177

About Research


Ross Wadey is a Reader in Sport Psychology at St Mary’s University, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Chair of the ‘Injury and Well-Being Research Group’, and a LimbPower Trustee.


He received his PhD from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2009, which won the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) international award for research of outstanding merit.

Ross’s research now involves working with external stakeholders (eg, NHS, charities, and sporting and non-sporting organisations) to develop programmes of research that meet their needs.

Currently, his research is at the intersection of psychology and sociology, and at the forefront of advancing knowledge on three complimentary themes:

  1. well-being following amputation(s) and the role of physical activity
  2. prevention of, and rehabilitation from, sporting injuries
  3. post-traumatic growth following adversity

By invitation, Ross has been honoured to present his work at various locations (eg Headley Court, Wellington Hospital, Queen Mary's Hospital, Guy's Hospital), where he has often left inspired by stories of human resilience and friendship.

PhD students

  • Dr Simon Crampton (completed 2015)
  • Dr Jade Salim (completed 2015)
  • Dr Francesca Cavallerio (completed 2016)
  • Dr Kylie Roy (completed 2017)
  • Ms Kimberley Humphreys
  • Mr Giampaolo Santi
  • Mr Enda King
  • Ms Phoebe Sanders
  • Ms Hannah Levi
  • Mr John Downey
  • Mr Chris Hammer

If you’re interested in doing a PhD with Ross, please contact him directly.


  •  Wadey, R., Day, M., Cavallerio, F., & Martinelli, L. (in press). The Multi-Level Model of Sport Injury: Can coaches impact and be impacted by injury? In R. Thelwell & M. Dicks (Eds.), Professional advances in sports coaching: Research and Practice. London: Routledge.
  • Wadey, R., & Griffins, L. (in press). Returning to the decks: A case study of an injured disc jockey. In M. Arvinen-Barrow & D. Clement (Eds.), The psychology of sport and performance injury: An interprofessional case-based approach. London: Routledge
  • Day, M., & Wadey, R. (in press). Living with a lower limb amputation: Everyday experiences of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ days. Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Wadey, R., & Day, M. (in press). A longitudinal examination of leisure time physical activity following amputation in England. Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Salim, J., & Wadey, R. (in press). Can emotional disclosure promote sport injury-related growth? Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.
  • Hammer, C., Podlog, L., Wadey, R., Galli, N., Forber-Pratt, A., Newton, M., Hall, M., & Greviskes, L. (in press). Understanding posttraumatic growth of paratriathletes with acquired disability. Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Hammer, C., Podlog, L., Wadey, R., Galli, N., Forber-Pratt, A. J., & Newton, M. (in press). From core belief challenge to posttraumatic growth in para sport athletes: Moderated medicated by needs satisfaction and deliberate rumination. Disability and Rehabilitation
  • King, E., Richter, C., Franklyn-Miller, A., Daniels, K., Wadey, R., Moran, R., Strike, S. (in press). Whole body biomechanical differences between limbs persist 9 months after ACL reconstruction across jump/landing tasks. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport.  
  • King, E., Richter, C., Franklyn-Miller, A., Daniels, K., Wadey, R., Jackson, M., Moran, R., Strike, S. (in press). Biomechanical but not timed performance asymmetries persist between limbs 9 months after ACL reconstruction during planned and unplanned change of direction. Journal of Biomechanics.
  • Cavallerio, F., Wadey, R., & Wagstaff, C. (in press). Life after gymnastics: A narrative account of former elite gymnasts. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health.
  • Sanders, P., Wadey, R., Day, M., & Winter, S. (in press). A confessional tale of integrating in a medical environment. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health.
  • Day, M., & Wadey, R. (in press). Researching growth following adversity in sport and exercise: Methodological implications and future recommendations. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health.
  • Roy-Davis, K., Wadey, R., & Evans, L. (in press). A grounded theory of sport injury-related growth. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology.
  • Day, M., & Wadey, R. (2016). Narratives of trauma and recovery: The complex role of sport following permanent acquired disability. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 22, 131-138.
  • Francesca, C., Wadey, R., & Wagstaff, C. (2016). Understanding overuse injuries in rhythmic gymnastics: A 12-month ethnographic study. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 25, 100-109.
  • Cropley, B., Baldock, L., Mellalieu, S. D., Neil, R., Wagstaff, C. R., & Wadey, R. (2016). Coping with the demands of professional practice: Sport psychology consultants’ perspectives. The Sport Psychologist.
  • Salim, J., Wadey, R., & Diss, C. (2016). Examining the relationship between hardiness, coping, and stress-related growth. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 28, 154-169.
  • Neil, R., Mellalieu, S. D., & Wadey, R. (2016). It’s good to talk ... injury. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 12, 69-76.
  • Wadey, R., Podlog, L., Galli, N., & Mellalieu, S. D. (2015). Stress-related growth following sport injury: Examining the applicability of the organismic valuing theory. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports.
  • Podlog, L., Banham, S., Wadey, R., & Hall. (2015). Psychological readiness to return to sport following sport injury. The Sport Psychologist, 29, 1-14.
  • Salim, J., Wadey, R., & Diss, C. (2015). Examining the relationship between hardiness and stress-related growth. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 19, 10-17.
  • Wadey, R. (2014). An examination of hardiness throughout the sport injury process. In R. Neil, S. Hanton, S. Fleming, & K. Wilson (Eds.), The research process in sport, exercise and health: The experiences of active researchers (pp. 154-178). London: Routledge.
  • Wadey, R., & Hanton, S. (2014). Psychology of sport injury: Resilience and thriving. In F. G. O’Conner & R. Wilder (Eds.) Running medicine (pp. 932-951). Healthy Learning.
  • Wadey, R., Podlog, L., Hall, M., Hamson-Utley, J., Hicks-Little, C., & Hammer, C. (2014). Re-injury anxiety, coping, and return-to-sport outcomes: A multiple mediation analysis. Rehabilitation Psychology, 59, 256-266.
  • Wadey, R., Evans, L., Hanton, S., & Neil, R. (2013). The effect of dispositional optimism pre- and post-injury. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 45, 387-394.
  • Podlog, L., Wadey, R., Stark, A., Lochbaum, M., Hannon, J., & Newton, M. (2013). An adolescent perspective on injury recovery and the return to sport. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 437-446.
  • Wadey, R., Clark, S., Podlog, L., & McCullough, D. (2013). Coaches’ perceptions of athletes’ stress-related growth following sport injury. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 125-135.
  • Evans, L., Wadey, R., Hanton, S., & Mitchell, I. (2012). Stressors experienced by injured athletes. Journal of Sports Sciences, 30, 917-927.
  • Wadey, R., Evans, L., Hanton, S., & Neil, R. (2012). An examination of hardiness throughout the sport injury process: A qualitative follow-up study. British Journal of Health Psychology, 17, 872-893.
  • Wadey, R., Evans, L., Hanton, S., & Neil, R. (2012). An examination of hardiness throughout the sport injury process. British Journal of Health Psychology, 17, 103-128
  • Wadey, R., & Evans, L. (2011). Working with injured athletes: Research and practice. In S. Hanton & S. D. Mellalieu (Eds.), Professional practice in sport psychology: A review (pp. 107-132). London: Routledge
  • Wadey, R. (2011). Moving beyond resilience: Tips for thriving in the face of adversity. The Wave (Lane4 publication).
  • Wadey, R., Evans, L., Evans, K., & Mitchell, I. (2011). Perceived benefits following sport injury: A qualitative examination of their antecedents and underlying mechanisms. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 23, 142-158. 
  • Connaughton, D., Hanton, S., Jones, G., & Wadey, R. (2008). Mental toughness research: Key issues in this area. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 39, 192-204.
  • Connaughton, D., Wadey, R., Hanton, S., & Jones, G. (2008). The development and maintenance of mental toughness: Perceptions of elite performers. Journal of Sports Sciences, 26, 83-95.
  • Hanton, S., Wadey, R., & Mellalieu, S. D. (2008). Advanced psychological strategies and anxiety responses in sport. The Sport Psychologist, 22, 472-490.
  • Wadey, R., & Hanton, S. (2008). Basic psychological skills usage and competitive anxiety responses: Perceived underlying mechanisms. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 79, 363-373.
  • Hanton, S., Wadey, R., & Connaughton, D. (2005). Debilitative interpretations of competitive anxiety: A qualitative examination of elite performers. European Journal of Sports Science, 5, 123-136.

Conference presentations

Ross has presented over 60 times at national and international conferences. He was also extremely proud to be on the committee for the 5th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise at the University of Chichester, and is now busy working with the committee on the 6th International Conference at the University of British Columbia (@QRSE2018).

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