Dr Andrew Cooke - Director
Andrew obtained his undergraduate degree from Bangor University in 2007 and his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2010. His research investigates psychophysiological responses to competition / stress, and the psychophysiological response patterns that characterise optimal human performance. He has also conducted neuroscience research designed to train golfers to control their levels of brain activity before executing putts. Andrew has worked with professional golfers. In his spare time he enjoys playing and watching most sports, particularly football, golf, tennis and table tennis.
Professor Lew Hardy – Chief Executive
Lew was one of the first professors of sport psychology in the United Kingdom and is one of a very small number of people to have given keynote and invited addresses at all the major sport psychology conferences in the world. He has over 100 full length research publications and served three Olympic cycles as chairperson of the British Olympic Association’s Psychology Steering Group (from 1989 to 2000). His central research interest is the psychology of very high level performance, including the effects of stress, mental toughness, motivation, the utility of psychological skills and strategies, transformational leadership, and teamwork. He has been responsible for over £1 million pounds of grant capture and has equal applied experience of working across military, business, and sport domains.
Professor Tim Woodman
Tim was awarded an MA from Queen’s University, Canada in 1995 and a PhD from Bangor University, UK, in 2001. Tim has two elite performance research foci. The first concerns how performance can be maximized under stress. The second concerns the development of a model of optimal human behaviour that has high-risk environments at its centre. Tim has worked with elite sports performers (e.g., Olympic and World Championships athletes), has been the Director of psychology for British Gymnastics Association since 2000, and delivers stress management and consultancy workshops for international stock-exchange business corporations (e.g. Pernod Ricard) in both French and English. He loves being active in the mountains, yoga, trying to stay fit, and the occasional glass of good red wine.
Prof Nichola Callow
Nichola gained her PhD from Bangor University in 2000 and is a senior lecturer in sport psychology. Nichola conducts research in three main areas: the cognitive and motivational effects of imagery, from both a behavioural and neuroscience perspective; group dynamics in particular transformational leadership, cohesion , collective efficacy and communication; and interventions with patient populations. Nichola is currently and Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity. Nichola has been a BASES accredited sport and exercise scientist (psychology) since 1999, a BPS Chartered Psychologise since 2000, and has extensive applied experience with International athletes from a range of sports.
Dr Ross Roberts
Ross completed his PhD at Bangor University in 2008. Although his PhD research examined the role of imagery in motor skill performance, his research interests now focus on personality and individual differences, with a particular interest in the role of personality (especially narcissism) in performance contexts. He has received research funding from the Wellcome Trust, the Sports Council for Wales, and the Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Network. Ross is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), is a chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the BPS. He has worked with a number of high level squads (including Welsh Yachting Association, Welsh Canoe Association, Welsh Athletics Association, and the Golf Union of Wales) and athletes (professional golfers and divers).
Dr Stuart Beattie
Stuart is a lecturer in Sport Psychology within SSHES. He graduated with his PhD titled “ Anxiety, self-confidence, self-efficacy and performance: some challenges to current thinking” in 2006. His PhD was part funded by British Gymnastics where he worked as a sport psychologist from 2000–2005. Stuart is still active within the BGA. His main research interests are; self confidence issues; anxiety and performance relationships; mechanisms underlying performance catastrophes; goal setting, importance and self efficacy relationships; and engagement and disengagement issues. Stuart is also a BASES accredited sport psychologist.
Dr James Hardy
Having obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Birmingham, James completed his postgraduate training (both MA and PhD) at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, under the supervision of Prof. Craig Hall. He is a regular presenter at international conferences and has published numerous research articles focusing on mental skills (specifically, self-talk and imagery) and group dynamics (e.g., team cohesion and leadership) in both the sport and exercise domains. His research has been supported by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), City Group Services (aka Man City FC), and the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Both sport and mainstream psychology journals regularly call on his services and he currently fulfils editor (e.g., Journal of Applied Sport Psychology) and editorial board member (e.g., Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology) roles at selected journals. James returned to his native North Wales in 2004 to accept a lecturing position, was Deputy Head of School – Teaching and Learning between 2008–2013, and currently leads Employability within the School. In his spare time, he enjoys road cycling and off-piste skiing.
Dr Gavin Lawrence
Having obtained his PhD within the field of Psychomotor Behaviour from Bangor University in 2005, Gavin spent 2 years as a Postdoctoral researcher within the Motor and Behavioural Science Research Group at the University of Leeds. Whilst there, he produced research into the mechanisms of control and disorders of co-ordination in conditions such as hemiplegic cerebral palsy and Developmental Coordination Disorder. Gavin currently works as a lecturer in Motor Control and Learning at School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University. His research interests include visuo-motor control with a focus on feedback processing, motor programming, skill learning and the attainment of expertise. He regularly presents his research at international conferences and as guest lectures within both the sport and the health sectors. Gavin recently received funding from the European Social Fund to conduct research into enhancing the motor skills of individuals with learning disabilities. He is a keen sports man and is passionate about applying the research within the field of Motor Control and Learning to help individuals and teams accelerate towards the attainment of expertise.
Dr Vicky Gottwald
After completing a P.G.C.E. in Secondary Physical Education at the University of Southampton, Vicky returned to Bangor to complete her Ph.D. in the field of Psychomotor Behaviour. She is now working as a Lecturer in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University. Her research interests centre around motor control and learning; more specifically, the utilisation of verbal instructions in directing attention effectively and the processes underlying human movement to improve motor performance and skill acquisition in applied settings. Vicky is a keen basketball player and coach, and is currently working with the U18 Girls Wales National Team.
Dr Eleri Sian Jones
Eleri obtained her undergraduate degree from Liverpool John Moores University in 2006 and her Masters degree from Bangor University in 2007. Following this Eleri completed a Leverhulme funded PhD, in 2013 at Glamorgan University. Eleri currently works as a bilingual sport psychology lecturer in SHES. Her research focuses on performance anxiety, and in particular exploring the process goal paradox, and more recently measurement and conceptualization of anxiety in sport. Other research areas include mental skills training for coaches, bilingualism in sport and exploring personality factors in extreme exercise environments. Eleri previously worked at Sport Wales and has supported a number of athletes from a variety of sports including; football, rugby, badminton, judo, swimming, sailing, athletics and dressage.
Dr Matt Barlow
Matt gained his first class undergraduate degree, Masters degree, and PhD from Bangor University. Matt has two research foci. The first concerns the motives for, and benefits of, participation in high-risk sport. The second pertains to the development of Super-Elite performance in Olympic sports. In these lines of research Matt has worked with some of the UK’s best expeditionary mountaineers, as well as Olympic medallists, and Tour De France winning cyclists. Matt rode professionally as a mountain bike trials rider for ten years and continues to enjoy riding, climbing, and any opportunity to get out into the mountains.
Dr Anthony Blanchfield
I am a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychophysiology here at Bangor University and I’m particularly interested in the way that we can modify endurance performance and/or post-exercise recovery by targeting the brain.
I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a first class honours degree in Sport Science in 2005 and then went on to obtain a Masters with Distinction in Sport and Exercise Physiology from Bangor University in 2007. Between 2007 and 2009 I worked as a first team physiologist at West Bromwich Albion FC before coming back to Bangor to complete a PhD in the Psychophysiology of Endurance Performance. I then worked for one year as a post-doctoral researcher in a joint programme between Bangor University and UK Sport, before being appointed full-time by Bangor in 2015.
In my time at Bangor I have sat on the research steering committee for the Welsh Institute for Performance Science (WIPS) and I work closely with local organisations such as Ynys Mon Island Games Association.