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Dr Amy Whitehead

Biography

Dr Amy Whitehead is the Programme Manager for the Sports Coaching and Sport Development programmes and lectures on both the Sports Coaching and Physical Education undergrad and postgraduate courses. She specialises in sport and exercise psychology. Amy is currently research active in the areas of decision making and expert novice paradigms and using think aloud protocol analysis. Amy's role within the sports coaching and physical education programmes is to embed psychology and educate students about the psychological theories and principles that they can use, observe and experience within their own domain. Currently Amy is supervising three PhD students, who are using Think Aloud protocol analysis within sport coaching, tutor education and gymnastics. Amy is a sport psychology consultant, currently undergoing BPS stage 2 training and has worked for organisations such as St. Helen’s RFC, British Cycling, Professional league and non league football (Barrow AFC) and European Tour Golfers. Amy has also conducted consultation projects for Sports Coach UK and England Netball.

Degrees

2015, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, PhD in Sport Psychology
2012, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
2008, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
2007, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology

Academic appointments

External Examiner, York St John University, 2017 - present
Programme Manager, School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - present
Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching & Physical Education Psychology, Education, Leisure and Sport, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present
External Examiner, University of Salford, 2013 - 2017
Lecturer in Sports Coaching, School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors, University of Central Lancashire, 2009 - 2015

Postgraduate training

PhD in Sport Psychology, UK, University of Central Lancashire, 2010 - 2015

Publications

Highlighted publications

Swettenham L, Eubank M, Won D, Whitehead AE. 2018. Investigating Stress and Coping During Practice and Competition in Tennis using Think Aloud International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, >DOI >Link

Whitehead AE, Jones H, Williams E, Rowley C, Quayle L, Marchant D, Polman R. 2018. Investigating the Relationship between Cognitions, Pacing Strategies and Performance in 16.1 km Cycling Time Trials Using a Think Aloud Protocol. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 34 :95-109 >DOI

Whitehead AE, Jones HS, Williams EL, Dowling C, Morley D, Taylor JA, Polman RC. 2017. Changes in Cognition over a 16.1 km Cycling Time Trial using Think Aloud Protocol: Preliminary Evidence. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, >DOI

Whitehead AE, Cropley B, Huntley T, Miles A, Quayle L, Knowles Z. 2016. ‘Think Aloud’: Towards a framework to facilitate reflective practice amongst rugby league coaches. International Sport Coaching Journal, >DOI >Link

Whitehead AE, Taylor JA, Polman RCJ. 2016. Evidence for Skill Level Differences in the Thought Processes of Golfers During High and Low Pressure Situations Frontiers in Psychology, >DOI >Link

Whitehead AE, Taylor JA, Polman R. 2015. Examination of the suitability of collecting in event cognitive processes using Think Aloud protocol in golf. Wilson MR. Front. Psychol., >DOI >Link

Journal article

Lee J, Knowles Z, Whitehead AE. 2019. Exploring the use of Think Aloud within Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Judging Education. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, >DOI

Swettenham L, Eubank M, Won D, Whitehead AE. 2018. Investigating Stress and Coping During Practice and Competition in Tennis using Think Aloud International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, >DOI >Link

Walsh B, Whittaker E, Cronin C, Whitehead AE. 2018. ‘Net Mums’: a narrative account of participants’ experiences within a netball intervention McGannon K. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, >Link

Cronin CJ, Walsh B, Quayle L, Whittaker E, Whitehead A. 2018. Carefully supporting autonomy – learning coaching lessons and advancing theory from women’s netball in England. Sports Coaching Review, >DOI

Whitehead AE, Jones H, Williams E, Rowley C, Quayle L, Marchant D, Polman R. 2018. Investigating the Relationship between Cognitions, Pacing Strategies and Performance in 16.1 km Cycling Time Trials Using a Think Aloud Protocol. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 34 :95-109 >DOI

Cronin C, Whitehead AE, Webster S, Huntley T. 2017. Transforming, storing and consuming athletic experiences; a coach’s narrative of using a video app. Sport, Education and Society, >DOI >Link

Whitehead AE, Umeh K, Quayle L, Morley D. 2017. Mobile Technology usage mediates gender differences in physical activity International Journal of Sport Psychology, 48 :643-659 >DOI

Whitehead AE, Jones HS, Williams EL, Dowling C, Morley D, Taylor JA, Polman RC. 2017. Changes in Cognition over a 16.1 km Cycling Time Trial using Think Aloud Protocol: Preliminary Evidence. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, >DOI

Huntley T, Whitehead AE, Cullinane D, Nixon S, Huntley E. 2017. Investigating relationships between and within entry pathways on a sport related programme and the degree outcome obtained Cogent Education, >DOI

Whitehead AE, Cropley B, Huntley T, Miles A, Quayle L, Knowles Z. 2016. ‘Think Aloud’: Towards a framework to facilitate reflective practice amongst rugby league coaches. International Sport Coaching Journal, >DOI >Link

Horrocks DE, McKenna J, Whitehead AE, Taylor P, Morley AM, Lawrence I. 2016. Preparation, structured deliberate practice and decision making in elite level football. The case study of Gary Neville (Manchester United FC and England). International journal of sport science and coaching, 11 >DOI >Link

Whitehead AE, Taylor JA, Polman RCJ. 2016. Evidence for Skill Level Differences in the Thought Processes of Golfers During High and Low Pressure Situations Frontiers in Psychology, >DOI >Link

Horrocks DE, McKenna J, Whitehead AE, Taylor PJ, Morley AM. 2016. Qualitative perspectives on how Manchester United Football Club developed and sustained serial winning. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, >DOI

Whitehead AE, Taylor JA, Polman R. 2015. Examination of the suitability of collecting in event cognitive processes using Think Aloud protocol in golf. Wilson MR. Front. Psychol., >DOI >Link

Conference publication

Quayle LRJ, Umeh , Huntley T, Morley D, Knowles Z, Whitehead AE. 2017. Exploring UK Sports Coaches Knowledge and Use of Reflective Practice ICCE Global Coach Confrence

Birch P, Whitehead A. 2016. “Think Aloud” – Examining the suitability of traditional and task specific training for Think Aloud protocol. BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference

Whitehead AE, dowling C, morley D, Polman R. 2016. What are you thinking? Using think aloud protocol to collect thought processes of cyclists during a 16.1km time trial event. BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Jones H, Williams E, Whitehead A, Quayle L, Marchant D, Polman R. 2016. “Think Aloud”: Investigating the relationship between cognition, external physiological and performance feedback in 16.1km time trial cyclists. BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Quayle LRJ, Whitehead AE, Knowles Z, Taylor JA. 2016. 'Think aloud': A novel method for identifying differences in decision making in rugby league coaching. BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Whitehead AE, Polman R, Dowling C, Morley DM. 2016. Cognitive focus within road cycling time-trial performance using Think Aloud http://naspspa.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2016-NASPSPA-Abstract-Supplement-6-13-16.pdf, NASPSPA >Link

Whitehead AE, Morley DM, Quayle L, Reeves M, Ryrie A. 2016. How the UK population are using technology to engage in Sport and or Physical Activity http://naspspa.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2016-NASPSPA-Abstract-Supplement-6-13-16.pdf, NASPSPA >Link

Whitehead AE, Miles A, Cropley B, Huntley T, Knowles Z. 2015. ‘Think Aloud’: Towards a framework to facilitate reflective practice amongst rugby league coaches. BPS Division of Sports and Exercise Psychology Conference 2015

Whitehead AE, Taylor JA, Polman RC. 2015. DECISION MAKING IN GOLF DURING COMPETITION AND PRACTICE: THE MODERATING EFFECT OF EXPERTISE IN ADOLESCENT GOLFERS. BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference 2015

Whitehead AE, Polman RC, Taylor JA. 2013. Comparison between think aloud and retrospective recall in assessing decision making in golf. European College of Sport Science, 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science.

Whitehead AE, Taylor JA, Polman RC. An investigation into Level 2 and Level 3 Think Aloud verbalisation as appropriate methods for obtaining data on decision making in sport. 2010 Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference.

Internet publication

Whitehead AE, walsh B, cronin C, quayle L, Whittaker E. 2016. Back to Netball changing lives! >Link

Whitehead AE. 2015. What are you thinking >Link

Whitehead AE, Quayle L, Morley D. Technology, Participation and Coaching >Link

Chapters

Whitehead AE. Think Aloud Hackfort D, Schinke RJ, Straus B. Dictionary of Sport Psychology Elsevier >Link

Whitehead AE. Think Aloud Protocol: Application to Athlete Cognition and Coach Education Thelwell R, Dicks M. Professional Advances in Sports Coaching: Research and Practice Routledge >Link

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

What are you thinking? Using Think Aloud as a reflective practice tool, Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, British Columbia University, Vancouver, Canada, Oral presentation 06/06/2018

Changes in cognition over a 16.1 km cycling time trial using Think Aloud protocol: Preliminary evidence. Applications for Coaching, ICCE Gobal Coach Conference 2017, Liverpool, Oral presentation 31/07/2017

“Think Aloud”: Investigating the relationship between cognition, external physiological and performance feedback in 16.1km time trial cyclists., BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Cardiff, Oral presentation 12/12/2016

What are you thinking? Using think aloud protocol to collect thought processes of cyclists during a 16.1km time trial event., BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Cardiff, Oral presentation 12/12/2016

Investigating the relationship between cognitions, external physiological and performance feedback in 16.1km time trial cyclists, LJMU Cycling Symposium 2016, LJMU Redmonds Building, Oral presentation 20/07/2016

What are you thinking? Using think aloud protocol to collect thought processes of cyclists during a 16.1km time trial event, LJMU Cycling Symposium 2016, LJMU Redmonds Building, Oral presentation 20/07/2016

Technology vs the naked eye. What works best for the talent workforce?, UK Coaching Summit, Manchester, Oral presentation 07/06/2016

Coaching and Technology, UK Coaching Summit, Manchester, Oral presentation 07/06/2016

Conference organisation:

The Power of Sport Student Conference 2018 at LJMU, Lead organisaer, https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences/the-power-of-sport

ICCE Global Coach Conference 2017, Member of organising committee, https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences/global-coach-conference

LJMU International Cycling Symposium 2016, Lead organiser, https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/events/cycling-symposium

External committees:

Talent and Learning Research Hub, UK Coaching, Research advisor, http://www.ukcoaching.org/

Research Advisory Group, Women in Sport, Research Advisory Member, https://www.womeninsport.org/

Membership of professional bodies:

Talent and Learning Research Hub Member, UK Coaching (previously Sports Coach UK), https://www.sportscoachuk.org/

Women in Sport: Research Advisory Group Member, Women in Sport, https://www.womeninsport.org/

Chartered Member, British Psychology Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Professional Member, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Acitivity, http://naspspa.com/

Member of the British Psychological Society; Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, British Psychological Society, http://www.bps.org.uk/

Other invited event:

FA Grassroots Development Day, The Belfry, Think Aloud: Improving the reflective practice process of our workforce.

World Modern Pentathlon Coaches Conference, Manchester, Key note speaker. Think Aloud & Decision Making – Application to Coaching Modern Pentathlon

UK Coaching - Coach Developer Family Day., Coventry, Title of workshop: Think Aloud: Developing a Reflective Workforce

Research Grants Awarded:

Saint Helen's RFL, Using the Think Aloud Programme to develop a reflective workforce, Grant value (£): 1,000, Duration of research project: 3 months

England Netball, Liverpool Legacy Netball Project, Grant value (£): 10,000, Duration of research project: One year

Erasmus Plus, Para-Disability Coach Education and Learning Project- Enhancing Para-disability sport coaches' learning, mobility and employment with reference to a Para-Disability European Sport Coaching Framework and Massive Open Online Course, LJMU Team: Dr Amy Whitehead, Professor Philip Vickerman, Dr Colum Cronin, Dr Gus Ryrie, Ms Catherine Walker, Dr Nicola Rowley and Dr James Rudd, Grant value (£): £334,355, Duration of research project: 3 years

Liverpool County Football Association, Developing a reflective workforce using Think Aloud., Grant value (£): 850, Duration of research project: 6 months

Welsh Government, Welsh Curriculum Development: Health and Wellbeing Area of Learning and Experience, Elizabeth Myers - Lead Application. Amy Whitehead, Barbara Walsh, Julie Money, Nigel Green., Grant value (£): 5,000, Duration of research project: 6 weeks

Sports Coach UK, Using technology to change behvaiour, Grant value (£): 2,000, Duration of research project: 6 months

University of Chichester: Department of Sport & Exercise Sciences Research Fund, A social validation examination of think aloud: Perceptions of golfers and teaching professionals., Phil Birch (Lead applicant), Grant value (£): 3,000, Duration of research project: 12 months

University of Chichester, Department of Sport & Exercise Sciences Research Fund: Training and impact of think aloud protocols in golf., Phil Birch, University of Chichester, Grant value (£): 3707, Duration of research project: 6 months

Liverpool John Moores University, Research Capacity Building Fund. Using novel methods to investigate pacing strategies and decision making in cycling., Hollie Jones, University of Central Lancashire, Remco Polman, Bournemouth University, Emily Williams Leeds Beckett, David Marchant, Edge Hill, David Morley LJMU, Grant value (£): 14,900, Duration of research project: 6 months

Liverpool John Moores University, Funding for Research Capacity Building. Think Aloud protocol analysis and its application to athletic performance, practitioner reflection and patient cognitions, Grant value (£): 25,000, Duration of research project: 3 months

England Netball, Back to Netball Impact Study, PI - Amy Whitehead, Co Applicants - David Morley, Barbara Walsh, Laura Quayle, Grant value (£): 10,000, Duration of research project: 3 months

Sports Coach UK, Coaching & new technology, Grant value (£): 12,000, Duration of research project: 8 months

Teaching qualification:

PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education