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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

Publications

Journal Articles

Whitehead AE, Jones HS, William EL, Rowley C, Quayle L, Marchant D, Polman RC. 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 >Link

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, :1-9 >DOI

Huntley T, Whitehead A, Cullinane D, Nixon S, Huntley E. 2017. Investigating relationships between and within entry pathways on a sport related programme and the degree outcome obtained Hui SKF. Cogent Education, 4 >DOI

Whitehead AE, Cropley B, Huntley T, Miles A, Quayle L, Knowles Z. 2016. ‘Think Aloud’: Toward a Framework To Facilitate Reflective Practice Amongst Rugby League Coaches International Sport Coaching Journal, 3 :269-286 >DOI

Horrocks DE, McKenna J, Whitehead AE, Taylor PJ, 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 SPORTS SCIENCE & COACHING, 11 :673-682 >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, 6 >DOI >Link

Horrocks DE, McKenna J, Whitehead A, Taylor PJ, Morley AM. 2016. Qualitative perspectives on how Manchester United Football Club developed and sustained serial winning International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 11 :467-477 >DOI

Whitehead AE, Taylor JA, Polman RCJ. 2015. Examination of the suitability of collecting in event cognitive processes using Think Aloud protocol in golf FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 6 >DOI >Link

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

Whitehead AE, umeh FK, Quayle L, Morley D. Mobile Technology Usage Mediates Gender Differences in Physical Activity International Journal of Sport Psychology,

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

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 Publications

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

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

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

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

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: Changes in cognition over a 16.1 km cycling time trial using Think Aloud protocol: Preliminary evidence. Applications for Coaching, Conference title: ICCE Gobal Coach Conference 2017, Place/location of conference: Liverpool, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: “Think Aloud”: Investigating the relationship between cognition, external physiological and performance feedback in 16.1km time trial cyclists., Conference title: BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Place/location of conference: Cardiff, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: What are you thinking? Using think aloud protocol to collect thought processes of cyclists during a 16.1km time trial event., Conference title: BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Place/location of conference: Cardiff, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Investigating the relationship between cognitions, external physiological and performance feedback in 16.1km time trial cyclists, Conference title: LJMU Cycling Symposium 2016, Place/location of conference: LJMU Redmonds Building, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: What are you thinking? Using think aloud protocol to collect thought processes of cyclists during a 16.1km time trial event, Conference title: LJMU Cycling Symposium 2016, Place/location of conference: LJMU Redmonds Building, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Technology vs the naked eye. What works best for the talent workforce?, Conference title: UK Coaching Summit, Place/location of conference: Manchester, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Coaching and Technology, Conference title: UK Coaching Summit, Place/location of conference: Manchester, Presentation type: Oral presentation

External committees:

Committee name: Talent and Learning Research Hub, Organisation: UK Coaching, Position: Research advisor, URL: http://www.ukcoaching.org/

Committee name: Research Advisory Group, Organisation: Women in Sport, Position: Research Advisory Member, URL: 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/

Research Grants Awarded:

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:

Title of qualification gained: PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Title of qualification gained: PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education