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Dr Amy Whitehead

Dr Amy Whitehead

Telephone: 0151 231 4613

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Biography

Dr Amy Whitehead is a Reader in Sport Psychology and Coaching, and Programme Manager for the Sports Coaching and Sport Development programmes. Amy is currently research active in the areas of decision making and expert novice paradigms and using think aloud protocol analysis. Amy supervises a number of PhD students, who are using Think Aloud protocol analysis within sport coaching, tutor education and gymnastics. Amy is a BPS accredited sport and exercise psychologist and has worked for organisations such as St. Helen’s RFC, British Cycling, the FA, Professional league and non league football and European Tour Golfers. Amy has also conducted consultation projects for UK Coaching and England Netball.

Degrees

2019, British Psychological Society, United Kingdom, Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Stage 2)
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

Reader, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - present
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 - 2016
External Examiner, University of Salford, 2013 - 2017
Lecturer in Sports Coaching, School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors, University of Central Lancashire, 2009 - 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 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

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 Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url Public Url

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 Author Url Public Url

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 Author Url Public Url

Journal article

Birch P, Whitehead A. 2019. The Comparative Suitability of Traditional and Task-specific Think Aloud Training Perceptual and Motor Skills, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Whitehead A, Umeh F, Walsh B, Whittaker E, Cronin C. 2019. Back to Netball: Motivations for participation in a female focused Netball sport program. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Whitehead AE, Sadler I. 2018. Research-informed teaching: releasing the power of the student research conference Innovations in practice, 12 :18-23 Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

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, DOI Author Url Public Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cronin C, Walsh BA, Whitehead A, Whittaker E, Quayle L. 2018. Carefully supporting autonomy – learning coaching lessons and advancing theory from women’s netball in England. Sports Coaching Review, 8 :149-171 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url Public Url

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 Publisher Url Public Url

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 Public Url

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 Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url Public Url

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 Author Url Public Url

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 Author Url Public Url

Stephenson J, Cronin C, Whitehead A. ‘Suspended above, and in action’: Think Aloud as a reflective practice tool. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ, Public Url

Internet publication

Whitehead A. 2019. What are you thinking? How Think Aloud Protocol can help us understand ourselves and our athlete’s cognitions. Author Url Publisher Url

Whitehead AE, walsh B, cronin C, quayle L, Whittaker E. 2016. Back to Netball changing lives! Author Url Public Url

Whitehead AE. 2015. What are you thinking Author Url

Whitehead AE, Quayle L, Morley D. Technology, Participation and Coaching Author Url

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

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

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

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

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, 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 Author Url

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 Author Url

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, 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, 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.

Chapters

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 Author Url Publisher Url

Whitehead AE. Think Aloud Hackfort D, Schinke RJ, Straus B. Dictionary of Sport Psychology Elsevier Author Url Publisher Url

Whitehead A. The Think Aloud Program. Developing reflection in coaches: from practice to theory. A guide to coaching practice Routledge

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Research Grants Awarded:

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. 2018

Professional activities

Conference presentation:

The Think Aloud Program: Considerations for developing reflection in coach education., International Council for Coaching Excellence, Global Coaching Conference, Tokyo, Oral presentation. 2019

Using ‘Think Aloud’ to reflect on mentor practice: A collaborative action research approach in grassroots football, International Council for Coaching Excellence, Global Coaching Conference, Tokyo, Poster presentation. 2019

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 2016

Coaching and Technology, UK Coaching Summit, Manchester, Oral presentation. 2016

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

Other invited event:

Cluster for Research into Coaching (CRiC) 5th International Conference 2019, Worcester, Think Aloud and Sport Coaching Seminar. 2019

UK Coaching Conference 2019, Loughborough, Invited speaker - Think Aloud and Reflection workshop. 2019

English Football Association: National Coach Mentor Development Days 2019, Saint Georges Park, Invited key note speaker. Delivering a Think Aloud in mentoring workshop.. 2019

Rugby Football League: England Talent Pathway Conference, Leeds, Key note session. Using Think Aloud to develop a reflective coaching workforce.. 2019

FA Grassroots Development Day, The Belfry, Think Aloud: Improving the reflective practice process of our workforce.. 2018

World Modern Pentathlon Coaches Conference, Manchester, Key note speaker. Think Aloud & Decision Making – Application to Coaching Modern Pentathlon. 2018

UK Coaching - Coach Developer Family Day., Coventry, Title of workshop: Think Aloud: Developing a Reflective Workforce. 2018

Editorial boards:

International Journal of Sport Psychology, Associate Editor, http://www.ijsp-online.com/. 2019

Research Grants Awarded:

The Rugby Football League, Developing a reflective coach developer workforce, Grant value (£): 2,000, Duration of research project: 3 months. 2019

England Netball, Liverpool Legacy Netball Project, Grant value (£): 10,000, Duration of research project: One year. 2018

Saint Helen's RFL, Using the Think Aloud Programme to develop a reflective workforce, Grant value (£): 1,000, Duration of research project: 3 months. 2018

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. 2018

Liverpool County Football Association, Developing a reflective workforce using Think Aloud., Grant value (£): 850, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2018

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. 2017

Sports Coach UK, Using technology to change behvaiour, Grant value (£): 2,000, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2016

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. 2016

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. 2016

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. 2016

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. 2016

Sports Coach UK, Coaching & new technology, Grant value (£): 12,000, Duration of research project: 8 months. 2015

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. 2015

Conference organisation:

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

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

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

External committees:

Research Advisory Group, Women in Sport, Research Advisory Member, https://www.womeninsport.org/. 2017

Talent and Learning Research Hub, UK Coaching, Research advisor, http://www.ukcoaching.org/. 2017

Membership of professional bodies:

Talent and Learning Research Hub Member, UK Coaching (previously Sports Coach UK), https://www.sportscoachuk.org/. 2017

Women in Sport: Research Advisory Group Member, Women in Sport, https://www.womeninsport.org/. 2017

Professional Member, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Acitivity, http://naspspa.com/. 2016

Chartered Member, British Psychology Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 2010

Member of the British Psychological Society; Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, British Psychological Society, http://www.bps.org.uk/. 2008

Teaching qualification:

PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. 2012

PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 2012