Prof Joanne Butt

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Professor Joanne Butt (Professor of Sport Psychology, Sport and Exercise Sciences) is an academic member of staff with teaching duties. Joanne is a Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (HCPC) and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS). Joanne is Deputy Chair of the Training and Standards Partnership Committee for the Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology (BPS). Joanne’s research is typically focused on performance psychology, including pressure and performance, mental toughness, youth sport and developing athletes, and sport psychology interventions. Joanne provides consultancy to a variety of athletes (e.g., golf, tennis, football, hockey) and health-related business organisations, and was an Accredited psychologist at the London 2012 Olympic Games with GB Women’s Volleyball. Joanne is currently working with British Equestrian Federation as a sport psychologist and also on their rider-development research and youth coaching programme. Joanne is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sport Psychology in Action and supervises post-graduate research students in addition to trainee sport psychologists (Stage 2 training, BPS). Joanne teaches on a variety of sport psychology modules including Developing Professional Practice and supervises MSc placement students.

Degrees

2005, Miami University, Ohio, United States, PhD Sport Psychology & Education Leadership
1999, Miami University, Ohio, United States, MSc Sport Behaviour & Performance
1997, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, UK, PGCE
1996, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, United Kingdom, BA Hons Sport & Human Movement

Certifications

1997, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Wales, Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Academic appointments

Reader in Sport Psychology, Sport & Physical Activity, Sheffield Hallam University, 2020 - 2018
Professor of Sport Psychology, Research Centre: Sport & Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University, 2018 - 2020
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity, Sheffield Hallam University, 2005 - 2012
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Physical Education, Health & Sport Studies, Miami University, 2000 - 2005

Highlighted publications

Cholerton R, Quirk H, Breckon J, Butt J. 2020. Experiences and strategies influencing older adults to continue playing walking football Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Low WR, SANDERCOCK GRH, FREEMAN P, WINTER M, Butt J, Maynard I. 2020. Pressure Training for Performance Domains: A Meta-Analysis. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Stoker M, Maynard I, Butt J, Hays K, Hughes P. 2019. The Effect Of Manipulating Individual Consequences And Training Demands On Experiences Of Pressure With Elite Disability Shooters Sport Psychologist, 33 :221-227 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Brown C, Butt J, Sarkar M. 2019. Overcoming Performance Slumps: Psychological Resilience In Expert Cricket Batsmen Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 32 :277-296 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Butt J, Ludlam K, Bawden M, Lindsay P, Maynard I. 2016. Perceptions of Engaging with a Super-Strengths Approach in Elite Sport Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29 :251-269 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Foster D, Butt J, Maynard I, Hays K. 2016. Delivery of psychological skills training to youngsters Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 28

Slack L, Maynard I, Butt J, Olusoga P. 2015. An evaluation of a mental toughness education and training program for early-career English football league referees Sport Psychologist, 29 :237-257 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Slack L, Butt J, Maynard I, Olusoga P. 2014. Understanding mental toughness in elite football officials Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 10 :4-24

Mills A, Butt J, Maynard I, Harwood C. 2014. Examining the development environments of elite English Football Academies: the players’ perspective. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 9 :1457-1472 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Mills A, Butt J, Maynard I, Harwood C. 2014. Toward an understanding of optimal development environments within elite English soccer academies Sport Psychologist, 28 :137-150 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

Hemingway K, Butt J, Spray C, Olusoga P, Beretta De Azevedo L. 2023. Exploring students experiences of secondary school Physical Education in England Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, :1-16 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Williams A, Butt J, Kavanagh E. 2023. An exploration of coaches’ and sport psychologists’ experiences of managing performance blocks Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, :1-19 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Low W, Stoker M, Butt J, Maynard I. 2023. Pressure Training: From Research to Applied Practice Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Mills A, Butt J, Maynard I. 2022. Introducing an Integrated Model of Talent Development: From Research to Practice Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Schinke RJ, Fry M, Maher C, Butt J. 2022. Current reflections on publishing in the Journal of Sport Psychology in Action Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 132 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Low W, Butt J, Freeman P, Stoker M, Maynard I. 2022. Effective Delivery of Pressure Training: Perspectives of Athletes and Sport Psychologists The Sport Psychologist, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Low WR, Freeman P, Butt J, Stoker M, Maynard I. 2022. The role and creation of pressure in training: Perspectives of athletes and sport psychologists Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, :1-21 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Cholerton R, Butt J, Quirk H, Breckon J. 2022. Differences in older adult walking football initiation and maintenance influences across respondent characteristics: A cross-sectional survey Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Mack R, Breckon J, Butt J, Maynard I. 2021. Practitioners' use of motivational interviewing in sport: A qualitative enquiry The Sport Psychologist, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cholerton R, Quirk H, Breckon J, Butt J. 2020. Experiences and strategies influencing older adults to continue playing walking football Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cholerton R, Butt J, Breckon J, Quirk H. 2020. Experiences influencing walking football initiation in 55-75 year-old adults Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Low WR, SANDERCOCK GRH, FREEMAN P, WINTER M, Butt J, Maynard I. 2020. Pressure Training for Performance Domains: A Meta-Analysis. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Stoker M, Maynard I, Butt J, Hays K, Hughes P. 2019. The Effect Of Manipulating Individual Consequences And Training Demands On Experiences Of Pressure With Elite Disability Shooters Sport Psychologist, 33 :221-227 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Mack R, Breckon J, O'Halloran P, Butt J. 2019. Enhancing athlete engagement in sport psychology interventions using motivational interviewing: A case study The Sport Psychologist, 2 :159-168

Brown C, Butt J, Sarkar M. 2019. Overcoming Performance Slumps: Psychological Resilience In Expert Cricket Batsmen Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 32 :277-296 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Mack R, Breckon J, Butt J, Maynard I. 2017. Exploring The Understanding And Application Of Motivational Interviewing In Applied Sport Psychology. The Sport Psychologist, 31 :396-409 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Weinberg R, Butt J, Moreno K, Harmison R. 2017. The stability of mental toughness across situations: Taking a social cognitive perspective International Journal of Sport Psychology, 48 :280-302

Hodgson L, Butt J, Maynard I. 2017. Exploring the psychological attributes underpinning elite sports coaching. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 12 :439-451 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Butt J, Ludlam K, Bawden M, Lindsay P, Maynard I. 2016. Perceptions of Engaging with a Super-Strengths Approach in Elite Sport Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29 :251-269 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Lindsay P, Stoker M, Butt J, Bawden M, Maynard I. 2016. Elite coaches' experiences of creating pressure training environments for performance enhancement International Journal of Sport Psychology, 47 :262-281

Foster D, Butt J, Maynard I, Hays K. 2016. Delivery of psychological skills training to youngsters Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 28

Ludlam K, Butt J, Maynard I, Lindsay P, Bawden M. 2015. A Strengths-Based Consultancy Approach In Elite Sport : Exploring Super Strengths. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 28 :216-233 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Slack L, Maynard I, Butt J, Olusoga P. 2015. An evaluation of a mental toughness education and training program for early-career English football league referees Sport Psychologist, 29 :237-257 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Beaumont C, Maynard I, Butt J. 2015. Effective ways to develop and maintain robust sports confidence: Strategies advocated by applied sport psychologists. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 27 :301-318

Olusoga P, Maynard I, Butt J, Hays K. 2014. Coaching under pressure: Mental skills training for sports coaches Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 10 :31-44

Slack L, Butt J, Maynard I, Olusoga P. 2014. Understanding mental toughness in elite football officials Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 10 :4-24

Mills A, Butt J, Maynard I, Harwood C. 2014. Examining the development environments of elite English Football Academies: the players’ perspective. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 9 :1457-1472 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Mills A, Butt J, Maynard I, Harwood C. 2014. Toward an understanding of optimal development environments within elite English soccer academies Sport Psychologist, 28 :137-150 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Stoker M, Maynard I, Butt J, Hays K, Lindsay P, Norenberg D. The effects of manipulating training demands and consequences on experiences of pressure in elite netball. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29 :434-448

Burnell L, Ong C, Pitt T, Butt J, Eubank MR. Exploring the perceived benefits of engaging with Spotlight personality profiling in performance domains. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 18 Public Url

Chapters

Butt J, Mills A. 2023. Psychological Characteristics of Optimal Performance Tod D, Hodge K, Krane V. Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology Routledge DOI Publisher Url

Butt J, Breckon J, Eubank M. 2023. COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology: a Comprehensive Guide for Students and Practitioners, Second Edition :163-173 9781032002972 DOI Publisher Url

Weinberg R, Butt J. 2022. Teaching Sport and Exercise Psychology Zumbach J, Bernstein D, Narciss S, Marsico P. International Handbook of Psychology Learning and Teaching :3-18 Springer International Handbooks of Education. Springer Nature Switzerland

Weinberg R, Butt J. 2021. Mental Toughness Filho E, Basevitch I. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology Oxford University Press 9780197512494 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Butt J, Weinberg R. 2020. Goal-setting in Sport Hackfort D, Schinke R. The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology: Applied and Practical Measures. 2 :333-342 Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. London & NY

Weinberg R, Butt J. 2015. Goal-Setting practices Morris T, Terry P. The new sport and exercise psychology companion :213-226 Fitness Information Technology. Morgantown, WV

Horn T, Butt J. 2014. Developmental perspectives on sport and physical participation Papaioannou A, Hackfort D. Routledge Companion to Sport & Exercise Psychology: Global Perspectives and Fundamental Concepts :3-21 Routledge Taylor and Francis Group. London & NY

Butt J, Weinberg R. 2014. Goal-setting and sport performance: Research findings and applications Papaioannou A, Hackfort D. Routledge Companion to Sport & Exercise Psychology: Global Perspectives and Fundamental Concepts :343-355 Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. London & NY

Butt J, Breckon J, Eubank M. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Sport Psychology Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology

Report

Butt J, Laffert M, Breslin G, Lowry R, Britton D, Barker J, Eubank MR. 2020. Supporting Youth Athletes during Covid-19: Guidance for parents and guardians. Publisher Url Public Url

Butt J, Mills A, Hamer D, Maynard I, Cholerton R. 2018. Mental development of equestrian riders Facilitating the pathway to elite rider development and optimising environments

Butt J, Maynard I, Fawcett A, Hodgson L. 2016. Volleyball England Futures: Elite Performance and Pathway development Elite Performance and Pathway development: Volleyball Futures

Carter A, Bugg A, Scaife R, Butt J. Managing sickness absence in small and medium enterprises Evaluation of the the Company Doctor:

Highlighted activities

Award:

Established Practitioner Applied Practice Award, British Psychological Society - Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology. 2021

Editorial boards:

Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, Associate Editor, http://www.tandfonline.com/. 2021

Professional activities

Other invited event:

Podcast: Female Health February - Psychological development, British Equestrian Federation, https://www.britishequestrian.org.uk/competitors/female-health-february. 2024

GB Boxing Interview Panel External Member - studentship, English Institute of Sport - Sheffield, External advisor/interview panel for GB Boxing interviewing for an applied studentship/scholarship. 2023

British Psychological Society - Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference, Liverpool - Crown Plaza Conference Hotel, Invited Conference Workshop titled "Pressure training in practice" (presenters: Joanne Butt, LJMU; William Low, University of Essex; & Mike Stoker, English Inst of Sport).. 2021

Mental wellbeing (Mental Health-Youth Week Seminars), Everton Football College, Staying motivated during Isolation. 2021

Mind Matters: A journey through applied research into practice in sport psychology, Sheffield Hallam University, Inaugural Professorial Lecture. 2019

Girls for Gold (Youth Sports Trust) Event, English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, Presentation: Performance psychology in action. 2019

Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPag), Liverpool John Moores University, Expert Panel Discussion. 2019

Coach Education Forum - British Equestrian Federation, Equestrian House - Headquarters, Kenilworth, UK., Presentation & Workshop: Psychology support for young riders. 2018

Skills for Performance (English Institute of Sport), Lilleshall National Performance Centre, UK, Presentation on Practitioner Development: Core and Situational Values (Performance psychology). 2018

From Rio to Tokyo Performance Psychology (Project Thrive), English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, Presentation: UG student sport psychology forum held for LJMU.. 2017

What makes a world champion?, Sheffield City Events, Presentation & Expert Panel. 2017

Medical/health Care Education Forum, Royal Hallamshire Hospital (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals), Developing Resilience (workshop). 2016

Coach Education Forum - British Equestrian Federation, Equestrian House, Kenilworth, UK., Workshop: Cognitive development in young riders. 2016

Coach Education Forum - Volleyball England, Kettering Training Centre, UK., Workshop/Presentation: Socio-psychological development and the role of the coach.. 2015

Coach Education Forum - Volleyball England, Kettering Training Centre, UK., Workshop/Presentation: Psychology of coaching and optimising the training environment. 2014

Bradford District Care/Trust HR Annual Conference, Saltaire, Bradford, UK., Key Note Presentation - HR annual conference. 2013

11th Annual HR Directors Business Summit, Birmingham Convention Centre, Key note presentation: The Psychological edge for consistent performance. 2013

Postgraduate International Conference: Department of Sport and Physical Education, University of Thessaly, Greece, Key note Presentation: Elite sport consultancy and mental toughness development. 2011

AIME Medical Education Conference, Glasgow, UK, Keynote Workshop: Stress management training intervention for medical students. 2010

External PGR examinations performed:

Cardiff Metropolitan University, PhD, Surviving and thriving at the business end of sport: An autoethnographical account of elite coach stress experiences. 2023

Cardiff Metropolitan University, PhD, Surviving and thriving at the business end of sport: An autoethnographical account of elite coach stress experiences. 2023

Queensland University of Technology, PhD, Understanding mental toughness in women's Australian rules football: A sociocultural, situational and behavioural examination. 2023

Sheffield Hallam University, Professional Doctorate, Developing Theory in Motivational Interviewing: Academic and Practitioner Perspectives from MI-CBT Integration. 2021

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, Investigating the Junior-to-Senior Transition in Sport: Interventions to Support the Transitional Process. 2020

Loughborough University, PhD, Exploring emotional regulation in academy football players. 2020

Conference presentation:

Exploring lost move syndrome: Autoethnographic accounts, British Psychological Society - Division of SEP, Edinburgh, UK, Oral presentation. 2023

An interactional approach to facilitate the psychological development of elite youth soccer players, Association of Applied Sport Psychology, Florida, USA., Oral presentation. 2023

An expert opinion on the application of the single session mindset., UK Association for Solution Focused Practices, Oxford, UK, Poster presentation. 2023

Applying thinking in self based coaching programmes, UK Association for solution focused practice, Oxford, UK, Poster presentation. 2023

Industrial connections:

Women's FA - Technical Directorate/Performance Manager, Research advisory: performance psychology. 2023

England Women's Football, Psychological readiness to perform and the role of performance decompression post World Cup.. 2023

GB Boxing Performance Psychology team, Proving external supervision (trainee sport psychologist through QSEP stage 2 and research to inform the development pathway.. 2023

British Equestrian Federation, World Class programme-Podium Potential Performance Selection Squads. 2023

English Institute of Sport - performance psychology, Project Lead on collaborative research for the performance psychology team in the EIS, https://eis2win.co.uk/article/process-the-emotion-the-importance-of-performance-decompression/. 2022

Mindflick Ltd, External supervision (QSEP stage 2 training). 2022

British Equestrian Federation Coach Development, Youth Development Coaches Seminar Series. 2022

English Institute of Sport - Performance Psychology & Athlete Health team, Research collaboration: Evaluating the impact of a performance decompression intervention post Tokyo Olympic Games.. 2021

British Equestrian Federation, Sport Psychologist. 2015

External committees:

World Class Programme Selection Panel, British Equestrian Federation, Panel Selection for World class programme and UKsports funding. 2023

World Class Programme Selection Committee/Panel, British Equestrian Federation, Selection Panel for Medal Winning Performance Rider Interviews (sport science). 2018

Training and Standards - Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology (DSEP), British Psychological Society, Committee Member. 2016

Award:

Established Practitioner Applied Practice Award, British Psychological Society - Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology. 2021

Editorial boards:

Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, Associate Editor, http://www.tandfonline.com/. 2021

International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Editorial Board Member. 2017

International Journal of Sport Psychology, Editorial Board Member. 2016

International Journal of Sport Psychology, Co-Editor. 2013

The Sport Psychologist, Editorial Board Member. 2010

External collaboration:

http://www.modelathlete.co/, ModelAthlete® Consultancy (Melbourne, Australia), Dr Andrew Mills. 2020

Research Grants Awarded:

Sport England - British Equestrian Federation, Mental development of young riders and optimal development environments., Ian Maynard, Andrew Mills, David Hamer, Grant value (£): 10k, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2018

Sport England, Assessing Active Lives and the Corroboration of the Active Lives Survey (collaborator, part one), Tim Vernon (Sheffield Hallam University) - Centre Sport Ex Science, Grant value (£): 50k, Duration of research project: 18 months. 2017

McMillan Cancer- Workplace Wellness, Building resilience in the workforce. Evaluation of resilience workshops, (Co-PI) Collaboration with Health & Social Care Research Centre (SHU), Grant value (£): 35k, Duration of research project: 6 Months. 2016

England Volleyball - Sport England, Development and evaluation of psychological attributes for pathway-performance players, Adi Fawcett, Ian Maynard, Laura Hodgson, Grant value (£): 10k, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2015

WestField Health Ltd, Managing sickness absence in small and medium enterprises: Evaluation of the Company Doctor (App)., (Collaborator) Alex Bugg, Anouska Carter, Westfield Health (Sheffield Hallam Wellness), Grant value (£): 25k, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2014

Membership of professional bodies:

Register of Applied Psychology Practitioner Supervisor (RAPPS), British Psychological Society, http://www.bps.org/. 2011

Registered Sport & Exercise Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council, http://www.hcpc-uk.org/. 2008

Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society (Associate Fellow, AFBPsS), http://www.bps.org/. 2008

Membership, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, http://www.aasp.org/. 1998

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