Dr Laura Swettenham

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Laura is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Her research interests include studying cognitions in sport and esports using Think Aloud, and exploring the role of sport psychology in esports and esports coaching. Laura has conducted consultation projects for organisations, such as West Ham United FC, UK Coaching, and the British Psychological Society.

Laura is also a sport & exercise psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council and a chartered member of the British Psychological Society. Laura has a wealth of experience supporting athletes, coaches and teams in a range of sports and esports such as tennis, football, League of Legends and DOTA 2 at both a regional and international level. In her applied work, Laura specialises in mindfulness and acceptance approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, to facilitate wellbeing and performance. Alongside her applied work, Laura is a supervisor for BASES trainee sport and exercise psychologists.

Degrees

Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology
The University of York, United Kingdom, BSc in Psychology

Certifications

The Health Care and Professions Council, Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC)
British Psychological Society, Sport and Exercise Psychologist (CPsychol)
The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route Supervisor

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2023 - present

Journal article

Leis O, Watson M, Swettenham L, Pedraza-Ramirez I, Lautenbach F. 2023. Stress Management Strategies in Esports: An Exploratory Online Survey on Applied Practice Journal of Electronic Gaming and Esports, 1 :1-11 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Swettenham L, Whitehead AE. 2022. ACT-ing on Injury: Increasing Psychological Flexibility and Adherence to Rehabilitation Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 6 :94-101 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Whitehead AE, Montgomery C, Swettenham L, Robinson N. 2022. The Effect of Think Aloud on Performance and Brain Oxygenation During Cycling – an Exploratory Study Perceptual and Motor Skills, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Swettenham L, Whitehead AE. 2022. WORKING IN ESPORTS: DEVELOPING TEAM COHESION Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 6 :36-44 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Swettenham L, Whitehead AE. 2021. Developing the Triad of Knowledge in Coaching: Think Aloud as a Reflective Tool within a Category 1 Football Academy International Sport Coaching Journal, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Whitcomb-Khan G, Wadsworth N, McGinty-Minister K, Bicker S, Swettenham L, Tod D. 2021. Critical Pause: Athletes’ Stories of Lockdown during COVID-19 Sport Psychologist, 35 :43-54 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Robinson N, Montgomery C, Swettenham L, Whitehead AE. 2021. A pilot study investigating cortical haemodynamic and physiological correlates of exercise cognition in trained and untrained cyclists over an Incremental self-paced performance test, while thinking aloud. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 54 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Swettenham L, Eubank MR, 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

Ashford M, Swettenham L. A Reflective Account of Delivering Multi-Level Sport Psychology Support in Professional League of Legends Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

McGinty-Minister K, Swettenham L, Champ F, Whitehead A. “Smile more”: Women’s experiences of sexism while working in sport from a social ecological perspective Sport in Society, Public Url

Chapters

Swettenham L, McGinty-Minister K, Bicker S. 2021. The Evolving Role of the Sport Psychologist and the Myth that their Sole Role is to “Fix” Athletes Myths of Sport Coaching Sequoia Myths 9781914110122

Swettenham L, Bubna K, Watson M. Challenging the Myths of High Performance in Esports Whitehead A, Coe J. Sequoia Books 9781914110122 Publisher Url

McGreary M, Vaughn S, Swettenham L, Whitehead AE. Considerations for the use of Think Aloud within Self-Talk Research Thibodeaux J, Van Raalte J, Dickens Y. Review of self-talk and performance in real-world settings American Psychological Association. APA PsycBooks

Swettenham L, Abbott C, Leis O. Applied Sport Psychology in Esports Handbook of Esports Routledge Public Url

Research Grants Awarded:

Mersey School of Endoscopy, Investigating Psychological Safety in Colonoscopy training, Laura Swettenham, Joe Causer, Sigrid Olthof, Paul O'Toole, Mel Rankin, Grant value (£): 20,000, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2024

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