Dr Kelsey Erickson
About Dr Kelsey Erickson
Dr Kelsey Erickson is a Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University. Her primary research interest is the social psychology of doping in sport. Her PhD research was titled "Doping in Sport: a cross-national (US and UK) analysis of track and field athletes".
Kelsey's principal research interest is doping in sport. Her doctoral studies were completed in January 2016 and were assisted by the financial support of the International Athletic Foundation (IAF). The program of study adopted a holistic approach to explore the lived experiences of track and field athletes; thus, documenting the relational aspects of doping for the first time. Her research was done in two waves; 1) explored the (potential) influence of the university environment for US and UK university student-athletes’ attitudes, experiences and behaviours towards doping in sport, then 2) explored the (potential) indirect implications of doping use among elite international track and field athletes. Ensuing from the doctoral research, funding was secured from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for a two year follow up project.
During her studies, Kelsey simultaneously worked on projects commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), as well as providing assistance on multiple research studies funded by various organisations (e.g. UK Anti-Doping Agency, UK Military of Defense).
Kelsey regularly contributed to undergraduate and graduate modules. Specifically, she acted as the lead-lecturer for the undergraduate Motor Skill Development module for two years. She also contributed as a seminar leader for Psychological Foundations of Sport & Exercise Health, Motor Skill Development, Psychology for Physical Educators, and Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology. Further, she contributed to the Research Methods module at the master's level.
With the financial support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Kelsey's current research is focused on designing, piloting and evaluating an anti-doping education program for student-athletes in the US, UK and Canada.