Dr Alexandra Potts, Lecturer

Dr Alexandra Potts


Alexandra is a Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health within the Carnegie School of Sport. Alexandra is also leading on the evaluation of the Sport England funded Local Delivery Pilot "Active Calderdale".

Alexandra is a Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health within the Carnegie School of Sport. Alexandra leads on numerous undergraduate modules, particularly those relating to physical activity, health, and behaviour change, and is supervisor for undergraduate final year projects. Alexandra has taught up to masters level and has extensive experience teaching in higher education. 

Alongside her Lecturer role, Alexandra also leads on the evaluation of the Sport England funded Local Delivery Pilot "Active Calderdale". Alexandra works to evaluate system changes within the work that Active Calderdale delivers and documents this alongside case study stories. This involves working with a variety of stakeholders including senior leaders and residents. Alexandra submits regular reports to Sport England which demonstrate the system changes, shares success stories, documents learning, and acts as a "sense-maker" within the system. 

Previous to her role as a Lecturer, Alexandra studied her undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan University, graduating with an upper second class honors in 2014. She continued her time at Leeds Metropolitan (now Beckett) university by completing her Masters of Science degree in Psychology of Sport and Exercise, where she graduated with a Merit in 2016. Alexandra continued her professional development at Leeds Beckett University through teaching on undergraduate modules, with a specialism in sport psychology and physical activity, and taking up a research assistant position. At the start of 2016, Alexandra continued her studies at Leeds Beckett University and took up a position as a doctoral bursary student. Alexandra successfully submitted and defended her doctoral thesis titled "A Qualitative Exploration of Stressors, Primary Appraisals, Coping, and Psychological Well-being among Sports Coaches" in March 2019.

Current Teaching

Module leadership roles for L4 Psychology of Physical Activity and Behaviour Change and L5 Science of Lifelong Physical Activity, Exercise, and Health. Also teaching on L4 Personal and Professional Academic Development, L5 Psychology of Sport and Exercise, and L4 Human Behaviour in Sport and Exercise. 

Research Interests

Alexandra has two strands of research interests. 

  • Following her PhD, Alexandra remains actively involved in the exploration of sports coaches' experiences of psychological stress and psychological well-being. More specifically, Alexandra is interested in the interaction between the two and the impact that primary appraisals, in particular, can have on an individual's psychological well-being.
  • Within her Lecturer position, Alexandra is interested in a whole-system approach to physical activity behaviour change and documenting how this can happen. In particular, Alexandra is interested in how the Influencer Matrix (a working model of the COM-B) can be used to influence behaviour change within a whole-council systems approach to physical activity behaviour change.
Dr Alexandra Potts, Lecturer

Selected Outputs

  • Potts A; Didymus F; Kaiseler M (2018) Psychological well-being among sports coaches. In: Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, 3 October 2018 - 6 October 2018, Toronto.

  • Potts AJ; Didymus F (2017) Stressors and Coping among Voluntary Sports Coaches. In: International Society of Sport Psychology, 10 July 2017 - 14 July 2017, Seville, Spain.

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  • Didymus F; Norris L; Potts A; Staff H (2021) Psychological Stress and Performance. In: Zenko Z; Jones L ed. Essentials of Exercise and Sport Psychology: An Open Access Textbook. Society for Transparency, Openness, and Replication in Kinesiology, pp. 683-709.

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