Dr Alexandra Potts
Alexandra is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the Active Calderdale Sport England funded Local Delivery Pilot (LDP). Alexandra works to evaluate system changes within the LDP and document these alongside case study stories.
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.
Alexandra now works as the lead evaluator, alongside Professor Jim McKenna, on the Active Calderdale LDP, which is funded by Sport England. Alexandra is an active part of the core team within the LDP and her role revolves around capturing system changes, success stories, documenting learning, and acting as a "sense-maker."
Alexandra has had extensive teaching experience during and after her doctoral studies. She has taught on a range of modules at levels four, five, and six, as well as delivering guest lectures for level seven masters students. Alexandra has also supervised undergraduate level six dissertation students to successfully completing their major independent studies.
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 Post-doctoral Research Fellow 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.