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Dr Faye Didymus


Dr Faye Didymus
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Dr Faye Didymus

Senior Lecturer

Carnegie School Of Sport

0113 81 26709 F.Didymus@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Faye Didymus

Faye is a senior lecturer in sport and exercise psychology within the Carnegie School of Sport. She is the course leader for the MSc. Psychology of Sport and Exercise degree programme and chair of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology's Research Development Committee. She is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, and a Science Council Chartered Scientist.

Faye studied for her first degree in sport and exercise sciences at the University of Gloucestershire. She graduated with first class honours in 2008 before spending a year in research at Brunel University, West London. Faye then moved to Loughborough University in 2009 to read for a PhD in sport and performance psychology. She graduated from Loughborough University in December 2012, was appointed as a lecturer in sport and exercise psychology at Leeds Beckett University in January 2013, and was promoted to senior lecturer in sport and exercise psychology in March 2014.

Faye's research focuses on the psychology of peak performance in a range of sport and related environments (please see 'Selected Research' section for more information). Faye publishes her research in peer-reviewed scientific journals and regularly attends national and international conferences to disseminate the findings of her work. Faye's research has been funded by The Football Association, Sport Wales, UK Coaching, Funds for Women Graduates, the Sidney Perry Foundation, the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group, the British Psychological Society, Loughborough University Graduate School, and Leeds Beckett University. Faye is as a peer-reviewer for a range of leading periodicals and international conferences.

During her doctoral studies, Faye received an Xcel Student of the Year award, which recognises academic excellence and non-academic achievements. Faye also received the Young Investigator Award at the International Convention on Science, Education, and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS), which recognises young leaders in research and is awarded to scientists who demonstrate state-of-the-art research. In 2016, Faye received a Promising Researcher Fellowship, which is awarded to early- or mid-career academics who excel in research.

Faye is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, a Science Council Chartered Scientist (CSci), and holds primary certificates in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Training and Stress Management. During her applied work, Faye consults with sport performers, sport coaches, support staff, and organizations to facilitate optimal performance and well-being. Faye's previous and on-going applied practice includes work with organisations such as International Business Machines (IBM), the Lane4 Management Group, British Triathlon, the National Ice Skating Association of Great Britain, the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, and Loughborough University Performance Sport. Faye was an on screen expert for the BBC Earth Commissioned series "Meet the Humans" with Dr Michael Moseley, has featured on numerous radio programmes (e.g., BBC Radio 4's One to One series with Mark Steel), was a live finalist on "I'm A Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here" (funded by the Wellcome Trust), and is an accredited UK Anti-Doping Advisor. Faye is an accomplished figure skater and has captained synchronised figure skating, netball, and lacrosse teams to national medals and qualification in international competitions.

Current Teaching

Faye is the course leader for the British Psychological Society accredited MSc. Psychology of Sport and Exercise degree programme and is module leader for the Professional Practice in Sport and Exercise Psychology module on the same course.

In addition to her course and module leadership responsibilities, Faye contributes to various other modules (e.g., Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology, The ABCs of Sport and Exercise Behaviour, Research Methods) at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, is a postgraduate personal tutor, and supervises postgraduate and undergraduate student research projects.

Research Interests

Faye's research focuses on the psychology of individual, team, and organizational performance. In particular, Faye is interested in how psychological stress may inhibit or facilitate peak performance in high performance environments, including sport, medicine, law-enforcement, and fire-fighting. Faye's work includes both fundamental and applied research relating to athletes, coaches, support staff, workers, managers, and directors. Faye uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to explore phenomena of interest and has particular expertise in the use of diaries (qualitative, quantitative, pen and paper, electronic) and interviews (cognitive, semi-structured, structured) as methods to collect cross sectional and longitudinal data. Faye's research interests relate to the following broad themes:

  • Performance psychology (e.g., in domains where sport psychology principles and techniques can be applied to optimise psychomotor performance, including medicine, law enforcement, and fire-fighting)
  • Performance enhancement (e.g., application of psychological principles to facilitate peak sport performance, development and evaluation of stress management interventions, links between physical and psychological performance)
  • Organizational functioning (e.g., human factors affecting performance at the organizational level, psychological care and well-being of employees, relationships within and between sport organizations)

Doctoral students:

  • Deirdre O'Riordan (Supervisor), February 2017 - February 2023
  • Charlotte Blake (Supervisor), February 2016 - February 2022
  • Alexandra Potts (Director of Studies), February 2016 - February 2019
  • Luke Norris (Director of Studies), October 2015 - October 2018
  • Helen Staff (Director of Studies), October 2014 - October 2018
  • Helen Heaviside (Advisor), October 2013 - April 2018

Selected Publications

Journal articles (14)

Conference contributions (1)

  • Didymus FF; Norman L; Hurst M (2016) Career transitions and occupational well-being of women in leadership: The case of women as sports coaches Vienna 20160706. : .
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Conference proceedings (peer reviewed) (11)

  • Didymus FF; Backhouse SH (2015) Coping without doping: Exploring associations between psychological stress and chemical assistance in high performance rugby.. In: Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference Leeds, UK 20151214. : , pp. .
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  • Didymus FF; Chroni S; Gordin R; Abrahamsen F; Hemmestad L (2015) "Coaches are People too" and They Also get Caught in the eye of the Storm!. In: FEPSAC Bern, Switzerland 20150714. : , pp. .
  • Didymus FF (2015) Stressors, Appraisals, and Coping in Olympic and International Level Sport Coaches. In: 14th European Congress of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) Bern, Switzerland 20150714. : , pp. .
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  • Didymus FF; Fletcher D (2014) The Effects of a Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention on a Sport Performer's Appraisals of Organizational Stressors. In: Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference Las Vegas, USA 20141014. : , pp. .
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  • Didymus FF; Fletcher D (2013) A review of stress appraising in sport performers: Where are we now and where do we go from here?. In: Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS) Manchester, UK 20131216. : , pp. .
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  • Didymus FF; Fletcher D (2013) Organizational stressors, appraisals, coping, and performance in field hockey players.. In: International Society of Sport Psychology 13th World Congress Beijing, China 20130721. : , pp. .
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  • Didymus FF; Raspin IM; Fletcher D; Arnold R (2012) Stress and coping in elite slalom canoeists prior to major competition.. In: British Psychological Society Annual Conference London, United Kingdom 20120418. : , pp. .
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  • Didymus FF; Fletcher D (2012) Swimmers' experiences of organizational stress: Exploring the roles of cognitive appraisal and coping behaviours.. In: The International Convention on Science, Education, and Medicine in Sport Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, United Kindgom 20120719. : , pp. .
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  • Didymus FF; Fletcher D (2011) Getting to the heart of the matter: An examination of swimmers' appraisals of organizational stressors.. In: The 13th FEPSAC European Congress of Sport Psychology Madeira, Portugal 20110712. : , pp. .
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  • Didymus FF; Hill DM (2011) Choking under pressure: The case of elite figure skaters.. In: The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference University of Essex, Essex, United Kingdom 20110906. : , pp. .
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  • Didymus FF; Fletcher D; Sheen J (2011) Organizational stressors, coping, and coping effectiveness in collegiate squash players.. In: Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference Honoululu, Hawaii, USA 20110920. : , pp. .
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