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Dr Faye Didymus


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 (AASP) Research Development Committee. She is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, a Science Council Chartered Scientist, and is regularly featured on global, national, and local television (e.g., BBC Breakfast, BBC World News, Sky News, Sky Sports, Sky Sports News) and radio (e.g., BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio 4, Radio Aire).

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 (BPS) accredited MSc. Psychology of Sport and Exercise degree programme, is module leader for the Professional Practice and Major Independent Study modules 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, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Research Methods) at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, is a postgraduate academic advisor, and supervises postgraduate and undergraduate student research projects.

Research Interests

Faye's research focuses on athlete welfare using theories of psychological stress and well-being. Her work includes both fundamental and applied research with sportspeople (e.g., athletes, coaches, support staff, managers, directors) and those working in other domains of psychomotor performance. Faye has expertise in both qualitative (e.g., diaries, interviews) and quantitative (e.g., questionnaire development) methods to collect cross sectional and longitudinal data.

  • Psychological stress (e.g., how it inhibits and facilitate performance).
  • Psychological well-being (e.g., mediators and moderators of psychological well-being, the interplay between stress and well-being).
  • Performance maintenance and 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).

Selected Publications

Journal articles (24)

Chapters (4)

  • Didymus FF; Jones M (2020) Appraisals of stressors in sport. In: Stress, well-being, and performance in sport. London, United Kingdom: Routledge, pp. .
  • Didymus FF; Taylor J (2019) Athlete health and wellness. In: Taylor J Comprehensive Applied Sport Psychology. : Routledge, pp. .
  • Didymus FF; Rumbold J; Staff H (2019) Promoting and protecting coach well-being and performance. In: Professional advances in sports coaching. London, United Kingdom: Routledge, pp. .
  • Didymus FF (2018) Cognitive behavioral theory in sport and performance psychology. In: Oxford research encyclopaedia of psychology. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, pp. .
    https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.013.144

Conference contributions (11)

  • Potts A; Didymus FF; Kaiseler M (2018) Psychological well-being among sports coaches Toronto, Canada 03/10/2018.
  • Staff H; Didymus FF; Backhouse S (2018) "My injury, our stress": The role of dyadic coping within an elite coach-athlete relationship when managing chronic athletic injury Toronto, Canada 03/10/2018.
  • Didymus FF; Hurst M; Norman L; Rankin-Wright AJ; Clarke N (2018) Work-related stressors, health, and psychological well-being among sports coaches Denver, USA 21/06/2018.
  • Potts AJ; Didymus F (2017) Stressors and Coping among Voluntary Sports Coaches Seville, Spain 10/07/2017.
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  • Heaviside H; Manley A; Didymus F; Backhouse S (2017) "You're gonna win and you're gonna win it easy": World-class athletes' experiences of media expectations. Seville 10/07/2017.
  • Harwood C; Thrower S; Fearson L; Didymus FF (2017) "I cope by not watching him play!": Investigating the stress and coping process of parents in competitive youth sport Seville, Spain 10/07/2017.
  • Norris L; Didymus FF; Kaiseler M (2017) Stressors, coping, and well-being among sports coaches: A systematic review Seville, Spain 10/07/2017.
  • Staff H; Didymus FF; Backhouse S (2017) Coping rarely takes place in a social vacuum: The antecedents and outcomes of dyadic coping in coach-athlete relationships Seville, Spain 10/07/2017.
  • Norman L; Didymus F; Rankin-Wright AJ; McGoldrick M (2017) Trying to find balance and boundaries: What it means to be an international female coach University of Vic, Spain .
  • Didymus FF (2016) Situational properties of stressors: A blueprint for understanding sport coaches' stressful experiences Phoenix, USA .
  • 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 06/07/2016.
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Conference proceedings (20)

  • Potts AJ; Didymus FF (2016) An exploration of psychological stress and performance enhancement: Are performance enhancing substances used to cope with stress in elite rugby players?. In: BASES Student Conference 2016 Bangor University 22/03/2016 00:00:00. : , pp. .
  • Didymus F; Rankin-Wright AJ (2016) Key findings and recommendations to retain women coaches.. In: UK Policy Forum: Women's Sport: Participation, Access and Funding London 19/01/2016 00:00:00. : , pp. .
  • 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 14/12/2015 00:00:00. : , pp. .
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  • Staff H; Didymus FF; Backhouse SH (2015) A Review of Interpersonal Coping in the Relationship and Health Psychology Literature: What can Sport Psychology Learn?. In: Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference Leeds, United Kingdom 14/12/2015 00:00:00. : , pp. .
  • Heaviside HJ; Manley AJ; Backhouse SH; Didymus F (2015) "Put up there on a pedestal and expected to be the star...But nobody really knows how difficult it is": An in-depth analysis of media-constructed expectations within elite sport.. In: British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference. Leeds, UK. 14/12/2015 00:00:00. : , pp. .
  • 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 14/07/2015 00:00:00. : , 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 14/07/2015 00:00:00. : , pp. .
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  • Norman L; Didymus FF; Rankin-Wright AJ (2015) Researching the careers, lives, and well-being of female coaches. In: The UK Coaching Summit 2015 . : , pp. .
  • Didymus FF; Fletcher D (2015) Optimising Stress Appraisals in Sport: The Effects of a Cognitive-Behavioural Intervention on Sport Performers' Appraisals of Organizational Stressors. In: Designed to Move: Sport, Physical Activity, and Health in the Real World . : , pp. .
  • 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 14/10/2014 00:00:00. : , 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 16/12/2013 00:00:00. : , 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 21/07/2013 00:00:00. : , 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 18/04/2012 00:00:00. : , 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 19/07/2012 00:00:00. : , pp. .
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  • Didymus FF (2012) Being the best that we can be, together.. In: Loughborough Students Women's Hockey Club Seminar Series Loughborough University, Leicestershire, United Kingdom . : , pp. .
  • Didymus FF; Fletcher D (2011) Getting to the heart of the matter: An examination of swimmers' appraisals of organizational stressors.. In: Lane4 Research Summit Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom 23/06/2011 00:00:00. : , pp. .
  • Didymus FF; Fletcher D (2011) A diary study of swimmers' appraisals of organizational stressors.. In: Loughborough University Annual Research Conference Loughborough University, Leicestershire, United Kingdom 13/07/2011 00:00:00. : , pp. .
  • 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 12/07/2011 00:00:00. : , 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 06/09/2011 00:00:00. : , 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 20/09/2011 00:00:00. : , pp. .
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Internet publications (2)

Presentations (3)

  • Didymus FF (2010) Little fish, big pond? Dealing with disappointment in your sport career.
  • Didymus FF (2010) Psyched for sport? Taking mental charge of your performance.
  • Didymus FF; Arnold R; Fletcher D; Sarkar M; Rumbold JL (2010) Being a professional athlete, optimal race preparation, and team cohesion in a professional sports organisation.

Theses or dissertations (2)

  • Didymus FF (2012) Exploring the organizational stress process in sport performers: From theory to practice.
  • Didymus FF (2008) Choking under pressure: The case of elite figure skaters.
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