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Dr Kitrina Douglas


Dr Kitrina Douglas
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Dr Kitrina Douglas

Senior Research Fellow

Carnegie School Of Sport

0113 81 24604 K.Douglas@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Kitrina Douglas

Kitrina joined our University in December 2013 on a 0.2 contract bringing a reservoir of research experience in the areas of elite and professional sport, physical activity and mental health.

She is an ambassador for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), a member of the National Anti-doping panel for sport and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol.

Given Kitrina played professional sport for 20 years it is perhaps unsurprising that she has an ongoing research interest in many of the problematic areas associated with performing at the top level in sport. These include; taboo issues, identity foreclosure and mental health problems.

Alongside her research in elite and professional sport Kitrina has used narrative approaches to explore physical activity, identity development and mental health in a number of other populations including women over the age of 60, residents of inner city council housing, walking groups, cardiac patients, dance groups and more recently on the multi-activity Battle Back course with injured, sick and wounded soldiers. Organisations for whom she has conducted research and evaluations for include the Department of Health, Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation, UK Sport, the Addiction Recovery Agency, the Royal British legion, YHA, Local authorities and NHS trusts.

Alongside her narrative and life history research Kitrina is among a small number of academics pioneering autoethnography, poetic, storytelling, songwriting, and performance methodologies as a way to explore how knowledge is created as well as a means of communicating this knowledge more effectively and to non-academic audiences.

She is a founder member of the first Network for Performative Research in Sport and Exercise, "the boomerang project" with colleagues from Leeds Beckett University, University of Hull and Liverpool John Moores.

Research Interests

Failure to develop or maintain a multi-dimensional identity in professional sport has been linked with a number of mental health issues which include; suicidal ideation, depression, self harming, and alcohol & substance misuse. Over the past decade the research of Dr David Carless has shed light on how the performance narrative in sport plays a significant role in limiting identity development, trauma, self harm and attempted suicide. We continue to explore ways athletes might challenge a dominant narrative through alternative and counterstories. Our research has been used by organisations that include UK Sport, Team Bath, The Professional Golfers Association, the English Golf Partnership - who have drawn on our research in developing athlete lifestyle, welfare and well being programmes.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (47)

  • Douglas K; Carless D; Milnes K; Turner-Moore T; Tan J; Laredo E (In press), New technologies of representation, collaborative autoethnographies and 'taking it public': An example from 'Facilitating Communication on Sexual Topics in Education'. International Review of Qualitative Research
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  • Douglas K; Carless D (2018), The Long Run: A Story About Filmmaking as Qualitative Research. Qualitative Inquiry
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800418808549
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  • Carless D; Douglas K (2017), Art-based research as waves of embodied engagement: Reflections on Across the Tamar. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, vol. 8 (2), p. 241-253.
    https://doi.org/10.1386/jaah.8.2.241_1
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  • Douglas K (2017), Where's the beat? An Autoethnographic Manifesto In Search of Rhythm, Music and Lyrical Understandings. International review of qualitative inquiry, vol. 10 (1)
    https://doi.org/10.1525/irqr.2017.10.1.101
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  • Carless D; Douglas K (2017), Narrative research. The Journal of Positive Psychology: dedicated to furthering research and promoting good practice, vol. 12 (3), p. 307-308.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2016.1262611
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  • Carless D; Douglas K (2016), Narrating embodied experience: Sharing stories of trauma and recovery. Sport, Education and Society, vol. 21 (1), p. 47-61.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2015.1066769
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  • Douglas K (2016), Song writing as reflexive practice: 'Breathing too loud' to 'signals & signs'. Qualitative Inquiry, vol. 22 (10), p. 798-802.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800416667688
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  • Douglas K; Carless D (2016), Relational possibilities through arts-based methodologies: [Re]presenting focus group research with female Olympic athletes.. Psychology of Women Section Review, vol. 18 (2), p. 17-35.
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  • Carless D; Douglas K (2016), When two worlds collide: A story about collaboration, witnessing and life story research with soldiers returning from war. Qualitative Inquiry
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800416660579
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  • Carless D; Douglas K (2016), Arts-based research: radical or conventional?. The Psychologist, vol. 29
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  • Douglas K; Carless D (2016), My eyes got a bit watery there: Using stories to explore emotions in coaching research and practice at a golf programme for injured, sick and wounded military personnel. Sports Coaching Review
    https://doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2016.1163314
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  • Douglas K; Carless D (2015), Finding a Counter story at an Inclusive Adaptive Sport and Adventurous Training Course for Injured, Sick and Wounded Soldiers: Drawn In - Drawn Out. Qualitative Inquiry, vol. 21 (5), p. 454-466.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800414566687
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  • Douglas K (2014), Challenging interpretive privilege in elite and professional sport: One [athlete's] story, revised, reshaped, reclaimed. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, vol. 6 (2), p. 220-243.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2013.858369
  • Douglas K; Carless D (2014), Sharing a different voice: Attending to stories in collaborative writing. Cultural Studies<>Critical Methodologies, vol. 14 (4), p. 303-311.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1532708614530301
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  • Carless D; Sparkes AC; Douglas K; Cooke C (2014), Disability, inclusive adventurous training and adapted sport: Two soldiers' stories of involvement. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, vol. 15 (1), p. 124-131.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.10.001
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  • Carless D; Douglas K (2013), "In the Boat" but "Selling myself Short": Stories, Narratives and Identity Development in Elite Sport. The Sport Psychologist, vol. 27 (1), p. 27-39.
  • Carless D; Douglas K (2013), Living, resisting, and playing the part of athlete: Narrative tensions in elite sport. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, vol. 14
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.05.003
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  • Douglas K (2012), Signals and Signs. Qualitative Inquiry, vol. 18 (6), p. 525-532.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800412442812
  • Douglas K (2012), Membership, golf and a story about Anna and me: Reflections on research in elite sport.. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin, vol. 13 (1), p. 27-33.
  • Carless D; Douglas K (2012), The ethos of physical activity delivery in mental health: A narrative study of service user experiences. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, vol. 33 (3), p. 165-171.
    https://doi.org/10.3109/01612840.2011.637659
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  • Douglas K; Carless D (2012), Taboo tales in elite sport: Relationships, ethics, and witnessing. Psychology of Women Section Review, vol. 14 (2), p. 50-56.
  • Carless D; Douglas K (2012), Stories of Success: Cultural narratives and personal stories of elite and professional athletes. Reflective Practice, vol. 13 (3), p. 387-398.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/14623943.2012.657793
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  • Carless D; Douglas K (2011), Stories as personal coaching philosophy. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, vol. 6 (1), p. 1-12.
    https://doi.org/10.1260/1747-9541.6.1.1
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  • Carless D (2011), What's in a Song? How songs contribute to the communication of social science reseach. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, vol. 39 (5), p. 439-454.
  • Carless D; Douglas K (2010), Performance ethnography as an approach to health-related education. Educational Action Research, vol. 18 (3), p. 373-388.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/09650792.2010.500085
  • Douglas K (2010), Restoring Connections in Physical Activity and Mental Health Research and Practice: A Confessional Tale. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, vol. 2 (3), p. 336-353.
  • Douglas K; Carless D (2009), Exploring taboo issues in professional sport through a fictional approach. Reflective Practice, vol. 10 (3), p. 311-323.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/14623940903034630
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  • Douglas K (2009), Negotiating a Relational Identity in professional sport. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, vol. 1 (2), p. 176-190.
  • Douglas K; Carless D (2009), Abandoning the performance narrative: Two women's stories of transition from professional sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, vol. 21 (2), p. 213-230.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200902795109
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  • Carless D; Douglas K (2009), Opening doors: Poetic representation of the sport experiences of men with severe mental health difficulties. Qualitative Inquiry, vol. 15 (10), p. 1547-1551.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800409332081
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  • Carless D; Douglas K (2009), We haven't got a seat on the bus for you or All the seats are mine: Narratives and career transitions in professional golf. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, vol. 1 (1), p. 51-66.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/19398440802567949
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  • Douglas K (2009), Storying my self: negotiating a relational identity in professional sport. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, vol. 1 (2), p. 176-190.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/19398440902909033
  • Douglas K; Carless D (2008), Nurturing a performative self. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, vol. 9 (2)
  • Douglas K; Carless D (2008), Using Stories in Coach Education. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, vol. 3 (1), p. 33-49.
    https://doi.org/10.1260/174795408784089342
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  • Carless D; Douglas K (2008), The Role of Sport and Exercise in Recovery from Mental Illness: Two case studies. International Journal of Men's Health, vol. 7 (2), p. 137-156.
    https://doi.org/10.3149/jmh.0702.137
  • Carless D; Douglas K (2008), The contribution of exercise and sport to mental health promotion in serious mental illness: An interpretative project. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, vol. 10 (4), p. 5-12.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/14623730.2008.9721771
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  • Carless D; Douglas K (2008), Social support for and through exercise and sport in a sample of men with serious mental illness. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, vol. 29
    https://doi.org/10.1080/01612840802370640
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  • Carless D; Douglas K (2008), Narrative, identity and mental health: How men with serious mental illness re-story their lives through sport and exercise. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, vol. 9 (5), p. 576-594.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2007.08.002
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  • Douglas K; Douglas K (2008), Nurturing a performative self. http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/2-08/08-2-23-e.htm.. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, vol. 9 (2)
  • Douglas K; Carless D (2008), The team are off: Getting inside women's experiences in professional sport. Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, vol. 25 (1), p. 241-251.
  • Douglas K; Carless D (2008), Training or education? Negotiating a fuzzy line between what "we" want and "they" might need. Annual Review of Golf Coaching, vol. 2008
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  • Douglas K; Carless D (2008), A Response to Commentaries. Annual Review of Golf Coaching, vol. 2008
  • Sparkes AC; Douglas K (2007), Making the case for poetic representations: An example in action. Sport Psychologist, vol. 21 (2), p. 170-190.
    https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.21.2.170
  • Douglas K (2007), Making the case for poetic representations: An example in action.. The sport psychologist, vol. The Sport Psychologist (21), p. 170-189.
  • Carless D; Douglas K; Fox KR; McKenna J (2006), An Alternative View of Psychological Well-being in Cardiac Rehabilitation: Considering temperament and character. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, vol. 5 (3), p. 237-243.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2006.03.004
  • Carless D; Douglas K (2006), Performance, Discovery and Relational Narratives among Women Professional Tournament Golfers. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, vol. 15 (2), p. 14-27.
  • Carless D; Douglas K (2004), A Golf Programme for People with Severe and Enduring Mental Health Problems. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, vol. 3
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Books (2)

  • Douglas K; Carless D (2014) Life story research in sport: Understanding the experiences of elite and professional athletes through narrative. . .
    https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315885810
  • Carless D; Douglas K (2010) Sport and Physical Activity for Mental Health. . Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Chapters (13)

  • Carless D; Douglas K (2018) In it for The Long Run: Researching Mental Health and Illness. In: Carless D; Douglas K Sport, Mental Illness, and Sociology. : Emerald Press, pp. .
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  • Douglas K; Carless D (2018) Golf and the promise of mental health and well-being for the elite and professional player. In: Douglas K; Carless D Routledge international handbook of golf science. : Routledge, pp. .
  • Douglas K; Carless D (2016) Self-identity: Our most beautiful and creative project. In: Douglas K; Carless D Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 219-227.
  • Carless D; Douglas K (2016) Promoting mental health in youth sport. In: Carless D; Douglas K Positive youth development through sport (second edition). London: Routledge, pp. 217-226.
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  • Carless D; Douglas K (2016) The Bristol Active Life Project: Physical activity and sport for mental health. In: Carless D; Douglas K Sports-based health interventions: Case studies from around the world. New York: Springer-Verlag, pp. 101-115.
  • Douglas K; Carless D (2016) A golf programme for people with mental health problems. In: Douglas K; Carless D Sports-based health interventions: Case studies from around the world. New York: Springer-Verlag, pp. 173-180.
  • Douglas K; Carless D (2015) 'The dark side' and beyond: Narrative inquiry in professional golf. In: Douglas K; Carless D The psychology of subculture in sport and physical activity: A critical approach. Hove: Routledge, pp. 64-77.
  • Douglas K; Carless D (2013) A history of autoethnographic inquiry. In: Douglas K; Carless D The handbook of autoethnography. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, pp. .
  • Douglas K (2013) A truth waiting for a telling. In: Douglas K Contemporary British Autoethnography. : , pp. 79-95.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6209-410-9
  • Douglas K (2012) Dances with Wolves. In: Douglas K Equity and Difference in Physical Education, Youth Sport and Health: A Narrative Approach. (136-139) Routledge .. : , pp. 136-139.
  • Douglas K; Carless D (2011) A Narrative Perspective: Identity, Well-Being, and Trauma in Professional Sport. In: Douglas K; Carless D Critical Essays in Applied Sport Psychology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, pp. 3-22.
  • Carless D; Douglas K; Ip J (2011) Ethics, Care and Truth in Education: A narrative Inquiry. In: Carless D; Douglas K; Ip J Concerning the Education of Children and Youth: The Ethics of Care. London: Peter Lang., pp. .
  • Carless D; Douglas K (2009) Songwriting and the creation of knowledge. In: Carless D; Douglas K Musical Autoethnography: Creative explorations of the self through music. : Australian Academic Press, pp. .

Conference contributions (3)

  • Douglas K; Carless D; Milnes K; Turner-Moore T; Tan J; Laredo E (2017) Autoethnographies and new technologies of representation: An example from F-COSTE, a funded project exploring bullying and sexual topics in education University of Illinois . : .
  • Douglas K (2014) Finding a Counter story at an Inclusive Adaptive Sport and Adventurous Training Course for Injured, Sick and Wounded Soldiers: Drawn In - Drawn Out University of Oxford, UK 20140711. : .
  • Douglas K (2014) Drawn Out. Spotlight: Narrative and Performance University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 20140521. : .

Conference proceedings (peer reviewed) (2)

  • Douglas K (2002) Performance and practice of elite women European tour golfers during a pressure and non-pressure putting simulation.. In: World Scientific Congress of Golf, St Andrews, Scotland . : Routledge, pp. 246-256.
  • Douglas K (2002) Competition in women professional golfers.. In: World Scientific Congress of Golf, St Andrews . : Routledge, pp. 157-267.

Films or broadcasts (6)

  • A film about Researching Sexual Topics in Education (2017) Douglas K; Carless D. :
  • Reverberations (2017) Douglas K; Carless D. : boomerang-project.org.uk
  • Forum Theatre Workshop (2017) Douglas K; Carless D. :
  • Whirlpool (2017) Douglas K; Carless D. :
  • The Long Run (2014) Douglas K; Carless D. :
  • Rehearsal Revised Reshaped Reclaimed (2014) Douglas K; Carless D. :

Performances (2)

  • Carless D; Douglas K (In press), Under one roof.
  • Douglas K; Carless D (In press), Heroes, Villains and Toxic Ferrets.
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