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Dr Laurie Patterson

About Dr Laurie Patterson

Laurie is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology and a world-leader in clean sport research.

Laurie completed both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Beckett University. On completion of her Master’s degree, Laurie remained at the university to work as a Research Assistant, Project Officer and Sport Science Support Officer for three years.

In 2011, Laurie was awarded a studentship by the Carnegie School of Sport to undertake a PhD, which she completed in 2014. Following this success, Laurie was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Current Teaching

Leadership: Level 4 (2015-2017) and Level 5 (2019-Present) Course Leader on BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science. Module Leader of Level 4 Introduction to Research and Study Skills (2015-2017), Level 5 Research Methods (2015-2017) and Level 4 Human Behaviour in Sport and Exercise (2018-Present).

Other Contributions: Level 4 Personal, Professional and Academic Development (including Academic Advisor), Level 5 Employability (including Academic Advisor), Level 5 Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Level 5 Real-World Applications in Sport and Exercise Science, Level 6 Final Year Project, Level 7 Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise, Level 7 Major Independent Study.


Research Interests

Laurie’s principal research interest is investigating clean sport behaviours and influencing factors. Her specific area of expertise is athlete support personnel, and she completed her doctoral research exploring coaches’ perceived roles in anti-doping efforts. As part of her PhD, Laurie designed clean sport education for coaches using a logic model approach. She continues to apply this method, along with latest thinking in behavioural science, to develop education programmes and policy for national and international sporting and anti-doping organisations. In this vein, Laurie is currently undertaking a project funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency to create an International Framework for Coach Anti-Doping Education to guide clean sport programmes for coaches globally, across nations and sports. Laurie has previously worked on a multitude of projects commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, International Olympic Committee, ERASMUS+. She has also undertaken several projects within and outside of the doping-related research field funded by commercial or sports organisations (including the Rugby Football League and the Football Association).

Selected Publications

Journal articles (2)

Conference contributions (1)

  • Patterson L; Duffy P; Backhouse SH (2012) Evaluating an Existing Anti-doping Education Tool for Coaches London, UK 18/04/2012. UK:

Reports (1)

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