Dr Toni Williams
Toni was awarded a Glendonbrook Doctoral Fellowship at Loughborough University in October 2012. Her PhD research examined the impact of physical activity on the psychosocial health and well-being of people with spinal cord injury. After completion of the PhD in 2015, she joined the Carnegie School of Sport as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Toni teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as contributing to the research activities of the Centre for Active Lifestyles and Sport Performance.
Toni is also involved in various professional activities. For example, she was co-chair of the highly successful 4th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (QRSE2014) at Loughborough University in September 2014. She is now on the scientific committee for the 7th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (@QRSE2020) which will be held at Durham University on 7th – 9th July 2020 (qrse.org). Toni is also a founding member and treasurer of the NEW International Society for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (@QRSEsoc) to be launched in January 2020.
Toni primarily contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate modules in sport and exercise psychology and research methods. She is currently the module leader for Dissertation (Level 6) and Psychology of Sport Injury (Level 6) and joint module leader for Research Methods (Level 7 & 5) and Psychology of Sport and Exercise (Level 5).
Toni’s research explores the factors that facilitate and constrain a physically active lifestyle for people with spinal cord injury. This includes the role of health professionals in physical activity promotion, and how physical activity interventions can specifically address the needs of disabled people. The findings from this research are aimed at improving physical activity promotion, reducing the barriers to being physically active and informing policy and practice.
Toni’s research interests also include narrative inquiry, disability studies, psychology of injury and rehabilitation, and qualitative meta-synthesis. Her work in these areas has been published in international journals such as Health Psychology Review, Disability and Rehabilitation, Psychology of Sport and Exercise and she has contributed chapters to leading books including the International Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Sport and Exercise  and International Society of Sport and Exercise Psychology Encyclopaedia [forthcoming]).
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Williams TL (2018) Exploring narratives of physical activity and disability over time: A novel integrated qualitative methods approach. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 37 pp. 224-234.
Williams TL; Hunt ER; Papathomas A; Smith B (2018) Exercise is Medicine? Most of the time for most; but not always for all. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 10 (4), pp. 441-456.
Williams TL; Smith B; Papathomas A (2018) Physical activity promotion for people with spinal cord injury: Physiotherapists’ beliefs and actions. Disability and Rehabilitation, 40 (1), pp. 52-61.
Williams TL; Ma JK; Martin Ginis KA (2017) Participant experiences and perceptions of physical activity-enhancing interventions for people with physical impairments and mobility limitations: A meta-synthesis of qualitative research evidence. Health Psychology Review, 11 (2), pp. 179-196.