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Helen Staff

About Helen Staff

Helen is currently reading for a PhD in Sport and Exercise Science. She is currently working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Sport and Exercise Psychology and she is a Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Helen studied for her first degree in Psychology with Sport Science at Northumbria University. She graduated with first class honours in 2011 before spending time coaching hockey in Melbourne, Australia. Helen then moved to Loughborough University in 2013 to begin a Master in Sport and Exercise Psychology, BPS Accreditation. She graduated from Loughborough University in November 2014. Helen was appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Leeds Beckett University in September 2014, and began her PhD research.

Helen's current research focuses on the coach-athlete relationship in a range of individual sports. Helen plans to present work focused around stress and coping within the coach-athlete relationship in peer-reviewed journals and at a variety of conference presentations to disseminate the findings of her current research.

Current Teaching

Helen has contributed to a range of modules on the following undergraduates programmes, Sport and Exercise Science, Sport, Physical, Activity and Health, and Physical Education:

  1. Undergraduate (Level 4): Introduction of Research Study Skills
  2. Undergraduate (Level 4): Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  3. Undergraduate (Level 4): Psychology for Physical Educators
  4. Undergraduate (Level 5): The ABCs of Sport and Exercise Behaviour
  5. Undergraduate (Level 5): Research Methods in PASES

In addition to her current teaching commitments Helen is a personal tutor, and supervises undergraduate students during Dissertation.

Research Interests

Helen's research focuses on the coach-athlete relationship, with an emphasis on stress and coping. In particular, Helen is interested in how coaches and athletes manage the demands of stress placed upon themselves in elite sport. Helen's work uses a variety of qualitative research methods, including grounded theory, to explore the shared coping processes within coach-athlete dyads.

Selected Publications

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