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Professor David Carless


Professor David Carless
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Professor David Carless

Professor

Carnegie School Of Sport

0113 81 24604 D.Carless@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Professor David Carless

David's professional background spans physical education, health and the performing arts. He has worked as a primary school teacher, musician, freelance researcher, and educational consultant. His current role is conducting and disseminating research alongside postgraduate teaching and supervision.

As a Professor in Narrative Psychology, David uses stories - in various forms - to understand human experience and behaviour. Stories are used both as a way of accessing critical aspects of human experience and as a way of sharing the understandings that ensue with others. The theoretical foundations for this work draw from psychology, sociology, and the performing arts.

A specialist in qualitative research, David is one of a growing number of academics pioneering storytelling, autoethnographic, song writing, poetic, and performance methodologies. He has used these approaches in peer-reviewed journal publications, books and book chapters, commissioned evaluation reports and activity guides, as well as during lectures, CPD workshops, academic conferences, on audio CDs, and in live performances. Through this work he has contributed to methodological innovation, not only in sport and physical activity, but also in interdisciplinary contexts that include education, counselling and psychotherapy, and health.

Current Teaching

David teaches qualitative research methods and gives research-informed lectures on a number of postgraduate modules. He supervises doctoral and masters students working on diverse projects such as psychosocial rehabilitation of injured military personnel, anabolic steroid use in sport, and physical activity promotion in mental health settings.

Research Interests

David is currently part of a team funded by The Royal British Legion to research the role of sport and adventure in the psychosocial rehabilitation and personal development of wounded, injured, and sick military personnel. The outcomes of this work directly impact course development, helping ensure provision meets the needs of service personnel.

Other projects include physical activity for people with mental health problems; the psychosocial outcomes of a theatre project for military personnel; gay and bisexual experience in sport; and the effects of sport culture on the lives of elite and professional athletes. The outcomes of this work inform intervention development and are publicly available on stakeholder websites.

 

Selected Publications

Journal articles (58)

Books (2)

  • Douglas K; Carless D (2015) Life Story Research in Sport: A narrative approach to understanding the experiences of elite and professional athletes. . .
  • Carless D; Douglas K (2010) Sport and Physical Activity for Mental Health. . Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Chapters (21)

  • Carless D (2019) Suburban Black Suburban Blue: Songwriting and Musical Performance as Qualitative Research. In: Carless D New Directions for Theorizing in Qualitative Inquiry. : Myer Educational Press, pp. .
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  • 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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  • Carless D (2018) Three Seconds Flat: Autoethnography Within Commissioned Research and Evaluation Projects. In: Carless D International Perspectives on Autoethnographic Research and Practice. : , 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. .
  • Carless D (2013) Cultural constraints: Experiencing same-sex attraction in sport and dance. In: Carless D Contemporary British Autoethnography. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 49-61.
  • Carless D (2012) Young men, sport and sexuality: A poetic exploration. In: Carless D Equality and difference in physical education, youth sport and health: A narrative approach. London: Routledge, pp. 67-71.
  • 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. New York: Peter Lang, pp. .
  • 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.
  • Long J; Carless D (2010) Hearing, listening and acting. In: Long J; Carless D Young People's Voices in Physical Education and Youth Sport. : , pp. 213-225.
    https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203881897
  • Long J; Carless D (2010) Hearing, listening and acting. In: Long J; Carless D Young People's Voices in Physical Education and Sport. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 213-225.
  • Carless D (2010) The autoethnographic process: Starting a new story. In: Carless D Creating Autoethnographies. London: Sage, pp. 132-146.
  • 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. .
  • Carless D (2008) Physical activity and mental health. In: Carless D Key Concepts in Sport and Exercise Sciences. London: Sage, pp. 99-101.
  • Carless D; Faulkner G (2003) Physical Activity and Mental Health. In: Carless D; Faulkner G Perspectives on Health and Exercise. : Houndsmills: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 61-82.
  • Carless D; Fox K (2003) The Physical Self. In: Carless D; Fox K Intervention for Mental Health. London: Butterworth-Heinemann, pp. 69-81.

Conference contributions (1)

  • 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 . : .

Reports (1)

  • Lozano L; Pringle A; Carless; McKenna (2016) 'It brings the lads together': A critical exploration of older men's experiences of a weight management programme delivered through a Healthy Stadia project.. . Sport in Society.
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