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Professor Susan Backhouse


About Professor Susan Backhouse

Sue is Professor of Psychology and Nutrition, Head of the Centre for Human Performance and Director of Research for Sport and Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism. She graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc (Hons) in Physical Education and Sports Science at Loughborough University, for which she was awarded the Department prize for outstanding achievement. Following this, Susan completed her PhD with Professor Clyde Williams and Professor Stuart Biddle at Loughborough University. Susan joined Leeds Beckett University in 2003.

Sue leads the sporting integrity research team at Leeds Beckett University, conducting research that addresses the complexity of doping in sport by investigating the issue from multiple stakeholder perspectives using an interdisciplinary lens. With a focus on implementation, Sue and her team strive to bring about change in the anti-doping system through the development of strong partnerships and evidence-informed interventions.

Examples of recently funded projects include two cross-cultural interventions to prevent doping in sport (RE>ACT and CoachMADE) and two Erasmus+ funded collaborative projects (FAIR and RESPECT). Sue is an active member of the clean sport community, serving as a member of the WADA Social Science Research Committee, Convenor of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Clean Sport Interest Group and Co-Founder of the Clean Sport Alliance. Sue is regularly invited to give keynote lectures at international conferences.

Sue is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Current Teaching

  • Contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate taught provisio
  • Supervise postgraduate research students
  • Supervise trainee sport and exercise psychologists (British Psychological Society Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology Stage 2)

Research Interests

Current funded research projects:

  • Research-Embedded Strategic Plan for Anti-Doping Education: Clean Sport Alliance Initiative for Tackling Doping (RESPECT) (EU ERASMUS+)
  • Blowing the whistle on doping in sport through evidence-informed policy making (World Anti-Doping Agency)
  • Towards a Vision for Prevention: Testing the feasibility and efficacy of a Clean Sport Bystander Intervention Program (RE>ACT) (International Olympic Committee)
  • Forum for Anti-Doping in Recreational Sport (FAIR) (EU ERASMUS+)
  • An Intervention to Optimize Motivational Climates and Prevent Current and Future Willingness to Dope in Adolescent Sport: A Cross-Cultural Project (International Olympic Committee)
  • The interactive effects of moral identity and moral disengagement on doping: An experimental investigation (World Anti-Doping Agency)

Selected Publications

Journal articles (79)

Chapters (5)

  • Ekkekakis P; Backhouse S (2014) Physical activity and feeling good. In: Papioannou A; Hackfort D Routledge companion to sport and exercise psychology: Global perspectives and fundamental concepts. : Routledge, pp. 687-704.http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9781848721289/
  • Backhouse SH (2011) The (Mis) Use of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids.. In: Tod D; Lavallee D The Psychology of Strength and Conditioning. : Routledge, pp. .http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415574099/
  • Backhouse SH (2009) Aerobic Activity. In: Lopez S The Encyclopaedia of Positive Psychology. Oxford, UK and Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. .http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405161256.html
  • Ekkekakis P; Backhouse SH (2009) Exercise and psychological well-being. In: Maughan R Olympic textbook or science in sport. Malden MA: Blackwell, pp. .
  • Backhouse SH (2008) Immediate emotional and affective responses to exercise. In: Kirk D; Cooke CB; Flintoff A; McKenna J Key concepts in sport and exercise science. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp. .

Conference contributions (25)

  • Jackson A; Allen H; Hull J; Backhouse S; Hopker J; Price OJ; Dickinson J (2019) Over or under-detection? A comparison of exercise and eucapnic voluntary hyperpnoea challenges in the evaluation of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction Lisbon 01/06/2019. Wiley.
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  • Allen H; Hull J; Backhouse SH; Price OJ (2018) The Allergy Questionnaire for Athletes: A simple screening tool for the assessment of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction Leeds 04/10/2018.
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  • Heaviside H; Manley A; Didymus F; Backhouse S (2017) "You're gonna win and you're gonna win it easy": World-class athletes' experiences of media expectations. Seville 10/07/2017.
  • Backhouse S; Mazanov J (2013) Public Attitudes and Perceptions of Anti-Doping in England Aarhus University, Denmark 15/08/2013.
  • Patterson L; Duffy P; Backhouse S (2013) Coaches and the quest for clean sport: Exploring perceptions of relevance and role. Aarhus University, Denmark 15/08/2013.
  • Erickson K; Backhouse S (2013) Protective Factors Buffer Effects of Risk Factors on Doping Use Amongst Competitive Athletes. Denmark 15/08/2013.
  • Ng J; Backhouse S; Barkoukis V; Ntoumanis N (2013) Predictors of doping intentions and behaviours: A meta-analysis. Beijing 01/07/2013.
  • Backhouse SH (2011) The Pursuit of Human Enhancement: Doping in sport Bradford, UK 10/09/2011.
  • Backhouse SH (2011) Going for Gold: Sports' greatest (psychological) show on earth Bradford, UK 10/09/2011.
  • Backhouse SH (2011) The Psychology of Doping in Sport Loughborough University, UK 03/06/2011.
  • Backhouse SH (2011) How we 'take sport and exercise psychology to society' Glasgow, Scotland, UK 04/05/2011.
  • Backhouse SH; Whitaker L; Petroczi A (2010) Gender differences in doping behaviour, attitudes and beliefs London, UK 09/12/2010. http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&ResultsType=Abstracts&ResultSet_ID=6353&FormDisplayMode=view&frmShowSelected=true&localAction=details
  • Backhouse SH; Whitaker L; Petroczi A (2010) Gender differences in doping behaviour, attitudes and beliefs London, UK 09/12/2010. http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&ResultsType=Abstracts&ResultSet_ID=6353&FormDisplayMode=view&frmShowSelected=true&localAction=details
  • Ashfield A; McKenna J; Backhouse SH (2010) Flourishing through the athlete life span Melbourne, Australia 12/02/2010.
  • Whitaker L; Long JA; Petroczi A; Backhouse SH (2010) Characterising performance enhancing substance users Holiday Inn London, UK 09/12/2010. http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&ResultsType=Abstracts&ResultSet_ID=6419&FormDisplayMode=view&frmShowSelected=true&localAction=details
  • Whitaker L; Long JA; Petroczi A; Backhouse SH (2010) Characterising performance enhancing substance users . UK: British Psychological Society.
  • Backhouse SH (2010) Supplements in sport: A risk worth taking? University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica 18/09/2010.
  • Backhouse SH (2010) From Foothills to Peaks: The anti-doping landscape Copenhagen, Denmark 10/11/2010.
  • Backhouse SH; McKenna J; Patterson L (2009) Anti-doping prevention through education: Recipes of success from the social sciences. Conference Poster Award Winner of the 'Leeds Metropolitan University Poster Presentation Award' .
  • Backhouse S; McKenna J (2008) Elite Athletes' knowledge and attitudes towards doping and drug testing systems in sport: A review of the literature The British Psychological Society, London British Psychological Society 11/12/2008. http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&ResultsType=Abstracts&ResultSet_ID=3852&FormDisplayMode=view&frmShowSelected=true&localAction=details
  • Backhouse S (2008) Water ingestion during 30 mins of self-paced exercise: Impact on affective states and perceived exertion London, UK 11/12/2008. http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&ResultsType=Abstracts&ResultSet_ID=3822&FormDisplayMode=view&frmShowSelected=true&localAction=details
  • Backhouse S (2008) Reviewing Research into Attitudes towards Doping in Sport: Time to take Stock Hamilton Island, Australia 16/10/2008.
  • Backhouse SH (2007) Affective Responses of Well-trained Athletes during Moderately Vigorous Exercise Bath, UK 12/09/2007.
  • Backhouse SH; Ekkekakis P; Biddle SH; Williams C (2007) The Exercise Affect Relationship: A Measurement and Methodological Analysis Halkidiki, Greece 04/09/2007. http://www.fepsac.com/index.php/download_file/-/view/49
  • Backhouse SH; McKenna J; Wilkinson K; Atkin A (2007) Medical Professionals Knowledge and Attitudes towards Doping and Drug Testing Systems in Sport: A Review of the Literature . Bath, UK:

Conference proceedings (10)

  • Backhouse SH; Whitaker L; Petroczi A (2010) Doping attitudes and nutritional supplement use as risk factors among competitive athletes. In: Proceedings of the 15th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science . Turkey: , pp. .
  • Backhouse SH; Whitaker L; Petroczi A (2010) Doping attitudes and nutritional supplement use as risk factors among competitive athletes. In: 15th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science Antalya, Turkey 23/06/2010 00:00:00. Turkey: , pp. .http://www.ecss.mobi/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=88:antalya-2010&catid=45:congress-proceedings-publications&Itemid=90
  • Backhouse SH; Whitaker L; Petroczi A (2010) Doping attitudes and nutritional supplement use as risk factors among competetive athletes. In: Proceedings of the 15th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science . : , pp. .
  • Backhouse S; Connor J; Mazanov J; Backhouse SH; Quirk F (2010) Doping and athlete support personnel: What do they know and do?. In: . : , pp. .
  • Backhouse SH; Atkin A; McKenna J (2009) Reviewing research into attitudes towards doping in sport: Time to take stock. In: . Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: , pp. S80-S81.
  • Ashfield A; McKenna J; Backhouse SH (2009) Flourishing; the need for conceptual clarity and an initial attempt to achieve it. In: BASES Annual Conference Leeds, UK . : , pp. .
  • Backhouse SH; Patterson L; McKenna J (2009) Anti-doping prevention through education: Recipes of success from the social sciences. In: BASES Annual Conference Leeds, UK . : , pp. .
  • McGregor S; McKenna J; Backhouse SH; Gately PJ; Hill AJ (2007) Does length of stay at a residential adolescent weight loss camp alter physical self perception outcomes?. In: BASES Annual Conference Bath, UK 12/09/2007 00:00:00. : Taylor & Francis, pp. S122-S122.http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02640410701619937
  • Backhouse SH; Ekkekakis P; Biddle SH; Williams C (2007) The Exercise-affect Relationship: A measurement and methodological analysis. In: 12th European Congress of Sport Psychology . University of Bath: The European Federation of Sport Psychology, British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences, pp. 223.
  • Backhouse SH (2004) Affective responses to exercise: Measurement approaches and inter-individual differences. In: . : , pp. S94-S94.

Reports (5)

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