Richard Simpson, Research Assistant/Project Officer

Richard Simpson

Research Assistant/Project Officer

Part Time Lecturer

Richard is a PhD candidate, associate lecturer, and research assistant in sport and exercise psychology within the Carnegie School of Sport. Richard's doctoral research is centred around optimising environments which maintain, protect, and bolster psychological well-being in sport organisations.

Richard is a PhD candidate, associate lecturer, and research assistant in sport and exercise psychology within the Carnegie School of Sport. Richard's doctoral research is centred around optimising environments which maintain, protect, and bolster psychological well-being in sport organizations. Beyond this primary line of research enquiry, Richard's research interests are nested within psychological stress (stressors, appraising, coping, emotions, stress outcomes), organisational sport psychology, sports coaching, sporting integrity, sport and exercise science, and applied sport psychology. Alongside his research, Richard has worked on multiple funded-projects with the Applied Association for Sport Psychology (AASP), UEFA, the English Football Association (FA), 'ICoachKids', the Croatian FA, the Slovenian FA, the Royal British Legion (Battle Back), WheelPower, and Leeds Beckett University. In furthering his scholarly activity, Richard has attended and presented at multiple national and international conferences and has been the recipient of international conference awards for his work.

Richard studied for his first degree in sport and exercise sciences (sport psychology) at Leeds Trinity University, graduating with upper second-class honours (and the programme prize) in 2017. Richard then studied for a MSc in Psychology of Sport and Exercise at Leeds Beckett University and graduated with Distinction. Following his MSc, Richard spent a year as a Research Assistant in the Carnegie School of Sport, before being accepted onto a PhD and being offered a role as an associate lecturer within the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University.

Richard currently teaches across multiple modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Richard supervises Level 6 students on the Final Year Project module, in addition to teaching on Level 5 Research Methods in Sport and Exercise, Level 5 Psychology of Sport and Exercise, and Level Four Human Behaviour in Sport and Exercise modules. Richard has also delivered guest lectures at postgraduate level – supporting the Level 7 Professional Practice module for the MSc sport and exercise sciences suite of courses. In addition to his teaching, Richard also fulfils professional roles as a committee member for the BASES Psychology Division and the DSEP Northern Applied Hub. Through these professional bodies, Richard leads on the “Members of BASES” project and the DSEP Northern Applied Hub’s “Talking Psych” podcast.

Richard is an aspiring sport and exercise psychologist, with applied experiences and internships with Team GB, Badminton England, British Athletics, and various recreational sport departments. Richard engages with various applied practitioners, coaches, athletes, and academics in his research consultancy, and has furthermore, produced various academic outputs, written stakeholder reports, infographics, podcast, and video outputs. In addition to his work, Richard has various hobbies: he previously played badminton at representative level, has captained University teams, and coached badminton and grassroots football. Richard is a keen racket enthusiast, golfer, and an avid spectator of cricket, tennis, football, and rugby union.

Current Teaching

Richard is an associate lecturer in the Carnegie School of Sport and teaches across an array of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Some of his teaching duties include: Level 6 Final Year Project Supervision, Level 5 Research Methods in Sport and Exercise, Level 5 Psychology of Sport and Exercise, and Level 4 Human Behaviour in Sport and Exercise. Richard has also delivered guest lectures/seminars on the Level 7 Professional Practice module and has designed curricula and resources across various undergraduate modules. Richard is currently engaging within the HEA pathway for fellowship.

Research Interests

Richard's central area of research focuses on the roles of sport organisations in facilitating, optimising, and protecting psychological well-being. The aims of his work are to advance the organisational psychology literature base, while benefitting those engaged and employed within sport organisations (e.g., supported athletes, coaches, support staff, managers, directors, board members) and those more broadly working occupationally or by association (e.g., parents) in performance or development sport. Richard's expertise is situated within qualitative methods (e.g., interviews, focus groups, diaries), but often engages in reviews (e.g., systematic reviews), multi- and mixed-method research to inform his work.

Beyond his doctoral research, Richard's primary research interests relates to the following areas:

  • Psychological stress (e.g., stressors, appraising, emotions, coping, stress outcomes)
  • Organisational Sport Psychology (Organizational Culture, Resilience, Leadership)
  • Social Justice (Gender Equity, Microaggressions, sports coaching)
  • Applied Practice (e.g., practitioner development and integration, reflective practice, cultural sport psychology)
Richard Simpson, Research Assistant/Project Officer

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  1. Sport
  2. Psychology

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