School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

PhD opportunities

Gillian Cook

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PhD Student

Gillian graduated with a First Class BSc Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen in 2012. Her undergraduate thesis examined the impact of stereotype awareness on working memory and performance. She received the University of Aberdeen Colours Award for Outstanding Dedication to Sport in 2012 for her involvement with the University tennis team, which included positions as President and 1st team ladies captain.

Gillian continued her studies at Loughborough University, graduating with Distinction from the MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise programme in 2013. She was awarded the Loughborough University UK EU Departmental Academic Scholarship for her Masters degree. Gillian won the British Psychological Society (Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology) 2014 MSc Award. This award recognises the best dissertation by a BPS DSEP member. Her MSc thesis was part-funded by a National Governing Body, and investigated perceptions of sport psychology within an Olympic swimming team, focusing on the retrospective reflections of service users from the London 2012 Olympic cycle, and their prospective projections to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 

Building on her MSc, Gillian is conducting her PhD in collaboration with British Swimming, and is supervised by Dr David Fletcher. She is investigating elite level coaching, in particular the development of good coaches into great coaches.  

Gillian works with a number of individuals and teams in her capacity as a sport psychologist in training, and is pursing the BPS Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology Stage 2. She has coaching qualifications in tennis and skiing.

Project information

Performance Psychology and Management in Olympic Swimming

Gillian’s research is part-funded by British Swimming, and she isinvestigating the development of good coaches into great Olympic coaches.