School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

PhD opportunities

Sam Giles

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PhD student


Samuel graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2012. His undergraduate thesis investigated the role of emotion regulation in decision making when under threat. Samuel continued his studies at Brunel University, graduating with Distinction from the MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology programme in 2013, during which he was awarded the outstanding academic achievement award 2012-2013. His MSc was part-funded by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), and investigated athletes’ perception of positive parental involvement in elite youth sport.

As a member of the Performance Lifestyle team Sam has worked alongside practitioners supporting athletes in a variety of Olympic and Paralympic sports. Furthermore, Samuel works with a number of individuals and teams in his capacity as a sport psychologist in training (MBPsS), and is enrolled on the BPS Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology Stage 2.


Project Title: Understanding Athlete Well-Being in World-Class Sport and Exploring its Impact on Performance

Supervisors: Dr David Fletcher, Loughborough University.Dr Rachel Arnold, University of Bath, United Kingdom. Dr Arabella Ashfield and Joanna Harrison, English Institute of Sport, Loughborough, United Kingdom.

Summary: Samuel is completing a PhD at Loughborough University working in collaboration with the Performance Lifestyle team at the English Institute of Sport. Primarily his doctoral research is exploring what constitutes well-being in world-class athletes, with a view to understanding the relationship with wider holistic development and performance. This knowledge will then be used to guide Performance Lifestyle support and interventions that seek to develop and facilitate well-being as understood within this unique population.

Keywords for Discipline and Research Area: 

Sport Psychology, Well-Being, Mental Health & Happiness