School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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Professor Chris Harwood PhD, C.Psychol, FBASES, FHEA

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Professor of Sport Psychology

BEACON Lead: Sport and Exercise

Chris is a Professor in Sport Psychology and the University Beacon lead for Sport and Exercise. He is also a Practitioner Sport Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professions Council and a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society.

His research interests and expertise lie in the psychosocial aspects of youth sport and athlete development with a particular focus on the socio-environmental influence of parents and coaches. He has particularly focused his applied research in the field of achievement motivation, sport parenting and through his work on the 5Cs approach (www.the5Cs.co.uk) to athlete development. As a scientist-practitioner, he is also noted for his work in professional practice and the study of factors related to the training and development of applied sport psychologists.

Chris teaches across a variety of modules in the School given his experience as a practitioner, but leads final year and postgraduate modules focused on applied sport psychology and professional practice. He has served as Chair of the Psychology Division for BASES since 2014 and is currently a Section Editor for the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and editorial board member for The Sport Psychologist, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, the Journal of Sport Psychology in Action and Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.

As a practicing consultant in sport psychology, he has worked extensively with the Lawn Tennis Association, the Football Association, and several professional sporting bodies and clubs. For his contributions to applied sport psychology and sport science he has been awarded Fellowships of both AASP and BASES.

Chris’ research within the domains of social and performance psychology contributes to the sub-fields of achievement motivation, sport parenting, paediatric applied sport psychology, and practitioner development. He has published extensively in these areas with over 70 peer-reviewed publications, 28 book chapters, two edited books and four authored books.

He has also been successful (as principal and co-investigator) in obtaining in excess of £3 million of research and enterprise income over the past 20 years. Successful collaborations and knowledge translation initiatives have also been fostered with national and international associations such as the Football Association, International Olympic Committee, UK Sport, the Lawn Tennis Association, Speedo, the Tennis Foundation, the Youth Sport Trust, Nottingham Gymnastics Academy, Leicester City F.C. and Nottingham Forest FC.

Chris has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences and congresses on over 30 occasions; presentations that have been made to academic, national governing body and Olympic federation audiences. His served as the applied sport psychology keynote at the most recent 2015 European Congress of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC).

Chris has served as Chair of the Psychology Division for BASES since 2014 and Deputy Chair of the overall association. He previously served a four year period as Vice-President of European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) and in 2017 was appointed to the Managing Council of the International Society of Sport Psychology. He acts as Chair of their Accreditation Committee in his role within ISSP. In terms of external scholarly activity, he is currently a Section Editor for the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology having served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology from 2009-2014. He is an editorial board member for Psychology of Sport and Exercise, the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, and The Sport Psychologist.

As a practicing consultant in sport psychology, he has worked extensively with the Lawn Tennis Association, the Football Association and has held positions as lead psychologist with professional tennis and football. Chris continues to coordinate, advise and deliver on athlete, coach and parent support programmes. For his contributions to applied sport psychology and sport science he has been awarded Fellowships of AASP and BASES. In his spare time, Chris plays seniors tennis for Leicestershire.

  • Clarke, N.J., Cushion, C.J., & Harwood, C.G. (2018). Players’ understanding of talent identification in early specialization youth football. Soccer and Society. In Press
  • Thrower, S. N., Harwood, C. G., & Spray, C. M. (2018). Educating and Supporting Tennis Parents using web-based delivery methods: A novel online education program. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. In Press
  • Kelly, S., Thelwell, R.C, Barker, J.B., & Harwood, C.G. (2018). Psychological support for sport coaches: An exploration of practitioner psychologist perspectives. Journal of Sports Sciences. In Press.
  • Gledhill, A., & Harwood, C.G. (2018). Towards an understanding of players’ perceptions of talent development environments in UK female football. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. In Press.
  • Wachsmuth, S., Jowett, S., & Harwood, C.G. (2018). On understanding the nature of interpersonal conflict between coaches and athletes. Journal of Sports Sciences. In Press.
  • Ong, N.C.H., & Harwood, C.G. (2018). Attitudes towards sport psychology consulting in athletes: Understanding the role of culture and personality. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, 7 (1), 46.
  • Thelwell, R.C., Wood, J., Harwood, C.G., Woolway, T., & Van Raalte, J.L. (2018). The role, benefits and selection of sport psychology consultants: Perceptions of youth-sport coaches and parents. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 35, 131-142.
  • Middlemas, S., & Harwood, C.G. (2018). No place to hide: Football players' and coaches' perceptions of the psychological factors influencing video feedback. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 30(1), 23-44.
  • Knight, C.J., Berrow, S.R., & Harwood, C.G., (2017). Parenting in sport. Current Opinion in Psychology, 16, 93-97.
  • Gledhill, A., Harwood, C.G., & Forsdyke, D. (2017). Psychosocial factors associated with talent development in football: A systematic review. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 31, pp. 93-112.
  • Thrower, S. N., Harwood, C. G., & Spray, C. M. (2017). Educating and Supporting Tennis Parents: An Action Research Study. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 9, 600-618.
  • Wachmuth, S., Jowett, S., & Harwood, C.G. (2017). Conflict among athletes and their coaches: What is the theory and research so far.  International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 10(1), 84-107.
  • Thrower, S. N., Harwood, C. G., & Spray, C. M. (2016). Educating and Supporting Tennis Parents: A Grounded Theory of Parents’ Needs During Childhood and Early Adolescence. Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology, 5 (2), 107-124.
  • Clarke, N.J., Harwood, C.G., & Cushion, C. (2016). A phenomenological interpretation of the parent-child relationship in elite youth football. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, 5(2), 125-143.
  • Turner, M.J., Allen, M.S., Slater, M.J., Barker, J.B., Woodcock, C, Harwood, C.G., & McFayden, K.
  • (2016). The development and initial validation of the irrational performance beliefs inventory (iPBI). European Journal of Psychological Assessment.
  • Knight, C.J., Little, G.C.D, Harwood, C.G., & Goodger, K. (2016). Parental involvement in elite junior slalom canoeing. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 28, 1-23.
  • Harwood, C. G., Keegan, R. J., Smith, J. M. J. & Raine, A. S., (2015). A systematic review of the intrapersonal correlates of motivational climate perceptions in sport and physical activity. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 18, 9-25.
  • Woolway, T. & Harwood C.G. (2015). Do titles matter in sport psychology? Performer attitudes toward professional titles and the effect of a brief intervention. The Sport Psychologist, 29, 171-182.
  • Gledhill, A., & Harwood, C.G.. (2015).  A holistic perspective on career development in UK female soccer players: A negative case analysis. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 21, 65 – 77.
  • Harwood, C.G.,  Barker, J.B.,  & Anderson, R. (2015). Psychosocial development in youth soccer players: Assessing the effectiveness of the 5C’s intervention program. The Sport Psychologist, 29, 319–334.
  • Harwood, C. G. & Knight, C. J. (2015). Parenting in youth sport: A position paper on parenting expertise. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 16, 24-35.