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School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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David Fletcher

Dr David Fletcher

Senior Lecturer in Performance Psychology and Management

Tel +44 (0)1509 223271

Location ZZ.0.12

Profile

Frame from video Dr David Fletcher talks about his research

David Fletcher is the Programme Leader of the MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology/Psychology of Sport and Exercise and the Director of the Performance Psychology Support Service.  David’s teaching, research and consultancy focuses on the psychology of performance excellence in sport, business and other performance domains. His work addresses how high achievers thrive on pressure and deliver sustained success, and clusters around the following performance themes:

  • Performance Leadership and Management (e.g., high performance leadership, managing elite teams)
  • Performance Environments and Cultures (e.g., organizational functioning and effectiveness, emotional intelligence and communication)
  • Performance Psychology and Lifestyles (e.g., psychological and team resilience, stress and emotion)
  • Performance Consultancy and Coaching (e.g., psychosocial interventions, professional competence)

Research

Research Funding

David’s research has been financially supported by the following:

  • Medical Research Council
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • UK Sport
  • English Institute of Sport
  • Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • Lane4 Management Group Ltd
  • British Swimming
  • Loughborough University Sport Development Centre
  • Gloucester County Amateur Swimming Association
  • A Private Sponsor

Doctoral Students

  • January 2014 – December 2019
    Gillian Cook, Working title: Performance Psychology and Management in Olympic Swimming
  • January 2013 – December 2017         
    Philippa McGregor, Working title: Performance Psychology in Elite Youth Football (co-supervisor: Dr. Ray Randall, advisor: Ms Stacy Winter)
  • October 2012 – September 2017        
    Nicola Tanner, Working title: Performance Psychology in Professional Services (principal supervisor: Dr. Ray Randall)
  • October 2013 – September 2016
    Daniel Brown, Working title: Performance Psychology in Elite Sport (principal supervisor: Dr Rachel Arnold, co-supervisor: Dr Martyn Standage)
  • October 2012 – September 2016
    Cara Williams, Working title: Performance Psychology in Olympic Swimming (co-supervisors: Dr Rachel Arnold, Dr Martyn Standage)
  • October 2012 – September 2015        
    Karen Howells, Working title: Performance Psychology in Olympic Swimming (advisor: Dr Brett Smith)
  • July 2010 – May 2015                        
    Paul B. C. Morgan, Working title: Team Resilience in Elite Sport (advisor: Mr Mustafa Sarkar)
  • April 2009 – March 2014                    
    James L. Rumbold, Working title: Stress Management in Professional Sport (co-supervisor: Professor Kevin Daniels)
  • October 2010 – September 2013        
    Mustafa Sarkar, Working title: Psychological Resilience in Sport Performers (co-supervisors: Dr Chris Stride, Dr Fehmidah Munir)
  • October 2009 – September 2012        
    Faye F. Didymus, Exploring the Organizational Stress Process in Sport Performers: From Theory to Practice
  • October 2009 – September 2012        
    Rachel Arnold, The Examination and Assessment of Organizational Stressors in Competitive Sport (co-supervisor: Professor Kevin Daniels)
  • October 2006 – September 2009        
    Christopher R. D. Wagstaff, Positive Organizational Psychology in Sport (co-supervisor: Professor Sheldon Hanton)

You can find information about applying for doctoral study with Dr Fletcher on the School Research Webpages.

Research Assistants

  • January 2013 – December 2013         
    Yevheniia Mikheenko, Working title: Performance Psychology in Olympic Sport (principal investigator: Dr Luke Clark, co-investigator: Professor Angela Roberts)
  • November 2012 – July 2013               
    Daniel Brown, Working title: Performance Psychology in Student Athletes (co-investigator: Professor Ian Henry)
  • July 2011 – July 2012                        
    Charlotte Woodcock, Performance Lifestyle Evaluation Research Project (co-investigator: Professor Ian Henry)

External activities

Consultancy and Enterprise

David Fletcher is the Director of the Performance Psychology Support Service.  He consults with high performers from a range of domains, including professional and Olympic sport, business, and the military and armed forces.  He also works closely with organizations on creating environments and cultures that enable high performance, including UK Sport, British Olympic Association, British Swimming, British Triathlon, the IMG Bollettieri Tennis and Leadbetter Golf Academies in Florida, the Caudwell Xtreme Everest in Nepal, Sky Sports, Loughborough Swimming, Lloyds TSB, and the National Health Service.  He is regularly interviewed about performance psychology-related topics on British national television (e.g., BBC Breakfast, BBC News, Sky News, Sky Sports) and national radio (e.g., BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live).

Editorial Positions and Boards

  • January 2013 - present – Journal of Sport Psychology in Action Editor
  • January 2013 - present – Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology Consulting Editor
  • December 2012 - present – Journal of Sports Sciences Advisory Board (Psychology)
  • July 2010 - present – International Journal of Sport Psychology Editorial Board
  • November 2009 - present – Journal of Applied Sport Psychology Editorial Board
  • November 2009 - January 2013 – Journal of Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences Editorial Board
  • February 2010 - December 2012 – Journal of Sport Psychology in Action Associate Editor
  • September 2011 - August 2012 – Journal of Sport Psychology in Action Guest Editor (Olympic and Paralympic Special Edition)

Committees and Groups

  • January 2013 – present – Member of the British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Training Committee
  • November 2012 – July 2013 – Member of the Loughborough University and the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme Student Athlete Research Steering and Advisory Group
  • October 2010 – July 2012 – Member of the UK Sport Performance Lifestyle Steering and Advisory Group
  • June 2011 – June 2012 – Co-Opted Member of the British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Committee

Featured Presentations and Symposia

Fletcher, D. (2013, July). Recent Developments in Stress and Resilience Research in Competitive Sport. Symposium convened at the congress of the International Society of Sport Psychology, Beijing, China.

Fletcher, D. (2013, October). Psychology in British Swimming: An update.  In British Swimming Olympic Focus Weekend (chaired by M. Peyrebrune). Invited oral presentation presented at the workshop of the British Swimming National Team, Northampton, UK.

Fletcher, D. (2013, December). Realising the Dream: Attaining and Sustaining Elite Performance in Olympic Sport. Invited keynote presentation presented at the Swedish Sports Confederation Conference, Bosön, Sweden.

Fletcher, D. (2013, December). Resilience and Thriving in Elite Sport: From Research to Practice. Invited keynote presentation presented at the annual meeting of the Flemish Society for Kinesiology, Leuven, Belgium.

Fletcher, D. (2013, December). Stress and Resilience in Competitive Sport: A Review of Recent Research Developments. Symposium convened at the annual meeting of the British Psychological Society and Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Manchester, UK.

Fletcher, D. (2012, January). Going for Gold: Motivation for Elite Athletes. Invited presentation at the meeting of the Joint College SAS Conference, Royal College of Physicians, London, UK.

Fletcher, D. (2012, March). Performance Leadership and Management. Invited presentation at the From Beijing to London: Delivering Olympic and Elite Sport in Cross Cultural Context Conference, University College Cork, Ireland.

Fletcher, D. (2012, May). Going for Gold: The Psychology of Olympic Performance. Invited presentation at the meeting of the meeting of the EMBL-EBI Science and Society Committee, Cambridge, UK.

Fletcher, D. (2012, July). Creating the Olympic Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB. Invited symposium at the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport and the annual meeting of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), Glasgow, UK.

Fletcher, D. and Whysall, Z. (2011, July). Taking it to the Next Level: Recent Developments in Organizational Psychology in Elite Sport and Beyond. Invited symposium at the meeting of the European Congress of Sport Psychology, Madeira, Portugal.

Fletcher, D. and Sarkar, M. (2011, July). Psychological Resilience: Human Performance, Wellbeing and Health. Symposium at the meeting of the European Congress of Sport Psychology, Madeira, Portugal.

Fletcher, D. (2010, September). Psychological Wreckage and Performance Catastrophes in Olympic Sport. Invited presentation at the annual meeting of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Glasgow, UK.

Fletcher, D. and Jones, M. V. (2009, June). Emotions in Sport: Recent Developments in Theory and Practice. Symposium at the congress of the International Society of Sport Psychology, Morocco, Africa.

Fletcher, D. and Woodman, T. (2007, September). Recent Developments in Stress and Anxiety Research in Sport. Symposium at the meeting of the European Congress of Sport Psychology, Halkidiki, Greece.

Fletcher, D. (2006, September). Back to the Future: Mental Conditioning for Tomorrow’s Champions. Invited oral presentation presented at the annual world clinic of the American Swimming Coaches Association, Washington, DC.

Fletcher, D. (2005a, January). British Swimming, sport psychology, and Olympic medals: Is it all in the mind?!?  In Swimming Coaching at World and Olympic Level (chaired by J. Atkinson). Invited oral presentation presented at the accreditation workshop of the British Swimming National Team, Birmingham, UK.

Fletcher, D. (2005b, September). Back to the Future: Mental Conditioning for Tomorrow’s Champions. Invited keynote presentation at the annual meeting of the British Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association and World Swimming Coaches Association (Europe), Sutton Coldfield, UK.

Fletcher, D. and Hanton, S. (2003, April). Research in organisational stress and British Olympic athletes: Conceptual, theoretical and practical issues. In Building and Supporting an Olympic Management Team (chaired by S. J. Bull). Invited oral presentation presented at the meeting of the British Olympic Association Psychology Advisory and Steering Group, Milton Keynes, UK.

Accrediation and Certification

  • October 2010 - present – Health and Care Professions Council Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • October 2010 - present – British Psychological Society Registered Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor and Reviewer
  • September 2010 - present – British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Supervisor and Reviewer
  • May 2010 - present – British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist
  • August 2008 - present – United States Olympic Committee Registered Psychologist
  • October 2006 - present – Association for Applied Sport Psychology Certified Consultant
  • September 2006 - present – British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Pedagogy, Psychology – Research and Scientific Support)

Awards and Prizes

  • October 2012 – Association for Applied Sport Psychology Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award (awarded to an individual in the early stage of her or his professional career, who has made outstanding contributions in the field of applied sport psychology that are both theoretical and practical)
  • May 2012 – Podium Bronze Medal (awarded for outstanding sporting project – National Health Service “What’s Your Sport?”)
  • September 2010 – British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Early Career Researcher Award – Sport and Performance (awarded for excellence in sport and/or exercise sciences research)
  • September 2009 – British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Tom Reilly Memorial Award for a Recently Qualified Researcher in Sport and Exercise Sciences (awarded for published research of outstanding merit)
  • July 1999 – University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Eric Evans Memorial Award (awarded to the most outstanding sports studies student)

Fellowships

  • August 2010 - present – Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • July 2010 - present – Fellow of the Institute of Swimming

Featured publications

Performance Psychology and Management

  • Fletcher, D. and Maher, J. (2013). Toward a competency-based understanding of the training and development of applied sport psychologists. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, 2, 265-280.
  • Fletcher, D. (2013). Editorial: Writing manuscripts for submission to the Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 4, 1-4.
  • Fletcher, D. (2012). Sport psychology in action at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 3, 61-64.
  • Fletcher, D. (2010). Applying sport psychology in business: A narrative commentary and bibliography. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 1, 139-149.

 Psychological and Team Resilience

  • Sarkar, M. and Fletcher, D. (2013). How should we measure psychological resilience in sport performers? Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 17, 264-280.
  • Morgan, P. B. C., Fletcher, D. and Sarkar, M. (2013). Defining and characterizing team resilience in elite sport. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 549-559.
  • Fletcher, D. and Sarkar, M. (2013). Psychological resilience: A review and critique of definitions, concepts and theory. European Psychologist, 18, 12-23.
  • Fletcher, D. and Sarkar, M. (2012). A grounded theory of psychological resilience in Olympic champions. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 5, 669-678.

 Stress and Emotion

  • Arnold, R., Fletcher, D. and Daniels, K. (2013). Development and validation of the Organizational Stressor Indicator for Sport Performers (OSI-SP). Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 35, 180-196.
  • Didymus, F. F. and Fletcher, D. (2012). Getting to the heart of the matter: A diary study of swimmers’ appraisals of organizational stressors. Journal of Sports Sciences, 30, 1375-1385.
  • Arnold, R. and Fletcher, D. (2012). A research synthesis and taxonomic classification of the organizational stressors encountered by sport performers. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34, 397-429.
  • Fletcher, D., Hanton, S. and Mellalieu, S. D. (2006). An organizational stress review: Conceptual and theoretical issues in competitive sport. In S. Hanton and S. D. Mellalieu (Eds.), Literature Reviews in Sport Psychology (pages 321-373). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Psychosocial Interventions

  • Wagstaff, C. R. D., Hanton, S. and Fletcher, D.(2013). Developing emotion abilities and strategies in a sport organization: An action research intervention. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 476-487.
  • Rumbold, J. L., Fletcher, D. and Daniels, K. (2012). A systematic review of stress management interventions with sport performers. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, 1, 173-193.

Performance Leadership and Management

  • Fletcher, D. (2012). Captaining the GB and Ireland Team to victory in the 2011 Walker Cup: A commentary. Annual Review of Golf Coaching, 97-99.
  • Arnold, R., Fletcher, D. and Molyneux, L. (2012). Performance leadership and management in elite sport: Recommendations, advice and suggestions from national performance directors. European Sport Management Quarterly, 12, 317-336.
  • Fletcher, D. and Arnold, R. (2011). A qualitative study of performance leadership and management in elite sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 23, 223-242.

Organizational Functioning and Effectiveness

  • Wagstaff, C. R. D., Fletcher, D. and Hanton, S. (2012). Exploring emotion abilities and strategies in sport organizations. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, 1, 268-282.
  • Wagstaff, C. R. D., Fletcher, D. and Hanton, S.  (2012). Positive organizational psychology in sport: An ethnography of organizational functioning in a national governing body. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 24, 26-47.
  • Wagstaff, C. R. D., Fletcher, D. and Hanton, S.  (2012). Positive organizational psychology in sport. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 5, 87-103.
  • Fletcher, D. and Wagstaff, C. R. D. (2009). Organizational psychology in elite sport: Its emergence, application and future. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10, 427-434.

You can view a complete publications and presentations list on the University Publications Database.