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Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

Team members

Dr Nick Caddick

Former Research Associate

Nick Caddick joined the PHC in 2012 and completed his PhD as part in 2014.

From October 2014, Nick was working as a Research Associate at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University investigating lifestyle behaviours and chronic diseases in the workplace. 

He is now working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Veterans and Families Institute, Anglia Ruskin University. 

Qualifications

  • MSc (Distinction) in Psychology of Sport & Exercise from Loughborough University in 2011.
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the University of Gloucestershire in 2010.
  • BSc (First class with Hons) Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Gloucestershire in 2009.

Nick is interested in the impact of surfing and the natural environment upon the health and wellbeing of combat veterans and their families. A key component of the research relates to the psycho-social impact of living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Nick’s work in this area aims to advance theoretical understanding surrounding the links between surfing and the natural environment, health and wellbeing, and recovery from PTSD.

In addition, a key aim of this research is assist policy and decision makers in improving health and well-being among combat veterans and their families. The research draws upon innovate qualitative methods and techniques to investigate the impact of surfing in veterans’ lives.

Previous research and experience

Nick also worked as a Research Assistant on a 1 year project investigating the impact of living in a care home upon the health and wellbeing of spinal cord injured people. The research, funded by UK spinal injury charity Aspire considered how living in a care home for the elderly as a result of inadequate housing might influence the mental health of spinal cord injured people.

Selected recent keynote and conference presentations

  • Caddick, N., Smith, B., & Phoenix, C. (2014). Male combat veterans’ narratives of PTSD, masculinity and health. Oral presentation delivered at the “Men’s health and well-being: Critical insights” conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. 7-8th July.
  • Caddick, N., & Smith, B. (2013). A relational perspective on the lives of combat veterans: Implications for connections and well-being. Oral presentation delivered at the “Veteran to Veteran” conference 2013, Portsmouth, UK. September 9th.
  • Caddick, N., White, M., Hignett, A., Pahl, S., Coley, S. Lefroy, M., Smith, B., & Phoenix, C. (2013). The role of surfing in facilitating psychological well-being in “at-risk” populations. APA Annual Convention 2013, Honolulu, HI. July 31st-August 4th.

 

Selected recent publications

  • Caddick, N., Smith, B., & Phoenix, C. (in press). Male combat veterans’ narratives of PTSD, masculinity, and health. Sociology of Health and Illness.37, 97-111.
  • Caddick, N., Smith, B., & Phoenix, C. (in press). The effects of surfing and the natural environment on the well-being of combat veterans. Qualitative Health Research25, 76-86.
  • Caddick, N., Phoenix, C., & Smith, B. (in press). Collective stories and well-being: Using a dialogical narrative approach to understand peer relationships among combat veterans experiencing PTSD. Journal of Health Psychology20, 286-299.
  • Caddick, N., & Smith, B. (2014). The impact of sport and physical activity upon the well-being of combat veterans: A systematic review. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 15, 9-18.
  • Caddick, N., & Ryall, E. (2012). The social construction of mental toughness - A Fascistoid ideology? Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 39(1), 137-154.