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Loughborough University

Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

Team members

Toni Williams

Dr Toni Williams

Former PhD Student at the PHC

Toni Williams was a PhD student at the PHC. She is now a Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University.

Qualifications

  • MSc (Distinction) in Sport and Health Sciences from the University of Exeter in 2008.
  • BSc (First class with Honours) in Equine Science from The University of the West of England in 2005.
  • PGC Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of the West of England in 2012.

Membership and involvement with professional bodies / associations

  • Member of the Sports Massage Association (SMA) 2005 – present.
  • Represented the SMA at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Current research interests

Toni is interested in exploring people's psycho-social health and wellbeing as they move through an intensive activity-based rehabilitation programme for spinal cord injury. Original knowledge generated will inform interventions and policy for promoting physical activity (PA), health and wellbeing. Results will support work in sport medicine, identifying what works well in the rehabilitation process for disabled and chronically injured people.

Previous research and experience

Toni originally became interested in disability studies through a research project exploring the psycho-social effects of spinal cord injury in female horse riders during her MSc in Sport and Health Sciences.

Selected recent keynote and conference presentations

Selected recent keynote and conference presentations

  • Williams, T.L., Smith, B., & Papathomas, A. (2015, invited). The dilemmas of promoting sport and exercise for spinal cord injured people: From knowledge mobilisation to false hope. 14th European Congress of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC), Bern, Switzerland.
  • Williams, T.L., Smith, B., & Papathomas, A. (2015). Promoting physical activity for lifelong health and well-being in people with spinal cord injury: What role do physiotherapists play? 32nd Guttmann Conference: Rehabilitation for Living, Salisbury, UK.
  • Williams, T.L., Smith, B., & Papathomas, A. (2015). Promoting physical activity for people with SCI: What role do physiotherapists play? 2015 Physiotherapy Research Society Conference, Leicester, UK.
  • Williams, T.L., Smith, B., & Papathomas, A. (2015). Physical activity promotion for people with SCI: Physiotherapists’ beliefs and actions. 1st Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) International Student Conference, Loughborough, UK.
  • Williams, T.L., Smith, B. & Papathomas, A. (2014). Activity-based rehabilitation from spinal cord injury: Stories of radical hope. Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) 29th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, USA.
  • Williams, T., Smith, B., & Papathomas, A. (2014). Narratives of activity-based rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury. Health and Wellbeing Research Conference, Loughborough University, UK.
  • Williams, T.L., Smith, B., & Papathomas, A. (2014). Narratives of activity-based rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury. 5th International State-of-the-Art Congress ‘Rehabilitation: Mobility, Exercise & Sports’, Groningen, The Netherlands.
  • Williams, T., Smith, B., & Papathomas, A. (2013). The impact of well-being on leisure time physical activity for people with spinal cord injury: A meta-synthesis. Well-being 2013 Conference, Birmingham, UK.
  • Williams, T., Smith, B., & Papathomas, A. (2013). The barriers, benefits and facilitators of leisure time physical activity among people with spinal cord injury:  A meta-synthesis of qualitative findings. BPS: Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Manchester, UK.

Selected recent publications

Selected recent publications

Book chapters

  • Williams, T.L., & Shaw, R.L. (in press). Synthesising qualitative research. In B. Smith & A.C. Sparkes (Eds.). International handbook of qualitative methods in sport and exercise. London: Routledge.
  • Smith, B., McGannon, K.R., & Williams, T. (in press). Ethnographic creative non-fiction: Exploring the what’s, why’s and how’s. In L. Purdy & G. Molner (Eds.). Ethnographies in sport and exercise. London: Routledge.
  • Smith, B., Caddick, N., & Williams, T.L. (2015). Qualitative methods and conceptual advances in sport psychology. In S.D. Mellalieu & S. Hanton (Eds.). Contemporary advances in sport psychology: A review. London: Routledge.

Publications

  • Papathomas, A., Williams, T.L., & Smith, B. (in press). Understanding physical activity participation in spinal cord injured populations: Three narrative types for consideration. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being.
  • Williams, T.L., Smith, B. and Papathomas, A. (2014). The barriers, benefits and facilitators of leisure time physical activity among people with spinal cord injury: A meta-synthesis of qualitative findings. Health Psychology Review, 8 (4), 404-425.