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Brett Smith

Professor Brett Smith

Former strand leader, Professor in Qualitative Health Research

Publications Publications database

Brett Smith was associated with the PHC since 2009 and led the Research Strand on Psycho-social Health and Wellbeing. He was a Reader in Qualitative Health Research at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

He is now a Professor at the University of Birmingham.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. entitled ‘Men, sport, spinal cord injury and the self: A narrative analysis’ from University of Exeter, 2003.
  • MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology (with distinction) from the University of Exeter, 2006.
  • BA (with Honours) in Social Sciences from Leeds University, 1995.

Membership and involvement with professional bodies / associations

  • Editor: Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (published by Routledge).
  • Associate editor: Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Editorial board member: European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity; The Open Rehabilitation Journal; Asian Journal of Educational Research and Synergy.
  • Regular external reviewer for over 20 journals, including Medical Humanities; Qualitative Research; Sociology of Health and Illness; Health: an interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, Illness and medicine; and Qualitative Research in Psychology.
  • Honorary Research Associate of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative (CIRN). St. Thomas University, Canada.
  • PhD external examiner.

Current research interests

Brett’s theoretical and empirical research interests concern the psycho-social dimensions of disability, health, and wellbeing; the development of qualitative research methods and methodologies; and narrative inquiry. He has several on-going national and international collaborations that focuses on disability, which include work with Dr’s Barbara Gibson, Robert Mundle, and Jim Huth at the Toronto Rehabilitation Centre, Canada, Dr Nikos Chatzisarantis at the National Institute of Education, Singapore, and Helen Smith at Stanmore Hospital, and Professor Paul Kennedy at Oxford University and Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Previous research and experience

Brett has been honoured to explore men’s experiences of suffering a spinal cord injury through playing sport and their embodied stories of disability. This work has been disseminated through numerous publications, keynote presentations at international conferences, and presentations at both national and international spinal cord injury centres.

Selected recent keynote and conference presentations

  • Smith, B. (2010). Disability, rehabilitation, and spinning (un)healthy narratives. Faculty of Physical Education and Health, Toronto University, Canada, 8th November 2010.
  • Smith, B. (2010). Narrative analysis as a turn to theory and angles of vision: Examples from disability research. Faculty of Physical Education and Health, Toronto University, Canada, 9th– 11th November 2010.
  • Smith, B. (2010). Spinal cord injury, well-being, and the possibilities of narrative medicine. National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dublin, Monday 1st March 2010.
  • Smith, B. (2009). Qualitative research and the possibilities of bringing health psychology to society. Invited keynote speaker at The British Psychological Society London Lectures.
  • Smith, B. (2009). When bodies need narratives: Possibilities of narrative for treating injured and impaired bodies. Invited speaker at British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) Annual Conference.
  • Smith, B. (2009). Sport and disability: Exploring the conceptual terrain. Invited paper presented at International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) conference, Morocco.
  • Smith, B. (2009). Narratives of care: The case of spinal cord injury and psycho-social social dimensions of health. Invited speaker at Toronto Rehabilitation Centre, Canada. 
  • Smith, B. (2009). Exploring qualitative research. Invited speaker at University of Coimbra, Portugal.
  • Smith, B. (2008). Spinal cord injury, men, and storytelling bodies: An ethnographic creative non-fiction. Invited speaker at the British Psychological Society (BPS) Inaugural Qualitative Research Conference, Leeds, UK. 

Selected recent publications

Books & Chapters in Books
  • Smith, B. & Sparkes, A. (2010). Making sense of words and stories. Some strategies for consideration. In G. Tenenbaum, R. Eklund, & A Kamata (Eds). Handbook of Measurement in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Human Kinetics.
  • Smith, B. & Pérez-Samaniego, V. (2009). Coping, performance, and anxiety: Some thoughts on research methods. In Handbook of Sport Psychology. Nova Science Press.
  • Smith, B. & Sparkes, A. (2009). The narrative turn in sport and exercise psychology. In Ryba, T., Schinke, R., & Tenenbaum, G. (Eds.), The cultural turn in sport and exercise psychology (pp. 75-100). Fitness Information Technology.
  • Sparkes, A. C. & Smith, B. (2008). Narrative Constructionist Inquiry. In J. Holstein & J. Gubrium (Eds), Handbook of Constructionist Research (pp. 295-314). London: Guilford Publications.
Journal Articles: 2010
  • Smith, B. (2010). Dialogism, monologism, and boundaries: Some possibilities for disability studies and interdisciplinary research. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal. 6(3): 25-33.
  • Smith, B. (2010). Narrative inquiry: Ongoing conversations and questions for sport psychology research. International Review of Sport Psychology, 3(1), 87-107.
  • Smith, B. & Sparkes, A. (in-press). Multiple responses to a chaos narrative. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine
Journal Articles: 2009
  • Smith, B., Allen Collinson, J., Phoenix, C., Brown, D., & Sparkes, A. (2009). Dialogue, monologue, and boundary crossing within research encounters: A performative narrative analysis. International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 7, 342-358.
  • Smith, B. & Sparkes, A. C. (2009). Narrative analysis and sport and exercise psychology: Understanding lives in diverse ways. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10(2), 279-288.
  • Smith, B. & Sparkes, A. C. (2009). Narrative inquiry in sport and exercise psychology: What can it mean, and why might we do it? Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10(1), 1-11.
  • Sparkes, A. & Smith, B. (2009). Judging the quality of qualitative inquiry: Criteriology and relativism in action. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10, 491-497.
  • Sparkes, A. & Smith, B. (2009). Men, spinal cord injury, memories, and the narrative performance of pain. Disability & Society, 23(7), 679-690
Journal Articles: 2008
  • Smith, B. (2008). Imagining being disabled through playing sport: The body and alterity as limits to imagining others lives. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 2(2), 142-157.
  • Smith, B. (2008). Spinal cord injury, the body, and narratives of recovery in mental distress. SCI PsychoSocial Process, 20(2), 18-30.
  • Smith, B. & Sparkes, A. C. (2008). Changing bodies, changing narratives and the consequences of tellability: A case study of becoming disabled through sport. Sociology of Health and Illness, 30(2), 217-236.
Books & Chapters in Books
  • Smith, B. & Sparkes, A. (2010). Making sense of words and stories. Some strategies for consideration. In G. Tenenbaum, R. Eklund, & A Kamata (Eds). Handbook of Measurement in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Human Kinetics.
  • Smith, B. & Pérez-Samaniego, V. (2009). Coping, performance, and anxiety: Some thoughts on research methods. In Handbook of Sport Psychology. Nova Science Press.
  • Smith, B. & Sparkes, A. (2009). The narrative turn in sport and exercise psychology. In Ryba, T., Schinke, R., & Tenenbaum, G. (Eds.), The cultural turn in sport and exercise psychology (pp. 75-100). Fitness Information Technology.
  • Sparkes, A. C. & Smith, B. (2008). Narrative Constructionist Inquiry. In J. Holstein & J. Gubrium (Eds), Handbook of Constructionist Research (pp. 295-314). London: Guilford Publications.
Journal Articles: 2010
  • Smith, B. (2010). Dialogism, monologism, and boundaries: Some possibilities for disability studies and interdisciplinary research. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal. 6(3): 25-33.
  • Smith, B. (2010). Narrative inquiry: Ongoing conversations and questions for sport psychology research. International Review of Sport Psychology, 3(1), 87-107.
  • Smith, B. & Sparkes, A. (in-press). Multiple responses to a chaos narrative. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine
Journal Articles: 2009
  • Smith, B., Allen Collinson, J., Phoenix, C., Brown, D., & Sparkes, A. (2009). Dialogue, monologue, and boundary crossing within research encounters: A performative narrative analysis. International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 7, 342-358.
  • Smith, B. & Sparkes, A. C. (2009). Narrative analysis and sport and exercise psychology: Understanding lives in diverse ways. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10(2), 279-288.
  • Smith, B. & Sparkes, A. C. (2009). Narrative inquiry in sport and exercise psychology: What can it mean, and why might we do it? Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10(1), 1-11.
  • Sparkes, A. & Smith, B. (2009). Judging the quality of qualitative inquiry: Criteriology and relativism in action. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10, 491-497.
  • Sparkes, A. & Smith, B. (2009). Men, spinal cord injury, memories, and the narrative performance of pain. Disability & Society, 23(7), 679-690.
Journal Articles: 2008
  • Smith, B. (2008). Imagining being disabled through playing sport: The body and alterity as limits to imagining others lives. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 2(2), 142-157.
  • Smith, B. (2008). Spinal cord injury, the body, and narratives of recovery in mental distress. SCI PsychoSocial Process, 20(2), 18-30.
  • Smith, B. & Sparkes, A. C. (2008). Changing bodies, changing narratives and the consequences of tellability: A case study of becoming disabled through sport. Sociology of Health and Illness, 30(2), 217-236.