Sam graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011. He continued his studies at Brunel, University of West London, graduating with Distinction from the MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology programme in 2013. In 2015, he conducted his PhD at Loughborough University in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, working in collaboration with the English Institute of Sport, during which he investigated the construct of subjective well-being in elite sport performers, in particular, understanding its conceptualisation and measurement.

Sam joined SSEHS as a Research Associate in 2021, working with Dr Daniel Rhind.

Sam works with Dr Daniel Rhind and Dr David Fletcher in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences as a Research Associate on an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grant. His research focuses primarily on the enhancement of well-being in elite sport performers.

Through his research and applied consultancy, Sam has experience in working with athletes across various Olympic and Paralympic sports, and organizations including the English Institute of Sport (EIS), English Football Association (FA), Sport England, the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), and Accenture.

Featured publications

  • Giles, S., Fletcher, D., Arnold, R., Ashfield, A., & Harrison, J. (2020). Measuring well-being in sport performers: Where are we now and how do we progress? Sports Medicine50, 1255-1270.
  • Ashfield, A., Harrison, J., & Giles, S. (2018). Performance lifestyle in Olympic and Paralympic sport. In A. Brady, & B. Grenville-Cleave (Eds.), Positive psychology in sport and physical activity: An introduction (pp. 35-48). London, UK: Routledge.