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Professor Adam Nicholls

Professor of Psychology and Coaching/ Leader of the Sport Psychology and Coaching Group

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • School of Life Sciences

Summary

Professor Adam Nicholls is a professor of sports coaching and psychology. The main focus of his research is coping, stress appraisals, and emotions among athletes. His research is supported by more than ?650,000 as a principal investigator, within the last three years. Adam is researching doping attitudes and susceptibility among both athletes and coaches.

In addition to pursuing his own research interests, Adam is the leader of the Sport Psychology and Coaching group. This role involves him developing a research strategy and impact case studies for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), in addition to mentoring individuals in terms of developing a research profile and writing grant applications.

Journal Article

The prevalence of pseudoscientific ideas and neuromyths among sports coaches

Bailey, R. P., Madigan, D. J., Cope, E., & Nicholls, A. R. (2018). The prevalence of pseudoscientific ideas and neuromyths among sports coaches. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(MAY), https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00641

The independent and interactive effects of the big five personality dimensions upon dispositional coping and coping effectiveness in sport

Kaiseler, M., Levy, A., Nicholls, A. R., & Madigan, D. J. (2017). The independent and interactive effects of the big five personality dimensions upon dispositional coping and coping effectiveness in sport. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2017.1362459

Football, sport and the development of young people's life skills

Cope, E., Bailey, R., Parnell, D., & Nicholls, A. (2017). Football, sport and the development of young people’s life skills. Sport in Society, 20(7), 789-801. https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2016.1207771

Personality traits and performance enhancing drugs : the dark triad and doping attitudes among competitive athletes

Nicholls, A. R., Madigan, D. J., Backhouse, S. H., & Levy, A. R. (2017). Personality traits and performance enhancing drugs : the dark triad and doping attitudes among competitive athletes. Personality and individual differences, 112, 113-116. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.02.062

Perceptions of the coach-athlete relationship predict the attainment of mastery achievement goals six months later : a two-wave longitudinal study among F.A. Premier League academy soccer players

Nicholls, A. R., Earle, K., Earle, F., & Madigan, D. J. (2017). Perceptions of the coach-athlete relationship predict the attainment of mastery achievement goals six months later : a two-wave longitudinal study among F.A. Premier League academy soccer players. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00684

Postgraduate supervision

Prof Nicholls welcomes applications in the areas of doping or coping.