3-4 December, Hilton Belfast
Hear from over 50 speakers including our leading Keynotes across 2 days at Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Annual Conference 2018
Professor Juergen Beckmann - Technical University of Munich
Professor Beckmann is Professor of Sport Psychology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He received his PhD from the University of Mannheim in 1984. The German Psychological Association awarded him the Young Scientist’s award for his dissertation. In 1988 he finished his habilitation at the University of Mannheim while working as a senior researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Psychological Research. The German Science Foundation awarded him a 5 year Heisenberg Scholarship in 1990 part of which he spent as a Visiting Scholar at Florida Atlantic University.Show content
In 1995 he was appointed associate professor of sport psychology at the University of Potsdam. In 2006 he became full professor and chair of sport psychology at TUM. From 2005 through 2009 he was president of the German Association of Sport Psychology (ASP). Professor Beckmann has more than 200 national and international publications in the areas of motivation, self regulation and several applied areas in the health and performance context with more than 4500 citations.
Professor Cathy Craig - CEO/Founder INCISIV
Cathy Craig, until recently was professor of perception in action Psychology and Director of the Movement Innovation Lab at Queen’s University Belfast. With over 20 years’ research experience and 80 scientific publications, she is a recognized ‘thought leader’ in the use of VR in sport. By exploiting the power of immersive technologies, she has developed methods that allow her to understand an individual’s ability to make the right decision, at the right time and execute it in the right way, something she has classed as Action Intelligence.Show content
Professor Zoe Knowles - Liverpool John Moores University
Professor Zoe Knowles is a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) and Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (FBASES). She is a Professor of Engagement and Learning and the Public Engagement Lead for the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. In this role she has led multi-award winning public engagement programmes, events and initiatives which have showcased the wonders of sport and exercise science to a range of public audiences.Show content
Professor Knowles has several research interests including the psycho-social determinants of physical activity, the benefits of natural and active play, use of creative and qualitative methodologies with children and the design/evaluation of sport psychology interventions within youth sports. She has worked with multidisciplinary teams including clinicians, public health professionals, teachers, community intervention leads and is an Expert Advisor to the Active Wellbeing Initiative, a global active cities programme.
Professor Paul Wylleman - Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) – TeamNL • NOC*NSF
Paul Wylleman, lic. Clinical psychology and Ph.D. Psychology, is full-professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel teaching sport psychology, high performance management and mental support for athletes. His research and publications focus on athletic career (transitions) and psychology support services in elite sport. He coordinated two European Erasmus Sport projects on dual career and athletic retirement. Paul heads the university department Topsport and Study as well as the research group Sport Psychology and Mental Support. He is past-President of the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) and was the 2017 Distinguished International Scholar of the Applied Association of Sport Psychology (AASP).Show content
Finally, Paul heads a team of elite sport lifestyle coaches, sport & performance, health and clinical psychologists, and psychiatrists at the Netherlands Olympic Committee NOC*NSF. He was team psychologist to TeamNL at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and is now en route with TeamNL to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Professor Andy Smith - Edge Hill University
Andy Smith is Professor of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University. His research focuses on mental health from grassroots to high performance sport, and in education and physical activity settings. Andy is currently leading the first UK nation-wide Sport and Physical Activity Workforce Mental Health Survey.Show content
Panel Organiser: Dr Gavin Breslin - Ulster University
Dr Breslin is leading on the development of the international mental health in sport consensus statement. He has published extensively in sport and exercise psychology. He is author of two books entitled: Sport and Exercise Psychology, Practitioner Case studies (2016, Wiley), and Mental Health Intervention in Sport: Research, Theory and Practice (2019, Routledge).Show content
Recently, he was lead researcher in the development of the Wellbeing in Sport Action Plan for Northern Ireland 2018-2023. His expertise is in the evaluation of mental health interventions suitable for informing policy. Gavin is a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, a registered practitioner of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Panel Chair: Dr John Kremer
John Kremer has been actively involved in sport and exercise psychology since the 1980s, publishing widely during his time as a Reader in Psychology at Queen’s University. He has been involved with various projects dealing with exercise and wellbeing, most recently chairing the group which developed a sector-wide action plan on sport and wellbeing in Northern Ireland.Show content
Geraldine McConaghy - NSPCC/Childline
Geraldine McConaghy, a qualified Social Worker, is Senior Supervisor with the Childline Service in Belfast.Show content
Childline, an NSPCC Project, is the UK's free, 24-hour helpline for children and young people.
Childline gives children and young people access to confidential support when they need it and ensures they have someone to turn to when they are in distress or danger.
ChildLine has 1,300 volunteer counsellors and a smaller number of paid counsellors working across the UK. They are supervised by a team of professional managers. Children and young people can contact trained Childline counsellors both online and by phone.
The Childline website childline.org.uk provides advice and information to Children and young people on a wide variety of issues, including emotional well-being, mental health, self- harm, suicide, bullying and family and relationship difficulties.
Professor Stewart Cotterill - (DSEP Chair) AECC University College
Professor Stewart Cotterill is currently chair of the BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Head of School for Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity at AECC University College in Bournemouth, UK. Stewart has also worked as a consultant sport and exercise psychologist for the past 18 years.Show content
Dr Tim Rogers - Cognacity, London
Dr. Tim Rogers is a Consultant Sport Psychiatrist at Cognacity, London. Cognacity is the leading provider of mental wellbeing and performance services to elite sports in the UK, providing consultation to many athletes, clubs and professional organisations, including most recently an agreement to provide care to all of British Athletics' World Class Programme members.Show content
Dr. Rogers is also a graduate in applied sport and exercise psychology. Dr. Rogers has provided a link between BPS DSEP and the Royal College of Psychiatrists' mirror SEPSIG group of practitioners in elite sport. Dr. Rogers was formerly a UKAD approved psychiatrist but now sits on Sport Resolutions' National Anti Doping Panel.
Ruth Lowry - University of Chichester
Ruth Lowry is a Reader in the Psychology of Active Living. Her research involves understanding how activity can be used as a mechanism for the promotion of wellbeing and social cohesion. Currently Ruth is involved in an EDRF evaluation of a new model of Men’s Sheds delivery as a means of promoting wellness and social inclusion of older men in Europe. Ruth is the outgoing Chair of the DSEP Training Committee which oversees the BPS accreditation of MSc and Professional Doctorate qualifications in Sport and Exercise Psychology.Show content
Antoinette McKeown - Sport Northern Ireland
Antoinette McKeown is Chief Executive of Sport NI, former Chief Executive of both the Consumer Council and Play Board, and former Head of Policy and Development with the Equality Commission for NI. Antoinette leads Sport NI’s mental health and well-being through sport work and is a strong advocate for building capacity in sports so safe spaces are available to address mental ill health.Show content
Professor Bradley Donohue - University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Brad Donohue, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Distinguished Alumni of Nova Southeastern University. He is Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.Show content
His research is focused in the development and evaluation of family supported optimization programs for persons who share specialized skill sets and unique cultures, such as athletes, firefighters, artists, police, and musicians. He is Editor of the Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, and has co-authored 5 books and more than 150 scientific manuscripts. He is a developer of evidence supported interventions, including Family Behavior Therapy and The Optimum Performance Program in Sports (TOPPS). ,Recipient of the Harry Reid Silver State Award, James Mikawa Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychology, Donald Schmeidel Lifetime Service Award, and Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award, he has directed projects funded by the National Institute of Health and Substance Abuse, Mental Health Services Administration in the United States.