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Research Profile

  • Rob leads and teaches on the undergraduate Sports Science programme for Sport and Exercise Psychology modules at level 4, 5, and 6. He also leads and teaches on the Sport Research Methods module for all sports programmes at level 5. Rob has previously taught other modules at level 4 (How to be successful at University), level 5 (Positive Psychology Coaching), and level 6 (Dissertation). Rob is co-creating a new Masters course in physical activity and health, and is currently developing an undergraduate programme of study in sport and exercise psychology.

  • Rob’s research interests are in the area of health behaviour change, with a special interest in the psychology of physical activity and exercise. His doctoral research was in the use of effective communication strategies that enhance the uptake of physical activity in a psychiatric setting, with Motivational Interviewing being the focus.

    Rob’s research interests also include dual process theory, non-conscious processes, and affective responses to physical activity and exercise. Further interests include adventure activities (extreme sports), the effects of natural environments on the exercise experience and participation, and the effect of exercise and physical activity on mental health and wellbeing.

    • Book chapter ‘Strengths-based Coaching in Community Sport’ – co-authored.

    • Gale and Ives, (2019). Sports Coaching in the community: Developing knowledge and insight. MMU