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Area of academic expertise - outline

Sport Psychology: Athlete use of psychological skills and strategies, decision making under pressure.

Exercise Psychology: School-based child health interventions, parental engagement in exercise interventions. 

Sport coaching: the development of coaching expertise, coach behaviour change interventions, the coaching of psychological skills. 

Experienced in statistical analyses of psychometric data: familiar with SPSS, PROCESS, MPLUS, can conduct measurement validation using factor analyses, mediation, moderation and multi-level analyses.

Experienced in qualitative approaches to intervention evaluation and phenomenological investigation.  

Area of academic expertise - outline

Current Postgraduate Research Projects:  

PhD studentship (Samantha Donnelly): Systemic approaches to improving children’s health and well-being: Investigating parent and school partnerships (start 2016)


PhD studentship (Gillian McClellan): The effects of a school-based lifestyle intervention upon indicators of physical and psychological well-being in youth (start 2016)


PhD studentship (Jordan Donnelly): Coaching for life skill development in socio-economically disadvantaged individuals (start 2016)


PhD studentship (Kim Ludwig): The development and evaluation of a mobile health intervention to deliver automated text-messaging to promote healthy behaviours in adolescents. (start 2017)


PhD Studentship (Gary Mcewan): Psycho-physiological approaches to referee development. (start 2017)


Other Current research projects: 

A psycho-biological investigation of self-regulation in high intensity exercise. 

Coach behaviour change and processes of effective coach education delivery; increasing the coaching of psychological skills

The coaching of psychological skills scales: measurement development and validation

The impact of walking football on psychological well-being

Children's dietary knowledge assessment: measurement development and validation

Evaluation of the school-based health intervention 'the daily mile'. 

Previously Funded research: 

A pilot study to investigate the impact of Walking Football on Health and Wellbeing' on behalf of the charity, Paths for All. 

Completed Post-graduate research projects: 

MRes Studentship (Samantha Donnelly 2015-2017) Improving school-based health interventions and activities; qualitative investigations with teachers and parents.

Desired research direction

To establish PHERC (Pediatric Health and Exercise Research Centre) as a leading force within obesity prevention and progress a systemic approach to childhood health interventions. 

To develop of a more refined understanding of the nature and impact of psychological strategies during exercise and athletic performance by taking a psych-biological approach to investigation. 

To generate further understanding of professional behaviour change within sport and how coach education can be optimised. 

Target collaborative companies

Coach Logic

Target collaborative organisations

Sport Scotland

Sport Coach UK 


Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

 Intervention and programme evaluation (both statistical and qualitative analysis)

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Research Output 2013 2019

A feasibility study with process evaluation of a teacher led resource to improve measures of child health

Buchan, D. S., Donnelly, S., McLellan, G., Gibson, A-M. & Arthur, R., 30 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : PLoS ONE.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Feasibility Studies
Consent Forms
Health Resources
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Coaches coaching psychological skills—why not? a framework and questionnaire development

Arthur, R. A., Callow, N., Roberts, R. & Glendinning, F., 4 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 41, 1, p. 10-23 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Surveys and Questionnaires
Statistical Factor Analysis
Feasibility Studies
Social Media
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School Health Services
Health Education


Draper's Silver Medal: Outstanding contribution to Bangor University

Rosie Arthur (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2014 2017

  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Types of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation
  • 1 Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

Invited Talk -The Impact of Walking Football on Health and Wellbeing

Eilidh Macrae (Speaker), Daryl Cowan (Participant), Rosemary Arthur (Participant), Duncan Buchan (Participant), Mark Sanderson (Participant)
30 May 2017

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk

The British Psychological Society Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference

Rosie Arthur (Speaker)
12 Dec 201613 Dec 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Scottish Physical Activity Research Conference

Rosie Arthur (Participant)
26 Oct 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

BASES Student Conference

Rosie Arthur (Invited speaker)
Mar 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology: DSEP Scottish Network

Rosie Arthur (Member)
2014 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation


need satisfaction
psychological development
Waist Circumference
Health Education
School Health Services
Feasibility Studies
Text Messaging