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Dr James Rumbold PhD CPsychol FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Course Leader for MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS-Accredited)


Summary

I am a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). I am also the Course Leader for our MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS-Accredited) programme.  With approximately 13 years’ experience of teaching in higher education, I teach across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate sport and exercise science modules, with a particular focus in the areas of sport and exercise psychology and research methods.   My research focuses on understanding individual differences in how people optimise their well-being in various performance domains and occupations.

About

I joined the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences in 2013. Prior to this, I completed a BSc in Psychology with Sport Science at St. Mary's University in Twickenham. Following this, I spent seven years at Loughborough University as both a postgraduate student and a member of staff within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. During this time, I completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, and, a PhD in Sport and Organisational Psychology. In 2015, my PhD thesis entitled 'The Design and Delivery of Stress Management in Professional Sport' was awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Award by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). This award recognises the completion of an outstanding doctoral dissertation. 

During my time at Sheffield Hallam, I have been proud to be the recipient of a College Inspirational Teacher of the Year award, and I am passionate in contributing towards the development of the next generation of sport and exercise scientists.     

As an applied researcher, I am known for publishing research in the areas of organizational stress, coping and burnout, career transitions, and personality. While most of my research has been published in sport and exercise science journals, most of my research is examined through the lens of sport and organizational psychology theories and models. In these topic areas, I am passionate about supervising PhD students who have an interest in making innovative (e.g., methodological and applied) advancements, using a range of longitudinal and mixed method approaches.



Performance enhancing routines in sport, medicine and business
Organizational stress and stress management in professional environments
Stress, emotions and coping

Teaching

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

Health And Wellbeing

I currently lead and teach on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science Level 4 - Foundations of Psychology in Sport and Exercise
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science Level 6 - Research Project in Sport and Exercise
MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology Level 7 - Psychology of Sport and Performance
MSc / PGDip Advanced Sport Coaching Practice - Advanced Psychology of Performance Coaching

In addition to these modules, I contribute to quantitative and qualitative research methods teaching on the following undergraduate and postgraduate programmes:

BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences
MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science
MSc / PGDip - Advanced Sport Coaching Practice
College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences Doctoral School

Science Subject Group.

MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS-Accredited)

BSc Sport and Exercise Science

MSc Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice

MSc Research Methods

BSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Research

Research lead for the Performance Psychology Theme, Sport and Human Performance Research Group, Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre.

Publications

Journal articles

Higham, A., Newman, J., Stone, J., & Rumbold, J. (2021). Coaches’ Experiences of Morality in English Professional Football Environments: Recommendations for Creating a Moral Atmosphere. International Sport Coaching Journal. http://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2021-0026

Newman, J., Eccles, S., Rumbold, J., & Rhind, D. (2021). When it is no longer a bit of banter: Coaches’ perspectives of bullying in professional soccer. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. http://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2021.1987966

Sandars, J., Jenkins, L., Church, H., Patel, R., Rumbold, J., Maden, M., ... Brown, J. (2021). Applying Sport Psychology in Health Professions Education: A Systematic Review of Performance Mental Skills Training. Medical Teacher. http://doi.org/10.1080/0142159X.2021.1966403

Dunn, J.G.H., Kono, S., Cormier, D.L., Causgrove Dunn, J., & Rumbold, J. (2021). Perfectionism and Grit in Competitive Sport. Journal of Sport Behavior, 44 (3).

O' Sullivan, M., Vaughan, J., Rumbold, J., & Davids, K. (2021). The Learning in Development Research Framework for Sports Organizations. Sport, Education and Society. http://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2021.1966618

Rumbold, J., Newman, J., Foster, D., Rhind, D.J.A., Phoenix, J., & Hickey, L. (2021). Assessing Post-Game Emotions in Soccer Teams: The Role of Distinct Emotional Dynamics. European Journal of Sport Science. http://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2021.1916079

Rumbold, J., Madigan, D.J., Murtagh-Cox, A., & Jones, L. (2021). Examining Profiles of the Big Five and Sensation Seeking among Competitive Climbers. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2021.101951

Madigan, D.J., Rumbold, J., Gerber, M., & Nicholls, A.R. (2020). Coping tendencies and changes in athlete burnout over time. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 48, 101666. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101666

Rumbold, J., Fletcher, D., & Daniels, K. (2020). An experience sampling study of organizational stress processes and future playing time in professional sport. Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-9. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2020.1717302

Hattersley, C., Hembrough, D., Khan, K., Picken, A., Rumbold, J., & Maden-Wilkinson, T. (2019). Managing the transition into retirement for elite athletes. Professional strength & conditioning, (53), 11-16. https://www.uksca.org.uk/uksca-iq/article/journal-back-issues/1886/professional-strength-conditioning-issue-53-june-2019

Rothwell, M., Rumbold, J., & Stone, J. (2018). Exploring British adolescent rugby league players' experiences of professional academies and dropout. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. http://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2018.1549579

Rumbold, J., Fletcher, D., & Daniels, K. (2017). Using a mixed method audit to inform organizational stress management interventions in sport. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 35, 27-38. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.10.010

Barnes, A., Rumbold, J., & Olusoga, P. (2017). Attitudes towards protective headgear in UK rugby union players. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 3 (1), e000255. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjsem-2017-000255

Church, H., Rumbold, J., & Sandars, J. (2017). Applying sport psychology to improve clinical performance. Medical Teacher, 39 (12), 1205-1213. http://doi.org/10.1080/0142159x.2017.1359523

Rumbold, J., Fletcher, D., & Daniels, K. (2012). A systematic review of stress management interventions with sport performers. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 1 (3), 173-193. http://doi.org/10.1037/a0026628

Fletcher, D., Rumbold, J., Tester, R., & Coombes, M. (2011). Sport psychologists’ experiences of organizational stressors. The Sport Psychologist, 25 (3), 363-381.

Book chapters

Rumbold, J., & Didymus, F.F. (2021). Organizational stress in competitive sport. In Zenko, Z., & Jones, L. (Eds.) Essentials of exercise and sport psychology: An open access textbook. (pp. 710-733). Society for the Transparency, Openness, and Replication in Kinesiology: http://doi.org/10.51224/B1000

Didymus, F., Rumbold, J., & Staff, H. (2018). Promoting and protecting coach psychological well-being and performance. In Thelwell, R., & Dicks, M. (Eds.) Professional Advances in Sports Coaching Research and Practice. Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Professional-Advances-in-Sports-Coaching-Research-and-Practice/Thelwell-Dicks/p/book/9780815381228

Reports

Hattersley, C., Hembrough, D., Khan, K., Maden-Wilkinson, T., & Rumbold, J. (2020). Managing the transition into retirement for elite athletes. UKSCA Professional Journal.

Other activities

External Examinership 

I am currently serving as an External Examiner for the following postgraduate and undergraduate courses at York St. John University (until September 2021): MSc Sport and Exercise Science, BSc Sport and Exercise Science BSc Sport Science and Injury Rehabilitation BSc Strength Conditioning. 

Editorial Board Member 

I currently serve as an Editorial Board member for the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (since October 2017).  

Journal Reviewer 

I have served as a Journal Reviewer for a wide range of psychology journals, most recently the following: European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Anxiety, Stress & Coping, International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Journal of Sports Sciences, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, European Journal of Sport Science, Frontiers in Psychology, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health

Postgraduate supervision

Doctoral Supervisions 

  • Nick White, part-time Ed.D. (Director of Studies; October 2016 to present) - A study into the experiences of pre-registration nurses’ use of mental simulation. Co-supervised by Professor Iain Garner (Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University).   
  • Mark O' Sullivan, part-time Ph.D. (Director of Studies; October 2017 to present) - Designing learning environments in contemporary youth football development programmes. Co-supervised by Professor Keith Davids (Sport and Human Performance Research Group, SPARC, Sheffield Hallam University).  
  • Tim Robinson, part-time Ph.D. (October 2018 to present) - The impact of different pedagogical approaches in age grade rugby union. Co-supervised by Professor Keith Davids and Dr Joe Stone (Sport and Human Performance Research Group, SPARC, Sheffield Hallam University). 
  • Andrew Higham, full-time Ph.D. (February 2021 to present) - English football talent development environments: An exploration of key stakeholders’ welfare. Co-supervised by Dr Joe Stone and Dr James Newman (Sport and Human Performance Research Group, SPARC, Sheffield Hallam University).  
  • Gérard Jones, part-time Ph.D. (April 2021 start) - Investigating how augmented feedback can be used to guide attentional search in football. Co-supervised by Professor Keith Davids and Dr Joe Stone (Sport and Human Performance Research Group, SPARC, Sheffield Hallam University).  
  • David Farrokh, full-time Ph.D. (October 2021 start) - An ecological dynamics perspective on flow in youth football. Co-supervised by Professor Keith Davids (Sport and Human Performance Research Group, SPARC, Sheffield Hallam University).
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