Joanne joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2005. Joanne is a Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (British Psychological Society; Health Care Professions Council) and provides sport psychology consultancy to various teams and individual athletes including volleyball hockey, equestrian, tennis and football. Joanne publishes research in a variety of sport psychology and performance topics including mental toughness, competitive anxiety and stress, talent development in sport. Joanne is the current co-Editor of the International Journal of Sport Psychology. As part of her role in the teaching department Joanne is the current course leader for the Master's degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Joanne joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2005 having completed a Master's Degree and Doctorate at Miami University, Ohio in the USA. Joanne is a Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (British Psychological Society; Health Care Professions Council) and provides sport psychology consultancy services to various teams and individual athletes. Joanne worked as the sport psychologist for the GB Women's Volleyball team and was an accredited sport psychologist with the team at the 2012 Olympic Games. Joanne is currently working with Volleyball England and British Equestrian Federation's Excel Talent Programme. Joanne is an active researcher and publishes research in a variety of sport psychology and performance areas including mental toughness, competitive anxiety and stress, sport confidence, and talent development in sport. In addition to supervising MSc and PhD students Joanne also supervises trainee sport and exercise psychologists as part the British Psychological Society's stage 2 training pathway.
Outside of the sport setting, Joanne leads the corporate athlete-performance psychology programme as part of her role within the Research Centre for Sport and Exercise Science. This work involves research and consultancy projects (resilience, team development, mental toughness, performing under pressure/stress management) across a variety of settings including Health care trusts, medical students, and accident and emergency hospital practitioners.
Joanne engages in a variety of activities to facilitate the development of sport psychology as a profession. She is currently the co-Editor of the International Journal of Sport Psychology and a member of the Editorial Board for The Sport Psychologist.
Joanne is also part of the sport teaching department and has contributed to the teaching of undergraduate and post-graduate modules in sport psychology related modules. Joanne is currently the course leader for the Master's degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Joanne publishes research in the broad area of psychological constructs influencing sporting performance. These areas include mental toughness, competitive anxiety and stress, sport confidence, and youth sport/psychological talent development.
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Course Leader: MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
MSc Psychology of Sport and Performance
MSc Developing Professional Practice in Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc Qualitative Data Analysis
MSc Advanced Sports Coaching: Sport Psychology UG Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
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Joanne is currently the Lead Sport Psychologist for Volleyball England and is also conducting research to facilitate their psychological talent identification and development performance pathway. Joanne is also one of the sport psychologists working for British Equestrian Federation's Excel talent programme.
Currently engaged in collaborative research in the areas of mental toughness and sport confidence. Outside of the sport setting, Joanne continues to conduct research in the areas of resilience and anxiety management in the medical and corporate settings.
Butt, J. & Speake, H. (2014). Facilitating the pathway to long-term talent development. British Mountaineering Council (Sport England)
Butt, J., Mills, A., & Maynard, I.W. (2012). Developing and evaluating Shuttle ShoxTM. Commissioned Report, Sport England: Badminton England.
Butt, J., & Wood, R. (2010). Developing and evaluating the impact of a protective sports bra for women's football. Commissioned report, QP Sports Ltd, New Zealand.
Butt, J., Maynard, I.W., Olusoga, P., & Douglas, G. (2008). Assessing the impact of Newham Sports Academy and Future Olympic Talent Development. UK Sport. Commissioned report, Newham Sports Council.
Currently working as the sport psychologist for Volleyball England and British Equestrian Federation
MACK, Rory, BRECKON, Jeff, BUTT, Joanne and MAYNARD, Ian (2017). Exploring the Understanding and Application of Motivational Interviewing in Applied Sport Psychology. The Sport Psychologist, 31 (4), 396-409.
HODGSON, Laura, BUTT, Joanne and MAYNARD, Ian (2017). Exploring the psychological attributes underpinning elite sports coaching. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 12 (4), 439-451.
WEINBERG, Robert, BUTT, Joanne, MELLANO, Kathleen and HARMSION, Robert (2017). The stability of mental toughness across situations: taking a social-cognitive approach. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 48 (3), 280-302.
STOKER, M, MAYNARD, Ian, BUTT, Joanne, HAYS, K, LINDSAY, P and NORENBERG, D.A. (2017). The effect of manipulating training demands and consequences on experiences of pressure in elite netball. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29 (4), 434-448.
LUDLAM, Katie E, BAWDEN, Mark, BUTT, Joanne, LINDSAY, Pete and MAYNARD, Ian (2017). Perceptions of Engaging with a Super-Strengths Approach in Elite Sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29 (3), 251-269.
STOKER, Mike, LINDSAY, P., BUTT, Joanne, BAWDEN, M. and MAYNARD, Ian (2016). Elite coaches' experiences of creating pressure training environments for performance enhancement. International Journal of Sport Pyschology, 47 (3), 262-281.
LUDLAM, K, BUTT, Joanne, BAWDEN, M, LINDSAY, Pete and MAYNARD, Ian (2016). A strengths-based consultancy approach in elite sport : exploring super strengths. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 28 (2), 216-233.
SLACK, Liam A., MAYNARD, Ian, BUTT, Joanne and OLUSOGA, Peter (2015). An evaluation of a mental toughness education and training program for early-career English football league referees. Sports Psychologist, 29 (3), 237-257.
BEAUMONT, Chris, MAYNARD, Ian and BUTT, Joanne (2015). Effective ways to develop and maintain robust sport-confidence : strategies advocated by sport psychology consultants. Journal of applied sport psychology, 27 (3), 301-318.
FOSTER, David, MAYNARD, Ian, BUTT, Joanne and HAYS, Kate (2015). Delivery of psychological skills training to youngsters. Journal of applied sport psychology, 28 (1), 62-77.
MILLS, Andrew, BUTT, Joanne, MAYNARD, Ian and HARWOOD, Chris (2014). Examining the development environments of elite English Football Academies: the players’ perspective. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 9 (6), 1457-1472.
OLUSOGA, Peter, MAYNARD, Ian, BUTT, Joanne and HAYS, K (2014). Coaching under pressure: mental skills training for sports coaches. Sport and exercise psychology review, 10 (3), 31-44.
MILLS, Andrew, BUTT, Joanne, MAYNARD, Ian and HARWOOD, Chris (2014). Toward an understanding of optimal development environments within elite English soccer academies. The Sport Psychologist, 28 (2), 137-150.
SLACK, Liam, BUTT, Joanne, MAYNARD, Ian and OLUSOGA, Peter (2014). Understanding mental toughness in elite football officiating : perceptions of English Premier League referees. Sport and exercise psychology review, 10 (1), 4-24.
SLACK, Liam, MAYNARD, Ian, BUTT, Joanne and OLUSOGA, Peter (2013). Factors underpinning elite sport officiating: perceptions of English Premier League referees. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 25 (3), 298-315.
MILLS, Andrew, BUTT, Joanne, MAYNARD, Ian and HARWOOD, Chris (2012). Identifying factors perceived to influence the development of elite youth football academy players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 30 (15), 1593-1604.
OLUSOGA, Peter, BUTT, Joanne, MAYNARD, Ian and HAYS, K (2012). Coaching under pressure: A study of successful British Olympic coaches. Journal of Sports Sciences, 30 (3), 229-239.
BUTT, Joanne, WEINBERG, Robert, BRECKON, Jeff and CLAYTOR, Randall (2011). Adolescent physical activity participation and motivational determinants across gender, age, and race. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8 (8), 1074-1083.
WEINBERG, Robert, BUTT, Joanne and CULP, Briana (2011). Coaches' views of mental toughness and how it is built. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 9 (2), 156-172.
OLUSOGA, P, BUTT, J, MAYNARD, I and HAYS, K (2010). Stress and coping: a study of world class coaches. Journal of applied sport psychology, 22 (3), 274-293.
HAYS, K., THOMAS, O., BUTT, J and MAYNARD, I. (2010). The role of confidence profiling in cognitive-behavioral interventions in sport. The Sport Psychologist, 24 (3), 393-414.
BUTT, J. and MOLNAR, G. (2009). Involuntary career termination in sport: a case study of the process of structurally induced failure. Sport in Society, 12 (2), 240-257.
OLUSOGA, P., BUTT, J., HAYS, K. and MAYNARD, I. (2009). Stress in elite sports coaching: identifying stressors. Journal of applied sport psychology, 21 (4), 442-459.
BUTT, J., WEINBERG, R. and HORN, T. S. (2003). The intensity and directional interpretation of anxiety: fluctuations throughout competition and relationship to performance. The Sport psychologist, 17 (1), 35-54.
WEINBERG, R., BUTT, J., KNIGHT, B., BURKE, K. L. and JACKSON, A. (2003). The relationship between the use and effectiveness of imagery: an exploratory investigation. Journal of applied sport psychology, 15 (1), 26-40.
WEINBERG, R., BUTT, J., KNIGHT, B. and PERRITT, N. (2001). Collegiate coaches’ perceptions of their goal-setting practices: a qualitative investigation. Journal of applied sport psychology, 13 (4), 374-398.
WEINBERG, R. S., BUTT, J. and KNIGHT, B. (2001). High school coaches' perceptions of the process of goal setting. The Sport psychologist, 15 (1), 20-47.
Joanne supervises and evaluates British Psychological Society Stage 2 training students. Two of these students are currently interns at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield.
Joanne is supervising four PhD students in the following areas
- Psychology of elite sports coaching and the role of emotional expertise
- Exploring a strengths-based approach to consultancy in elite sport
- Developing a framework of pressure training in elite sport
- The Processes and efficacy of motivational interviewing in sport psychology
Joanne has supervised five students
- David Foster, 2009-2015 (MPhil): Psychological skills training and youth: Developmental considerations.
- Dr Andrew Mills, 2009-2013.Talent Development in elite youth football: From theory to practice.
- Dr Liam Slack, 2010-2013. Elite Premier League Football Referees: Factors underpinning excellence and Mental Toughness Training Interventions.
- Dr Peter Olusoga, 2006-2011. Stress in Elite Sports Coaching.
- Dr Kate Hays, 2005-2008. The Role of Confidence in World Class Sport Performance.
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