I completed my award-winning PhD at Sheffield Hallam in 2012, exploring stress and coping in elite sports coaching.
I am Fellow of the HEA and the Course Leader for the MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology degree. I also teach on range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules on a number of sport courses.
I am an active researcher whose interests lie in stress, burnout, and wellbeing, particularly in the field of sports coaching. As a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), I am an active sport psychology consultant, working with athletes and teams in a variety of sports.
I have a background in sports coaching, and completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Sheffield in 2001. After working for several years as a basketball coach, I gained my MSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University in 2006, and then stayed on to study for my PhD entitled "Stress & Coping: A Study of Elite Sports Coaches". This work won the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) 'Dissertation of the Year' award in 2012.
My current research focuses on burnout and wellbeing in sports, with a particular interest in coaching and the application of mindfulness to enhance wellbeing in sport and physical activity. In addition to research, I am the Course Leader for the MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology degree, and teach on a range of modules across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate sport courses. I also have several years of supervisory experience, having supervised undergraduate, MSc and Doctoral level students, and am co-director of the WiSPA (Psychological Wellbeing in Sport & Physical Activity) Research Group
I gained my status as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) in 2010, and am an active sport psychology consultant, working with athletes and teams in a variety of sports.
Areas of interest:
- Stress, Coping, and Burnout
- Psychology of Sports Coaching
- Mindfulness and Wellbeing
- Anxiety, Stress and Coping
- Psychology of Sports Coaching
Health And Wellbeing
Sport and Exercise Science
Adacemy of Sport & Physical Activity:
MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology (Course Leader)
BSc Sport & Exercise Science
MSc/PGDip Advanced Sport Coaching Practice
- Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology (L4)
- Psychology of Sport and Exercise (L5)
- Scientific Application to Coaching (L5)
- Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology (L6)
- Issues in Sport and Exercise Science (L6)
- Social Psychological Aspects of Sport & Exercise Psychology (L7)
- Psychology of Performance Coaching (L7)
- Advanced Psychology of Performance Coaching (L7)
WiSPA Research Group (Co-director)
Grit, Resilience, and Burnout in Sport Coaching
Kentta, G., Bentzen, M., Dieffenbach, K., & Olusoga, P. (2020). Challenges experienced by women high performance coaches and its association with sustainability in the profession. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ. http://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2019-0029
Turner, M.J., Aspin, G., Didymus, F.F., Mack, R., Olusoga, P., Wood, A., & Bennett, R. (2020). One case, four approaches: The application of psychotherapeutic approaches in sport psychology. The Sport Psychologist, 34 (1), 71-83. http://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2019-0079
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
Olusoga, P., & Kentta, G. (2017). Desperate to quit: a narrative analysis of burnout and recovery in high-performance sports coaching. The Sport Psychologist, 31 (3), 237-248. http://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2016-0010
Bennett, J., Bickley, J., Vernon, T., Olusoga, P., & Maynard, I. (2017). Preliminary evidence for the treatment of performance blocks in sport: The efficacy of EMDR With Graded Exposure. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 11 (2), 96-110. http://doi.org/10.1891/1933-3188.8.131.52
Bennett, J., Rotherham, M., Hays, K., Olusoga, P., & Maynard, I. (2016). Yips and Lost Move Syndrome : assessing impact and exploring levels of perfectionism, rumination, and reinvestment. Sport and exercise psychology review, 12 (1).
Bennett, J., Hays, K., Lindsay, P., Olusoga, P., & Maynard, I. (2015). Yips and Lost Move Syndrome : exploring psychological symptoms, similarities, and implications for treatment. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 46, 61-82.
Slack, L.A., Maynard, I., Butt, J., & Olusoga, P. (2015). An evaluation of a mental toughness education and training program for early-career English football league referees. Sports Psychologist, 29 (3), 237-257. http://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2014-0015
Slack, L., Butt, J., Maynard, I., & Olusoga, P. (2014). Understanding mental toughness in elite football officiating : perceptions of English Premier League referees. Sport and exercise psychology review, 10 (1), 4-24.
Olusoga, P., Maynard, I., Butt, J., & Hays, K. (2014). Coaching under pressure: mental skills training for sports coaches. Sport and exercise psychology review, 10 (3), 31-44.
Slack, L., Maynard, I., Butt, J., & Olusoga, P. (2013). Factors underpinning elite sport officiating: perceptions of English Premier League referees. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 25 (3), 298-315. http://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2012.726935
Olusoga, P., Butt, J., Maynard, I., & Hays, K. (2012). Coaching under pressure: A study of successful British Olympic coaches. Journal of Sports Sciences, 30 (3), 229-239. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2011.639384
Olusoga, P., Butt, J., Maynard, I., & Hays, K. (2010). Stress and coping: a study of world class coaches. Journal of applied sport psychology, 22 (3), 274-293. http://doi.org/10.1080/10413201003760968
Olusoga, P., Butt, J., Hays, K., & Maynard, I. (2009). Stress in elite sports coaching: identifying stressors. Journal of applied sport psychology, 21 (4), 442-459. http://doi.org/10.1080/10413200903222921
Olusoga, P., & Thelwell, R. (2016). Coach stress and associated impacts. In Thelwell, R., Harwood, C., & Greenlees, I. (Eds.) The psychology of sports coaching : Research and practice. (pp. 128-141). Abingdon: Routledge: http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315689210
Theses / Dissertations
Bennett, J.E. (2015). The psychology of the yips and lost move syndrome in sport. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Maynard, I., Olusoga, P., Lindsay, P., & Hays, K.
Slack, L.A. (2013). Mental toughness in elite football officiating. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Maynard, I., Butt, J., & Olusoga, P.
Olusoga, P.F. (2011). Stress and coping : A study of elite sports coaches. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Maynard, I., Butt, J., & Hays, K.
Woodhouse, D., Hembrough, D., Olusoga, P., Darwin, J., Newton, E., & Pupius, M. (2018). MindfullySTRONG: attention, awareness and flow. Presented at: LARASA International Congress: Leisure Transforming our World, Durban
Woodhouse, D., Hembrough, D., Olusoga, P., Darwin, J., Newton, E., & Pupius, M. (2018). MindfullySTRONG: Attention, Awareness and Flow. Presented at: Ninth International Conference on Sport and Society, FIU, Miami
Member of the Psychologist and the Digest Editorial Advisory Committee
- Journal of Sport Science (JSS)
- International Journal of Sport Psychology (IJSP)
- Journal of Applied Sport Psychology(JASP)
- Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology (JCSP)
- International Sports Coaching Journal (ISCJ)
- The Sport Psychologist (TSP)
- Qualitative Research Methods in Sport & Health (QRSEH)
- International Journal of Sport Science & Coaching (IJSSC)
- Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES)
- Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sport (SCMSS)
Hemmingway, K., Exploring Fear of Failure in School PE
Kingsbury, D., Translating and applying sport science research into elite sport coaching practice.
Slack, L. PhD. (2013). Mental Toughness in Elite Football Officiating (Winner of the AASP Dissertation Award, 2014).
Bennett, J., PhD. (2015). The Psychology of the YIPS and Lost Move Syndrome in Sport.
Dr Mike Stoker. Creating Pressure Training Environments in Elite Sport.
Allan, J., PhD. (Leeds Beckett University): Building the psychological resilience of inductees through outdoor adventure residential experiences.
Parkes, J. PhD. (University of Queensland, Australia). Examining mindfulness and acceptance based strategies in facilitating sports performance: Benefits and limitations.
PhD: Mental Toughness in Elite Football Officiating (winner of the AASP Dissertation Award, 2014)