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Dr Peter Olusoga PhD, C.Psychol

Senior Lecturer


Summary

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.

About

Dr Peter Olusoga is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. Peter completed his award-winning PhD, exploring stress and coping in elite sports coaching, at Sheffield Hallam in 2012. His current research focuses on stress, burnout, and wellbeing in sports, with a particular interest in high-performance environments and elite coaching. In addition to research, Dr Olusoga is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), is an active sport psychology consultant. 

Peter has 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, he completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University in 2006, and then stayed on to study for his 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. 

Peter’s 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, Peter is a Fellow of the HEA and teaches on several modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He also has several years of supervisory experience, having supervised undergraduate, MSc and Doctoral level students. Peter gained his status as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) in 2010 and is an active sport psychology consultant. 

Areas of interest: Stress, Coping, and Burnout, Psychology of Sports Coaching, Mindfulness and Wellbeing.

  • Anxiety, Stress and Coping 
  • Burnout
  • Psychology of Sports Coaching
  • Mindfulness

Teaching

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

Health And Wellbeing

Psychology, Sociology, and Politics

BSc Psychology, MSc Psychology

  • 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)

Research

WiSPA Research Group (Co-director)
Current Projects:
MindfullySTRONG
Grit, Resilience, and Burnout in Sport Coaching

Publications

Journal articles

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

Olusoga, P., Bentzen, M., & Kenttä, G. (2019). Coach burnout: A scoping review. International sport coaching journal, 6 (1), 42-62. http://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2017-0094

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/10.1891/1933-3196.11.2.96

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

Book chapters

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.

Presentations

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

Other activities

PhD Examinations: 

Internal (SHU): 

Dr Mike Stoker (2017). Creating Pressure Training Environments in Elite Sport.   

External: 

Dr Rebecca Jane Prince (2019 - University of Huddersfield). Investigating the risky behaviours of elite athletes.   

Dr John Allan (2018 - Leeds Beckett University): Building the psychological resilience of inductees through outdoor adventure residential experiences.  

Dr Jarred Parkes (2018 - University of Queensland, Australia). Examining mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies in facilitating sports performance: Benefits and limitations.

Postgraduate supervision

Current Supervisions:

Simova, M. 'Exploring the psychological well-being of elite sport coaches'  

PhD Completions: 

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.

PhD: Mental Toughness in Elite Football Officiating (winner of the AASP Dissertation Award, 2014)

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