Sarah joined Hartpury in 2005 having completed an MSc in Sport Psychology with distinction, and a 1st class BSc (hons) degree in Sport and P.E., at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (Cardiff Met). This foundation has provided the platform for Sarah to develop her research interests and skills, which now see her enrolled on a Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance, investigating the impact of positive psychology in high performance sports environments.
In addition to her lecturing and research roles Sarah has experience of working in applied sport psychology. Her consultancy work has seen her work with a range of audiences from youth athletes to teachers and elite performers to coaches. This work has focused specifically on how sport psychology principles impact on performance at both individual and team levels.
Away from academia, Sarah has strong sporting credentials, namely within netball where she currently plays for a National Premier Division 1 side. Netball has provided the backdrop for Sarah’s coaching vocation, which sees her heavily involved within the local region. Her coaching roles are extensive and have ranged from regional talent and performance work, developing elite performers, to recreational adult performers at local club sides.
Sport Psychology: Psychological processes of elite performers (performance psychology), including - stress and the anxiety-performance relationship; motivation and sports performance; self confidence in sport; basic and advanced psychological skill usage in sport; peak performance; organisational psychology and the role of positive psychology; athlete well-being
Sports Coaching: Coach Effectiveness and CPD
Reflective Practice: Coach reflective practice and CPD; elite athlete reflective processes; the use of strength based; high performance environments
Organisational psychology in sport – high performance sports environments
The implementation of positive psychology to the sports environment
Reflective learning in sports performance and coaching
Performance sport psychology
Recent research/scholarship activity:
INTERNATIONAL PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
- Lee, S., Collins, D.J., & Ghaye, T. (submitted). From what is wrong, to what is strong - a review and critique of seeing coaching practices through a ‘positive lens’. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.
- Dixon, M., Lee, S., & Ghaye, T. (submitted). Reflection as a Contested Practice in Sport and the Management of Change. Journal of Change Management
- Dixon, M., Lee.,S., & Ghaye, T. (2013). Reflective practices for better sports coaches and coach education: shifting from a pedagogy of scarcity to abundance in the run-up to Rio 2016, Reflective Practice, 14, (5) 585-599
- Lee, S., Ghaye, T. & Dixon, M. (2013). An economic and social legacy: take note Rio, Reflective Practice, 14 (5), 581-584
- Lee, S., Dixon, M. & Ghaye, T., (2012). Learning from London - Reflecting for Rio: Creating a legacy for coaching and achieving high performance, Reflective Practice, 13, (5), 745
- Lee, S., Ghaye, T. & Dixon, M. (2012) Realising the Olympic dream – bring on the alchemists, Reflective Practice, 13, (3) 327-338
- Lee, S., Chesterfield, D., Shaw, D.J., & Ghaye (2009). Editorial: Exploring the potential for reflective learning in sport. Reflective Practice, 10 (3), 285-293
- Lee, S., Shaw, D.J., Chesterfield, G. (2009). Reflections from a World Champion: an interview with Sir Clive Woodward, Director of Olympic Performance, the British Olympic Association. Reflective Practice, 10 (3), 295-310
- Ghaye, T., Lee, S., Shaw, D.J., & Chesterfield, G. (2009). When winning is not enough: learning through reflections on the ‘best-self’. Reflective Practice, 10 (3), 385-401
- Hanton, S., Cropley, B., and Lee, S. (2009). Reflective Practice, experience, and the interpretation of anxiety symptoms. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27 (5), 517-533
- Hughes, C., Lee, S., & Chesterfield, G. (2009). Innovation in sports coaching: the implementation of reflective cards. Reflective Practice, 10 (3), 367-384
- Lee, S., Wagstaff, C. R. D., Fletcher, D., and Hanton, S. (2007). The Psychological Dynamics of Organisational Effectiveness: Common Themes Throughout the Mainstream and Sport Literatures [Abstract]. Supplement to Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 29, 180.
- Wagstaff, C. R. D., Fletcher, D., Hanton, S. and Lee, S. (2006). The Salience of Anger in Sport Organisations [Abstract]. Journal of Sports Sciences, 23, 301-302.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS and COMMUNICATIONS
- Ghaye, T & Lee, S. (2015). From what is wrong to what is strong: Applying positive psychology to improve sport performance and coaching. Workshop delivered as part of the British Psychological Society divisional CPD programme, London
- Lee, S,. Dixon, M. & Ghaye, T. (2012), From what we know, to what is new and what is best in reflective practices for strengths-based coach education, Presentation at ICSEMIS Pre-Olympic Conference, Glasgow, Scotland.
- Lee, S. Ghaye, T., & Dixon, M. (2012) Standout Coaching Pedagogy: Developing your ‘edge’ by learning through new reflective practices, Presentation at ICSEMIS Pre-Olympic Conference, Glasgow, Scotland.
- Lee, S., Hillier, C., & Fletcher, D. (2009). An Ethnographic Study of Organizational Dynamics in Collegiate Sport. Poster session presented at the 24th annual conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Salt Lake City, U.S.
- Cropley, B., Hanton, S., & Lee, S. (2008, July). Reflective Practice: The Influence on Competitive Experience and Interpretation of Anxiety Related Symptoms. Poster session to be presented at the 13th annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Estoril, Portugal
- Lee, S., Wagstaff, C. R. D., Fletcher, D., & Hanton, S. (2007, July). Moving Beyond Organisational Stress to Understanding Organisational Effectiveness in Competitive Sport. Poster session presented at the 4th All-Wales Conference in Sport, Health and Exercise Science, Glamorgan, United Kingdom.
- Lee, S., Wagstaff, C. R. D., Fletcher, D., & Hanton, S. (2007, June). The Psychological Dynamics of Organisational Effectiveness: Common Themes Throughout the Mainstream and Sport Literatures. Poster session presented at the 2007 annual meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, San Diego, US.
- Lee, S., Cropley, B., & Hanton, S. (2006, September). Reflective Practice and Anxiety Symptomology. Poster session presented at the 2006 annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement for Applied Sport Psychology, Miami, U.S.
- Wagstaff, C. R. D., Fletcher, D., Hanton, S. & Lee, S. (2006, September). The Salience of Anger in Sport Organisations. Poster session presented at the 2006 annual meeting of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Wolverhampton, UK.
ACADEMIC TEXT BOOK CO-AUTHORSHIP
- Lee, S., Dixon, M. & Ghaye, T. (2015) Improving Performance: Coaching through reflection and positive action. New Vista Publications: UK
- Lee, S., Dixon, M. & Ghaye, T. (2013). Coaching for Performance: Realising the Olympic Dream. Routledge: UK
EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERSHIP
- Reflective Practice: A Multidisciplinary and International Journal
- International Journal of Coaching Science
GUEST EDITORSHIPS of a MULTIDISCIPLINARY and INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL
- Volume 14, Issue 5, (2013)
Special Issue: Learning from London - Reflecting for Rio: Creating a legacy for coaching and achieving high performance
- Volume 13, Issue 3, (2012)
Special Issue: Coaching for Performance: Realising the Olympic Dream
- Volume 10, Issue 3, (2009)
Special Issue: Reflective Learning in Sport- Building and Sustaining Successful Cultures