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Sophie Gibbs-Nicholls


School of Sport, Health & Rehabilitation

01752 636700


Role Summary








I teach across a range of sport, health and wellbeing modules. My work is mainly focused around sport and exercise psychology principles and how these can be applied to performance. I draw upon theory, applied examples and case studies to help students to develop a more rounded, critical understanding of such principles.




I am interested in a wide range of research topics. Prior research has included: exploring the lived experiences of transgender athletes, the psychological performance strategies utilised by national and international performers, and the impact on verbal and non-verbal support on endurance runners.

I am also an applied practitioner working on a one-to-one and group basis, across a range of sports. I am interested in supporting both the wellbeing and performance of the athlete by tailoring the support to their individual needs. I enjoy my dual role as a practitioner-academic and feel that they facilitate one another. 



Peer reviewed articles:

McCormick, A., Coyle, M., & Gibbs-Nicholls, S. (2018). Sharing good practice in sport and exercise psychology. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 14(1), 47-64.

Conference presentations:

"On the Outside Looking In": An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Transgender Experiences in UK Sport. Competing in the Dark - Mental Health in Sport, The Open University, Milton Keynes, March 2018.

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I have played for the England Ladies pool team for the last five years and have competed at European and World Championship events. I have been given the opportunity to travel to Australia with the team. The experience of competing at international level has provided me with a good understanding of the demands of high-level performance.

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