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Biography

Dr Stewart Cotterill is a sport and performance psychologist with 14 years’ experience as a researcher, consultant and lecturer. He was appointed Reader in Sport and Performance Psychology in 2015.

Stewart completed his undergraduate degree in physical education, sport science, and geography at Loughborough University, before completing his MSc in Sport & Exercise Science at the University of Chichester. He gained his PhD in Sport Psychology from the University of Edinburgh in 2007, and has since built a reputation for research in applied sport and performance psychology. He also has extensive consultancy experience, working in a range of sport and business settings including work in professional football, cricket and rugby, as well as working extensively in golf, athletics and tennis.

Stewart started his academic career in 2001 at Bournemouth University, before moving on to the University of Gloucestershire in 2005, and on to Winchester University in the Spring of 2012. Until Dec. 2017 he was the Convenor of the University's Sport and Exercise Research Centre.

He was recently appointed as the inaugural Editor for the international journal Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology. 

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA)

Areas of expertise

Sport and performance psychology

Publications

Books

  • Cotterill, S. T. (In preparation). The psychology of performance. Hove, East Sussex: Psychology Press.
  • Cotterill, S. T., Breslin, G., & Weston, N. (forthcoming May 2016). Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology: Practitioner Case Studies. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Cotterill, S. T., & Barker, J. B. (2013). The psychology of cricket: Mental toughness and performance. Nottingham University Press.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2012). Team psychology in sports: Theory and practice. Hove, East Sussex: Routledge.

Journal articles

  • Ryan-Stewart, H., Felton, M., Crane, A., Cotterill, S., and Jobson, S. (2016). Reliability of the Terason ultrasound for measurement of muscle thickness and pennation angle. Journal of Sports Sciences 34(S1): s30. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1260807.
  • Cotterill, S. T. & Discombe, R. (2015). Enhancing decision making in sport: Current understanding and future directions. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2015). Inspiring and motivating learners in Higher Education: The staff perspective. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, 17 (2), DOI: 10.1016/j.jhlste.2015.07.003
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2014). Developing decision-making for performance: A framework to guide applied practice in cricket. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 5(2), 88-101. DOI: 10.1080/21520704.2014.892913.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2014). Preparing for performance: Strategies adopted across performance domains. The Sport Psychologist. http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2014-0035.
  • Hazell, J., Cotterill, S. T., & Hill, D. (2014). Exploring the impact of taught pre-performance routines on self-efficacy, anxiety and performance in semi-professional soccer players. European Journal of Sport Science. DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2014.888484.
  • Cotterill, S. T., & Symes, R. (2014). Integrating social media and new technologies into your practice as a sport psychology consultant. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, 10(1), 55-64.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2014). Tearing up the page: re-thinking the development of effective learning environments in Higher Education. Innovations in Education and Teaching International. DOI: 10.1080/14703297.2013.862174.
  • Cotterill, S. T., Collins, D., & Sanders, R. (2014). Developing effective pre-performance routines for golf performance: Implications for the coach. Athletic Insight. 16 (1) [online]
  • Batey, J., Cotterill, S. T., & Symes, R. (2013). It’s good to talk. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 9(2), 85-92.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2013). An exploration of the impact that the constructed environment has on student learning. Capture, 4(1) 47-54.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2012). Creating a positive and effective performance environment. On the up, 8, 56-59.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2012). Experiences of working in elite sports academies: A case study in professional cricket. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, 8, 45-53.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2011). Experiences of developing pre-performance routines with elite cricket players. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 2, 81-91.
  • Lovell, G. P., Parker, J. K., Cotterill, S., Brady, A., & Howalson, G. (2011). Looking the part: Sport Psychologist’s Body Mass index and dress influences athletes’ perceptions of their potential effectiveness. The Sport Psychologist, 25, 82-93.
  • Cotterill, S. (2010). Pre-performance routines in sport: Current understanding and future directions. International Review of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 3, 132-153.
  • Cotterill, S., Sanders, R., & Collins, D. (2010). Representative experimental design issues in observing golfer pre-performance routine behaviour. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 41, 403-414.
  • Cotterill, S., Sanders, R., & Collins, D. (2010). Developing effective pre-performance routines in golf: Why don’t we ask the golfer? Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.
  • Cotterill, S. (2008). Developing effective pre-performance routines in golf. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, 4(2), 10-16.
  • Cotterill, S. (2003). Developing a subject specific e-learning strategy: Understanding what the student wants! Link 8, LTSN for HLST.
  • Cotterill, S. (2002). Developing and applying assessment criteria for sport: A case study of work-based learning. Link 5, LTSN for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism (HLST).

Conference communications:

Chaired symposia

  • 2015 Determinants of Performance in Sports Teams. FEPSAC Congress, 2015, Bern, Switzerland
  • 2014 Case studies in applied sport psychology: Working with teams. International Conference of Applied Psychology, 2014, Paris, France.
  • 2010 Reflections on working in professional and semi-professional sport academies: case studies in football and cricket. BPS Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference 2010, London, UK.

Other publications

  • Cotterill S. (2012). What it takes to have a career as a sport psychologist. Careers in Sport & Exercise.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2011). Routes to Becoming a practitioner psychologist in sport and exercise. The Sport & Exercise Scientist, Issue 29, Autumn.
  • Cotterill, S. (2009). Group Dynamics in Sport: Developing a Winning Team in Cricket. Sport IQ (online), 67-71.
  • Cotterill, S., Hall, B., Worth, A. (2005). Developing Subject Specific Strategies for Undergraduate e-Learning. HEA HLST Pedagogic Project Summary Report
  • Cotterill, S. (2003). Resource Guide for Sport Psychology. LTSN for HLST.

Conferences

  • Hill, D.M, Messagno, C., & Cotterill, S. T. (2014). The impact of a pre- and post-shot routine on pressurized sport performance. 4th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2014). Developing decision-making within sports teams: recommendations for practice. International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris: France.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2014). Challenges faced when building an effective team environment in a professional cricket team. International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris: France.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2013). Performing when it counts: Lessons learnt across performance domains. BPS Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference, Manchester: UK.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2013). When do players learn to lead: Developing leadership skills in team sports. BPS Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference, Manchester: UK.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2013). Performing under pressure: Approaches to enhancing decision-making in cricket. FEPSAC Congress, Paris: France.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2013). Preparing to perform under pressure: Approaches adopted in sport, music, theatre, and performing arts. Research and Knowledge Exchange Symposium, Winchester: UK.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2013). Exploring pre-performance superstitious behaviour in soccer. BPS Annual Conference, Harrogate, UK.
  • Cotterill, S. T. (2012). Strategies and interventions to enhance the performance of sports teams. Proceedings of the 2012 BPS Annual Conference, 18th-20th April, London: UK.
  • Cotterill, S. T., Edgar, G., Catherwood, D., & Davis, S. (2012). An exploration of decision-making preferences amongst cricketers. Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network Annual Conference. Liverpool, UK, 3-4th April.
  • Cotterill, S. (2010). Can you do psychology? Reflections on working in a professional cricket club academy programme. BPS Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference 2010, London, UK.
  • Jaafar, N., Cotterill, S., Parker, A., & Lovell, G. (2010). Exploring the relationship between coaches’ leadership style and athletes’ self-efficacy in selected track and field events. BPS Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference 2010, London, UK.
  • Cotterill, S. (2008). Perceived Functions and Roles of Pre-Performance Routines in Closed Skills in Sport. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference. St Louis, USA.
  • Cotterill, S., & Johnson, P. (2008). Exploring the Concept of the Comfort Zone in Professional Soccer Players. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference. St Louis, USA.
  • Johnson, P., & Cotterill, S. (2008). Towards an understanding of player comfort zones: Clarifying perceptions and awareness. Science and Soccer Conference, Liverpool, UK.
  • Brady, A., Lovell, G., Parker, J., & Cotterill, S. (2008). A qualitative examination of athletes’ perceptions of sport psychology consultant effectiveness based on physical characteristics. BASES Annual Conference, Uxbridge, UK.
  • Swindells, M., Lovell, G., Cotterill, S., & Crone, D. (2008). Youth talent development environments: Triangulation of the opinions of athletes, coaches, and parents BASES Annual Conference, Uxbridge, UK.
  • Swindells, M., Lovell, G., Cotterill, S., & Crone, D. (2008). An exploration of psychological competencies in elite youth talent development environments. 13th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Estoril, Portugal.
  • Lovell, G., Parker, J., Brady, A., & Cotterill, S. (2008). The impact of consultant physical characteristics on the perceived effectiveness of the psychologist working with sports performers. BPS Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Cotterill, S. (2008). A study investigating the perceptions of pre-performance routine effectiveness in elite male basketball players. BPS Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Cotterill, S., Brady, A., Parker, J., & Lovell, G. (2007). An investigation into whether physical characteristics of sport psychologists’ influence potential clients’ preference to work with them and perceptions of their effectiveness. BASES Annual Conference, Bath: UK.
  • Cotterill, S., Collins, D., & Sanders, R. (2006). Psychological strategies used by an elite golfer during the pre-performance period. BASES Annual Conference, Wolverhampton: UK.
  • Cotterill, S., Collins, D., & Sanders, R. (2006). Ecological validity of different environmental conditions for investigating pre-performance behaviour in golfers. BASES Annual Conference, Wolverhampton: UK.
  • Brady, A., & Cotterill, S. (2006). Doubling the workforce: reflecting on the experience of working in tandem as sport psychologists’. BASES Annual Conference, Wolverhampton: UK.
  • Cotterill, S. (2006). Emotional responses to injury in elite rugby players: The physiotherapists’ perspective. BPS Annual Conference, Cardiff: Wales.
  • Cotterill, S. (2005). Psychological strategies utilised by an elite pole vaulter whilst executing a pre-performance behavioural routine. 2nd International Qualitative conference in Sport and Exercise, Liverpool: UK.
  • Cotterill, S. & Collins, D. (2004). Heart rate deceleration characteristics across shot types in golf. Proceedings from the 2004 BASES annual conference.
  • Cotterill, S. (2004) Factors influencing undergraduate drop out from track and field athletics. The 1st International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport & Exercise, p51.
  • Cotterill., S. & Greenlees, I. (2003). Temporal consistency of pre-performance routines in world-class polevaulters. Proceedings from the VIIth IOC World Congress on Sport Sciences.
  • Cotterill, S. & Collins, D. (2003). Exploring the consistency of pre-shot routines across shot-type in golf. Proceedings of the XIth European Congress of Sport Psychology.
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