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Dr Matt Smith

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology

matt.smith@chi.ac.uk | +44 (0) 1243 816341

I originally worked as a primary school teacher, before returning to higher education and completing my MSc at Bangor University in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

In 2006, I started my PhD at the University of Chichester. Since completing this in 2009, I began the role of Senior Lecturer at Chichester, teaching on a number of modules across the Sport and Exercise Psychology and Sport and Exercise Sciences degrees. I am currently Programme Co-ordinator for the Sport and Exercise Psychology degree.

I enjoy playing and watching a variety of sports, including football and ultimate Frisbee. In the past, I have combined my passion for travelling with watching a number of high level sporting events overseas.

Professional

EDUCATION

1993 – 1997 BA (Hons) Physical Education (with QTS), Edge Hill University College

2004 – 2005 MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Wales, Bangor

2006 – 2009 PhD in Sport Psychology, University of Chichester

TEACHING

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I currently lead the following modules:

Social Psychology (SPL229): this is the study of how the thought processes of individuals are influenced by the people that they come into contact with in their everyday lives. The aim of the course is to introduce students to theory, research findings and methods of investigation in social psychology.

Group Dynamics (SPL307): this involves investigating the potential impacts that groups can have on an individual’s performance, life satisfaction and psychological well-being. The aims of this module are therefore to examine and evaluate current knowledge of group process and students are given the opportunity to reflect on the functioning of sports teams.

Developing Employability Skill in Sport and Exercise Psychology (SPL347): This module offers the student an opportunity to complete a unit of directed study incorporating a volunteer placement, taking place in a charity, organisation or any environment, which is relevant to the student’s needs and career aspirations. The aim of the module is the development of key transferable skills that will enhance the future employability of the student.

Social Processes in Sport (MSCBPS07): This module examining key social processes in sport settings. We start by examining aspects of leadership and group dynamics, and as the module develops, we examine other psychosocial phenomena such as career transitions and injury. The module will examine advanced qualitative approaches to research in sport, including analysis and interpretation of data.

ADMINISTRATION

I am the Programme Co-ordinator for the BSc Sport and Exercise Psychology degree.

Publications

PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES

Smith, M. J., Arnold, R., & Thelwell, R. (in press). ‘There’s No Place to Hide’: Exploring the Stressors Encountered by Elite Sporting Captains. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.

Smith, M. J., Figgins, S.G., Jewiss, M., & Kearney, P.E. (in revision). Investigating inspirational leader communication in an elite team sport context. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching.

Smith, M. J., Young, D., Arthur, C., & Figgins, S. (2017). Transformational leadership in elite sport: A qualitative analysis of effective leadership behaviours in cricket. The Sport Psychologist, 31, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2015-0077.

Figgins, S., Smith, M. J., Greenlees, I., Knight, C., & Sellars, C. (2016). "You really could be something quite special”: A qualitative exploration of athletes’ experiences of being inspired. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 24, 82-91. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.01.011.

Szedlak, C., Smith, M. J., Day, M. C., Greenlees, I. A., & Callan, M. (2015). Effective Behaviours of Strength and Conditioning Coaches as Perceived by Athletes. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 10(5), 967-984.

Manley, A. J., Greenlees, I. A., Smith, M. J., Batten, J., & Birch, P. D. J. (2014). The influence of coach reputation on the behavioral responses of male soccer players. Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports, 24(2), e111-e120.

Batten, J., Birch, P. D. J., Wright, J., Manley, A. J., & Smith, M. J. (2014). An exploratory investigation examining male and female students' initial impressions and expectancies of lecturers. Teaching in Higher Education, 19(2), 113-125. Teaching in Higher Education, 19, 113-125. DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2013.827645.

Smith, M.J., Arthur, C., Hardy, J., Callow, N., & Williams, D. (2013). Transformational Leadership and Task Cohesion in Sport: The Mediating Role of Intrateam Communication, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 249-257. doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2011.03.031.

Birch, P. D. J., Batten, J., Manley, A. J., & Smith, M. J. (2012). An exploratory investigation examining the cues that students use to form initial impressions and expectancies of lecturers. Teaching in Higher Education, 17(6), 660-672.

Manley, A.J., Greenlees, I., Thelwell, R., & Smith, M.J. (2010). Athletes’ use of Reputation and Gender Information when forming Initial Impressions of Coaches. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 5, 517-532.

Smith, M.J., Greenlees, I., & Manley, A.J. (2009). Influence of order effects and mode of judgment on assessments of ability in sport. Journal of Sport Sciences, 27, 745-752.

Callow, N., Smith, M.J., Hardy, L., & Arthur, C. (2009). Measurement of transformational leadership and its relationship with performance and cohesion. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 25, 395-412.

Manley, A.J., Greenlees, I., Graydon, J., Thelwell, R., Filby, W.C.D., & Smith, M.J. (2008).  Athletes’ perceptions of the sources of information used when forming initial impressions and expectancies of a coach.  The Sport Psychologist, 22, 73-89.

Greenlees, I.A., Hall, B., Filby, W.C.D., Thelwell, R.C., Buscombe, R., & Smith, M.J. (2008). Warnings given to observers can eliminate order effects. Psychology of Sport & Exercise. 10, 300-303.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (ORAL)

Convenor of Symposium: Qualitative methods in leadership research in sport: Exploring current practice and future directions, at the 5th International conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, held at the University of Chichester, 30 Aug-2 Sept, 2016. Presentations included;

Smith, M. J., & Arthur, C. (2016). Autobiographies: A rich data source to illustrate elite leadership practice. Paper presented at the 5th International conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, held at the University of Chichester, 30 Aug-2 Sept, 2016.

Szedlak, C., Smith, M. J., Day, M. C., & Callary, B. (2016). Vignettes: Enhancing data collection for examining coaching practice. Paper presented at the 5th International conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, held at the University of Chichester, 30 Aug-2 Sept, 2016.

Figgins, S., Smith, M. J., Greenlees, I., and Knight, C. (2016). Grounded theory: Developing a theory of the process of inspirational leadership. Paper presented at the 5th International conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, held at the University of Chichester, 30 Aug-2 Sept, 2016.

Figgins, S., Smith, M. J., Greenlees, I., & Knight, C. (2016). Laying the foundations for inspirational leadership: Establishing mutual trust, respect, and loyalty. Paper presented at the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Cardiff, 11-12 December, 2016.

Smith, M. J., Slater, M., Coffee, P. (2015). A mixed-method approach to examine the impact of leader prototypicality on group functioning. Paper presented at the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Leeds, 14-15 December, 2015.

Convenor of Symposium: Examining the use of different qualitative approaches to investigate effective leadership in sport, at the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Leeds, 14-15 December, 2015. Presentations included;

Smith, M. J., & Arthur, C. (2015). Using autobiographies to explore leadership practice in elite sport. Paper presented at the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Leeds, 14-15 December, 2015.

Arthur, C., & Smith, M.J., & Young, D. (2015). Vision, support and challenge model of transformational leadership and performance in professional cricket. Paper presented at the 14th European Congress of Sport Psychology. Bern, July, 2015.

Smith, M. J. (2015). ‘It’s not just about the mark’: Working with students to engage them with the feedback process. Paper presented at the annual University of Chichester Learning and Teaching Conference, June 2015.

Smith, M. J., & Cotterill, S. (2015). Coping with leadership challenges in organisational settings: What lessons can be learnt from Elite Cricket Captains? Paper presented at the annual University of Chichester Research Conference, July, 2015.

Smith, M.J., & Coffee, P. (2014). Why do we 'follow the leader'? Examining the impact of leader prototypicality on group functioning. Paper presented at University of Chichester CCASES conference.

Smith, M.J., Slater, M., & Coffee, P. (2014). Examining the impact of leader prototypicality on group functioning. Paper presented at Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise conference: Loughborough, 1-3 September, 2014.

Arthur, C., & Smith, M.J. (2012). The role of satisfaction in the transformational leadership and performance relationship: Depends on the nature of satisfaction. Paper presented at NASPSPA conference in Waikiki, Hawaii. (Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34, Supplement, p. 196, June 2012).

Smith, M.J. (2010). Reflective Blogs in Sport Science Teaching: Students’ perceptions of using reflective blogs in an undergraduate sport science module. Paper presented at the BPS Department of Sport and Exercise Conference. London. 9-10 December, 2010.

Smith, M.J., Greenlees, I.A., & Manley, A.J. (2009). Order Effects in Sport: Examining assessments of ability in the End-of-sequence condition. Paper presented at the International Society of Sport Psychology Conference. Marrakesh. 17-21 June, 2009.

Smith, M.J., Greenlees, I.A., & Manley, A.J. (2008). Investigating the influence of motivation-to-think on order effects in assessments of sporting ability. Paper presented at the BPS Department of Sport and Exercise Conference. London. 11-12 December, 2008.

Smith, M.J. (2008). Using ‘Questionmaker’ as an online assessment tool. Presentation at University of Chichester E-Learning Conference. 19 Jan, 2008.

Smith, M.J., Greenlees, I.A., & Manley, A.J. (2007). Order Effects in Attributions of Ability in Sport. Paper presented at the Annual British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Student Conference. University of Chichester, UK. 22-23 May, 2007.

Smith, M.J., & Hardy, L. (2007). Relationships between transformational leadership behaviours and team climate factors. Paper presented at the Annual Psychology of Postgraduate Affairs Group. London South Bank University, UK. 18-20 July, 2007.

Smith, M.J., Greenlees, I.A., & Manley, A.J. (2007). Order effects and mode of judgment influence attributions of ability in Sport. Paper presented at the 12th European Congress of Sport Psychology. Halkidiki, Greece. 4-8 September, 2007.

Smith, M.J., & Hardy, L. (2006). Transformational leadership behaviours in sport. Paper presented at the Annual British Psychological Society Coaching Psychology Conference. University of Greenwich, UK. 18-19 December, 2006.

CONFERENCE CONTRIBUTIONS, REFEREED (POSTER)

Smith, M. J., Figgins, S., & Jewiss, M. (2016). How might leaders communicate to inspire players in team sports? Poster presented at the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Cardiff, 11-12 December, 2016.

Leggat, F., & Smith, M. J. (2016). An exploratory examination of problematic players from the experiences of others. Poster presented at the 5th International conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, held at the University of Chichester, 30 Aug-2 Sept, 2016.

Smith, M.J., McDermott, D., & Day, M.C. (2014). A collective case study examining how leaders develop social identities in sports team through their pre-match team talks. Poster presented at DSEP conference in Manchester, UK.

Szedlak, C., & Smith, M.J. (2014). Examining athletes’ perception of the effectiveness of strength and conditioning coaches. Poster presented at UKSCA conference in Warwickshire, UK.

Smith, M.J., Oliver, E., & Arthur, C. (2012). Examining the impact of transformational coaching behaviors and basic needs satisfaction on athlete training behaviors. Poster presented at NASPSPA conference in Waikiki, Hawaii. (Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34, Supplement, p. 283, June 2012).

Smith, M.J., & Young, D. (2011). Transformational Leadership in Sport: A qualitative analysis of the effective leadership behaviours in cricket. Poster presented at the 13th European Congress of Sport Psychology. Madeira, July, 2011.

Smith, M.J., & Weed, M. (2011). An inside-outside ethnography of cricket fan communities: identity, immersion, and memories. Poster presented at the 13th European Congress of Sport Psychology. Madeira, July, 2011.

Smith, M.J., Greenlees, I.A., & Manley, A.J. (2008). Investigating order effects and the influence of experience on assessments of sporting ability. Poster presented at the Annual British Psychology Conference. Dublin. 2-4 April, 2008.

Research

My primary research interest lies in investigating how sports teams function effectively, and more specifically, how sporting leaders can impact on the team.

At present, this includes investigating effective leadership behaviours in cricket teams, how leaders act in a way that inspires their players, and how the leadership behaviours of coaches on players’ attitudes in a training environment.

I am also interested in person perception in sport, and examining how impressions formed (e.g., of coaches, opponents) can have an impact in sporting encounters.

Membership

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Department of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP)