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Dr Phil Birch

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

P.Birch@chi.ac.uk

After completing my PhD in 2014, which developed instruments to measure mental toughness in sport, I joined the team at the University of Chichester.

I have since taught on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the Sport and Exercise Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science degrees.

I enjoy playing a range of sports yet golf is my main passion. I currently play competitively off a 6 handicap.  

Professional

EDUCATION

2010 - 2014  PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Chichester

2007 - 2013  Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, University of Chichester

2007 - 2008  Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of Chichester

2006 - 2007  MSc (Hons) Psychology of Sport and Exercise, University of Chichester

2003 - 2006  BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Chichester

TEACHING

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

  • Applications of Psychology in Sport and Exercise (level 4)
  • Developing as a researcher in Sport and Exercise Psychology (level 6)
  • Performance Psychology (level 7)

In addition, I contribute to the following modules:

  • Interpersonal Skills (level 4)
  • Independent Project (level 7)

Publications

ARTICLES

Birch, P., Batten, J., & Batey, J. (2016). The influence of student gender on the assessment of undergraduate student work. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 41(7), 1065-1080.

Batten, J., Batey, J., Shafe, L., Gubby, L., & Birch, P. (2013). The influence of reputation information on the assessment of undergraduate student work. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 38(4), 417-435.

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.

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

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.

In press:

Birch, P. D. J., Crampton, S., Greenlees. I. A., Lowry, R. G., & Coffee, P. (in press). The Mental Toughness Questionniare-48: A Re-examination of Factorial Validity. International Journal of Sport Psychology.

In preparation:

Birch, P. D. J., Greenlees. I. A., Lowry, R. G., & Coffee, P. (in preparation). The 4/6Cs model of Mental Toughness: Development and Factorial Validity of the University of Chichester Mental Toughness Questionnaire. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology.

Birch, P. D. J., Whitehead, A. E., & Dowrick, C. P. (in preparation). Examining the suitability of traditional and task specific training for Think Aloud protocol. Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

PRESENTATIONS/PAPERS

Birch, P. D. J., Whitehead, A. E., & Dowrick, C. P. (2016). Examining the suitability of traditional and task specific training for Think Aloud protocol. Paper due to be presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, UK. December, 2016.

Birch, P. D. J., Greenlees. I. A., Lowry, R. G., & Coffee, P. (2012). The Mental Toughness Questionnaire-48: A factorial analysis. Paper presented at University of Chichester Research and Scholarship Conference, UK. July, 2012.

Birch, P. D. J., Greenlees. I. A., Lowry, R. G., & Coffee, P. (2012). The Mental Toughness Questionnaire-48: A factorial analysis. Paper presented at University of Chichester CCASES Conference, UK. June, 2012.

Birch, P. D. J., Greenlees. I. A., Lowry, R. G., & Coffee, P. (2012). The Mental Toughness Questionnaire-48: A factorial analysis. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, UK. April, 2012.

Birch, P. D. J. & Greenlees. I. A. (2011). The Impact of Opponents’ Self-talk and Reputation on the First Impression and Outcome Expectations of Male Golfers in Matchplay. Poster presented at the 13th European Congress of Sport Psychology. Madeira, July, 2011.

Birch, P. D. J. & Greenlees. I. A. (2011). The Impact of Opponents’ Self-talk and Reputation on the First Impression and Outcome Expectations of Male Golfers in Matchplay. Poster presented at University of Chichester Research and Scholarship Conference, UK. July, 2011.

Birch, P. D. J. & Greenlees. I. A. (2007). Golfers’ Self-talk Influences How They Are Perceived By Other Golfers. Paper presented at the Annual Psychology of Postgraduate Affairs Group. London South Bank University, UK. 18-20 July, 2007.

Birch, P. D. J. & Greenlees. I. A. (2007). Golfers’ Self-talk Influences How They Are Perceived By Other Golfers. Paper presented at the Annual British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Student Conference. University of Chichester, UK. 22-23 May, 2007.

THESIS

The Development of an Instrument to Measure Mental Toughness in Sport.

Research

Research interests:

Think aloud protocols, mental toughness, psychometrics, gaze behaviour.

Membership:

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences