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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 led a range of sport and exercise psychology and research methods based module at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

My main area of research interest is performance psychology where I'm currently examining stress and coping in esports athletes, and the use of think aloud protocols as a means to capture in-event cognitions. Phil’s is a Member of the Board of the Association for Continuing Education in Esports (ACES), which reflects his passion for education and research in esports.

I enjoy playing a range of sports yet golf is my main passion, where I currently play competitively off a 5 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:

  • Advanced Performance Psychology (level 7)
  • Developing as a Researcher in Sport and Exercise Psychology (level 6)
  • Sport Science; Flow state of esports (level 4)
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (level 4)
  • The Enquiring Practitioner (level 4)

I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research dissertations and have guided students to publish their research in peer reviewed journals. 

Awards

Won the 2006 H.T.A Whiting Undergraduate Dissertation Prize, awarded by the British Psychological Society.

Publications

2020

Yeoman, B., Birch, P. D. J., & Runswick, O. R. (2020). The effects of smart phone video analysis on focus of attention and performance in practice and competition, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 47, 101644. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.101644.

2019

Smith, M. J., Birch, P. D., & Bright, D. (2019). Identifying Stressors and Coping Strategies of Elite Esports Competitors. International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations, 11(2), 22-39. 10.4018/IJGCMS.2019040102.

Birch, P. D. J., & Whitehead, A. E. (2019). Investigating the Comparative Suitability of Traditional and Task-specific Think Aloud Training, Perceptual and Motor Skills, 127(1), 202-224. https://doi.org/10.1177/0031512519882274.

Batten, J., Jessop, T., & Birch, P. D. J. (2019). Doing what it says on the tin? A psychometric

evaluation of the Assessment Experience Questionnaire, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 44, 309-320. DOI:10.1080/02602938.2018.1499867.

2017

Birch, P. D. J., Crampton, S., Greenlees. I. A., Lowry, R. G., & Coffee, P. (2017). The Mental Toughness Questionniare-48: A Re-examination of Factorial Validity. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 48, 331-355.

2015

Birch, P.D.J., Batten, J., & Batey, J. (2015). The influence of student gender on the assessment of undergraduate student work. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2015.1064857.

2014

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, 113-125. DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2013.827645.

Manley, A.J., Greenlees, I.A., Smith, M.J., Batten, J., & Birch, P.D.J. (2014). The influence of coachreputation on the behavioral responses of male soccer players. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, e111-e120. DOI: 10.1111/sms.12108.

2013

Batten, J., Batey, J., Shafe, L., Gubby, L., & Birch, P. D. J. (2013). The influence of reputation

information on the assessment of undergraduate student work. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 38, 417-435. DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2011.640928.

 2012

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, 660-672. DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2012.658561.

Industry Reports

Smith, J., Birch, P., Jewiss, M., Kearney, P., Turner, M. & Tipton, M. (2015). Examining lifeguard expertise: The impact of shift duration and rotation times on the effectiveness of hazard detection. Royal Lifesaving Society. 

Conference Presentations/Posters

Yeoman, B., Birch, P. D. J., & Runswick, O. R. (2019). Smart phone video analysis during practice affects focus of attention and performance in skilled golfers. Poster presented at Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network Conference, St. Mary’s University, UK, May, 2019.

Shaw, M., Birch, P. D. J., & Runswick, O. R. (2019). An in-situ investigation into cognitive processes of professional and amateur golfers when green reading. Poster presented at Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network Conference, St. Mary’s University, UK, May, 2019.

Smith, M. J., Jewiss, M., Birch, P., D., J., & Runswick, O. (2018). Challenge and threat states in academic presentation assessments. Paper presented at the Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Chichester, UK. June, 2018.

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 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.

Research

Phil’s research focuses on performance psychology, with a particular focus on athlete cognition in both tradition sports and esports. Most recently, Phil’s research has examined stress and coping in esports competitors, which received global media attention from over 80 outlets (including Wired.com) and had a potential reach of more than 186 million people worldwide. Phil is currently working on a number of projects in esports to better understand the psychological determinants of esports performance.

Additionally, Phil’s research has examined the use of think aloud protocols as a means to capture in-event cognitions. Phil is currently working on a number of projects to examine the use of think aloud as a reflective tool for athletes and practitioners.

Phil’s PhD thesis developed instruments designed to measure mental toughness and has published in the area of scale validation. Phil regularly peer reviews research for journals in sport and exercise psychology, psychometrics, and esports. Phil has collaborated with researchers from the University of Stirling, Leeds Becket University, University of Winchester, Liverpool John Moores University, and with a range of professional bodies in tradition sports (e.g., the England and Wales Cricket Board, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Royal Life Saving Society) and esports (e.g., ESL UK).