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Dr Sean Figgins

Senior Lecturer

s.figgins@chi.ac.uk | 01243 81 6357

Sean is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology and Research Methods. He started this role in September 2017 having obtained his undergraduate (BSc Sport Coaching Science) and postgraduate (MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise; PhD Sport Psychology) degrees from the University of Chichester.

Sean has various professional qualifications and experience in sport. For instance, he has been a qualified Cricket coach for 12 years and has obtained qualification up to the ECB Club Coach award. 

Professional

 

 

Education:

2010 – BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching Science, University of Chichester.

2011 – MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise, University of Chichester.

2018 – PhD in Sport Psychology, University of Chichester.

Teaching:

Sean is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He currently is responsible for leading the following modules:

Social Processes in Sport (MSCBPS07)

Group Dynamics in Sport (SPL307)

Psychology in the Coaching Process (SDM409)

Researching Sport – Qualitative Enquiry (SDM500)

Analysing Sport (SDM401)

Publications

 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Leggat, F., Smith, M.J., & Figgins, S.G. (2019). Talented but disruptive: An exploration of problematic players in sports teams. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, doi: 10.1080/10413200.2018.1549621 

Smith, M.J., Figgins, S.G., Jewiss, M., & Kearney, P.E. (2018). Investigating inspirational leader communication in an elite team sport context. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching.

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

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

Greenlees, I.A., Figgins, S., & Kearney, P. (2014). Can achievement goals be primed in competitive tasks? Journal of Human Kinetics, 40, 1, 245-250. doi: 10.2478/hukin-2014-0026.

Edited Works Contributions:

Smith, M.J., Figgins, S.G., & Sellars, C.N. (2016). Antecedents and impacts of effective and inspirational coach communication. In R. Thelwell, C. Harwood & I. Greenlees (Eds.). The Psychology of Sports Coaching: Research and Practice. Oxon: Routledge.

Conference contributions, refereed:

Figgins, S.G., Smith, M.J., Knight, C.J., & Greenlees, I.A. (2016). Laying the foundations for inspirational leadership: Establishing mutual trust, respect, and loyalty. Paper presented at the British Psychologyical Society’s Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Cardiff, UK, December 2016.

Figgins, S.G., Smith, M.J., Knight, C.J., & Greenlees, I.A. (2016). Grounded theory: Developing the theoretical underpinning of inspirational leadership. Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Chichester, UK, August 2016.

Figgins, S.G., Smith, M.J., Greenlees, I.A., Sellars, C., & Knight, C. (2015). Inspiration in sport: Where does it come from and how can it be influenced. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Leeds, UK, December 2015.

Figgins, S.G., Smith, M.J., Greenlees, I.A., & Knight, C. (2015). Using grounded theory to explore the process of inspirational leadership in sport. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Leeds, UK, December 2015.

Figgins, S.G., Smith, M.J., Greenlees, I.A., & Knight, C.J. (2015). Towards a grounded theory of inspirational leadership. Paper presented at the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Annual Conference, Glashow, July 2015.

Figgins, S., Greenlees, I.A. & Kearney, P. (2013). The effects of subliminal and supraliminal priming on soccer penalty taking performance and self-efficacy. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Manchester, UK, December 2013.

Figgins, S.G., Carter, J., & Roberts, G. (2011). The effect of a centering intervention on performance and anxiety in a golf putting task. Paper presented at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Student Conference, April 2011.

Figgins, S.G., & Greenlees, I.A. (2010). Cricket bowlers’ gaze patterns influence how they are perceived and the confidence of opposing batsmen. Paper presented at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Student Conference, March 2010.

Research

 

Sean’s primary research interest lies in the social psychology of groups, with a particular focus on leadership and group dynamics. Sean’s research to date has primarily focussed on how leaders are able to positively impact their followers, as well as how personal and contextual factors that impact on this process. In addition to this, Sean has also explored the impact of talented-problematic players in teams.

Sean has also previously explored the impact of subconscious priming on performance and the effect of nonverbal communication on perceptions of sport performers. Also, Sean has collaborated on projects with researchers from Staffordshire University, the University of Stirling, and with professional bodies such as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to explore a variety of coaching related interests.

Sean acts as a peer reviewer for journals including: Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, The Sport Psychologist, and Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.