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Dr Jenny Smith

Innovation lead / Senior Lecturer Sport and Exercise Psychology

jenny.smith@chi.ac.uk | 07813 957 307 | @DrJennySmith

I am an HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist who specialises in optimising performance and wellbeing. I am the innovation lead for the institute of Sport and am part of the Senior Leadership Team. I teach across a range of applied sport psychology and skill acquisition modules. As a practitioner psychologist I work with a range of athletes, helping them to achieve their full potential through scenically-informed; needs analyses, case formulation, intervention planning and delivery, and monitoring and evaluation processes. I am research active (REF 2014 [ECR], REF 2021) focused on two key areas. First, I am part of the Occupational Performance Research Group. I specialise in various aspects of drowning prevention including the identification of cognitive factors that underpin hazard detection by lifeguard. Second, I work with the Research Group in Breast Health empowering young girls to know and love their breasts through our ‘Treasure your Chests’ education programme. In relation to innovation and enterprise, I lead the Sport Performance and Rehabilitation Unit (SPRU) as well as supervising trainee practitioner psychologists.

Professional

Education:

  • 2005 - 2009     PhD, University of Liverpool,
  • 2003 - 2004     MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Chichester,
  • 2000 - 2003     BSc (Hons) Sports Science, University of Chichester

Teaching:

  • Applied Sport Psychology Delivering mental strategies (level 6)
  • Applied Sport Psychology Professional Practice (level 6)
  • Professional Practice in Sport and Exercise Psychology (level 7)

Professional activities, roles and memberships:

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Training Committee member
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) chartered psychologist                                                
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist           
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) fellow     
  • Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network (ESAN) member                                                    
  • Journal reviewer:

 

Publications

Research and scholarly output:

Smith, J., Long, G., Dawes, P., Runswick, O., & Tipton, M., (under review). Changes in lifeguards’ hazard detection and eye movements with experience: Is one season enough? International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education 

Omrani, A., Wakefield-Scurr, J., Smith, J., & Brown, N. (2019). Survey development for adolescents aged 11–16 years: A developmental science based guide. Adolescent Research Review. 4, 329-340.

Graham, G., Sauer, J., Smith, J., Hillstrom, A.P & Akehurst, L (2018). CCTV observation: The effects of event type and instruction on fixation behaviour in an applied change blindness task. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 32 (1), 4-13.

Brown, N.T., Smith, J., Brasher, A., Risius, D., Marczyk, A & Scurr, J. (2018). Breast health education for schoolgirls; why, what, when and how? The Breast Journal, 24, (3), 377-382.

Brown, N.T., Smith, J., Brasher, A., Omrani, A., & Wakefield-Scurr, J. (2018) Breast cancer education for schoolgirls: an exploratory study. European Journal of Cancer Prevention. 27(5), 443-448 

Scurr, J., Brown, N.T., Smith, J., Brasher, A., Risius, D & Marczyk, A. (2016). The Influence of the Breast on Sport and Exercise Participation in School Girls in the United Kingdom. Journal of Adolescent Health.58, 167-173.

Szpilman, D., Doyle, B., Smith, J., Griffiths, R., & Tipton, M. (2017). Challenges and feasibility of applying reasoning and decision making for a lifeguard undertaking a rescue. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience, 9,1-9.

Page, J., Bates, V., Long, G., Dawes, P. & Tipton, M. (2011). Beach lifeguards: visual search patterns, detection rates and the influence of experience. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 31, 216–224.

Page, J. (2009). Delivering educational workshops for age-group Rugby League Players: Experiences of a trainee Sport Psychologist. In B. Hemmings and T. Holder. Applied sport psychology: A case-based approach. Chichester UK, Wiley-Blackwell.

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

Page, J., Long, G., Lunt, H., Dawes, P. & Tipton, M. (2014a). The impact of a priori instructions and communication on surveillance and detection rates of beach lifeguards that are working together. Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Page, J., Long, G., Dawes, P. & Tipton, M. (2014b). Towards an understanding of the differences in hazard detection and associated responses of experienced and less experienced beach lifeguards. Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Page, J., Long, G., Dawes, P., & Tipton, M. (2012). Enhancing detection rates of beach lifeguards: determining the best scanning technique. Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Page, J., Long, G., Dawes, P., & Tipton, M. (2011). The impact of the number and distribution of swimmers in the water on beach lifeguard surveillance and detection. Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Page, J., Bates, T., Long, G., Dawes, P., & Tipton, M. (2010). Surveillance and detection rates of beach lifeguards. . Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Conference papers

Page, J. (2015) Beach Lifeguarding and Surveillance: An overview Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS). Kenilworth, UK

Page, J. (2015) Beach Lifeguarding and Surveillance: An overview. Surf Lifesaving (SLSGB). Okehampton, UK.

Graham, G., Hillstrom, A.P., Sauer, J., Page, J & Akehurst, L (2015). Do you see what I see? Investigating eyewitness memory and oculomotor behaviour during CCTV observation. SARMAC (Society of Applied Research in Memory & Cognition). Victoria, Canada.

Graham, G., Hillstrom, A.P., Sauer, J & Page, J. (2014). Do you see what I see? Investigating eyewitness memory and oculomotor behaviour during CCTV observation. Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) Conference. Newcastle, England.

Graham, G., Hillstrom, A., Sauer, J., & Page, J. (2013). Investigating the role of event structure and task goals on oculomotor behaviour and change blindness when observing CCTV footage. 17th European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM). Sweden.

Graham, G., Hillstrom, A., Sauer, J., & Page, J. (2013). Investigating the role of event structure and task goals on oculomotor behaviour and change blindness when observing CCTV footage. Vision Sciences Society Conference, Florida.

Ramm, H., Page, J., & Tipton, M. (2013). The effect of expertise on the attention and performance of small boat coxswains. Faculty of Science Research Degree Students Poster Presentation Day, University of Portsmouth.

Page, J. (2012). Beach lifeguards – Visual search patterns, detection rates, and the influence of experience. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Birmingham. 

Journal reviewer for:

Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Journal of Sports Sciences, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Research

I am research active (REF 2014 [ECR], REF 2021) focused on two key areas. First, I am part of the Occupational Performance Research Group. I specialise in various aspects of drowning prevention and have recently conducted studies into; the identification of cognitive factors that underpin hazard detection by lifeguards, decision making process employed by lifeguards, the impacts of water fear training programmes and observation strategies used by lifeguards. For such projects we have achieved over £190,000 of funding. Second, I work with the Research Group in Breast Health empowering young girls to know and love their breasts through our ‘Treasure your Chests’ education programme. For this projects we have achieved over £15,000 of funding.