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Dr Beth Pummell

Senior Lecturer, Sport Psychology, Kingston University.

Dr  Beth  Pummell Areas of expertise

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Overview

Beth Pummell studied psychology at the University of London (Royal Holloway College) before completing a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Loughborough University where, subsequentl,y she was awarded a doctorate. Her PhD research was focused upon junior athletes making the transition to senior level.

Her research interests currently still centre on the transitions within an athlete's career - and the psychology behind the development of sportsmen and women. With London 2012 looming, Beth is well placed to give expert comment on all matters to do with the psychology of a sporting mind.  A keen horsewoman, she is a BASES-accredited (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) sport scientist for psychology support as well as a British Psychological Society chartered sport psychologist.

Beth has worked with athletes from a number of sports but specialises in work with equestrian competitors and tennis athletes, helping them make the transition to higher level performance. Until the latter part of 2008 Beth was Head of Sport Psychology for the elite training programme at Tennis Midlands, one of a small number of international high performance tennis centres in the UK.  She is also one of a number of experts on a question and answer panel for "Your Horse" magazine.

See Beth's video for the British Psychological Society's "Going for Gold" pre-Olympics public engagement project here 

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifications

Year gained Subject
2008 PhD Sport Psychology: Career Transitions in Sport, Loughborough University.
2004 MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology, Loughborough University.
2002 BCs (hons), Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2009 Senior Lecturer, Sport Psychology, Kingston University.
2007 - 2009 Head of Sport Psychology, Tennis Midlands.
2005 - 2007 Sport Psychologist, Tennis Midlands.

Research

Pummell, B., Harwood, C., & Lavallee, D. (2008). Jumping to the next level: Examining the within-career transition of the adolescent event rider. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 9, 427-447.

Media Highlights

Beth is an expert on the question and answer panel for "Your Horse" magazine.

Conference Highlights

Pummell, B. (2009). Transitions in youth sport. Invited Speaker: Researching Youth Sport: Supporting Youth Ability and Talent. Brunel, UK.

Pummell, B. & Lavallee, D.E. (2009). R.A.C.K.E.T.: A Junior-to-Senior Transition Programme. Symposium on Providing Assistance in Athletes' Career Development and Transitions. In: Proceedings of the 12th World Congress of Sport Psychology [CD], International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP), Marrakech, Morocco.

Pummell, B. & Lavallee, D.E. (2009). Development of a Model of Junior-to-Senior Transition. Symposium on Career Development and Transition Research: An International Perspective. In: Proceedings of the 12th World Congress of Sport Psychology [CD], International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP), Marrakech, Morocco.

Pummell, B. & Lavallee, D.E. (2006). Rising up the Rankings: Tracking the within-career transitions of a professional tennis player. In: Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Psychology, AAASP, Miami, USA, p. 72.

Pummell, B. & Harwood, C. (2006). Jumping to the next level: Examining the within-career transition of the adolescent event rider. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of The British Psychological Society, Cardiff, UK, p. 96.

Professional Body Membership

BASES-accredited (British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists) sport scientist (psychological support)

BPS (British Psychological Society) chartered sport psychologist

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