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Dr Frank Owusu-Sekyere

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

About

I completed my PhD at Brunel University in 2018 where I conducted a global investigation of child maltreatment in youth sport. During this time I also worked as one of the original researchers who oversaw the development of the International Safeguards for Children in Sport and it's accompanying implementation guide. This built upon over 10 years of experience working with young athletes at all levels of sport in various performance and pastoral centered roles. 

In my role as a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology I foster an active learning environment which bridges conceptual understanding of the psychological factors in sport and exercise, with practical understanding of the real-world implementation of this content. This provides a platform to help facilitate graduates who are resourceful and are able to effectively problem solve, while possessing the appropriate knowledge and skills to be successful in the chosen discipline.

Areas of specialism

  • Sport psychology
  • Exercise psychology
  • Child athlete well-being
  • Sport psychology practitioner skills

Qualifications

  • PhD Sport and Exercise Sciences (Brunel University)
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (Brunel University)
  • GradDip Psychology (Middlesex University)
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences (Brunel University)

Research

Publications

  • Rhind, D. J. A. & Owusu-Sekyere, F. (2018). The International Safeguards for Children in Sport: Developing and Embedding a Safeguarding Culture. London, UK; Routledge.
  • Rhind, D., Kay, T., Hills, L., & Owusu-Sekyere, F. (2017). Building a system to safeguard children in sport: The 8 CHILDREN pillars. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 41 (2), pp. 151-171 
  • Owusu-Sekyere, F., & Gervis, M. (2016). In the pursuit of mental toughness: Is creating mentally tough players a masquerade for emotional abuse. International Journal of Coaching Science, 10(1), pp. 3-23
  • Rhind, D., Brackenridge, C., Kay, T., & Owusu-Sekyere, F. (2016). Child development and SDP: The post-MDG agenda for policy, practice and research. In L. Hayhurst, T. Kay & M. Chawansky (Eds.), Beyond sport for development and peace: Transnational perspectives on theory policy and practice (pp. 72-86). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge
  • Owusu-Sekyere, F., & Gervis, M. (2014). Is creating mentally tough players a masquerade for emotional abuse? In D. Rhind, & C. Brackenridge (Eds.), Researching and enhancing athlete welfare (pp. 44-48). Uxbridge, UK: Brunel University Press

Conference Presentations

  • Implementing the International Safeguards Project (Beyond Sport Global Summit, London, 2017)
  • Webinar to the International Child Protection Network of Canada (Presented online, 2016)
  • Towards an International Standard of Safeguarding Children in Sport: A Caribbean Case Study (Brunel University Internal Workshops for visiting students from Penn State University, 2015)
  • Towards an International Standard for Safeguarding Children in Sport (Redefining Normal Conference, Trinidad and Tobago, 2014)
  • The Implementation Guide and Case Studies of the International Safeguards Project (Beyond Sport Global Summit, South Africa, 2014)
  • The contribution of Sport for Development Programmes in the Caribbean to Health, Education, Social Inclusion, Gender and Disability (Redefining Normal Conference, Trinidad and Tobago, 2014)
  • Towards an International Standard of Safeguarding Children in Sport: Tales from the Caribbean (Brunel University Internal Workshop for Sport Sciences Department, 2014)
  • Creating Mentally Tough Players (Brunel International Research Network Symposium, 2013)
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