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Dr Emma Kavanagh is a lecturer in Sports Psychology and Coaching Sciences and a BASES Accredited Performance Psychologist and Chartered Sport and Exercise Scientist, working with a number of athletes at National and International level. Emma teaches across the sports degree programmes and specialises in sports psychology and mental performance and athlete-centred coaching methodologies. Her research interests are within the academic disciplines of psychology and sociology. Current projects include an examination of humanisation and dehumanisation in high performance sport and its impact on athlete wellbeing, understanding human rights in elite sport and an exploration of virtual and face-to-face maltreatment in high performance environments. Emma has recently been a member of the BASES athlete protection task group responsible for the development of safeguarding workshops which aim to educate existing and trainee sport and exercise scientists on issues of athlete safeguarding in the United Kingdom... She is also part of a number or international research networks which have a clear vision to enhance the climate and environment in which high-performance athletes function.more
- Mosley, E., Laborde, S. and Kavanagh, E., 2018. The Contribution of Coping-Related Variables and Cardiac Vagal Activity on Prone Rifle Shooting Performance under Pressure. Journal of Psychophysiology.
- Adams, A. and Kavanagh, E., 2018. Inclusive ideologies and passive performances: exploring masculinities and attitudes toward gay peers among boys in an elite youth football academy. Journal of Gender Studies, 27 (3), 313-322.
- Litchfield, C., Osborne, J., Kavanagh, E. and Jones, I., 2018. Social Media and the Politics of Gender, Race and Identity: The case of Serena Williams. European Journal for Sport and Society.
- Kavanagh, E., Brown, L. and Jones, I., 2017. Elite Athletes' Experience of Coping With Emotional Abuse in the Coach–Athlete Relationship. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29 (4), 402-417.
- Britton, D., Kavanagh, E. and Polman, R., 2017. The Perceived Stress Reactivity Scale for adolescent athletes. Personality and Individual Differences, 116, 301-308.
- Mosley, E., Laborde, S. and Kavanagh, E., 2017. The contribution of coping related variables and cardiac vagal activity on the performance of a dart throwing task under pressure. Physiology and Behavior, 179, 116-125.
- Kavanagh, E., Jones, I. and Sheppard-Marks, L., 2017. Towards typologies of virtual maltreatment: Sport, digital cultures and dark leisure. Leisure Studies.
- Kavanagh, E., Litchfield, C., Osborne, J. and Jones, I., 2016. Virtual Maltreatment: Sexualisation and Social Media Abuse in Sport. Psychology of Women Section Review.
- Kavanagh, E., Knowles, Z., Brady, A., Rhind, D., Gervis, M., Miles, A. and Davison, R., 2016. The BASES expert statement on safeguarding in the sport sciences. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 20-21.
- Kavanagh, E., 2012. Affirmation through disability: one athlete's personal journey to the London Paralympic Games. Perspect Public Health, 132 (2), 68-74.
- Kavanagh, E.J., 2007. The Effect of Motivational Highlight DVDs on State Self-Confidence in Elite Female Hockey Players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25, S84-S85.
- Grenville-Cleave, B. and Kavanagh, E., 2018. POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELATIONSHIPS IN SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. In: Brady, A., ed. Positive Psychology in Sport and Physical Activity An Introduction. Routledge, 140-152.
- Kavanagh, E. and Jones, I., 2016. Understanding cyber-enabled abuse in sport. Digital Leisure Cultures: Critical Perspectives. 120-134.
- Kavanagh, E. and Jones, I., 2014. #cyberviolence: Developing a typology for understanding virtual maltreatment in sport. In: Rhind, D. and Brackenridge, C., eds. Researching and Enhancing Athlete Wellbeing. London: Brunel University Press, 34-43.
- Kavanagh, E. and Brady, A.J., 2014. A framework for understanding humanisation and dehumanisation in sport. In: Rhind, D. and Brackenridge, C., eds. Researching and enhancing athlete welfare. London: Brunel University Press, 22-26.
- Adams, A. and Kavanagh, E., 2017. Masculinities in a youth football context: Exploring attitudes toward gay peers among adolescent boys in an English professional football (soccer) academy. In: 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association 29 August-1 September 2017 Athens, Greece.
- Kavanagh, E., Litchfield, C., Jones, I. and Osborne, J., 2017. Virtual Maltreatment in sport: Sexualisation, racism, abuse and social media. In: Qualitative Reseach in Sport and Exercise 1-3 September 2016 Chichester University.
- Kavanagh, E., 2017. The impact of maltreatment on high performance athletes. The side effects of elite sport symposium. In: European Federation of Sport Psychology, FEPSAC 14-19 July 2015 Bern, Switzerland.
- Kavanagh, E., 2017. Narratives of abuse: Reflections on collecting and dealing with sensitive data in sport. In: Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise 1-3 September 2016 Chichester University.
- Mosley, E., Laborde, S. and Kavanagh, E., 2016. Preliminary results of the contribution of coping related variables and vagal tone on dart throwing performance under pressure. In: British of Sport and Exercise Science 28-30 November 2016 Nottingham, England. Taylor & Francis, 10-11.
- Kavanagh, E., Knowles, Z., Brady, A., Rhind, D., Gervis, M., Miles, A. and Davison, R., 2016. BASES expert statement on safeguarding in the sport and exercise sciences. In: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences 28-30 November 2016 Nottingham. Taylor & Francis, 38-39.
- Kavanagh, E. and Adams, A., 2015. The cult of high performance sport, maltreatment and human rights. In: Leisure Studies Association 7-9 July 2015 Bournemouth University.
- Adams, A. and Kavanagh, E., 2014. Are high performance athletes human beings? Rights, responsibilities and social justice. In: Leisure Studies Association (Conference) 7-9 July 2014 University of the West of Scotland.
- Adams, A. and Kavanagh, E., 2014. A step too far? The politics of the rights and responsibilities of performance athletes. In: Political Studies Association, Sport and Politics Group, 21-22 February 2014 Manchester.
- Jones, I. and Kavanagh, E., 2014. Its Just Megabantz, Innit? LOL: Justifying Virtual Maltreatment in Sport. In: Leisure Studies Association 7-9 July 2014 University of the West of Scotland.
- Brady, A.J. and Kavanagh, E., 2013. Humanization as framework for achieving athlete wellbeing. In: Brunel International Research Network for Athlete Wellbeing, International Symposium 6-7 November 2013 Brunel University, West London.
- Kavanagh, E. and Brady, A.J., 2013. Humanization in High Performance Sport: Introducing a values based framework for coaches and practitioners. In: International Council for Coaching Excellence 11-13 September 2013 Durban, South Africa.
- Kavanagh, E. and Brady, A.J., 2013. Humanization in high performance sport: Introducing a value-based framework to explore athletes’ experience. In: British Philosophy of Sport Association 8-9 April 2013 University of Gloucestershire.
- Kavanagh, E. and Jones, I., 2013. #cyberviolence: Developing a typology for understanding virtual maltreatment in sport. In: Brunel International Research Network for Athlete Welfare 6 November 2013 Brunel University.
- Brady, A. and Kavanagh, E., 2012. Humanization in high performance sport. In: International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport 19-23 July 2012 Glasgow.
- Wilding, A. and Kavanagh, E., 2012. Atlantic Calling; the highs and lows of Atlantic rowing, A case study approach. Presented as part of Risky Business: Themes Relating to Participation in High Risk Sports syposium. In: British Psychological Society Annual Conference 18 April-20 January 2012 London.
- Gatzidis, C., Parry, K., Kavanagh, E., Wilding, A. and Gibson, D., 2009. Towards the Development of an Interactive 3D Coach Training Serious Game. IEEE Computer Society, 186-189.
- Parry, K.D., Kavanagh, E.J., Wilding, A., Gatzidis, C. and Gibson, D., 2009. Risky Business: A new approach to teaching risk assessments in sports. In: ELSIN XIV Learning in higher education - how style matters 17-19 June 2009 Bulle-en-Gruyere, Switzerland.
- Gatzidis, C., Parry, K.D., Kavanagh, E.J., Wilding, A. and Gibson, D., 2009. Towards the Development of an Interactive 3D Coach Training Serious Game. In: IEEE First International Conference Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications 23-24 March 2009 Technocentre Coventry University, UK. IEEE Computer Society, 186-189.
- Kavanagh, E.J., 2006. The Effect of Motivational Highlight DVDs on State Self‐Confidence in Elite Female Hockey Players. In: Annual Conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences 2007 12-14 September 2006 Bath University.
- Kavanagh, E., Adams, A. and Lock, D., 2016. Football’s fight against homophobia might have reached a tipping point.. The Independent Online. Available from: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/football-s-fight-against-homophobia-might-have-reached-a-tipping-point-a7390451.html.
- Kavanagh, E., Adams, A. and Lock, D., 2016. Football’s fight against homophobia might have reached a tipping point. The Conversation Online. Available from: https://theconversation.com/footballs-fight-against-homophobia-might-have-reached-a-tipping-point-67802.
- Parry, K.D., Kavanagh, E. and Jones, I., 2015. Adoration and Abuse: How virtual maltreatment harms athletes. The Conversation. Available from: https://theconversation.com/adoration-and-abuse-how-virtual-maltreatment-harms-athletes-40389.
- Kavanagh, E.J. and Parry, K.D., 2013. Sledging: unacceptable in the workplace, so why not on the sports field?. The Conversation (Online). Available from: https://theconversation.com/sledging-is-out-of-order-in-the-workplace-so-why-not-the-sports-field-20812.
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Profile of Teaching UG
- Applied Coaching Science; Psychology of Human Performance; Applied Sport Psychology
- MSc in Sports Science (Sport Psychology) (Brunel University, 2006)
- PGCE in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2009)
- British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Member,