Biography

Dr Charlotte Woodcock is a Research Associate in applied qualitative health research.


Following an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh, Charlotte specialised in Sport and Exercise Psychology (2006, MSc Performance Psychology, University of Edinburgh; 2011, PhD Sport Psychology, University of Birmingham). She holds a PGCert in Higher and Professional Education from Staffordshire University, and is a Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy.


Dr Woodcock’s career has stretched across multiple strands of applied academic endeavour encompassing teaching, consultancy, and research. Dr Woodcock began her post-doctoral career as a multimethod Research Associate supporting projects at the University of Birmingham (psychological skills and well-being in pre-professional dancers) and Loughborough University (impact of performance lifestyle advisors for career development and transitions of international athletes).


In 2012 Dr Woodcock became a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Staffordshire University. In conjunction with developing her academic career, Dr Woodcock consulted in applied sport psychology working with performers across a variety of disciplines from basketball (IMG Academies, Florida) to rugby (Scottish Rugby Union) and dance (Elmhurst Ballet School, English National Ballet School).


Dr Woodcock’s work has always focused on individuals’ health and well-being in challenging environments. Most recently, Dr Woodcock helped evaluate the Empowering Coaching for Doorstep Sport education programme for physical activity leaders working with young people living in deprived areas of the UK.


Now based in the Versus Arthritis Primary Care Centre, Dr Woodcock is part of the PROMPPT research team. PROMPPT is a 5-year study aiming to improve outcomes for patients using opioid medicines for persistent non-cancer pain.

Research and scholarship

Dr Woodcock’s research focuses on a wide variety of areas relating to Sport and Exercise Psychology from practitioner professional development, psychometric questionnaire design and validation, and psychosocial factors associated with performance enhancement and well-being. Throughout her career she has developed multimethod skills often incorporating the strengths of both research approaches into her work.

Teaching

Dr Woodcock supports undergraduate medical students’ experiential learning.

Further information

Dr Woodcock regularly reviews for international journals such as the European Journal of Sport Science and The Sport Psychologist.

Selected Publications

  • Turner MJ, Allen MS, Slater MJ, Barker JB, Woodcock C, Harwood CG, McFayden K. 2018. The Development and Initial Validation of the Irrational Performance Beliefs Inventory (iPBI). European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 174-180, vol. 34(3). doi>
  • Cumming J, Woodcock C, Cooley SJ, Holland MJG, Burns VE. 2015. Development and validation of the groupwork skills questionnaire (GSQ) for higher education. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 988-1001, vol. 40(7). doi>
  • Sharp L-A, Woodcock C, Holland MJG, Cumming J, Duda JL. 2013. A Qualitative Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Mental Skills Training Program for Youth Athletes. The Sport Psychologist, 219-232, vol. 27(3). doi>
  • Woodcock C, Cumming J, Duda JL, Sharp L-A. 2012. Working within an Individual Zone of Optimal Functioning (IZOF) framework: Consultant practice and athlete reflections on refining emotion regulation skills. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 291-302, vol. 13(3). doi>
  • Woodcock C, Duda JL, Cumming J, Sharp L-A, Holland MJG. 2012. Assessing Mental Skill and Technique Use in Applied Interventions: Recognizing and Minimizing Threats to the Psychometric Properties of the TOPS. The Sport Psychologist, 1-15, vol. 26(1). doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Turner MJ, Allen MS, Slater MJ, Barker JB, Woodcock C, Harwood CG, McFayden K. 2018. The Development and Initial Validation of the Irrational Performance Beliefs Inventory (iPBI). European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 174-180, vol. 34(3). doi>
  • Cumming J, Woodcock C, Cooley SJ, Holland MJG, Burns VE. 2015. Development and validation of the groupwork skills questionnaire (GSQ) for higher education. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 988-1001, vol. 40(7). doi>
  • Sharp L-A, Woodcock C, Holland MJG, Cumming J, Duda JL. 2013. A Qualitative Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Mental Skills Training Program for Youth Athletes. The Sport Psychologist, 219-232, vol. 27(3). doi>
  • Woodcock C, Cumming J, Duda JL, Sharp L-A. 2012. Working within an Individual Zone of Optimal Functioning (IZOF) framework: Consultant practice and athlete reflections on refining emotion regulation skills. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 291-302, vol. 13(3). doi>
  • Woodcock C, Duda JL, Cumming J, Sharp L-A, Holland MJG. 2012. Assessing Mental Skill and Technique Use in Applied Interventions: Recognizing and Minimizing Threats to the Psychometric Properties of the TOPS. The Sport Psychologist, 1-15, vol. 26(1). doi>
  • Woodcock C, Holland MJG, Duda JL, Cumming J. 2011. Psychological Qualities of Elite Adolescent Rugby Players: Parents, Coaches, and Sport Administration Staff Perceptions and Supporting Roles. The Sport Psychologist, 411-443, vol. 25(4). doi>
  • Holland MJG, Woodcock C, Cumming J, Duda JL. 2010. Mental Qualities and Employed Mental Techniques of Young Elite Team Sport Athletes. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 19-38, vol. 4(1). doi>
  • Woodcock C, Richards H, Mugford A. 2008. Quality Counts: Critical Features for Neophyte Professional Development. The Sport Psychologist, 491-506, vol. 22(4). doi>