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Personal Statement

I joined the School of Psychological Sciences and Health in 2012 and I am currently a Lecturer in Physical Activity for Health. My main areas of teaching are Sport Psychology and Physical Activity Psychology. My current research interests focus on the psychological determinants of physical activity behaviour in adolescent girls, physical activity and sedentary behaviour in school and key transitions in sport and phyiscal activity contexts.

I am a BASES accredited Sport Scientist (Psychology) and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. I currently provide psychological support to a number of elite athletes and coaches in Scotland, working with Basketball, Rugby, Golf and Football.

 

Research Interests

My research interests mainly involve the psychological determinants of physical activity behaviour and the psychology of elite sport. Previous doctoral work focused on the psychological determinants of physical activity behaviour in adolescent girls during the transition from primary to secondary school. More recent work with this population sample is examining the efficacy of a physical activity consultation intervention with adolescent girls using social media as a follow-up strategy for behaviour change. Additional work examining physical activity and sedentary behaviour of adolescents within the school environment is also on-going.  I have a keen interest in transitions in sport and physical activity contexts, with a current postgraduate student project examining student health behaviours during the transition to University.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Psychological determinants of physical activity behaviour
  • Physical activity behaviour in adolescent girls
  • Transitions in sport and physical activity
  • Qualitative research methods in sport and physical activity
  • Applied sport psychology

Teaching Interests

I am class leader for the Sport and Physical Activity Psychology classes on the undergradute degree programme and contribute to the Research Project and Culture and Context in Sport classes. I supervise undergraduate dissertation projects and postgraduate MPhil and PhD students.

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Selected Projects 2013 2019

Selected Research Output 2007 2018

A longitudinal examination of students' health behaviours during their first year at university

Gibson, A-M., Shaw, J., Hewitt, A., Easton, C., Robertson, S. & Gibson, N. 29 Jun 2016 In : Journal of Further and Higher Education. 10 p.

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Impact of low volume, high intensity interval training on maximal aerobic capacity, health-related quality of life and motivation to exercise in ageing men

Knowles, A-M., Herbert, P., Easton, C., Scunthorpe, N. & Grace, F. M. Mar 2015 In : Age. 37, 25

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Social Psychology of Sport and Exercise: Linking Theory to Practice

Knowles, A-M., Shanmugam, V. & Lorimer, R. Mar 2015 252 p.

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The effect of a home-based strength training program on type 2 diabetes risk in obese Latino boys

Kelly, L. A., Loza, A., Lin, X., Schroeder, E. T., Hughes, A., Kirk, A. & Knowles, A-M. 7 Mar 2015 In : Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism. 28, 3-4, p. 315–322 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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A case study of an athlete’s experience of multiple change-events moving between team and individual sports

Knowles, A-M. & Lorimer, R. 1 Jan 2014 In : Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. 26, 2, p. 197-210 14 p.

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Football
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The influence of maturation, body size and physical self-perceptions on longitudinal changes in physical activity in adolescent girls

Fawkner, S., Henretty, J., Knowles, A-M., Nevill, A. & Niven, A. 2014 In : Journal of Sport Sciences. 32, 4, p. 392-401 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Physiological and psychological health effects of Nordic walking on sedentary adults

Knowles, A-M., Hill, J., Davies, H., Dancy, B., Mistry, N., Mellor, R. & Howatson, G. Apr 2012 In : Journal of Sport and Health Research. 4, 1, p. 45-56 12 p.

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A longitudinal examination of the influence of maturation on physical self-perceptions and the relationship with physical activity in early adolescent girls

Knowles, A-M., Niven, A., Fawkner, S. & Henretty, J. Jun 2009 In : Journal of Adolescence. 32, 3, p. 555-566 12 p.

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Social physique anxiety and physical activity in early adolescent girls: the influence of maturation and physical activity motives

Niven, A., Fawkner, S., Knowles, A-M., Henretty, J. & Stephenson, C. 2009 In : Journal of Sports Sciences. 27, 3, p. 299-305 6 p.

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Maturational differences in physical self-perceptions and the relationship with physical activity in early adolescent girls

Niven, A., Fawkner, S., Knowles, A-M. & Stephenson, C. Nov 2007 In : Pediatric Exercise Science. 19, 4, p. 472-480 9 p.

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Thesis

An examination of undergraduate student health behaviours during their first year at two Scottish universities

Author: Shaw, J., 1 Jul 2014

Supervisor: Hewitt, A. (Supervisor) & Gibson, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Selected Activities 2009 2015

  • 6 Participation in conference
  • 3 Journal peer review
  • 2 Examination
  • 1 Membership of committee

External Examiner

Gibson, A. (External Examiner)
20142019

Activity: Examination

American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting

Gibson, A. (Speaker)
24 May 2014

Activity: Participation in conference