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James Beale,

Contact details

Position: Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology

Location: SD.1.20

Telephone: 0208 223 4098


Contact address:

School of Health, Sport and Bioscience
University of East London
Docklands Campus
University Way
E16 2RD

Brief biography

I am one of a team of sport and exercise psychology lecturers within the field of sport and exercise sciences at the University of East London.  I hold the position of Senior Lecturer, I am a HCPC Practitioner Psychologist, a BPS Chartered Sport & Exercise Psychologist and a BASES Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist.  In 2011 I was made an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society  I have been at UEL since September 2002 and have held an academic position since my arrival.

I am the Programme Leader for all MSc Sport programmes.  This includes the MSc Sport Psychology and the MSc Strength and Conditioning courses.  I sit on the School Equality and Diversity Committee, the University Health and Safety Committee and I am an active member within UCU.

I have 3 main areas of interest.  Firstly applied work, I have a wealth of applied experience in both professional and amateur sport across a diverse range of sports including among other sports, Premier League Football, First Class County Cricket, Elite League Speedway and Professional Ballroom Dancing.  I have a passion for positive psychology, especially when applied to sport.  I am also interested in the psychological benefits of exercise in natural environments (Green Exercise).

I provide media comment on sport and exercise psychology based topics.  Over the past 2 years I have provided regular comment for all of the major broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 5, ARD and Sky.  I have also provided comment to most of the broadsheet newspapers.

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Activities and responsibilities

  • MSc Sport Progammes Leader
  • Conference Organiser
  • Teaching (All Levels)
  • Media Commnet

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Areas of Interest/Summary of Expertise

  • Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Green Exercise (Exercise in natural environments)
  • Interventions within Applied Sport Psychology
  • Athletes and Coaches Perceptions of Sport Psychology
  • Exercise and Mental Health
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology Media Comment

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Teaching: Programmes

MSc Sport Psychology

BSc (hons) Applied Sport Science (All pathways)

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Teaching: Modules

I am the module leader for the modules:

  • SE 2108 Social Psychology of Sport
  • SE 2114 Psychology of Physical Activity
  • SE 3115 Applied Sport Pychology
  • SEM 003 Advanced Applied Sport Psychology

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Current research and publications

Beale, J.T & Wilson, M (2013) Sport Psychology, in Bayne, R & Jinks, G (2013) Applied Psychology: Research Training & Practice 154 - 165 2nd Sage Publications

Bull, J.E & Beale J.T (2012) A Qualitative Insight into the Impact of a Community Based Project on Antisocial Behaviour within a Deprived Urban Area: The Case of Fight for Peace, in Gilbert K & Bennett, W Sport Peace & Development  453 - 464Common Ground Publishing

Edwards, D.J., Beale, J.T & Edwards, S (2012) Influence of Actual and Virtual Chess on Neurophysiology and Cognition,  African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance (AJPHERD) Vol. 18 (4) 780 - 786

Edwards, S & Beale, J.T (2011) A Report on the Evaluation of a Breath Workshop for Stress Management by Sport Psychology Students, African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance (AJPHERD) Vol. 17 (3), 517 – 525.

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Research archive

Beale, J.T (2008) The Use of Social Networking Within the Sport and Exercise Sciences, The London Journal of Tourism, Sport and Creative Industries, Volume 1, Edition 2.

Beale, J (2007) Working with depressed clients: Valuable information and guidance for those working with this unique population in the fitness industry, Register of exercise professionals journal, issue 8

Conference Presentations:

  • Chair and Discussant

Beale, J.T (2011) International Perspectives on the Training Of Sport 7 Exercise Psychology Practitioners: 4 Different Perspectives at ‘The 13th European Congress of Sport Psychology’ 

  •  Oral Presentations

Beale, J.T (2012) Opening Address at The 2012 BASES Student Conference

Beale, J.T, Clarke-Irons, C & Silverwood, C (2012) An Interdisciplinary Approach To Supporting Professional Cricketers, Career In Sport Conference

Beale, J.T (2012) Working As A BASES  Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist 'Careers ub Sport Conference'

Beale, J.T (2011) Applied Training In Sport & Exercise Psychology For Those From A Sport Science Background In The UK at ‘The 13th European Congress of Sport Psychology’

Beale, J.T (2011) Maintaining Your Training: The Battle With The Mind.  At 'The British Military Fitness (BMF) Conference 09/11

Beale, J.T & Taboas, J.C (2009) Perceptions of Sport Psychology and The Sport Psychologist: The Director Sportifs View.  Oral presentation presented at ‘The 12th World Congress of Sport Psychology’

Enright, T., Gibbes, C., & Beale, J.T (2009) An Investigation Into Eastern European Males Motivation For Gym Usage In An East London Gym.  Oral Presentation at the ‘The 3rd International Conference For Qualitative Research In Sport And Exercise’

Beale, J.T., Johnstone, J., & Williamson, A (2007) Evaluation of an Inter-Disciplinary Sport Science Intervention to the Great Britain Under 16 Korfball Team Preparing For the Youth Talent World Cup: Oral Presentation at ‘The 12th European Congress of Sport Psychology’  

  • Poster Presentations

Edwards, D.J, Steyn, B, Beale, J.T & Buscombe, R.M (2011) The Relationship Between Psychological Skills and Psychological Well-Being at 'The 13th European Congress of Sport Psychology'

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Other scholarly activities

Conference Organiser:

2012 BASES Student Conference 12th - 14th April 2012 held at 'The University of East London' 

2012 Careers In Sport Conference Organiser 2nd November 2012 held at'The University of East London'

External Examiner:

Teesside University MSc In Sport & Exercise 2009 - present

University of West of England MSc In Sport & Exercise Psychology 2011 - present

Public Talks

Beale, J.T (2012) The Psychology of Sport, At The Dana Centre, Science Museum, London

Beale, J.T (2007) New Year New You, At The Dana Centre, Sceince Museum London


BASES International Travel Grant 2011
£500 awarded to travel to the World Congress of Sport Psychology

Commercial Publications

Beale, J.T (2005) The Role of Emotions In Cricket: How To Improve Your Mental Approach To Cricket Through Monitoring Your Optimal Performance States. In Cricket World, Autum 2005 pp 60 - 61

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Evaluation of an inter-disciplinary sports science intervention (SSI) to the Great Britain under 16 korfball team preparing for the Youth World Cup (YWC). Beale, J.T.*, Johnstone, J., & Williamson, A.*University of East London

Korfball is a mixed gender invasion game with the objective to score points through shooting a ball into a free standing basket. This paper aims to gain a qualitative appreciation of the recipients’ perspective of an inter-disciplinary SSI. The evaluation is a qualitative assessment after a proposition by Biddle et al (2001) that more diverse methods such as qualitative research is required within the sports science domain. The 3 month SSI provided evidence based support to enhance performance through utilising the areas of psychology, nutrition and physiology. The SSI, adapting methods from Halliwell et al, (2003) worked with the squad 8 times over the time period to achieve the objective in the lead up to and during the YWC. Post YWC Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) (Smith, 1997) was conducted on a representative sample (n = 4) of the squad.

Interviews were transcribed and analysed independently by 2 of the authors before coming to agreement on the themes, clusters and master themes. IPA analysis identified 2 master themes, empowerment and improved performance. Master themes were identified through 9 clusters. Empowerment master themes were derived from, education, learning, knowledge and engagement clusters. Improved performance were derived from, coach reinforcement, outcomes, coach endorsement, general effectiveness and effectiveness.

Results from the IPA suggest that the intervention had a direct positive impact on performance over the intervention period, thus suggesting this form of analysis can be applied to assess an inter-disciplinary SSI. Further qualitative research on the recipients of such interventions is necessary to gain a wider appreciation of athletes and coaches perceptions of SSIs.

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