Applied Psychology and Coaching (APAC)

The Applied Psychology and Coaching (APAC) Research Group are interested in research designed to enhance the performance and well-being of individuals. The scope of the research is varied including a range of different sports (e.g., Running, Netball, Combat Sports),  sports coaching (e.g. emotional intelligence and coaching efficacy), sports officiating (e.g., Netball umpires), physical activity, business coaching, education, and the psychology of leisure activities.

Current Projects

Getting the nation in the mood!

Getting the nation healthy!

  • At present, a member of the research team is providing a walking intervention for university staff. This project operates from the Walsall campus and will facilitate an exploration of the benefits of exercise for participants. For further details regarding this project please contact Belinda Bowd (
  • For a more detailed overview of publications which emanate from the work of this group, please consult individual staff profiles available to view through the links above, or the Staff Directory.

Postgraduate (research) Study

Many members of APAC actively support students engaging in Postgraduate study – both on Taught courses and through Research degrees. Current PhD students include:

Recent PhD success

  • Andrew Friesen recently completed his PhD. He examined emotions in sport and the ways in which athletes try to regulate both their own emotions prior to competition, and those of their team-mates. He worked with an ice-hockey to ensure he captured real world as they occured naturally.  Since starting in 2010, he has presented at conferences in the UK, Canada, and the USA. Publications so far include: Friesen, A. P., Lane, A. M., Devonport, T. J., Sellars, C. N., Stanley, D. M., & Beedie, C. J. (2012). Emotion in sport: Considering interpersonal regulation strategies. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 6, 139-154. DOI:10.1080/1750984X.2012.742921
  • Chris Fullerton is conducting a PhD examining self-control. He is investigating mechanisms that explain poor self-control, specifically he plans to examine the new model proposed by Beedie and Lane (2012). Chris started in October 2012 and has attended a workshop on emotion regulation strategies used by psychologists and clinical psychologists and conducted applied work with a professional soccer team. 


For further information on the work of this group, or to discuss opportunities for collaboration and/or consultancy relating to our areas of expertise, please contact Dr Tracey Devonport or Professor Andy Lane.

Group Members

Selected Publications

  • Beedie, C. J., & Lane. A. M. (2012). The role of glucose in self-control: Another look at the evidence and an alternative conceptualization. Personality and Social Psychology Review. 16, 2,143-153. doi:10.1177/1088868311419817
  • Beedie, C. J., Terry, P. C., Lane, A. M., & Devonport, T. J. (2011). Differential assessment of emotions and moods: Development and validation of the Emotion and Mood Components of Anxiety Questionnaire. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 228-233. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2010.09.034
  • Beedie, C. J., Lane, A. M., Wilson. (2012). A possible role for emotion and emotion regulation in physiological responses to false performance feedback in 10km laboratory cycling. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback., 37, 269-277. DOI 10.1007/s10484-012-9200-7
  • Devonport, T. J., & Lane, A. M. (2009). Reflecting on the delivery of a longitudinal coping intervention amongst junior national netball players. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 8, 169-178.
  • Devonport, T. J., Lane, A. M., & Biscomb, K. (2013). Stress and coping in national adolescent netball. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 7, 161– 177.
  • Devonport, T. J., Lane, A. M., & Lloyd, J. (2011). Keeping your cool: A case study of a female explorers solo North Pole expedition. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine,22(4), 333-7.DOI: 10.1016/j.wem.2011.07.003.
  • Fallon, P., & Schofield, P. (2003) ‘Just trying to keep the customer satisfied’: a comparison of models used in the measurement of tourist satisfaction. Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality and Tourism, 4, 77-96.
  • Galloway, S. M. (2007). Consulting with Olympic Track and Field Hopefuls: It can’t be this easy … or could it?Athletic Insight. 9(4). 29-36.
  • Lane, A. M., Beedie, C. J., Jones, M. V., Uphill, M., & Devonport, T. J. (2012). The BASES Expert Statement on emotion regulation in sport. Journal of Sports Sciences,30(11), 1189-1195. DOI:10.1080/02640414.2012.693621. Based on the BASES expert statement.
  • Lane, A. M., & Wilson, M. (2011). Emotions and emotional intelligence among ultra-endurance runners. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 14, 358-362.
  • Lane, A. M., Davis, P. A., & Devonport, T. J. (2011). Emotion regulation during running: A test of interventions using music. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 10, 400-407.
  • Stanley, D. M., Beedie, C. J., Lane, A.M., Friesen, A. P., & Devonport, T. J. (2012). Emotion regulation strategies used by runners prior to training and competition. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 10, 159-171.  DOI:10.1080/1612197X.2012.671910
  • Terry, P. C., & Lane, A. M. (2010) User guide to Brunel Mood Scale. University of Southern Queensland.