Dr Rosie Arthur is a lecturer within the School of Psychology, Sociology and Education at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
- Research Interests
- Research Publications
- Teaching & Learning
My interest in Sport and Exercise Psychology developed through my experiences as an athlete and led me to complete an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology. I went on to deliver sport psychology consultancy to a wide range of athletes and coaches, whilst I completed my PhD at Bangor University, Wales investigating the coaching of psychological skills and coach behaviour change interventions with Sport Wales. In my first permanent academic position at the University of the West of Scotland, I began to investigate physical activity, cognition and health behaviour change of children and other vulnerable groups (e.g., elderly and disadvantaged adults).
I have also led psycho-physiological research projects researching the relationships between cognitive and physiological processes associated with refereeing, high intensity training and endurance performance. I started working at QMU in 2022, where I continue to investigate cognition and behaviour change in physical activity and sports contexts. I am currently developing research to understand more about physical activity, mental health and learning, with a particular focus on the use of the play, the outdoors and blue spaces as tools for learning and improved cognition, and mental well-being.
I conduct research using both qualitative and quantitative approaches and I have expertise in psychometric measurement and validation. I enjoy partnering with organisations seeking to improve health, well-being and diversity via sport and physical activity.
Affiliations (including memberships) to other organisations:
- Fellow of Advance HE
- Member of British Psychological Society
- Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise
I investigate the cognitive and behaviour change processes involved in physical activity and sports contexts. I am developing research to understand more about physical activity, screen time, mental health and learning, with a particular focus on the use of play and outdoor environments as a tools for learning and improved mental well-being. I enjoy partnering with organisations seeking to improve health, well-being and diversity via sport and physical activity.
Active Research Interests:
- Mental health
- Trauma and physical activity
- Experiences and programmes (e.g., surf therapy, Street Soccer)
- Cognitive processes related to physical activity, and spending time in green and blue spaces
- Play, physical activity and learning in schools
- Mental fatigue and screen time of children, families and athletes
- Behaviour change interventions
- Leadership in Sport and Exercise contexts
- Mixed methods and participatory approaches to asking and answering research questions
- Qualitative approaches
- Thematic Analysis
- Narrative Analysis
- Framework Analysis)
- Quantitative Statistics
- Parametric and non-parametric testing
- Multi-level modelling
- Psychometric measurement and validation
I teach on the BSc Psychology programme at QMU on topics relating to Cognitive Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Social Psychology and Research Methods.