Originally from New Zealand, I joined the staff in the School of Sport in February 2011. Prior to my appointment, I lectured at the University of Otago and University of Waikato in New Zealand. I have a PhD in Sport Psychology and my research interests relate to both coaching and sport psychology.
My research examines the coaching process, coach development and support, coach-created motivational climate and autonomy support, coaches’ influence on athletes’ experiences in sport, participants’ motivation, and the psychosocial and life skills development of young people through sport participation. My research has been presented at international conferences and is published in peer reviewed journals and book chapter
Current students and topics
Franciso Fardilha - Creativity in sport: Conceptualisation and development.
Fiona MacNeill - Coaches' role in support for injured athletes.
Mark Carroll - Antecedents of need supportive, thwarting, and depriving coaching.
Jordan MacLean - Community coaches' learning and development.
Simon Taylor - Athletes' fear of failure: The coaches' roles.
John Taylor - The use of logic models for evaluation of sport for change programmes.
Sinfield D, Allen J & Collins L (2020) A comparative analysis of the coaching skills required by coaches operating in different non-competitive paddlesport settings. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 20 (2), pp. 170-184. https://doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2019.1609998
Allen J & Cooper D (2020) "I don't want to give them my brain for the day. . . and then take it back": An examination of the coach-created motivational climate in adult adventure sports.. International Sport Coaching Journal/ISCJ.
Allen J & Reid C (2019) Scaffolding women coaches' development: A program to build coaches' competence and confidence. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 27 (2), pp. 101-109. https://doi.org/10.1123/wspaj.2018-0047
Cronin L, Allen J, Ellison P, Marchant D, Levy A & Harwood C (2019) Development and Initial Validation of the Life Skills Ability Scale for Higher Education Students. Studies in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2019.1672641
Cronin L, Marchant D, Allen J, Mulvenna C, Cullen D, Williams G & Ellison P (2019) Students' perceptions of autonomy-supportive versus controlling teaching and basic need satisfaction versus frustration in relation to life skills development in PE. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 44, pp. 79-89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.05.003
de Sa Fardilha F & Allen J (2019) Defining, Assessing, and Developing Creativity in Sport: A Systematic Narrative Review. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/1750984X.2019.1616315
Macdonald S & Allen J (2019) Coach-created talent development motivational climate in Canoe Slalom in the United Kingdom. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ, 6 (1), pp. 74-87. https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2017-0091
Ritchie D, Allen JB & Kirkland A (2018) Where science meets practice: Olympic coaches’ crafting of the tapering process. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36 (10), pp. 1145-1154. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2017.1362717
Cronin LD, Allen J, Mulvenna C & Russell P (2018) An Investigation of the Relationships Between the Teaching Climate, Students' Perceived Life Skills Development and Well-Being Within Physical Education. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 23 (2), pp. 181-196. https://doi.org/10.1080/17408989.2017.1371684
Cronin LD & Allen J (2018) Examining the relationships among the coaching climate, life skills development and well-being in sport. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 13 (6), pp. 815-827. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954118787949
Cronin LD, Allen J, Ellison P, Marchant D, Levy A & Harwood C (2017) The importance of life skills for sports degree students: How they contribute to students' academic performance, health-related quality of life and flourishing. BASES-FEPSAC Conference 2017, Nottingham, 28.11.2017-29.11.2017.
Allen J, Morris R, Dimeo P & Robinson L (2017) Precipitating or prohibiting factor: Coaches’ perceptions of their role and actions in anti-doping. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 12 (5), pp. 577-587. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954117727653
Allen J, Taylor J, Dimeo P & Robinson L (2015) Predicting elite Scottish athletes’ attitudes towards doping: examining the contribution of achievement goals and motivational climate. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33 (9), pp. 899-906. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2014.976588
Ritchie D & Allen J (2015) 'Let Them Get on With it': Coaches' Perceptions of their Roles and Coaching Practices During Olympic and Paralympic Games. International Sport Coaching Journal, 2 (2), pp. 108-124. https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2014-0092
Allen J, Dimeo P, Morris R, Dixon S & Robinson L (2013) Precipitating or prohibiting factor? Examining coaches’ perspectives of their role in doping and anti-doping. World Anti-Doping Agency. Social Science Research Scheme. World Anti-Doping Agency Social Science Research Scheme. http://www.wada-ama.org/en/Education-Awareness/Social-Science/Funded-Research-Projects/
Lynn A, Allen J & Taylor J (2013) Positive Coaching Scotland: Final Evaluation report for sportscotland. Sportscotland. sportscotland. http://www.sportscotland.org.uk/resources/resources/positive_coaching_scotland_reports/
Dimeo P, Allen J, Taylor J, Dixon S & Robinson L (2013) Team dynamics and doping in sport: A risk or a protective factor?. World Anti-Doping Agency. Target Research Scheme. University of Stirling School of Sport. http://www.wada-ama.org/Documents/Education_Awareness/SocialScienceResearch/Funded_Research_Projects/Dimeo_Team_Dynamics_2011_Report_EN.pdf
Allen J & Shaw S (2013) An Interdisciplinary Approach to Examining the Working Conditions of Women Coaches. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 8 (1), pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1260/1747-9522.214.171.124
Allen J (2013) AAM Women in Coaching Project [Aberdeen Asset Management Women in Coaching Programme]. Scottish Hockey; Aberdeen Asset Management. University of Stirling. http://www.scottish-hockey.org.uk/coaching/aberdeen-asset-management-women-in-coaching-programme.aspx
Allen J, Bell A, Lynn A, Taylor J & Lavallee D (2012) Identifying excellent coaching practice along the sporting pathway. sportscoachUK. http://www.sportscoachuk.org/resource/identifying-excellent-coaching-practice-along-sporting-pathway
Shaw S & Allen J (2010) An interdisciplinary approach to examining organisational support for high performance women coaches. In: Halloway AS (ed.) Women in Sports. New York: Nova Science Publishers, pp. 1- 27. https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=15310
Shaw S & Allen J (2009) The experiences of high performance women coaches: A case study of two Regional Sport Organisations. Sport Management Review, 12 (4), pp. 217-228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2009.03.005
Allen J & Shaw S (2009) Women coaches' perceptions of their sport organizations' social environment: Supporting coaches' psychological needs?. Sport Psychologist, 23 (3), pp. 346-366. http://journals.humankinetics.com/tsp-back-issues/TSPVolume23Issue3September/WomenCoachesPerceptionsofTheirSportOrganizationsSocialEnvironmentSupportingCoachesPsychologicalNeeds
Allen J & Shaw S (2009) "Everyone rolls up their sleeves and mucks in": Exploring volunteers' motivation and experiences of the motivational climate of a sporting event. Sport Management Review, 12 (2), pp. 79-90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2008.12.002
Allen J & Hodge KP (2006) Fostering a Learning Environment: Coaches and the Motivational Climate. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 1 (3), pp. 261-277. https://doi.org/10.1260/174795406778604564
Shaw S & Allen J (2006) "It basically is a fairly loose arrangement ... and that works out fine, really" Analysing the Dynamics of an Interorganisational Partnership. Sport Management Review, 9 (3), pp. 203-228. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1441-3523%2806%2970026-2
Shaw S & Allen J (2006) "We actually trust the community:" Examining the dynamics of a nonprofit funding relationship in New Zealand. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 17 (3), pp. 211-220. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-006-9018-0
Allen J (2005) Measuring social motivational orientations in sport: An examination of the construct and concurrent validity of the SMOSS. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 3 (2), pp. 147-62. http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rijs20/3/2; https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2005.9671764
Allen J, Kozub SA & Hall H (2004) Perceived belonging in sport scale: Construct and concurrent validity. Annual meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Vancouver, BC,. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 26 (Supplement), pp. S25-S25. http://journals.humankinetics.com/jsep-back-issues/jsep-volume-26-supplement-june/2004NASPSPAVancouverFreeCommunications
Allen J (2003) Social Motivation in Youth Sport. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 25 (4), pp. 551-567. http://journals.humankinetics.com/jsep-back-issues/JSEPVolume25Issue4December/SocialMotivationinYouthSport
Smith M, Duda J, Allen J & Hall H (2002) Contemporary measures of approach and avoidance goal orientations: Similarities and differences. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 72 (2), pp. 155-190. https://doi.org/10.1348/000709902158838
Allen J & Howe BL (1998) Player ability, coach feedback, and female adolescent athletes' perceived competence and satisfaction. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 20 (3), pp. 280-299. http://journals.humankinetics.com/jsep-back-issues/JSEPVolume20Issue3September/PlayerAbilityCoachFeedbackandFemaleAdolescentAthletesPerceivedCompetenceandSatisfaction