Dr Kacey Neely

Lecturer

Sport Stirling

Dr Kacey Neely

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About me

About me

From a competitive youth athlete playing soccer and basketball, to coaching youth sport, to becoming a sport psychologist, I have always been involved in sport in some capacity. I completed my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 2008. I then moved west to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where I completed my Master’s degree and PhD in sport psychology at the University of Alberta. My Master’s thesis focused on positive youth development, and I continued this line of research as a research assistant during my doctoral studies. My PhD dissertation focused on deselection in youth sport; how coaches manage the deselection process, and how athletes and their parents cope with being cut. I stayed in Edmonton for postdoctoral training in the School of Public Health in the area of school-based health promotion, before accepting a position as Lecturer at the University of Stirling and moving to Scotland in 2018.

My research area is psycho-social aspects of youth sport and physical activity. This includes looking at adversity and coping, and positive growth in young athletes, with a particularly interested in experiences of deselection/being released. I also examine positive youth development through sport which looks at the development and transfer of life skills. Lastly, I conduct research on parental involvement in youth sport. I use qualitative research methods to explore these different issues and understand athletes’ experiences.

I am a Chartered Psychologist with The British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I work as an applied sport psychology consultant with local, regional, and national sport teams, including the Canadian Women's Para Ice Hockey Team.

Research (2)

Research interests include psycho-social aspects of youth sport and physical activity; adversity, coping, and emotion; deselection/being released; positive youth development; positive growth; parenting in youth sport; mental health and wellbeing; qualitative research methods

Projects

Soccer PDP KTP
PI: Professor Angus Hunter
Funded by: Innovate UK and SoccerPDP Ltd

Parent Burnout in Youth Sport
PI: Dr Kacey Neely
Funded by: Tennis Scotland

Outputs (21)

Outputs

Article

Tomaz SA, Ryde GC, Swales B, Neely KC, Andreis F, Coffee P, Connelly J, Kirkland A, McCabe L, Watchman K, Martin JG, Pina I & Whittaker AC (2022) ". . . Exercise opportunities became very important": Scottish older adults' changes in physical activity during Covid19'. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 19, Art. No.: 16. https://doi.org/10.1186/s11556-022-00295-z

Article

Bird M, McKernan C, Montemurro G, Brown C, Flynn J, Neely KC, Sobierajski F, Sulz L & Storey K (2021) "Sleep is healthy for your body and brain." Use of student-centered photovoice to explore the translation of sleep promotion at school to sleep behavior at home. Sleep Health, 7 (5), pp. 588-595. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleh.2021.05.006

Article

Tomaz SA, Coffee P, Ryde GC, Swales B, Neely KC, Connelly J, Kirkland A, McCabe L, Watchman K, Andreis F, Martin JG, Pina I & Whittaker AC (2021) Loneliness, Wellbeing, and Social Activity in Scottish Older Adults Resulting from Social Distancing during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (9), Art. No.: 4517. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094517

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Whittaker AC, Tomaz SA, Ryde G, Connelly J, Coffee P, Kirkland A, McCabe L, Watchman K, Andreis F, Swales B, Martin JG, Pina I & Neely KC (2020) Loneliness, social support and wellbeing in Scottish older adults as a result of social distancing during the Covid19 pandemic. American Psychosomatic Society 2020 Virtual Meeting, Online, 03.12.2020-04.12.2020. https://psychosomatic.org/meetings/annual-meeting-2020/

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Whittaker AC, Tomaz SA, Coffee P, Ryde G, Connelly J, Kirkland A, McCabe L, Watchman K, Andreis F, Neely KC, Swales B, Martin JG & Pina I (2020) Impact of Covid19 social distancing on the social and mental health of Scottish older adults. Scottish Physical Activity Research Connections 2020 Digital Conference, Online, 11.11.2020-18.11.2020. https://www.sparc.education.ed.ac.uk/conference-2020/

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Tomaz SA, Ryde G, Connelly J, Swales B, Martin JG, Pina I, Neely KC, Coffee P, Kirkland A, Andreis F, McCabe L, Watchman K & Whittaker AC (2020) The impact of Covid19 on Scottish older adults’ physical activity: Changes and associations with wellbeing. Scottish Physical Activity Research Connections 2020 Digital Conference, Online, 11.11.2020-18.11.2020. https://www.sparc.education.ed.ac.uk/conference-2020/

Teaching

Teaching

Module Co-ordinator: SPSU8B4 - Psychology of Sport

BA Sport Studies: SPSU9RP - Major Research Project SPSU9B6 - PE, School Sport, and Youth Culture SPSU9D5 - The Development of Excellence in Sport SPSU711 - Introduction to Sport Studies I

MSc Psychology of Sport: SPSP010 - Dissertation SPSP040 - Applications of Sport Psychology SPSP041 - Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Psychology SPSP061 - Public Engagement in Sport and Exercise Psychology

MSc Coaching: SPSP056 - Independent Study