Department for Health

Dr Rachel Arnold

A lecturer in sport and performance psychology with particular expertise in the psychology of performance excellence

Rachel Arnold

Lecturer in sport and performance psychology BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA, CPsychol
Director of StudiesBSc/MSci (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

1 West 4.109

Email: r.s.arnold@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5107

Research developments

Along with Dr David Fletcher & Professor Kevin Daniels I have developed the Organizational Stressor Indicator for Sport Performers (OSI-SP); a 23-item measure which assesses the frequency, intensity, and duration of a range of organizational stressors encountered by sport performers.

If you would like to use the OSI-SP please contact me.

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising new PhD students researching topics listed on this page.

Please contact me directly to discuss your research and opportunities for supervision.

Research project opportunities

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Profile

Rachel joined the Department for Health at the University of Bath in September 2012 following a seven-year programme at Loughborough University, during which she achieved her BSc, MSc, and PhD. The title of her PhD thesis was ‘The Assessment and Examination of Organizational Stressors in Sport Performers’. Rachel's research has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at national and international conferences.

In 2013, Rachel was awarded the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Dissertation Award, as well as the Young Investigator Award at the International Convention on Science, Education, and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS) conference in 2012. She was also awarded the Sir Robert Martin prize in 2009, which is the premier award at Loughborough University and recognises a combination of both academic and non-academic achievement. More recently (2016), Rachel has been awarded the British Psychological Society (BPS) Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology (she delivered a podcast for the BPS following this award).

Rachel is a committee member for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and has provided support to a number of athletes and teams as a BPS Chartered Psychologist. In addition, she has worked closely with sport organisations to create effective performance environments and cultures. Rachel is also the Senior Tutor and Careers Representative for the Department for Health, the Placements Tutor for the Sport and Exercise Science degree program, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Psychology Section Editor of the Journal of Applied Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Science (JACSSES), an editorial board member for various journals (e.g., The Sport Psychologist, Journal of Sport Psychology in Action), and a premier league hockey player.

Research interests

  • The Organizational Stress Process - stressors, appraisal, coping, emotions, social support, environmental and personal constraints and enablers, performance, outcomes, and stress management
  • Performance Leadership and Management - developing an organizational vision, managing logistics and operations, elite sport leadership
  • Performance Environments and Cultures - culture creation, communication, change management, high performing teams
  • The Enhancement of Personal Performance - psychological skills, achievement motivation, self-confidence, leadership and management development

Teaching

Undergraduate

Publications

Book Sections

Fletcher, D. and Arnold, R., 2016. Forthcoming. Stress in sport:the role of the organizational environment. In: Wagstaff, C., ed. An Organizational Psychology of Sport. .

Fletcher, D. and Arnold, R., 2015. Performance leadership and management in elite sport::Current status and future directions. In: Andersen, S., Houlihan, B. and Ronglan, L. T., eds. Managing elite sport systems:. Taylor & Francis, pp. 162-181.

Articles

Arnold, R., Wagstaff, C. R. D., Steadman, L. and Pratt, Y., 2016. The organizational stressors encountered by athletes with a disability. Journal of Sports Sciences

Arnold, R., Fletcher, D. and Daniels, K., 2016. Organisational stressors, coping, and outcomes in competitive sport. Journal of Sports Sciences

Arnold, R., Ponnusamy, V., Zhang, C.-Q. and Gucciardi, D. F., 2016. Cross cultural validity and measurement invariance of the organizational stressor indicator for sport performers (OSI-SP) across three countries. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports

Bird, J. M., Hall, J., Arnold, R., Karageorghis, C. I. and Hussein, A., 2016. Effects of music and music-video on core affect during exercise at the lactate threshold. Psychology of Music

Arnold, R., Fletcher, D. and Daniels, K., 2016. Demographic differences in sport performers’ experiences of organizational stressors. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 26 (3), pp. 348-358.

Molan, C., Matthews, J. and Arnold, R., 2016. Leadership off the pitch:the role of the manager in semi-professional football. European Sport Management Quarterly, 16 (3), pp. 274-291.

Arnold, R., Fletcher, D. and Anderson, R., 2015. Leadership and management in elite sport:Factors perceived to influence performance. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 10 (2/3), pp. 285-304.

Arnold, R. and Fletcher, D., 2015. Confirmatory factor analysis of the Sport Emotion Questionnaire in organisational environments. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33 (2), pp. 169-179.

Arnold, R. and Sarkar, M., 2015. Preparing athletes and teams for the Olympic Games:Experiences and lessons learned from the world's best sport psychologists. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 13 (1), pp. 4-20.

Arnold, R., Hewton, E. and Fletcher, D., 2015. Preparing our greatest team:The design and delivery of a preparation camp for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal, 5 (4), pp. 1-23.

Arnold, R. and Pummell, E., 2014. Inaugural Psychology Section Editorial. Journal of Applied Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Science, 1 (1), pp. 13-16.

Arnold, R., Fletcher, D. and Daniels, K., 2013. Development and validation of the Organizational Stressor Indicator for Sport Performers (OSI-SP). Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 35 (2), pp. 180-196.

Arnold, R. and Fletcher, D., 2012. A research synthesis and taxonomic classification of the organizational stressors encountered by sport performers. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34 (3), pp. 397-429.

Arnold, R., Fletcher, D. and Molyneux, L., 2012. Performance leadership and management in elite sport:Recommendations, advice, and suggestions from national performance directors. European Sport Management Quarterly, 12 (4), pp. 317-336.

Arnold, R. and Fletcher, D., 2012. Psychometric issues in organizational stressor research: A review and implications for sport psychology. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 16, pp. 81-100.

Fletcher, D. and Arnold, R., 2011. A qualitative study of performance leadership and management in elite sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 23 (2), pp. 223-242.

Conference or Workshop Items

Brown, D. J., Arnold, R. and Reid, T., 2015. A qualitative study of thriving in elite athletes. In: FEPSAC Conference, 2015-07-14, Switzerland.

Arnold, R. and Fletcher, D., 2015. Confirmatory factor analysis of the Sport Emotion Questionnaire (SEQ) in organizational environments. In: FEPSAC Conference, 2015-07-14, Switzerland.

Arnold, R., Fletcher, D. and Hobson, J., 2015. Follower perceptions of “Dark” leaders in elite sport: A qualitative study. In: FEPSAC Conference, 2015-07-14, Switzerland.

Arnold, R., 2015. Measuring and addressing the organizational stressors encountered by sport performers operating in various populations and cultures. In: FEPSAC Conference, 2015-07-14, Switzerland.

Arnold, R., Fletcher, D. and Daniels, K., 2015. Organizational stressors, coping, and outcomes in competitive sport. In: BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, 2015-12-15, Leeds.

Brown, D., Arnold, R., Fletcher, D. and Standage, M., 2015. Recent developments in thriving research in performance sport. In: American Psychological Association Annual Convention, 2015-08-06 - 2015-08-09, OT.

Addis, C. and Arnold, R., 2014. A mixed-methods examination of organizational stressors and coping in equestrian. In: British Association of Sport & Exercise Science Annual Conference, 2014-11-25, St George's Park.

Arnold, R., 2014. Measuring and Addressing Organizational Stressors in Sport for Performance and Well-Being Benefits. In: World Congress of Sport and Exercise Medicine, 2014-08-01, Malaysia.

Arnold, R., 2014. Organizational Stress:From Theory and Empirical Studies to Practice. In: Invited Presentation at Taiwan National Sports University, 2014-03-03.

Arnold, R. and Fletcher, D., 2013. Organizational Stressor Research in Competitive Sport. In: The BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, 2013-12-16.

Arnold, R., Fletcher, D. and Hewton, E., 2013. Preparing our greatest team: Factors affecting the design and delivery of an Olympic Games preparation camp. In: Association for Applied Sport Psychology 28th Annual Conference, 2013-10-02 - 2013-10-05, New Orleans.

Arnold, R., 2013. Recent developments in organizational stressor research in competitive sport. In: International Society of Sport Psychology 13th World Congress, 2013-07-21 - 2013-07-25.

Arnold, R., Fletcher, D. and Daniels, K., 2012. Development and initial validation of the Organizational Stressor Indicator for Sport Performers (OSI-SP). In: Meeting of the International Convention on Science, Education, and Medicine in Sport, 2012-07-01.

Arnold, R. and Fletcher, D., 2012. Performance leadership and management. In: Meeting of the International Convention on Science, Education, and Medicine in Sport, 2012-07-01.

Arnold, R. and Fletcher, D., 2011. Lead to succeed: An evidence based approach to performance leadership and management in elite sport. In: Meeting of the European Federation of Sport Psychology, 2011-07-01.

Arnold, R. and Fletcher, D., 2011. Psychometric issues in organizational stressor research: A review and implications for sport psychology. In: Annual meeting of the European College of Sport Science, 2011-07-01.

Fletcher, D. and Arnold, R., 2010. A qualitative study of performance leadership and management in elite sport. In: Annual meeting of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, 2010-10-01.

Arnold, R., Fletcher, D. and Molyneux, L., 2010. Performance leadership and management in elite sport: Recommendations, advice, and suggestions from national performance directors. In: Annual meeting of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, 2010-10-01.

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