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Dr. Andrew Cruickshank

Lecturer in Coaching and Performance

School of Sport and Wellbeing

Greenbank 153

acruickshank1@uclan.ac.uk

Andrew is a member of the Institute of Coaching and Performance (ICap) and works primarily on ICaP’s Professional Doctorate and Masters programmes in Elite Performance. He is also an active researcher, with particular interests in elite team leadership/management, culture change, coaching, expertise, and individual/team performance. Andrew is also currently Senior Sport Psychologist for British Judo, a consultant for the Motor Sport Association, and involved with a range of other elite-level clients. Previously a professional footballer with Hibernian FC, Andrew is also a UEFA licensed coach.

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Having completed his PhD at UCLan in 2013, Andrew moved into a lecturing role to support students on ICaP’s Professional Doctorate and Masters programmes. In this role, Andrew support students with their practice-focused work on topics such as performance management/leadership, talent development, coaching, applied sport psychology, policing, professional training and development, organizational systems/processes, and multi-/inter-disciplinary support systems and processes.

As a researcher, Andrew has published on a range of performance-related topics, including culture change, leadership, preparation, and sport psychology practice in elite environments. Andrew has also delivered a number of presentations at national conferences, invited presentations at other institutions, and professional presentations/workshops to groups including the British Psychological Society, the Rugby Football Union, and professional football clubs. Andrew is also a reviewer for a number of academic journals, including the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Journal of Sport Psychology in Action.

As a practitioner, Andrew currently works as Senior Sport Psychologist for British Judo and provides support to performers, coaches, and management. Andrew has also provided consultancy to the Motor Sport Association’s Team UK/Academy arm for the last five years alongside work with a range of other clients; including Hibernian FC and junior/senior elite performers in athletics, road cycling, mountain biking, golf, and badminton.

Academic Qualifications:

PhD – Sport psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 2013
MSc – Performance Psychology, University of Edinburgh, 2009
BSc (Hons.) – Psychology, University of Edinburgh, 2008

Professional Qualifications:

Registered Sport & Exercise Psychologist – Health & Care Professions Council, 2013
Chartered Psychologist – British Psychological Society, 2013
UEFA C License – Scottish Football Association, 2014

Publications

Collins, D., & Cruickshank, A. (2015). The P7 Approach to the Olympic challenge: Sharing a practical framework for mission preparation and execution. International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 13, 21-28.

Cruickshank, A., & Collins, D. (2015). Winning formula, man management and the inner game: Commonalities of success in the Ryder Cup and Super Bowl – A commentary. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 10, 269-273.

Cruickshank, A., & Collins, D. (2015). Illuminating and Applying “The Dark Side”: Insights from Elite Team Leaders. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 27, 249-267.

Cruickshank, A., & Collins, D. (2015). The Sport Coach. In I. O’Boyle, D. Murray & P. Cummins (Eds.), Leadership in Sport (pp. 155-172). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

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Research

Research Activities

Actively researching in areas including culture change, elite team management/leadership, talent development, coaching, applied sport psychology, policing, professional training and development, organizational systems/processes, and multi-/inter-disciplinary support systems and processes.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Tutor for students on ICaP’s Professional Doctorate and Masters programmes in Elite Performance.

External Affiliations and Roles

Member of the Qualification Reference Group for the Stage 2 Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (British Psychological Society)

Conferences

Eubank, M., Nesti, M., Reeves, C., & Cruickshank, A. (2013). Understanding sport environments and culture: Impact for the professional training and supervision of sport psychologists. Workshop at the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society, Manchester.

Cruickshank, A., & Collins, D. (2012, October). Culture change in professional teams: Delivering an organisational construct in performance environments. Paper presented at the Sport and Exercise Psychology in Action Conference of the British Psychological Society, Portsmouth.

Cruickshank, A., & Collins, D. (2012, April). Knock-knock. Who’s there? UK Sport, a Board of Directors, support staff, performers and the mass media: Delivering culture change in British Olympic teams. Paper presented at the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Biennial Conference of the British Psychological Society, London.

Cruickshank, A., & Collins, D. (2010, December). How many psychologists does it take to change a sports team? How the sport psychologist might facilitate culture change in an elite performance environment. Paper presented at the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Biennial Conference of the British Psychological Society, London.