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Dr Elizabeth Partington

Assistant Professor

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Liz has lectured in sport psychology at Northumbria University since 2001. During that time, she has occupied several leadership roles, including Director of Programmes, Faculty Director of Student Satisfaction and Engagement and she is currently the Department’s Director of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. Liz is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Liz is a chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and is on the Health and Care Professions Council Register (Practitioner Psychologist). She has provided sport psychology consultancy for a variety of sports, most notably for England Badminton, the English Institute of Sport, England Athletics and within professional rugby.  She is a member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Liz’s research expertise is in narrative psychology. In particular, she is interested in the use narrative approaches to understanding athletic identity and athlete wellbeing.

Elizabeth Partington

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Liz is a cultural sport psychologist with a particular focus upon understanding athletes’ cultural identity through the lens of narrative inquiry. In her PhD, Liz used narrative approaches to explore the identity dilemmas and negotiations experienced by athletes following a significant sporting injury. More recently, Liz’s interests have broadened to include wider areas of athlete mental health and wellbeing. Current projects include the use of narrative approaches to understand and intervene with problematic student-athlete drinking, and exploration of the conceptualisation of mental health and mental illness within elite sport.

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  • Narratives of adventure, intimacy, conformity, and rejection: Narrative inquiry as a methodological approach to understanding how women student athletes 'do' sport-related drinking, Partington, S., Smith, J., Longstaff, F., Partington, E. 28 Jul 2022, In: Sport, Education and Society
  • Drinking Outcome Expectancies and Normative Perceptions of Students Engaged in University Sport in England, Longstaff, F., Heather, N., Allsop, S., Partington, E., Jankowski, M., Wareham, H., St Clair Gibson, A., Partington, S. Mar 2015, In: Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology
  • Psychophysiological responses in experienced firefighters undertaking repeated self-contained breathing apparatus tasks, Young, P., St Clair Gibson, A., Partington, E., Partington, S., Wetherell, M. 3 Nov 2014, In: Ergonomics
  • Readiness to change drinking behaviour among heavy-drinking university students in England, Longstaff, F., Heather, N., Jankowski, M., Allsop, S., Wareham, H., Partington, S., Partington, E., St Clair Gibson, A. 2014, In: Education and Health
  • Stressors and Coping Strategies of UK Firefighters during On-duty Incidents, Young, P., Partington, S., Wetherell, M., St Clair Gibson, A., Partington, E. 2014, In: Stress and Health
  • Anxiety, stress and perceived workload during the command and control of computer simulated fire service training environments, Young, P., St Clair Gibson, A., Partington, E., Partington, S., Wetherell, M. 2013, In: International Journal of Emergency Services
  • The relationship between membership of a university sports group and drinking behaviour among students at English Universities., Partington, S., Partington, E., Heather, N., Longstaff, F., Allsop, S., Jankowski, M., Wareham, H., Stephens, R., St Clair Gibson, A. 2013, In: Addiction Research & Theory
  • Alcohol Use Disorders and Hazardous Drinking among Undergraduates at English Universities, Heather, N., Partington, S., Partington, E., Longstaff, F., Allsop, S., Jankowski, M., Wareham, H., St Clair Gibson, A. 2011, In: Alcohol and Alcoholism
  • Coping strategies in UK firefighters, Young, P., St Clair Gibson, A., Partington, E., Partington, S., Wetherell, M. Aug 2010, 31st conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society
  • The "Jock Body" and the social construction of space: the performance and positioning of cultural identity, Sparkes, A., Brown, D., Partington, E. Aug 2010, In: Space and Culture

Mark Jankowski A longitudinal study of alcohol related harm in heavy drinking University students during their studies and post graduation, with particular reference to sport participation Start Date: 01/12/2011 End Date: 17/01/2020

  • Sports Science PhD June 20 2001
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2020
  • Full Member British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology 2001
  • Graduate Member (MBPsS) British Psychological Society (BPS) 2001

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