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Dr Claire Thornton

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Claire joined the university in February 2017. She has worked in the higher education sector for over 15 years while studying part time for both an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (Staffordshire University) and a PhD (University of Derby). Claire has coached a number of sports including netball, football and badminton and has worked with athletes from a range of backgrounds/abilities. Her teaching interests centre on sport and exercise psychology and research methods. 

Campus Address

NB 234
Northumberland building, City campus


Qualifications

  • Sport PhD January 31 2018
  • Sport MSc July 01 2010
  • Member British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) 2017

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • ‘Don’t touch my bag’, Allen-Baker, G., Thornton, C., Riby, H. 14 Oct 2019, In: The Sports Psychologist
  • Motor performance during experimental pain, Thornton, C., Sheffield, D., Baird, A. 1 May 2019, In: European Journal of Pain
  • The impact of group cohesion on key success measures in higher education, Thornton, C., Miller, P., Perry, K. 16 Apr 2019, In: Journal of Further and Higher Education
  • A longitudinal exploration of pain tolerance and participation in contact sports, Thornton, C., Sheffield, D., Baird, A. Jul 2017, In: Scandinavian Journal of Pain

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Claire joined the university in February 2017. She has worked in the higher education sector for over 15 years while studying part time for both an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (Staffordshire University) and a PhD (University of Derby). Claire has coached a number of sports including netball, football and badminton and has worked with athletes from a range of backgrounds/abilities. Her teaching interests centre on sport and exercise psychology and research methods. 

Claire’s thesis focused on pain responses in contact and non-contact athletes. Her work explores the mechanisms for differences in pain tolerance, perception and coping between athlete groups. She has explored pain coping styles, pain bothersomeness, challenge and threat appraisals and performance whilst in pain. She is interested in the attentional demands of pain and the psychological factors that influence pain reporting. 


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