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Dr Sandy Wolfson

PG Programme Director

Department: Psychology

Sandy Wolfson is Director of Postgraduate Programmes in the Department of Psychology. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Ohio State University and PhD in Psychology (on helping behaviour & altruism) at Durham University.

Hls Sandy Wolfson Staffprofile 255 (1) Sandy's main responsibilities involve overseeing the strategy and development of postgraduate Psychology education, including a range of British Psychological Society accredited programmes. Her main teaching is in Sport & Exercise Psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She also supervises MSc and PhD theses.

Sandy is a chartered, HCPC-registered sport & exercise psychologist whose main research and consultancy interests are in football. She has worked with players, coaches and managers from recreational to Premiership level and is a psychology consultant for the Football Association. She is involved in research into performance variability, the home advantage, referees’ perceptions and coping mechanisms, and football supporters’ motives, cognitions and mood.

Her other projects have concerned drug use, the lottery, children’s understanding of popular movies (funded by, the effects of colour & sound in computer games (funded by Kodak), and teamwork in dental practices (funded by Wrigley).

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Key Publications

Wolfson, S. and Neave, N. (2007).  Coping under pressure:  cognitive strategies for maintaining confidence among soccer referees.  Journal of Sport Behavior, 30, 232-247.

Wolfson, S. and Lavallee, D. (2006) World Cup:  winning advice.  The

Goltsi, P.V. & Wolfson, S. (2011) Social identity of football fans:  causes and effects of identification. 5th Annual International Conference on Psychology, Athens.

Daley, C. and Wolfson, S. (2010) Leadership at distance:  English football fans’ trust in Sven-Goran Eriksson and David Beckham during the 2006 World Cup.  Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, 6, 3-18.

Lewis, M. & Wolfson, S. (2006) Health and the world cup: A guide for nurse and health professionals. The Nursing Standard, 20 (42), 32-33.

Neave, N. and Wolfson, S. (2003)  Effects of venue on testosterone, territoriality and performance in soccer.  5th World Congress of Science & Football Book of Abstracts, Portugal.

Neave, N. and Wolfson, S. (2003)  Football referees’ self perceptions and coping mechanisms.  Paper presented at annual British Psychological Society Conference, Bournemouth.

Neave, N. and Wolfson, S. (2003)  Testosterone, territoriality, and the ‘home advantage’.  Physiology & Behavior, 78, 269-275.Psychologist, 19, 336-337. 

Wolfson, S., Wakelin, D. and Lewis, M. (2005)  Football Supporters’ Perceptions of their Role in the home advantage.  Journal of Sports Sciences, 23, 365-374.

Wolfson, S. and Neave, N. (2004) Preparing for home and away matches. Insight, The Football Association.

Turnbull, M. and Wolfson, S. (2002).  Effects of exercise and outcome on mood:  evidence for misattribution.  Journal of Sport Behavior, 25, 407-394-406.

Wolfson, S. (2002).  The professional game.  The Psychologist, 15, 411.

Wolfson, S. and Briggs, P. (2002)  Locked into gambling:  anticipatory regret as a motivator for playing the National Lottery. Journal of Gambling Studies, 18, 1-17.

Wolfson, S., Neave, N. and Drewery, L. (2002) Testosterone and the home advantage in football.  Paper presented at annual British Psychological Society Conference, Blackpool.

Wolfson, S. and Neave, N. (2002).  Soccer Referees' Perceptions and Coping Mechanisms.   Invited keynote speaker at the 3rd International Congress of Science Applied to Football.  Universidad de Costa Rica.

Wolfson, S. and Neave, N. (2002).  Territoriality, Testosterone and the Home Advantage in Soccer.  Paper presented at the 3rd International Congress of Science Applied to Football.  Universidad de Costa Rica.

Wolfson, S. (2002)  Sports participants’ reflections on past events:  the role of social cognition.  In Solutions in Sport Psychology, I. Cockerill (ed.), Thomas Learning, 91-107.


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