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Dr Sandy Wolfson

Principal Lecturer/Teaching Fellow

Department: Psychology

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 Amazon.co.uk), the effects of colour & sound in computer games (funded by Kodak), and teamwork in dental practices (funded by Wrigley).

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Testosterone and cortisol responses in male soccer players: The effect of home and away venues, Fothergill, M., Wolfson, S., Neave, N. 1 Aug 2017, In: Physiology & Behavior
  • A comparison of illusory superiority in elite and county UK soccer referees, Fothergill, M., Wolfson, S. Sep 2015, In: International Journal of Sport Psychology
  • A qualitative analysis of perceptions of venue: Do professional soccer players and managers concur with the conceptual home advantage framework?, Fothergill, M., Wolfson, S., Little, L. 1 Oct 2014, In: International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Soccer Fans' Self and Group Perceptions of Superiority over Rival Fans, Goldie, S., Wolfson, S. 2014, In: Journal of Sport Behavior
  • The relationship between fear of failure and self-talk in winning and losing situations, Pitt, T., Wolfson, S., Moss, M. 2014, In: Sport and Exercise Psychology Review
  • Attitudes towards soccer coaches’ use of punishment in Japan and England: A cross-cultural study, Hagiwara, H., Wolfson, S. 2013, In: International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Perspectives on the home advantage: A comparison of football players, fans and referees, Anderson, M., Wolfson, S., Neave, N., Moss, M. May 2012, In: Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • What does the Olympics mean to you?, Burns, J., Koutrou, N., Claxton, G., Regan, L., MacDonald, D., Lindsay, P., Wolfson, S., O'Connor, H., Adams, D., Rotting, M., Carey, L., Dun, K., Fairweather, M., Marchant, J. Jul 2012, In: Psychologist
  • Leadership at distance: English football fans' trust in Sven Goran Eriksson and David Beckham during the 2006 World Cup, Daley, C., Wolfson, S. 2010, In: Sport and Exercise Psychology Review
  • Coping under pressure: cognitive strategies for maintaining confidence among soccer referees, Wolfson, S., Neave, N. Jan 2007, In: Journal of Sport Behavior


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