Position: Professor, Dean of College of Human Sciences
Phone: (01248) 38 8243
Location: George Building, Normal Site
Web: Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance
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Professor in Sport Psychology, Dean of the College Health and Behavioural Sciences
P.G.G.E. BA Joint Hons
BPS Chartered Psychologist since 2000.
Professor Nichola Callow received a BSc degree in Physical Education and Psychology, a PGCE in Outdoor Activities and Science and a PhD in Sport Psychology from Bangor University in 1991, 1992 and 2000 respectively. She received her Personal Chair in 2012, and is currently the Dean of the College of Human Sciences. As part of her role, Prof Callow is an Independent member (University) of the Betsi Cadwladr University Health Board.
Professor Callow is a British Psychology Society Chartered Psychologist and active and contributing member to the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance. The Institute produced approximately 50% of the School’s 2014 REF submission, and attracted over £2million in grant capture, including excellent research links with elite establishments (England Cricket Board, UKSport, British Gymnastics, England Institute for Sport, and Sport Wales).
She has an international reputation for her research related to imagery for sport performance, she also conducts research in the areas of leadership, group dynamics, and resilience. Her research has a translational focus (theory to practice) at an elite and professional level and she has recently secured significant research funding from City Football Services whose portfolio includes Manchester City Football Club.
Cognitive and motivational effects of imagery. Group dynamics, in particular, leadership, collective efficacy and communication. Interventions with rheumatology patients (e.g., Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibromyalgia)
2017-2020 Callow, N., Hardy, J.T., & Beattie, S. From the Class Room to Cambodia: Resilience in Adventure Expeditions. KESS maxi PhD £67,270
2015-2021 Callow, N., & Hardy, J.T. Team effectiveness in academy football players. City Football Services (Manchester) £107,225
Callow, N., Hardy, J.T., & Arthur, C.A. (March, 2012). The effect of transformational supervision on student engagement, retention and success. The Higher Education Academy Doctoral Training Programme £54,516.
2009-2012 Callow, N., Edwards, M., & Rafal, R. Neural networks involved in visual and kinaesthetic movement imagery. Bangor University 125th Anniversary PhD studentship £45,000.
2010-2013 Arthur, C. Callow, N. & Hardy, L. Transformational leadership in a youth expedition context. KESS maxi PhD £55,470.
2010-11 Callow, N., Mawn, L.Arthur, C.A., & Hardy, J. Development and assessment of a transformational leadership inventory in higher education. Higher Education Academy Network for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Pedagogic Research and Development Fund. £2,972.
2008-2011 Callow, N., Arthur, C.A., & Hardy, J. Transformational Leadership and student learning experiences. Drapers' Company and Thomas Howell's Education Fund/SSHES £58,000.
2009-2013 Callow, N., & Roberts, R. Coach education and psychological skills. Sports Council for Wales/SSHES £72,700.
June 2019 to Present:
Independent member Betsi Cadwladr University Health Board. Largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health and acute hospital services for a population of around 678,000 people across the six counties of North Wales. Budget of £1.3 billion, workforce of approx 16,500.
PhD/MPhil in the UK, Australia and Canada
School of Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario, Canada
University of Malaysia
MSc Exercise and Sport, Manchester Metropolitan University
BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences, Birmingham University
Keynote and Invited Addresses
Callow, N., (October, 2012). Imagery and Sport: Research from the repetative. Keynote. Imagery and Creativity Conference, Trinity Laben, London, UK.
Callow, N., (April, 2010). Imagery: Application in sport and health psychology. Keynote. British Association of Sport and Exercise Psychology Student Conference, Aberystwyth University, UK
Reviewer for a variety of sport and main stream psychology journals
Hobbies and Interests
Mountain Biking, Skiing, and drinking red wine