Selected conference presentations and published abstracts

2018

Cooley, S. J., Ridyard, S., & Cumming, J. (2018, Sept). Evidence-based commissioning for adolescent parenting programmes: A rapid scoping review. Poster presented at the Public Health England Annual Conference 2018, University of Warwick, UK.

Cooley, S. J., Quinton, M. L., Parry, B. J., Holland, M. J. G., Whiting, R. J., & Cumming, J. (2018, May). Strengths Profiling: An alternative approach to assessing character strengths based on personal construct psychology. Paper presented at the 29th World Summit on Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, New York, USA. Click here to view.

Cumming, J., Quinton, M. L., Whiting, R., Parry, B. J., Cooley, S. J., & Holland, M. J. G. (2018, June). A tale of emotional labour: Exploring the impact of delivering and evaluating a positive youth development programme for homeless young people on the researchers. Paper presented at the International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Vancouver, Canada.

Quinton, M. L., Cooley, S. J., Parry, B. J., Holland, M. J. G., & Cumming, J. (2018, Sept). Tackling mental and social health inequalities in homeless young people through the MST4Life™ programme. Paper presented at the Qualitative Research on Mental Health conference, Berlin, Germany.

2017

Cooley, S. J., Quinton, M. L., Holland, M. J. G., Parry, B. J., & Cumming, J. (2017, Dec). Transforming performance profiles into the VIA framework of character strengths: an ideographic and nomothetic combined approach. Paper presented at the meeting of the British Psychological Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences (DSEP), Glasgow. Click here to view.

Quinton, M. L., Cooley, S. J., Parry, B. J., Holland, M. J. G., & Cumming, J. (2017, Dec). Tackling social and mental health inequalities in homeless young people through the MST4Life™ programme. Paper presented at the meeting of the British Psychological Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences (DSEP), Glasgow.

Quinton, M. L., Cooley, S. J., Parry, B. J., Holland, M. J. G., Saunders, K., & Cumming, J. (2017, Sept).  Tackling social isolation and loneliness in homeless young people through the MST4Life™ programme.  Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Public Health England, Warwick University, UK.

Cooley, S. J., Quinton, M. L., Holland, M. J. G., Parry, B. J., & Cumming, J. (2017, June). Flexible and pragmatic approaches to engaging homeless young people in research: Our experiences from MST4Life. Paper presented at the meeting of the British Sociology Society. Researching youth in troubling times: Mess, method and ethical puzzles, University of Leeds.

Cooley, S. J., Saunders, K., Quinton, M. L., Parry, B. J., Holland, M. J. G., & Cumming, J. (2017, June). Mental Skills Training for Life (MST4Life™): A public health approach to tackling youth homelessness in the West Midlands. Poster presented at the Faculty of Public Health Annual Conference, Telford, UK.

Cumming, J., Cooley, S. J., Quinton, M. L., Parry, B. J., Holland, M. J. G., Thompson, J. L., & Saunders, K. (2017, Feb). Tackling health inequalities in homeless young people with the mental skills training for life programme. Paper presented at the meeting of Public Health England, Birmingham, UK.

Quinton, M. L., Cooley, S. J., Holland, M. J. G., Parry, B. J., Cumming, J. (2017, March). The mental skills training for life programme. Paper presented at the meeting of the Child and Young People Mental Health Forum, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK.

2016

Cooley, S. J. (Symposium Convenor), Holland, M. J. G., Quinton, M. L., Parry, B. J., & Cumming, J. (2016, Dec). Adapting mental skills training from sport to homeless youth: What works and why? Symposium presented at the meeting of The British Psychology Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Cardiff.

  • Paper 1: Cumming, J., Cooley, S. J., Quinton, M. L., Parry, B. J., & Holland, M. J. G. (2016, Dec). The Delivery Model of the Mental Skills Training for Life Programme. Paper presented at the meeting of The British Psychology Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Cardiff.
  • Paper 2: Holland, M. J. G., Cooley, S. J., Quinton, M. L., Parry, B. J., & Cumming, J. (2016, Dec). The feasibility of a strength based mental skills training programme for homeless youth. Paper presented at the meeting of The British Psychology Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Cardiff.
  • Paper 3: Cooley, S. J., Holland, M. J. G., Quinton, M. L., Parry, B. J., & Cumming, J. (2016, Dec). Mental skills training in homeless youth: Approaches to developing self-regulation. Paper presented at the meeting of British Psychology Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Cardiff.
  • Paper 4: Quinton, M. L., Cooley, S. J., Holland, M. J. G., Parry, B. J., & Cumming, J. (2016, Dec). Approaches to giving and receiving social support: The mental skill of support seeking. Paper presented at the meeting of British Psychology Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Cardiff.
  • Paper 5: Parry, B. J., Cooley, S. J., Holland, M. J. G., Quinton, M. L., Thompson, J. L., & Cumming, J. (2016, Dec). Approaches to giving and receiving social support: The mental skill of support seeking. Paper presented at the meeting of The British Psychology Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Cardiff.

Quinton, M. L., Cooley, S. J., Holland, M. J. G., Parry, B. J., & Cumming, J. (2016, Nov). Psychological benefits of support seeking in homeless youth with MST4Life™: the Dream Team. Poster presented at the meeting of the NHS Mental Health Event, Birmingham, UK.

Parry, B. J., Cooley, S. J., Quinton, M. L., Holland, M. J. G., & Cumming, J. (2016, Nov). Mental Skills Training for Life – Taking a Strengths Based approach to improving mental health in homeless young people. Poster presented at Making Future in mind a Reality for Children and Young People in the West Midlands NHS Conference, Walsall, UK.

Parry, B. J., Cooley, S. J., Quinton, M. L., Holland, M. J. G., & Cumming, J. (2016, Oct). Mental Skills Training for Life™ – Taking a strengths-based approach to improving mental health in homeless young people. Poster presented at the meeting of the ESRC Youth Mental Health Conference, University of Birmingham, UK.

Smith, N., Kinnafick, F., Cooley, S. J., & Sandal, G. M. (2016, Sept). Examining the value of mountaineering expeditions for skill development and learning transfer: Implications for astronaut survival training. Paper presented at the meeting of the International Astronautical Congress, Guadalajara, Mexico.

2015

Smith, N., Kinnafick, F.-E., Cooley, S. J., & Sandal, G. M (2015, Dec). Examining expedition characteristics and personal factors related to post-return growth. Paper presented at the meeting of the British Psychology Society, Department of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Leeds, UK.

Cooley, S. J. & Quinton, M. L. (2015, November). Mental skills training for life: A look back on Year 1. Report presented at the meeting of the St Basil’s Youth Achievement Awards 2015: Shared Journeys. Birmingham, UK.

Cumming, J., Cooley, S. J., Holland, M. J. G., Quinton, M. L., & Burns, V. E. (2015, July). It brought my confidence back: Exploring the feasibility of a mental skills training programme for homeless young people. Paper presented at the meeting of the 14th European Congress of Sport Psychology, Bern, Switzerland.

2014

Gunnell, D. O. A., Hirst, C. J., & Cooley, S. J. (2014, Nov). I’m an international exchange trainee, ‘Don’t Get Me Out of Here’! Developing multicultural groupwork skills and attitudes aboard a tall ship. Paper presented at the meeting of the International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference 2014, A Coruña, Spain.

Cooley, S. J., Cumming, J., & Burns, V. E. (2014, Sept). Using evaluations to evolve training programs. In J. Cumming (Chair), From planning to evaluation: The application of qualitative methods for improving the impact of training programs.  Symposium conducted at the meeting of the 4th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Loughborough University, UK.

Cooley, S. J., Cumming, J., Holland, M. J. G., & Burns, V. E. (2014, Sept). “I’m a student get me out of here” – Reflecting ‘in action’ with a video diary room.  In J. Cumming (Chair), From planning to evaluation: The application of qualitative methods for improving the impact of training programs.  Symposium conducted at the meeting of the 4th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Loughborough University, UK.

Cumming, J., Holland, M. J. G., Cooley, S. J., Quinton, M., & Burns, V. E. (2014, Sept).  From planning to follow-up: The application of qualitative methods for evaluating different phases of training programs. In J. Cumming (Chair), From planning to evaluation: The application of qualitative methods for improving the impact of training programs. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the 4th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Loughborough University, UK.

2013

Cooley, S. J., Cumming, J., Holland, M. J. G., & Burns, V. E. (2013, Nov). A novel methodological approach to course evaluation: Introducing the use of a semi-structured video diary room to capture students’ experiences whilst immersed in outdoor education. Paper presented at the meeting of the 6th International Outdoor Education Research Conference, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Cooley, S. J., Burns, V. E., & Cumming, J. (2013, Nov). A systematic evaluation of outdoor education courses used in higher education to develop groupwork skills. Paper presented at the meeting of the 6th International Outdoor Education Research Conference, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Cooley, S. J., Cumming, J., Holland, M. J. G., & Burns, V. E. (2013, Nov). The internationalisation benefits of outdoor education: A mixed methods study. Poster session presented at the meeting of the 6th International Outdoor Education Research Conference, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Cooley, S. J., Cumming, J., Holland, M. J. G., & Burns, V. E. (2013, Nov).  Using outdoor education to develop teamwork skills in students: Evidence for a return on expectation. Poster session presented at the meeting of the World Outdoor Summit, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Burns, V. E., & Cooley, S. J. (2013, March). Developing skills for successful international groupwork. Paper presented at the meeting of the Higher Education Academy, Internationalisation in HE: Making Connections, London.

2012

Williams, S. E., Cooley, S. J., & Cumming, J. (2012, Oct). Layering images improves imagery ability and subsequent golf putting performance. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology 27th Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Cooley, S. J. (2012, Aug). The semi-structured video diary room methodology (invited presentation). Paper presented at the meeting of TeachMeet, Higher Education Academy Annual Conference, University of Manchester.

Cooley, S. J., Cumming, J., Deery, L., Horgan, T., Novakovic, E., & Burns, V. E. (2012, Aug).  The use of a video diary room for collecting students’ self-reflections during outdoor education team skills courses. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Higher Education Academy Annual Conference, University of Manchester.

Cooley, S. J., Cumming, J., & Burns, V. E. (2012, July). The use of a video diary room for collecting students’ self-reflections during outdoor education team skills courses. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Birmingham.

Cooley, S. J., Williams, S. E. Burns, V. E., & Cumming, J. (2012, April). Variations in imagery training interventions: A systematic review. In S. E. Williams (Chair), Imagine that! Developing imagery ability in sport, exercise, and dance. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, London.

Cumming, J., Williams, S. E., Weibull, F., & Cooley, S. J. (2012, April). Moving forwards: Imagery ability research in sport, exercise and dance. In S. E. Williams (Chair), Imagine that! Developing imagery ability in sport, exercise, and dance. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, London.

Weibull, F., Cumming, J., Williams, S. E., Cooley, S. J., & Burns, V. E. (2012, April). Improving exercise imagery ability in insufficiently active women: A brief imagery intervention. In S. E. Williams (Chair), Imagine that! Developing imagery ability in sport, exercise, and dance.  Symposium conducted at the meeting of the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, London.

Williams, S. E., Cooley, S. J., & Cumming, J. (2012, April). Developing sport imagery ability. In S. E. Williams (Chair), Imagine that! Developing imagery ability in sport, exercise, and dance.  Symposium conducted at the meeting of the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, London.

2011

Cooley, S. J, & Cumming, J. (2011, July). Variations in imagery training interventions: A systematic review.  Paper presented at the meeting of the Research in Imagery and Observation Group, Manchester Metropolitan University.