Here’s a list of my academic publications. You may access many of these (as copyright permits) by visiting my ResearchGate portfolio. Alternatively, get in touch to request a copy.

Journal articles and book chapters


Cumming, J., Whiting, R., Parry, B. J., Clarke, F. J., Holland, M. J. G., Cooley, S. J., & Quinton, M. L. (2022). The My Strengths Training for Life™ program: Rationale, logic model, and description of a strengths-based intervention for young people experiencing homelessness. Evaluation and Program Planning, 102045, doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2021.102045

Cumming, J., Clarke, F. J., Holland, M. J. G., Parry, B. J., Quinton, M. L., & Cooley, S. J. (2022). A feasibility study of the My Strengths Training for Life™ (MST4Life™) program for young people experiencing homelessness. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 3320. doi:10.3390/ijerph19063320

Tidmarsh, G., Thompson, J. L., Quinton, M. L., Parry, B. J., Cooley, S. J., & Cumming, J. (2022). A platform for youth voice in MST4Life™: A vital components of process evaluations. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review.


Burns, V. E., Cooley, S. J., & Cumming, J. (2021). Using outdoor group work courses to promote intercultural interaction for all. In D. Killick & M. Foster, Learning relationships in global higher education: A critical pedagogy for a multicultural world (pp. 158-160). Routledge, Oxon. 

Cooley, S. J., Jones, C. R., Moss, D., & Robertson, N. (2021). Organizational perspectives on outdoor talking therapy: Towards a position of ‘environmental safe uncertainty’. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, advanced online publication. doi:10.1111/bjc.12315

James, G., Kidd, K., Cooley, S. J., & Fenton, K. The feasibility of outdoor psychology sessions in an adult mental health inpatient rehabilitation unit: Service user and psychologist perspectives. Frontiers in Psychology, 6183. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.769590


Cooley, S. J., Eves, F. F., Cumming, J., & Burns, V. E.  (2020). “Hitting the ground running”: Preparing groups for outdoor learning using a theoretically-based video. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 20, 30-48. doi:10.1080/14729679.2018.1558081

Cooley, S. J., Robertson, N., Jones, C. R., & Scordellis, J. (2020). ‘‘Walk to Wellbeing’’ in community mental health: Urban and green space walks provide transferable biopsychosocial benefits. Ecopsychology, advance online publication. doi:10.1089/eco.2020.0050

Cooley, S. J., Jones, C. R., Kurtz, A., & Robertson, N. (2020). ‘Into the Wild’: A meta-synthesis of talking therapy in natural outdoor spaces. Clinical Psychology Review, 101841. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2020.101841


Cooley, S. J. Quinton, M. L., Holland, M. J. G., Parry, B. J., Cumming, J. (2019). The Experiences of homeless youth when using strengths profiling to identify their character strengths. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 2036. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02036


Cumming, J., & Cooley, S. J. (2018). Mental health and the homeless: Summary of MST4Life. In J. Stewart., & Z. Lynch (Eds.), Environmental health and housing: Issues for public health(pp. 32-33). Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge


Burns, V. E., Cumming, J., Cooley, S. J., Holland, M. J. G., & Beech, N. (2017). ‘Skills don’t transfer themselves’: Translating training courses into lasting behaviour change. Education in Practice, 3, 8-12.

Cooley, S. J., & Cooley, R. V. C. (2017). Review of self-preservation at the centre of personality: Superego and ego ideal in the regulation of safety. Imagination, Cognition and Personality in Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice, 37(1), 95-99. doi:10.1177/0276236617712988

Holland, M. J. G, Cooley, S. J., & Cumming, J. (2017). Understanding and assessing young athletes’ psychological needs. In C.J. Knight., C. G. Harwood., & D. Gould (Eds.), Sport Psychology for Young Athletes(pp. 43-54). Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge

Weibull, F., Cumming, J., Cooley, S. J., Williams, S. E., & Burns, V. E. (2017). Examining the feasibility of a short intervention for improving exercise imagery ability. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 12 (1). doi:10.1515/jirspa-2016-0008


Cooley, S. J., Burns, V. E., & Cumming, J. (2016). Using outdoor adventure education to develop transferable skills in higher education: A quantitative evaluation of reaction and learning. Journal of Experiential Education, 39, 329-354. doi:10.1177/1053825916668899

Cumming, J., Cooley, S. J., Anuar, N., Kosteli, M., Quinton, M. J., & Williams, S. E. (2016). Developing imagery ability effectively: A guide to layered stimulus response training. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 8(1), 23-33doi:10.1080/21520704.2016.1205698

Smith, N., Kinnafick, F.-E., Cooley, S. J., & Sandal, G. M. (2016). Reported growth following mountaineering expeditions: The role of personality and perceived stress. Environment & Behavior, 49(8), 933-955. doi:10.1177/0013916516670447


Cooley, S. J., Burns, V. E., & Cumming, J. (2015). The role of outdoor education in facilitating groupwork in higher education. Higher Education, 69, 567-582.  doi:10.1007/s10734-014-9791-4

Cooley, S. J., Cumming, J., Holland, M. J. G., & Burns, V. E. (2015). Developing the Model for Optimal Learning and Transfer (MOLT) following an evaluation of outdoor groupwork skills programmes. The European Journal of Training and Development, 39, 105-121.  doi:10.1108/EJTD-06-2014-0046

Cumming, J., Woodcock, C., Cooley, S. J., Holland, M. J. G., & Burns, V. E. (2015). Development and validation of the groupwork skills questionnaire (GSQ) for higher education. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 40, 988-1001. doi:10.1080/02602938.2014.957642

Weibull, F., Cumming, J., Cooley, S. J., Williams, S. E., & Burns, V. E. (2015). Walk this way: A brief exercise imagery intervention increases barrier self-efficacy in women. Current Psychology, 34, 477-490. doi:10.1007/s12144-014-9271-0


Cooley, S. J., Holland, M. J. G., Cumming, J., Novakovic, E. G., & Burns, V. E. (2014). Introducing the use of a semi-structured video diary room to investigate students’ learning experiences during an outdoor adventure education groupwork skills course. Higher Education, 67, 105-121.  doi:10.1007/s10734-013-9645-5


Cooley, S. J., Williams, S. E., Burns, V. E., & Cumming, J. (2013). Methodological variations in sport based, guided imagery interventions using movement imagery scripts: A systematic review.  Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 8, 1-22. doi:10.1515/jirspa-2012-0005

Hurley, R. V. C., Patterson, T. G., & Cooley, S. J. (2013). Meditation-based interventions for family caregivers of people with dementia: A review of the empirical literature. Aging & Mental Health, 18, 281-288. doi:10.1080/13607863.2013.837145

Williams, S. E., Cooley, S. J., Newell, E., Weibull, F., & Cumming, J. (2013). Seeing the difference: Developing effective imagery scripts for athletes. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 4, 109-121.  doi:10.1080/21520704.2013.781560

Williams, S. E., Cooley, S. J., & Cumming, J. (2013). Layered stimulus response training improves motor imagery ability and movement execution. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 35, 60-71. doi:10.1123/jsep.35.1.60