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Research interests

Rachel’s research examines how and why individuals thrive. Applying her research to sport, organizational, and health settings; her interests include the organizational stress process; performance environments and cultures; the motivational basis for thriving; leadership and management; and the enhancement of personal, team, and organizational performance.

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I am interested in supervising new PhD students researching the areas of interest listed on this page. Please contact me directly to discuss your research and opportunities for supervision.

Education/Academic qualification

Sport and Performance Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, Loughborough University

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Research Output 2010 2019

Sports performers' perspectives on facilitating thriving in professional rugby contexts

Brown, D. & Arnold, R., 1 Jan 2019, In : Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 40, p. 71 - 81 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Qualitative Research
1 Citation (Scopus)

“The Team Behind The Team”: Exploring the Organizational Stressor Experiences of Sport Science and Management Staff in Elite Sport

Arnold, R., Collington, S., Manley, H., Rees, S., Soanes, J. & Williams, M., 2019, In : Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. 31, 1, p. 7-26 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)

A qualitative exploration of thriving in elite sport

Brown, D., Arnold, R., Reid, T. & Roberts, G., 2018, In : Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. 30, 2, p. 129-149

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Organizational stressors, social support, and implications for subjective performance in high-level sport

Arnold, R., Edwards, T. & Rees, T., 1 Nov 2018, In : Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 39, p. 204-212

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Support
Athletic Performance

Performance Leadership and Management in Elite Sport: A Black and White Issue or Different Shades of Grey?

Arnold, R., Fletcher, D. & Hobson, J., 20 Mar 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Sport Management.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Policy Making
Psychological Adaptation


Human thriving: a conceptualization, understanding, and application to sport

Author: Brown, D., 27 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Arnold, R. (Supervisor) & Standage, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD