I joined the University in October 2015 as a Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology. I completed my PhD in Sport Psychology, MSc in Psychology of Sport and BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University, where I was also employed to coordinate a research project exploring graduate employability. My PhD explored the personal qualities of sport psychologists and how practitioners operate within elite and professional sport environments, and I am continuing to research within the area of professional practice in sport psychology with colleagues at both Derby and LJMU. My research interests include the personal qualities of effective sport psychologists, counselling approaches to sport psychology, organisational psychology in sport, the nature of professional sport environments/cultures, and the education and training of sport psychologists. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and Programme Leader for the new MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science starting in September 2016. I am Module Leader for all psychology modules at undergraduate level, as well as level 7 psychology and level 7 research methods modules for the new MSc programme. I also teach qualitative research methods across all levels.
My research interests include the personal qualities of effective sport psychologists, counselling approaches to sport psychology, organisational psychology in sport, the nature of professional sport environments/cultures, and the education and training of sport psychologists.
Membership of professional bodies
Professional member of BASES
Eubank, M., Chandler, C., & Nesti, M. (2015). The Person Behind the Practitioner: The Importance of Understanding ‘Me and My Own Stuff’. 14th European Congress of Sport Psychology, Bern, Switzerland.
Chandler, C., Eubank, M., & Nesti, M. (2014). An Idiographic Approach to Exploring the Personal Qualities and Experiences of Effective Sport Psychologists. 4th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Loughborough, UK.
Chandler, C., Eubank, M., & Nesti, M. (2012). Personal Qualities in Applied Sport Psychology Practice: Sport Psychologist Reflections. The BPS North East & North West of England Branch Conference, Manchester, UK.
Chandler, C., Eubank, M., & Nesti, M. (2011). Unique Environments and the Personal Qualities of Sport Psychologists: A Sports Medic Perspective. 16th Annual Congress of the ECSS, Liverpool, UK.
Chandler, C., Eubank, M., & Nesti, M. (2010). Effective Qualities of Sport Psychologists: A Sport Medic Perspective. 2010 Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference, British Psychological Society, London, UK.
Chandler, C., Bradford, J., & Cui, V. (2010). Developing Employability for 21st Century Graduates: Understanding, Attitudes and Perceptions of Academic Staff, Students and Employers. 9th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, LJMU, Liverpool, UK.
Chandler, C., Eubank, M., Nesti, M., Tod, D., & Cable, T. Personal qualities of effective sport psychologists: Coping with organisational demands in high performance sport. Accepted for publication in the International Journal of Sport Psychology.
Chandler, C., Eubank, M., Nesti, M., & Cable, T. (2014). Personal qualities of effective sport psychologists: A sports physician perspective. Physical Culture and Sport. Studies and Research, 61(1), 28-38.