Dr Andrea Faull-Brown

Dr Andrea Faull

Principal Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

School of Sport and Exercise Science


Contact Details

email: a.faull@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 855265

Dr Faull-Brown has a breadth of applied and research experience in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology spanning over 15 years, working with both non-disabled athletes and those with a physical disability. Her experience ranges across all level of competition working with coaches and athletes of Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth Games standard, with the highlight of her career being working the GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team in their preparations for Rio 2016. Having supported athletes from Beijing in 2008 through to Rio in 2016 is a testament to her career in Applied Sport Psychology at the highest level and this experience is brought into the classroom to help educate the future generation of practitioners.


  • PhD Sport Psychology, Cardiff Metropolitan University (2010)
  • MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology, Bangor University (2004)
  • BSc (Joint Hons) Sport Science and Psychology, Bangor University (2003)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

University Roles:

Andrea has seen the successful growth of the course provision and student numbers on these courses. She is particularly passionate about supporting students in terms of their ability to achieve and fulfil their potential and prides herself on a strong working relationship with the other staff in her team.

Teaching & Research

Dr Faull-Brown has a breadth of teaching experiences, namely in the area of Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology, research methods and on the various Masters programmes offered here at UW with a specific focus on Inclusive Sport. She is particularly interested in research focusing on supporting para athletes and has successfully created the world first wheelchair specific Imagery Ability Questionnaire: the Wheelchair Imagery Ability Questionnaire (WIAQ; Faull and Jones, 2018) for use in para sports as well as in a rehabilitation setting. The WIAQ is currently being translated into 9 different languages including Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. She is frequently invited to deliver guest lectures to international partners as well as at international conferences on her research in the area of para sport, specifically focusing on how best to prepare para athletes for performing on the world stage. These applied experiences are shared in the classroom with her students, making her classes exciting and relevant and the experiences are reflected in her research where she has strong international collaborations and partnerships.

Professional Bodies

Dr Faull-Brown has and continues to provide a range of consultancy services to NGB's, professional clubs, individual athletes, coaches, private schools, colleges as well as businesses and the military. To support, regulate and inform this work, Dr Faull-Brown is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), accredited by the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and one of only a few British based individuals who are Certified Mental Performance Consultants with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Dr Faull-Brown is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


The following manuscripts have been published in peer reviewed academic journals:

Faull, A.L. and Jones, E. (2018) 'Development and validation of the Wheelchair Imagery Ability Questionnaire (WIAQ) for use in wheelchair sports', Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 37, pp. 196-204. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.11.015

Roberts, C.M., Faull, A.L. and Tod, D. (2016) Blurred lines: Performance Enhancement, common mental disorders and referral in the U.K. athletic population. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:1067. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01067.

Mullen, R., Faull, A.L., Jones, E. and Kingston, K. (2015) Evidence for the effectiveness of holistic process goals for learning and performance under pressure. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 17, 40 – 44.

de Haan, D., Faull, A. and Kohe, G. (2014) Celebrating the social in soccer: Spectators’ experiences of the forgotten (Blind) Football World Cup. Soccer and Society, 15 (4), 578 - 595.

Roberts, C.-M. and Faull, A.L. (2013) Building a successful Olympic team selection protocol in women's handball: A case study examining the benefits of employing reflective practice. Reflective Practice International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 14 (5), 648 – 659. ISSN Print: 1462-3943 Online:1470-1103.

Neil, R., Cropley, B., Wilson, K. and Faull, A. (2013) Exploring the value of reflective practice interventions in applied sport psychology: Case studies with an individual athlete and a team. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 9 (2), 42 – 56.

Mullen, R., Faull, A., Jones, E.S. and Kingston, K. (2012) Attentional focus and performance anxiety: effects on simulated race-driving performance and heart rate variability. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 426.

Recent international collaborations:

ESRC Research bid in collaboration with researchers across the UK and Japan. The aim of this bid is to expand an international collaboration and foster a long term sustainable multi-partner network in order to further develop our understanding in the field of disability studies and sport (DSS). This project will bring together a network of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (SSH) researchers across the UK and Japan, including ECRs, who will both strengthen and develop current relations. The context for this development could not be more pertinent, given that Japan will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, and this event context provides an ideal opportunity to pursue an agenda concentrated on leveraging this event to the benefit of people with disabilities (PWD) in Japan, and for future events. The current collaboration involves three UK (University of Worcester, Coventry and West of Scotland) and one of the Japanese partner institutions (Waseda); additional partners for this network bid are two further Japanese institutions (Juntendo and Tsukuba), one researcher from a publicly funded non-academic organisation (Nippon Foundation Paralympic Research Group) and one stakeholder advocate working in inclusion and diversity through sport for PWD. This network expansion substantially strengthens the existing collaboration, and builds the opportunities for knowledge exchange, further development of our theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of DSS, and impact.

Dr Faull-Brown is also an active member of the Inclusive sport team who work in collaboration with Beijing Sports University and other more recent institutions including Hong Kong Education University on developing Inclusive programmes and research for in Physical Education teachers and Sports coaches. UW recently successfully hosted the International Inclusive Sports Symposium (June 2019) at the University of Worcester Arena where the three institutions were able to share research and applied practice on the topic of adapted sport and plan for future collaborative projects.

External Responsibilities

Dr Faull-Brown continues to support neophyte practitioners and students with their applied experience to become applied mental skills consultants, successfully supporting multiple students through their BASES Supervised Experience Accreditation. In addition, Dr Faull-Brown also acts as a Reviewer for BASES as well as several academic peer reviewed journals including The Sport Psychologist, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology and Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. Dr Faull-Brown is also the current External Examiner for Hartpury University.