Dr Christian Edwards

dr-christian-edwards

Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science and Academic Integrity Tutor

Academics

Contact Details

email: c.edwards@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542217

Dr Christian Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science and one of the School’s Academic Integrity Tutors. He is a member of the Gender, Identity and the Body research interest group and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Christian teaches on sociological, psychological and research methods modules within the School’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Christian also supports postgraduate students on the MRes Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport and Exercise programme.

Christian’s principal research interest is on the psychology of resistance exercise, specifically psychological strategies' influence on strength performance and muscularity-orientated body-image. He has published his work in, and reviews for, a number of leading international academic journals in this area. In addition to his work in this field, he also collaborates on projects focused on workplace physical activity and well-being.

Alongside his academic role, Christian is a cycling coach.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Worcester
  • MSc Sports Coaching Science, University of Worcester
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Worcester
  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science, Aberystwyth University
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

Christian currently leads and delivers on the following modules:

  • Scientific Analysis of Sports Coaching (Level 5)
  • Scientific Analysis of Disability Sports Coaching (Level 5)
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching (Level 5)
  • The Research Process (Level 5)

Research Interests:

Christian is a member of the Gender, Identity and the Body research interest group. He has expertise in:

  • Muscularity-oriented body image (i.e., the drive for muscularity, Muscle Dysmorphia, and associated behaviours)
  • Psychological strategies for strength exercise
  • Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method approaches to research

His published papers can be viewed at: http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/view/author/Edwards=3AChristian=3A=3A.html

Postgraduate supervision:

Christian currently supervises two PhD students in the School of Sport and Exercise Science and welcomes applications for postgraduate study in his research area. He is currently seeking applicants for the following project. https://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/EDWARDS-Consequences-of-living-with-high-levels-of-drive-for-muscularity.pdf

Undergraduate supervision:

Christian supervises undergraduate projects focused on the following areas:

  • Sports coaching
  • Body image
  • Cognitive strategies on task execution

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Publications

Refereed Journal Papers:

Edwards, C., Tod, D., Molnar, G. (2017) Searching for Masculine Capital: Experiences Leading to High Drive for Muscularity in Men. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 18, 361-371. doi:10.1037/men0000072.

Tod, D., Edwards, C. and Cranswick, I. (2016) Muscle Dysmophia: Current insights. Psychology Research and Behaviour Management, 9, 1-10. doi: 10.2147/PRBM.S97404.

Edwards, C., Tod, D., Molnar, G. and Markland, D. (2016) Predicting muscularity-related behavior, emotions, and cognitions in men: The role of psychological need thwarting, drive for muscularity, and mesomorphic internalization. Body Image,18, 108-112. doi: 10.1016/bodyIm.2016.06.005.

Edwards, C., Tod, D., Molnar, G. and Markland, D. (2016) Perceived social pressures and the internalization of the mesomorphic ideal: The role of drive for muscularity and autonomy in physically active men. Body Image, 16, 63-69. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2015.11.003.

Tod, D., Edwards, C., McGuigan, M. and Lovell, G. (2015) A Systematic Review of the Effect of Cognitive Strategies on Strength Performance. Sports Medicine, 45, 1589-1602. doi: 10.1007/s40279-015-0356-1.

Tod, D. and Edwards, C. (2015) A meta-analysis of the drive for muscularity's relationships with exercise, disordered eating, and supplement consumption. International review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 8, 185-203. doi: 10.1080/1750984X.2015.1052089.

Thomas, A., Tod, D., Edwards, C. and McGuigan, M.R. (2014) Drive for muscularity and social physique anxiety mediate the perceived ideal physique muscle dysmorphia relationship. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28, 3508- 3514. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000573.

Tod, D. and Edwards, C. (2014) Relationship among muscle dysmorphia characteristics, body image quality of life, and coping in males. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18, 585-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2014.07.015. Epub 2014 Aug 7.

Edwards, C., Tod, D. and Molnar, G. (2014) A systematic review of the drive for muscularity research area. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 7 (1), 18-41. doi:10.1080/1750984X.2013.847113.

Tod, D. and Edwards, C. (2013) Predicting drive for muscularity behavioural engagement from body image attitudes and emotions. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 1, 10, 135-138.

Tod, D., Hall, G. and Edwards, C. (2013) Drive for Leanness and Health-Related Behaviour within a Social/Cultural Perspective. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 10, 640-642.

Tod, D., Hall, G. and Edwards, C. (2012) Gender invariance and correlates of the Drive for Leanness Scale. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 9, 555-558.

Tod, D., Morrison, T. G. and Edwards, C. (2012) Evaluating validity and test/retest reliability in four drive for muscularity questionnaires. Body Image, 9, 425-428.

Tod, D., Morrison, T. G. and Edwards, C. (2012) Psychometric properties of Yelland and Tiggemann's Drive for Muscularity Scale. Body Image, 9, 421-424.

Edwards, C., Tod, D., Morrison, T. and Molnar, G. (2012) Drive For muscularity. In Tod, D. and Lavallee, D. (Eds.). Psychology of strength and conditioningCurrent perspectives. (pp. 148-172). London, Routledge.

Edwards, C. and Evans, G. (2010) The Challenges of Change. In Kidman, L. and Lombardi, V. Athlete Centered Coaching, Innovative Print Publications.

Tod, D., Edwards, C., Drury, B., Akehurst, S. and Lavallee, D. (2008) Relationships among muscle dysmorphia and body image-related quality of life and coping strategies. Paper presented at the annual conference of the British Association of Sports Sciences, London. Journal of Sports Sciences, 26 (Suppl. 2). 139-140.

Edwards, C., Tod, D. and McGuigan, M. (2008) Self-talk influences vertical jump performance and kinematics in male rugby union players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 26, 1459-1465.

Conference and invited presentations:

Edwards, C. (2018, October) Men, Muscle, and Mental Health: Western Male Athletes’ Quest for the Perfect Body. 'Psychology International Forum for Young Scholar' of Beijing Sport University, School of Psychology, Beijing Sport University, Beijing, China.

Edwards, C., Molnar, G, and Tod, D. (2018, June) Building the unbreakable self: Women’s experiences leading to high drive for muscularity. 6th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Edwards, C., Tod, D., Molnar, G. and Markland, D. (2016, July) Predicting muscularity-related behavior, emotions, and cognitions in men: The role of psychological need thwarting, drive for muscularity, and mesomorphic internalization. Paper presented at Appearance Matters 7 Conference, London, UK.

Edwards, C., Tod, D., and Molnar, G. (2016, July) In search of Masculine capital: Men's experiences leading to high drive for muscularity. Paper presented at Appearance Matters 7 Conference, London, UK.

Tod, D. and Edwards, C. (2015, July) A meta-analysis of the drive for muscularity's relationships with exercise, disordered eating, and supplement consumption. Paper presented at the European Congress of Sport Psychology, Bern, Switzerland.

Tod, D., Edwards, C., McGuigan, M. and Lovell, G. (2015, July) Cognitive strategies effects on muscular force production: A systematic review. Paper presented at the European Congress of Sport Psychology, Bern, Switzerland.

Edwards, C., Tod, D. and Molnar, G. (2015, July) I just wanted to be Big Dan: An exploration into the development of high levels of drive for muscularity in men. Paper presented at the European Congress of Sport Psychology, Bern, Switzerland.

Edwards, C., Tod, D., Molnar, G. and Markland, D. (2014, July) Perceived social pressure and the internalization of the mesomorphic ideal: The role of drive for muscularity and autonomy. Paper presented at Appearance Matters 6 Conference, Bristol, UK.

Edwards, C., Tod, D. and Hall, G. (2013, April) Drive for leanness and health-related behavior within a social/cultural perspective. Paper presented at the Annual British Psychological Society conference, Harrogate, UK.

Edwards, C., Tod. D. and Molnar, G. (2013, April) Drive for muscularity: A systematic review. Paper presented at the Federation of Sport and Exercise Psychology conference, Paris, France.

Edwards, C., Tod, D. and Molnar, G. (2012) A systematic review of the drive for muscularity research. British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Royal Connaught Rooms, London.

Tod, D., Hall, G. and Edwards, C. (2012, April) Gender invariance and correlates of the Drive for Leanness Scale. Paper presented at the Annual British Psychological Society conference, London, UK.

Tod, D. and Edwards, C. (2010, December) Relationships muscle dysmorphia has with indices of sexual self-esteem. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Biannual Conference, London, UK.

Tod, D., Edwards, C., Drury, B., Akehurst, S. and Lavallee, D. (2009, July) Muscle dysmorphia relationships with body image-related quality of life and coping. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Wales Institute for Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Aberystwyth, Wales.

Tod, D., Edwards, C. and Hardy, J. (2009) Relationships muscle dysmorphia has with appearance schema processing, body image disturbance and frequency of body image dysphoria. Paper presented at the annual conference of the British Association of Sports Sciences, Leeds, England 2009.

External Responsibilities

Christian is a peer reviewer for the following journals:

  • Body Image
  • Psychology of Men and Masculinity
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology Review
  • The Graduate Journal of Sport, Exercise and Physical Education Research