Dr Clare Rhoden joined the University of Worcester in 1995, then the Worcester College of Higher Education, with a strong background in multidimensional competitive anxiety, stress management and applied performance psychology and her PhD research applied these areas to the equestrian sport of eventing. With an enthusiasm for understanding what's going on and an interest in a range of sports including team, pairs and individual sports, Clare's research continued to analyse the emotional element of performance along with associated aspects of goal achievement, goal disengagement and adaptive self-regulation. Focusing on the sport of badminton Clare explored the emotions and self-efficacy amongst mixed-sex and same-sex doubles sharing findings with the Worcester Badminton Performance Centre. Clare's current research is located in the context of exercise and physical activity in later life with ongoing projects focused on the emotions in exercising and non-exercising older adults alongside the role of self-efficacy, age stereotypes and awareness of ageing in shaping physical activity engagement. Clare engages with the local community through her contributions to the University of Worcester’s Active Ageing Week hosted in collaboration with the International Council on Active Ageing.
Clare is a Higher Education Academy Teaching Fellow and a Chartered Psychologist within the British Psychological Society Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers. Clare is also a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Clare has competed at club level in a range of sports including equestrian eventing, dressage, show-jumping, hockey, triathlon and she loves skiing.