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James Matthews

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Public Hlth, Phys & Sports Sci
Woodview House
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: 716 3449
Email: james.matthews@ucd.ie

Biography

James obtained a BA (Hons) Psychology Degree in 2000 followed by an MA in Organisational and Social Psychology in 2002 from the UCD School of Psychology.  After working in the area of Organisational Development for four years, he returned to UCD in 2006 to begin doctoral research in the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology under the guidance of Prof Aidan Moran. He received a post-graduate research scholarship for his work from the Irish Research Council (IRC) and completed his PhD in 2009. He joined the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science in 2012 as an Assistant Professor and his teaching focuses on the Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Health behavior. He also acts as the Academic Director for the MSc in Sports Management. Prior to this, James held positions as a visiting lecturer in Dublin City University and as a Psychologist in the energy industry designing mental skills training programmes for teams which work in high risk environments. He has published research in the field of Sport, Exercise, and Health Psychology and his current research interests focus on the motivational and social cognitive aspects of sport, exercise and health behaviour.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: University Teaching & Learning Award
Year: 2016.
Title: Knowledge Exchange & Dissemination Award (Co-applicant)
Year: 2012.
Title: BASES Expert Statement Award
Year: 2007.
Title: IRC Post-Graduate Research Scholarship

Associations

Association: Psychological Society of Ireland, Function/Role: Chartered Member
Association: European Federation of Sport Psychology, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Keogh, A., Matthews, J., Hurley, DA (2015) Evaluation of the training and implementation of a complex theory based, group self-management programme for people with chronic low back pain and osteoarthritis. A pilot study. [Oral Presentation], British Psychological Society, 12th Annual Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland , 04-JAN-15 - 04-JAN-15.
Toomey E, Matthews J, Hurley DA (2016) Exploring implementation fidelity of behaviour change interventions in an Irish health service research context using a mixed methods approach. [Oral Presentation], SPHeRE 2nd Annual Conference, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland , 29-FEB-16 - 29-FEB-16.
Keogh A, Matthews J, Hurley DA (2016) Physiotherapist¿s fidelity to delivery of a self-determination theory based, group self-managament programe: needs supportive communication. [Poster Presentation], European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) Annual Conference, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK , 23-AUG-16 - 27-AUG-16.
Keogh A, Matthews J, Hurley DA (2016) Physiotherapist¿s fidelity to delivery of a self-determination theory based, group self-managament programe: behaviour change techniques. [Poster Presentation], European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) Annual Conference, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK , 23-AUG-16 - 27-AUG-16.
Toomey E, Matthews J, Hurley DA (2016) Exploring implementation fidelity of the SOLAS complex behaviour change intervention involving all stakeholders. [Oral Presentation], International Back & Neck Pain Forum 2016, Great Dome, Buxton, UK , 31-MAY-16 - 03-JUN-16.
Keogh, A., Matthews, J., Hurley, DA. (2014) A review of behaviour change theories and techniques used in group-based self-management programmes for chronic low back pain and osteoarthritis. [Oral Presentation], Society of Back Pain Research Annual Scientific Meeting, Dublin, Ireland , 11-JUN-14 - 11-JUL-14.

Committees

Committee : Division of Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology for the Psychological Society of Ireland
Committee : University College Dublin Academic Council
Committee : College of Health Sciences Global Engagement Group
Committee : Sport & Exercise Psychology Working Group for the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine
 

Education

Year 2016 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: Certificate Subject: Professional Certificate in Unveristy Teaching & Learning
Year 2010 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2002 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MA Subject:
Year 2000 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BA (Hons.) Subject: Psychology
     

Journals Edited

Applied Psychology: Health And Well-Being: Reviewer.
Journal Of Clinical Sport Psychology: Reviewer.
Journal Of Aging And Physical Activity: Reviewer.
Frontiers In Psychology: Reviewer.
Sport, Exercise, And Performance Psychology: Reviewer.
Journal Of Imagery Research In Sport And Physical Activity: Reviewer.
Journal Of Sports Sciences: Reviewer.
Irish Journal Of Psychology: Reviewer.
 

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Kirby, K., Guerin, S., Moran, A., & Matthews, J. (2016) 'Doping in elite sport: Linking behaviour, attitudes and psychological theory' In: Barkoukis, V., Lazuras, L., & Tsorbatzoudis, H (eds). The Psychology of Doping in Sport. London: Routledge. , pp.3-17 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Moran, A., Matthews. J and McIntyre, T. (2012) 'Exercise Psychology' In: Moran, A., Matthews. J and McIntyre, T (eds). Sport and Exercise Psychology: A Critical Introduction (2nd Ed). London: Routledge. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Deirdre Hurley, Isabelle Jeffares, James Matthews, Ricardo Seguardo (2017) 'Evaluation of recruitment procedures to the self-management of osteoarthritis and low back pain through activity and skills (SOLAS) cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial [ISRCTN 49875385]''. Trials, 1 (Suppl 1 (P176)). [Details]
Deirdre Hurley, David Hayes, Danielle McArdle, James Matthews, Suzanne Guerin (2017) 'Physiotherapists¿ views of the acceptability and feasibility of the self-management of osteoarthritis and low back pain through activity and skills (SOLAS) complex intervention within a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial [ISRCTN 49875385]''. Trials, 18 (Suppl 1 (P418)):2000. [Details]
Elaine Toomey, James Matthews, Deirdre Hurley (2017) ''Assessing implementation fidelity in clinical trials of behaviour change interventions''. Trials, 18 (Suppl 1 (O110)):200. [Details]
Mahony R, Blake C, Matthews J, O Donoghue G, Cunningham C (2017) 'Physical Activity Levels and Self Determined Motivation among future Healthcare Professionals ¿ Utility of the Behavioral Regulation in Exercise Questionnaire (BREQ-2)'. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, . [Details]
Keogh, A. Matthews, J, Segurado, R, Hurley, DA (2017) 'Assessing the feasibility of training physical therapists to deliver the theory-based Self-management of Osteoarthritis and Low back pain through Activity and Skills (SOLAS) intervention within a trial'. Physical Therapy, . [Details]
Toomey E, Currie-Murphy L, Matthews J, Hurley DA (2016) 'Corrigendum to 'Implementation fidelity of physiotherapist-delivered group education and exercise interventions to promote self-management in people with osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain: A rapid review Part II*' [Manual Therapy 20/2 (2014) 1-8]'. Manual Therapy, 23 (32). [DOI] [Details]
Toomey E, Matthews J, & Hurley DA (2017) ''Using mixed methods to assess fidelity of delivery and its influencing factors in a complex self-management intervention for people with osteoarthritis and low back pain''. BMJ Open, 7 . [DOI] [Details]
Hurley DA, Hall AM, Currie-Murphy L, Pincus T, Kamper S, Maher C, McDonough SM, Lonsdale C, Walsh NE, Guerin S, Segurado R, Matthews J; SOLAS Trial team. (2016) 'Theory-driven group-based complex intervention to support self-management of osteoarthritis and low back pain in primary care physiotherapy: protocol for a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial (SOLAS)'. BMJ Open, 6 (1). [DOI] [Details]
Hurley DA, Currie Murphy L, Hayes D, Hall AM, Toomey E, McDonough SM, Lonsdale C, Walsh NE, Guerin S, Matthews J. (2016) 'Using intervention mapping to develop a theory-driven, group-based complex intervention to support self-management of osteoarthritis and low back pain (SOLAS)'. Implementation Science, 11 (56). [DOI] [Details]
Molan, C., Matthews, J. and Arnold, R. (2016) 'Leadership off the pitch: The role of the manager in semi-professional football'. European Sport Management Quarterly, . [Details]
Toomey E., Matthews J.,Guerin S., Hurley, DA. (2016) 'Development of a Feasible Implementation Fidelity Protocol Within a Complex Physiotherapy-Led Self-Management Intervention'. Physical Therapy, . [DOI] [Details]
Matthews J, Hall, AM, Hernon M, Murray A, Jackson B, Taylor I, Toner J, Guerin S, Lonsdale C, and Hurley, DA (2015) 'A brief report on the development of a theoretically-grounded intervention to promote patient autonomy and self-management of physiotherapy patients: face validity and feasibility of implementation'. BMC Health Services Research, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keogh A, Tully MA, Matthews J, Hurley DA. (2015) 'A review of behaviour change theories and techniques used in group based self-management programmes for chronic low back pain and arthritis'. Manual Therapy, 20 (6):727-735. [DOI] [Details]
Murray, A. and Hall, A.M. and Williams, G.C. and McDonough, S.M. and Ntoumanis, N. and Taylor, I.M. and Jackson, B. and Matthews, J. and Hurley, D.A. and Lonsdale, C. (2015) 'Effect of a Self-Determination Theory-Based Communication Skills Training Program on Physiotherapists' Psychological Support for Their Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial'. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
MacIntyre, T., Igou, E., Campbell, M., Moran, A., & Matthews, J. (2014) 'Metacognition and action: a new pathway to understanding social and cognitive aspects of expertise in sport'. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:1155 :1-12. [DOI] [Details]
Toomey E, Matthews J, Currie-Murphy L and Hurley DA (2015) 'The effectiveness of physiotherapist-delivered group education and exercise interventions to promote self-management for people with osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain: A rapid review Part I'. Manual Therapy, 20 (2):265-286. [DOI] [Details]
Toomey E, Matthews J, Currie-Murphy L and Hurley DA (2015) 'Implementation fidelity of physiotherapist-delivered group education and exercise interventions to promote self-management in people with osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain: A rapid review Part II'. Manual Therapy, 20 (2):287-294. [DOI] [Details]
MacIntyre, T., Moran, A., Collet, C., Guillot, A., Campbell, M., Matthews, J., & Mahoney, C. (2013) 'The BASES expert statement on the use of mental imagery in sport, exercise and rehabilitation contexts'. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 38 (Winter):10-11. Available Online [Details]
Kennedy,F & Matthews, J (2012) 'Advancing the safety culture of a semi-state public utility'. Contemporary Ergonomics, :275-276. [Details]
Matthews, J., and Moran, A. (2011) 'Physical activity and self-regulation strategy use in adolescents'. American Journal of Health Behavior, 35 (6):807-814. [Details]
Moran, A., Matthews, J., and Kirby, K. (2011) ''Whatever happened to the third paradigm? Exploring mixed methods research designs in sport and exercise psychology''. Qualitative research in sport, exercise and health, 3 (3):359-366. [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Matthews, J. & Drew, B (2017) The Prevalence of Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms in Student-Athletes and the Relationship with Resilience and Help-Seeking Behaviour The Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland [Details]
Matthews J,Hall AM,Lonsdale C, Hernon M, Murray A, Taylor I, Jackson B,Toner J, Guerin S, Hurley DA. (2014) Assessing The Effectiveness Of An Implementation Programme Designed To Support The Use Of Theory-Based Communication Skills In Primary Care Physiotheraphy Society of Back Pain Research Annual Conference - Published in Bone Joint Journal [Details]
Hurley DA, Currie-Murphy L, Hayes D, Hall AM, Toomey E, McDonough SM, Lonsdale C, Walsh NE, Guerin S, Matthews J (2016) Using intervention mapping to develop the theory driven, group-based Self-management of Osteoarthritis and Low back pain through Activity and Skills (SOLAS) complex intervention International Back & Neck Pain Forum 2016 Great Dome, Buxton, UK, , 31-MAY-16 - 03-JUN-16 [Details]
Matthews, J., and Moran, A.; (2011) Self-perceived barriers to adolescent physical activity: A diary study . In: Guerin, S eds. 41st Annual Conference of The Psychological Society of Ireland Galway, , 12-NOV-11 - 12-NOV-11 , pp.41-41 [Details]
J Matthews, AM Hall, C Lonsdale, M Hernon, A Murray, I Taylor, B Jackson, J Toner, S Guerin, DA Hurley (2013) ASSESSING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF AN IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMME DESIGNED TO SUPPORT THE USE OF THEORY-BASED COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN PRIMARY CARE PHYSIOTHERAPHY Society of Back Pain Research Annual Scientific Meeting [Details]
MacIntyre, T., Moran, A., Collet, C., Campbell, M., Matthews, J., Mahoney, C., & Lowther, J. (2013) BASES expert statement on the use of mental imagery in sport, exercise and rehabilitation contexts Research on Imagery and Observation (RIO) Annual Conference University College Dublin, , 09-MAY-13 - 10-MAY-13 [Details]
Keogh, A., Matthews, J., Hurley, DA (2015) A review of behaviour change theories and techniques used in group-based self-management programmes for chronic low back pain and osteoarthritis Society of Back Pain Research Annual Scientific Meeting Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 97-B, SUPP 2, 29, [Details]
Mahony R, Matthews J, Cunningham C (2014) Physical Activity Levels and Self - Determined Motivation to exercise among Health Professional Students Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Dublin, , 06-NOV-15 - 06-NOV-15 [Details]
Molan, C;Matthews, J (2014) Leadership off the pitch: the role of the manager in semi-professional football Annual Conference of the European Association for Sport Management [Details]
Kennedy, F. and Matthews, J. (2012) Advancing the safety culture of a semi-state public utility Annual International Conference on Ergonomics and Human Factors Brighton, UK, , 16-APR-12 - 19-APR-12 [Details]
Matthews, J., Moran, A. and Kirby, K (2011) Mixed methods research in sport and exerrcise psychology . In: Guerin, S eds. 41st Annual Conference of The Psychological Society of Ireland Galway, , 11-NOV-11 - 13-NOV-11 , pp.41-41 [Details]
Matthews, J., and Moran, A. (2011) Physical activity and self-regulation strategy use in Irish adolescents 8th Annual Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference Galway, , 04-APR-11 - 04-APR-11 [Details]
Matthews, J., and Moran, A. (2008) Increasing physical activity and exploring self-regulation in action American Psychological Association Annual Convention Boston, USA, , 14-AUG-08 - 17-AUG-08 [Details]
Matthews, J., and Moran, A (2008) Exploring adolescents' self-regulation skill use in leisure time physical activity. A pilot study . In: Guerin, S eds. 39th Annual Conference of The Psychological Society of Ireland , 21-NOV-08 - 23-NOV-08 , pp.101-101 [Details]
Matthews, J., and Moran, A. (2008) An exploration of barriers to leisure time physical activity Inaugural Conference of British Psychological Society's Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology London, , 11-DEC-08 - 12-DEC-08 [Details]
                                         

Abstract

Keogh,A, Matthews,J,Hurley, DA (2016) Physiotherapists¿ fidelity to delivery of a theory-driven group based self-management programme: behaviour change techniques. Abstract Available Online [Details]
Keogh A, Matthews J, Hurley DA (2015) A REVIEW OF THE USE OF BEHAVIOUR CHANGE THEORIES AND TECHNIQUES WITHIN PHYSIOTHERAPY-LED, GROUP-BASED PROGRAMMES FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN AND OSTEOARTHRITIS. Abstract [Details]
Toomey EC, Matthews J, Hurley, DA (2016) EXPLORING IMPLEMENTATION FIDELITY OF A COMPLEX BEHAVIOUR-CHANGE SELF-MANAGEMENT INTERVENTION FOR PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN AND OSTEOARTHRITIS. Abstract [Details]
                                                                                           

Research

Research Interests

The focus of James' research lies in the motivational and social cognitive aspects of sport, exercise and health. He is interested in the Psychology underpinning changes in sport, exercise and health behaviour, and using this information to develop and evaluate theoretically driven interventions aimed at enhancing sport performance and increasing exercise behaviour. Specific areas of current interest include:

  • Motivation and self-regulation in sport & exercise behaviour
  • Health related behaviour change
  • Performance management and leadership in elite sport

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Leadership off the pitch: the role of the manager in semi-professional football - Seed Funding 2016
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-16 / 30-SEP-17
Sponsor : Health Research Board (HRB)
Title : Exploration of Mediators of Self-Management Behaviour in the Self-management of Osteoarthritis and Low back pain through Activity and Skills (SOLAS) feasibility trial
Start Date / End Date : 06-JUN-16 / 16-SEP-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19
Sponsor : Health Research Board (HRB)
Title : SOLAS.net: Development and Pilot Implementation of an E-Learning Physiotherapist Training Programme for Self-Management of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in Primary Care
Start Date / End Date : 30-NOV-15 / 29-NOV-16

Recent Postgraduates

Elaine Toomey, PhD - Co-supervisor; 2016.

The use of mixed methods to investigate implementation fidelity within behaviour change interventions to promote self-management in people with chronic low back pain and/or osteoarthritis.

Alison Keogh, PhD - Co-supervisor; 2017. 

Exploring physiotherapists' implementation of behaviour change theory and techniques within a group based self-management programme for chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Current Postgraduate Students

Conor Molan, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy places students at the centre of the learning experience; promoting a collaborative and interactive learning process. I apply this philosophy by designing learning activities underpinned by self-determination theory, that promote student autonomy and competence with the aim being to motivate and inspire them to learn.

Modules Coordinated

201700   PERS20180     Performance Science: Psych Sport Health II
201700   SMGT40420     Sports Management: Mgmt of High Performance Sport
201700   PERS20130     Performance Science: Psychol of Sport & Health
201700   SMGT40080     Sports Management: Dissertation (Sports MMgt)
201700   PERS40070     Performance Science: Appl Sports Psyc & Skill Acq

Enhancement of Teaching

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Developing as a Teacher

Innovation & Leadership

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Prof Aidan Moran, School of Psychology

Dr Deirdre Hurley-Osing, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science

Dr Seamus Kelly,  School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science                     

External Collaborators

Dr Mark Campbell, University of Limerick

Dr Tadgh MacIntyre, University of Limerick

Dr Amanda Hall, The George Institute for Global Health

Prof Chris Lonsdale, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University

Dr Rachel Arnold, Department of Health, University of Bath