Samantha is currently completing a PhD under the supervision of Professor Joan Duda and Dr Eleanor Quested at the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Samantha’s research interests are concerned with the well- and ill-being experiences of children with a particular focus on team sport engagement. Specifically, she is interested in developmental aspects of children and young people’s perceptions of well- and ill-being and the relationship with motivational processes and the social context. Samantha has also engaged in research projects in elite dance, physical activity and disability sport settings investigating associations of social-environmental and motivational processes with adaptive and health-conducive participation.
Samantha has presented her research findings at national and international conferences. In 2010 Samantha was the recipient of the student poster presentation award at the biennial DSEP BPS conference. Samantha also contributes to the advancement of sports science by serving as a reviewer for international peer-reviewed academic journals. In 2011 Samantha co-organized a national conference focusing on child obesity and children’s healthy engagement in physical activity entitled ‘Healthier Physical Activity for Healthier Kids’.
Samantha has accrued 6 years’ experience of teaching in higher education and has a keen interest in continuing to develop her pedagogic skills and knowledge. In 2012 Samantha completed the postgraduate certificate in higher education at the University of Birmingham achieving the award for excellence and receiving the module prize. Samantha has been an associate of the Higher Education Academy since 2012.
Teaching & learning
Richmond International Academic Soccer Academy
Publications and Conference contributions
- Wold, B., Duda, J.L., Balaguer, I., Smith, R., Ommundsen, Y., Hall, H.K., Samdal, O., Heuzé, J-P., Haug, E., Bracey, S.J., Castillo, I., Ramis, Y., Quested, E., Krommidas (2013). Comparing self-reported leisure-time physical activity, subjective health and life satisfaction among youth football (soccer) players and adolescents in a reference sample. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
- Bracey, S.J., Quested, E. Duda, J.L. (2013, December). The conceptualization and assessment of children’s well- and ill-being. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology biannual conference 16th – 17th December 2013, Manchester, UK.
- Bracey, S.J., Quested, E., & Duda, J.L. (2011). Children’s conceptualisations of well- and ill-being: Summary of a qualitative inquiry and initial development of a multi-dimensional measure of children’s well- and ill-being. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review.
- Bracey, S.J., Quested, E., & Duda, J.L. (2011, July). Development and initial validation of a psychometric measure of children’s well- and ill-being. Paper presented at 16th Annual Congress of the ECSS 6th – 9th July 2011, Liverpool, UK.
- Bracey, S.J., Quested, E., & Duda, J.L. (2010, December). Children’s conceptualisations of well- and ill-being. Poster session presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology biannual conference 8th – 9th December 2010, London, UK.