Staff Profile of Prof Nichola Callow

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Nichola Callow
Professor, Dean of College of Health & Behavioural Sciences
(01248) 38 8243
George Building, Normal Site

Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance

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Professor in Sport Psychology, Dean of the College Health and Behavioural Sciences


P.G.G.E. BA Joint Hons

Image of BASES logoProfessional Qualifications:

BPS Chartered Psychologist since 2000 and BASES since 1998.

Teaching Modules

MSc Supervisory Experience
MSc Independent study/dissertations

Research areas:

Cognitive and motivational effects of imagery. Group dynamics, in particular, leadership, collective efficacy and communication. Interventions with rheumatology patients (e.g., Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibromyalgia)

Editorial Board Memberships:

2006 to 2011 - Associate Editor: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology

2006 to present - Editorial Board: Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity

Selected publications:

Cronin, L., Arthur, C., Hardy, J. & Callow, N. (2015). Transformational Leadership and Task Cohesion in Sport: The Mediating Role of inside Sacrifice. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 37, 23-36. doi: /10.1123/jsep.2014-0116                                                 

Callow, N., Roberts, R., Hardy, L., Jiang, D. & Edwards, M. (2013). Performance improvements from imagery: Evidence that internal visual imagery is superior to external visual imagery for slalom performance. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00697.

Callow, N., & Roberts, R. (2012). Visual imagery perspectives and preference: Conceptualization and measurement. Journal of Mental Imagery, 36, 31-39.

Smith, M., Arthur, C., Hardy, J., Callow, N., & Williams, D. (2012). Transformational leadership and task cohesion in Sport: The mediating role of intrateam communication. Psychology of Sport & Exercise,14, 1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.10.002.

Woodman, T., Hardy, L., Roberts, R., Callow, N., & Rogers, C.H. (2011). There is an “I” in TEAM: narcissism and social loafing. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 82, 285-90. doi: 10.1080/02701367.2011.10599756.

Hardy, L., Beattie, S., Woodman, T., & Callow, N. (2011). Development and validation of a trait measure of robustness of self-confidence. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 12, 184-191. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2010.09.008.

Roberts, R., Callow, N., Hardy, L., & Woodman, T. (2010). The interactive effect of different visual imagery perspectives and narcissism on motor performance. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 32, 499-517. doi:

Davis, P., Woodman, T., & Callow, N. (2010). Better Out Than In: The Influence of Anger Regulation on Physical Performance. Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 457-460. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2010.04.017.

Callow, N., & Roberts, R. (2010). Imagery: Perspectives, order, and angle. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 4, 325-329.

Callow, N., Roberts, R., Bringer, J. D., Langan, E. (2010). Coach education related to the delivery of imagery: Two interventions. The Sport Psychologist, 24, 277-299. doi:

Callow, N., Smith, M., Hardy, L., Arthur, C.A., & Hardy, J. (2009). Measurement of transformational leadership and its relationship with team cohesion and performance level. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 21, 395-412.  doi: 10.1080/10413200903204754.

Woodman, T., Davis, P., Hardy, L., Callow, N., Glasscock, I., Yuill-Proctor. (2009). Emotions and sport performance: An exploration of happiness, hope and anger. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 31, 169-188.

Hare, R., Evans, L., & Callow, N. (2008). Imagery use during rehabilitation from injury: A case study of an elite athlete. The Sport Psychologist, 22, 405-422.

Roberts, R., Callow, N., Markland, D., Hardy, L. & Bringer, J. (2008). Movement imagery ability: Assessing imagery ability: The vividness of movement imagery questionnaire. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 30, 200-221.

Callow, N., Roberts, R., & Fawkes, J. (2006). Effects of dynamic and static imagery on skiing performance. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 1, 12-24. doi: 10.2202/1932-0191.1001.

Driediger, M., Hall, C., & Callow, N. (2006). Imagery use by injured athletes. Journal of Sports Sciences, 24, 261-272. doi: 10.1080/02640410500128221.

Sullivan, P., & Callow, N. (2005). The application of the scale for effective communication to a British population. Group Dynamics: Theory, research and practice, 9, 87-92.

Callow, N., & Waters, A. (2005). The effect of kinaesthetic imagery on the sport confidence of flat-race jockeys. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 6, 443-459. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2004.08.001.

Callow, N., & Hardy, L. (2004). The relationship between kinaesthetic imagery and different visual imagery perspectives. Journal of Sports Sciences, 22, 167-177. doi: 10.1080/02640410310001641449.

Walsh, N., Montague, J., Callow, N., & Rowlands, A. (2004). Saliva flow rate, total protein concentration and osmolality as potential markers of whole body hydration status during progressive acute dehydration and rehydration in humans. The Annals of Oral Biology, 49, 149-154.

Callow, N., Hardy, L., & Hall, C. R. (2001). The effect of a Motivational General-Mastery imagery intervention on the sport confidence of four high level junior badminton players. Research Quarterly for Sport and Exercise Psychology, 72, 389-400.

Callow, N., & Hardy, L. (2001). Types of imagery associated with confidence in netball players of varying skill level. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 13, 1-17. doi: 10.1080/10413200109339001.

Hardy, L., & Callow, N. (1999). Efficacy of external and internal visual imagery perspectives for the enhancement of performance on tasks in which form is important. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 21, 95-112.


Callow, N., Hardy, J.T., & Arthur, C.A. (March, 2012). The effect of transformational supervision on student engagement, retention and success. The Higher Education Academy Doctoral Training Programme £54,516.

2009-2012 Callow, N., Edwards, M., & Rafal, R. Neural networks involved in visual and kinaesthetic movement imagery. Bangor University 125th Anniversary PhD studentship £45,000.

2010-2013 Arthur, C. Callow, N. & Hardy, L. Transformational leadership in a youth expedition context. KESS maxi PhD £55,470.

2010-11 Callow, N., Mawn, L. Arthur, C.A., & Hardy, J. Development and assessment of a transformational leadership inventory in higher education. Higher Education Academy Network for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Pedagogic Research and Development Fund. £2,972.

2008-2011 Callow, N., Arthur, C.A., & Hardy, J. Transformational Leadership and student learning experiences. Drapers' Company and Thomas Howell's Education Fund/SSHES £58,000.

2009-2013 Callow, N., & Roberts, R. Coach education and psychological skills. Sports Council for Wales/SSHES £72,700.

External Examining

PhD/MPhil in the UK and Canada

MSc Exercise and Sport, Manchester Metropolitan University

BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences, Birmingham University

Keynote and Invited Addresses

Callow, N., (October, 2012). Imagery and Sport: Research from the repetative. Keynote. Imagery and Creativity Conference, Trinity Laben, London, UK.

Callow, N., (April, 2010). Imagery: Application in sport and health psychology. Keynote. British Association of Sport and Exercise Psychology Student Conference, Aberystwyth University, UK

Peer Reviews

Reviewer for British Academy, Reviewer for a variety of sport and main stream psychology journals

Hobbies and Interests

Mountain Biking, Skiing, and drinking red wine