Dr Nichola Kentzer is a Lecturer in Sport, Exercise and Coaching at the Open University. Before starting as a full time academic at the university, she worked as an Associate Lecturer at the OU from 2010. Prior to moving full time to the OU, she worked as a higher education (HE) lecturer in sport and exercise science/psychology and teacher education for almost 10 years.
Nichola’s specialist area is sport psychology. She is a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Sport Psychologist and has provided sport psychology support to a wide range of performers.
Despite her professional qualifications and accreditations in sport psychology, Nichola completed her PhD in education, more specifically examining the experiences of in-service trainee teachers in further education with a focus on mentoring.
Nichola’s research interests include the professional and personal development of students/trainees and staff, both in education and sport psychology/sport science. She is also interested in the wellbeing of informal carers, their relationship with physical activity and supporting them to access education and professional development opportunities.
Some of her more recent academic publications are:
Huntley, E. & Kentzer, N. (2013) Group-based reflective practice in sport psychology: experiences of two trainee sport and exercise scientists. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review. 9(2), pp.57-67
Huntley, E. & Kentzer, N. (2019) Sport, psychology and Christianity: the importance of reflective practice. In B. Hemmings, N. Watson & A. Parker (Eds) Sport, Psychology and Christianity: Welface, Performance and Consultancy. London: Routledge
Walker, N, Kentzer, N., Collins, R. & Katz, J. (2014) Using animation software to teach applied sport psychology to undergraduate students (Poster) 29th Annual Conference Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Las Vegas, USA.
Phelan, S., Kentzer, N. & Lusted, J. (2017) Inclusive practice in coaching: A Q methodology study. 33rd Annual Conference for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 7-9th September, 2017
Kentzer, N. Bracey, P. & Devecchi, C. (2019) Using activity theory and Q methodology to examine the experiences of in service trainee teachers in the English Further Education Sector. Research in Post Compulsory Education and Training (Published in the Autumn, details to be updated)
Kentzer, N., Dudeney, J. & Lord, J. (2019) Mental health and wellbeing. In J. Tummons (Ed) The Post Compulsory Education and Training Book. London: Sage/Learning Matters
Kentzer, N. (2017) Mentors perceptions of their trainee’s journey in English Further Education (FE): A Q methodology study. (Poster). 33rd Annual Conference for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 7-9th September, 2017
Kentzer, N. & Berry, A. (2019) The importance of mental health and wellbeing to doctoral students on their PhD journey: A Q methodology study. British Educational Research Association Special Interest Group Conference, London, United Kingdom, 12th July 2019
Nichola was involved as a Critical Reviewer in the production of E235.
Current teaching roles:
· E233 Sport and exercise psychology: a case study approach
· E313 Exploring psychological aspects of athletic development
Module Chair for E235 (presentation) from 2019/20
Alongside her OU role, Nichola is an applied sport psychologist currently working mainly with equestrian athletes. She has been the team sport psychologist for Team GBR Pony Driving Team and Team GBR Para-Driving Team for approximately 10 years and prepares the drivers and the wider support team for their bi-annual World Championship, travels with the teams and supports the post event review process.