Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Toni Williams
About Dr Toni Williams
Toni is a Senior Lecturer is Sport and Exercise Psychology at Leeds Beckett University. Her research broadly explores disability, health and physical activity.
Toni was awarded a Glendonbrook Doctoral Fellowship to fund her PhD at Loughborough University in October 2012. Her PhD research examined the impact of physical activity on the psychosocial health and well-being of people with spinal cord injury. After completion of the PhD in 2015, she joined the Carnegie School of Sport as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Toni teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as contributing to the research activities of the Centre for Active Lifestyles.
Toni is also involved in various professional activities. For example, she was co-chair of the highly successful 4th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (QRSE2014) at Loughborough University in September 2014. She is now on the scientific committee for the 6th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (@QRSE2018) which will be held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada on June 6th-8th 2018.
Toni primarily contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate modules in sport and exercise psychology and research methods. She is currently the module leader for Contemporary Issues in Sport Psychology (Level 7) and joint module leader for Research Methods (Level 7) and Sport and Exercise Psychology (Level 5).
Toni’s research explores the factors that facilitate and constrain a physically active lifestyle for people with spinal cord injury. This includes the role of health professionals in physical activity promotion, and how physical activity interventions can specifically address the needs of disabled people. She is also concerned with how hopes and expectations of physical activity are managed in hospital rehabilitation and in the community. The findings from this research are aimed at improving physical activity promotion, reducing the barriers to being physically active and informing policy and practice.
Toni’s research interests also include narrative inquiry, disability studies, psychology of injury and rehabilitation, and qualitative meta-synthesis. Her work in this area has been published in leading international journals including Health Psychology Review, Psychology of Sport and Exercise and Disability and Rehabilitation. She has also published book chapters on the use of qualitative methods to conceptually advance the field of sport and exercise psychology.