Staff Profiles: Dr. Tabitha Dickson

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Staff Profile: Dr. Tabitha Dickson
Research Assistant in Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing

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Dr. Tabitha Dickson

Research Assistant in Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing

Health and Social Care

Sport and Exercise

I support research across the Research Priority Area of Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing. I have a background in Exercise Physiology with a particular interest in rock climbing performance and physical activity research.

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My research background is in Exercise Physiology, more specifically in investigating the physiological, psychological and biochemical responses to performance rock climbing.

My current role at the University of Gloucestershire revolves around supporting the design, delivery and evaluation of research activities in the RPA Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing. This includes but is not limited to areas such as physiology, performance, physical activity, mental health, exercise referral and health promotions/ health care in the community.


Award Title Institution Date
BA (Hons) Adventure Education University of Chichester 2009
PhD Exercise Physiology University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand 2013


International Doctoral Scholarship – University of Canterbury (2009 – 2013)

Membership of professional bodies

British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists

American College of Sports Medicine

International Rock Climbing Research Association – Founding Member

Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand

Teaching and research


My research investigates the psychophysiological processes involved in sport rock climbing. More specifically applying sport specific methods of assessment in order to better understand climbing performance and determinants of success.

For a list of associated publications please view my researchgate profile


More publications from Dr. Tabitha Dickson can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews

Rock climbing performance

Rock climbing psychophysiology

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