Stephanie Adams (PhD Research Student)

Project title: Concussion in Motor Sport: Exploring experts' perceptions, knowledge and attitudes


Stephanie's current research focus is on concussion in motorsport, however, her background is highly interdisciplinary. During her undergraduate degree at Acadia University (Canada), Stephanie undertook the opportunity to work as a research assistant for leading neuroscientist, Dr Peter Kind, at the Patrick Wild Centre ( for Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilites. She later worked for the NHS (Astley Ainslie Hospital, Edinburgh) during her Msc, delivering a relaxation programme for patients undergoing rehabilitation for various neurological disorders. In conjunction, Stephanie was tasked with developing and promoting a specially designed group programme for cognitive stimulation in stroke patients. Stephanie also brings expertise in developmental psychology, having both worked in the Infant and Family Research Centre at Acadia University and conducted research projects involving attachment theory.


  • BScH Psychology and Neuroscience, Acadia University, Canada
  • MSc Human Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Moray House of Education Doctoral Representative
  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)

Undergraduate teaching

  • Group Tutor for Special Topics in Sport Psychology
  • Motor Control 4, Guest Lecturer
  • Sports Physiology 4, Guest Lecturer
  • Sport Psychology, Guest Lecturer

Research summary

I am interested in all things concussion, particularly education and management. I am also interested in the long-term effects of concussion on executive functions and ageing.

Research activity

I was awarded a Principal's Career Development Scholarship and Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship to carry out my PhD research.

Current research interests

Currently, I am developing, implementing and assessing a novel concussion education programme for motor sports.

Knowledge exchange

"Stephanie delivers her workshop on concussion with excellent interactive teaching skills and her mastery of knowledge in this area is clear. I really enjoyed being a participant and learned lots".  - Professor Nanette Mutrie, University of Edinburgh

Current project grants

CAHSS Knowledge Exchange & Impact Grant - G-Force: A Smartphone Application to Improve Concussion Knowledge and Attitudes in Motor Sport (Co-Applicant)

Project Details

Project title: Concussion in motor sport: Exploring experts' perceptions, knowledge and attitudes


Dr Tony Turner, Hugh Richards, Professor Peter Hutchinson (External Advisor, University of Cambridge)


Journal Articles

Symons, D. K., Adams, S., & Smith, K. H. (2015). Adult attachment style and caregiver attitudes after raising a virtual child. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 0265407515616710.


Adams, S., & Richards, H. (2015). The "invisible" injury: Concussion in motor sport. Seminar presented to team UK motorsport, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Adams, S. (2016). Concussion First Aid with 4th Year PE teachers, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Adams, S. (2017). Concussion First Aid: Learning with PE Teachers & Specialists, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Adams, S. (2017). Concussion in Sport. Presentation for the British Psychological Society Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Scotland Network, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Adams, S., & Richards, H. (2017). Learn about concussion in sport: What is happening, where next & what is the role of the psychologist? Workshop session accepted to present at Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Annual Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Adams, S. (2017). Concussion in motorsport: Survey findings from medical personnel and competitors & future directions. Presentation accepted for Driving and the Brain Meeting, Royal Society of Medicine, Clinical Neurosciences Section, London, United Kingdom.


Adams, S., Turner, A.P., Richards, H., & Hutchinson P.J. (2017). Assessment of concussion knowledge, attitudes and experiences of motor sport medical personnel and competitors. Poster session presented at Edinburgh Sports and Exercise Medicine Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Adams, S., Turner, A.P., Richards, H., & Hutchinson P.J. (2017). Concussion in UK motorsport: Incidence, knowledge and priorities. Poster session presented at Interweaving: Multidisciplinary Research in an Education and Sporting Context Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.