Stephanie Adams (PhD student)

Thesis title: Development, delivery and assessment of the first concussion education programme for motor sports


I am a final year PhD candidate with a current research focus on concussion in motor sport. I have developed and tested the first concussion education programme for motor sports, which aims to improve knowledge about, and attitudes towards, concussion. I have a background in neuropsychology and psychology (with a particular focus in developmental), and an interest in policy, health promotion, entrepreneurship and public speaking. 


  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) (2018)
  • Edinburgh Award for Enterprise (Entrepreneurship) (2017)
  • MSc Human Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2015)
  • BScH Psychology and Neuroscience, Acadia University, Canada (2014)

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • College Quality Assurance Committee (CQAC) Postgraduate Representative
  • Board of Studies Committee Doctoral Representative
  • Moray House School of Education Doctoral Representative
  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
  • Member of the Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology (DSEP)

Undergraduate teaching

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

Past PhD students supervised

  • Co-Supervisor to Kirsty Stewart (MSc Performance Psychology): "Concussion: knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of male rugby union players in different age cohorts"

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

"Excellent data, on an interesting topic" -  Talk attendee from the Clinical Neurosciences Section of the Royal Society of Medicine

"[Stephanie] highlights the importance of [concussion] education and training" - Talk attendee from the Clinical Neurosciences Section of the Royal Society of Medicine

Project activity

Previous project roles: 

  • Assistant Psychologist in the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology (NHS, Astley Ainslie Hospital) - I delivered a relaxation programme for patients undergoing rehabilitation for various neurological disorders. I also developed a specially designed group programme for cognitive stimulation in stroke patients.
  • Research Assistant for Dr Peter Kind at the Patrick Wild Centre ( - Here I contributed to research into Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities.
  • Research Assistant  in the Infant and Family Research Centre at Acadia University (Canada) - Here I supported developmental psychology-based research projects involving attachment theory.

Current project grants

~£5k CAHSS Knowledge Exchange & Impact Grant - G-Force: A Smartphone Application to Improve Concussion Knowledge and Attitudes in Motor Sport (Co-Applicant)



Invited Workshops & Talks

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. (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 First Aid: Learning with PE Teachers & Specialists, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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

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

Journal Articles

Adams SA, Turner AP, Richards H, Hutchinson PJ. Concussion in motorsport? Experience, knowledge, attitudes and priorities of medical personnel and drivers. Clin J Sports Med 2018 (In Press).

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.