Linda Duffy is Associate Professor of Sports Psychology at Middlesex University. She is a founding member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered practioner with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), also, in 2014 Linda became Chair of the Sport & Exercise Psychology Research Group at Middlesex.
With a prominent background as a professional darts player, Linda is currently engaged in research related to gender differences in throwing skills as well as other areas of sport psychology including the development of expertise, psychological resilience, coaching behaviours, sport as a medium for rehabilitation and the psychological affects of training and practise. Linda is currently developing an MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology programme and an online Darts Coaching course with her colleagues in the London Sport Institute. She regularly features in media coverage of darts, including interviews on a variety of TV channels relating to dart playing, women in sport and sport psychology.Other media appearances include interviews with BSkyB relating to professional dart playing performance and sport psychology; and Radio 5 live, BBC Essex Radio and Talk Sport Radio relating to women in sport, dart playing and sport psychology. Linda has also given several interviews to national and local newspapers, and magazines, relating to her previous career as the ladies World number one professional dart player and current career as a sport psychologist.
Administrative and professional duties/roles
Chair: Sport and Exercise Research Group
Module Leader: Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology
Member of the British Psychological Society: DSEP
HCPC Registered Practising Sport Psychologist
Member of London Sport Institute
Former Ladies World Darts Champion and World number 1 from 1982 – 1987
External Consultant to the Professional Dart Players Association
Learning & Teaching Interests
Linda's learning and teaching interests include:
The acquisition of expertise in sport
The psychology of elite sport performance
Doctoral Supervision and Examination
Director of Studies to Sarah Welland.
Thesis title: How to reduce re-offending at a Young Offenders Institution (YOI). An investigation of the effectiveness of the ‘Get Onside’ Saracens RFC sporting intervention programme. (Started March 2017).
Director of Studies to Floyd Williams. Thesis title: 'The Acquisition of Expertise amongst Tennis Players: an investigation of psychological factors' (started June 2014).
Supporting Supervisor to Rhonda Cohen. Thesis title: 'Psychological Factors Affecting the Motivation of Drag Racers' (completed July 2012).
Internal Examiner for PhD Thesis: Physical Preparation for Fencing: Specificity of Exercise Prescription and Training Load to the Physiological Demands of Competition. Anthony N. Turner (2015)
Internal Examiner for PhD Thesis: A Randomised Controlled Trial to test the effect of two differing induction processes in a YMCA over a twelve month period. Paul Bedford (2008)
Baluch, Bahman and Duffy, Linda Jane and Badami, Rokhsareh and Pereira, Elisangela C. Ap (2017) A cross-continental study on children's drawings of football players: implications for understanding key issues and controversies in human figure drawings. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 13 (3). pp. 455-471. ISSN 1841-0413
Duffy, Linda Jane and Baluch, Bahman and Welland, Sarah and Raman, Evren (2017) Effects of physical activity on debilitating behaviours in 13- to 20- year old males with severe Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation, 13 (3). pp. 340-347. ISSN 2288-176X
Heydari, Hosein and Badami, Rokhsareh and Baluch, Bahman and Duffy, Linda Jane (2014) Dropout reasons in Iranian youth roller skaters. International Journal of Science Culture and Sport, 2 (4). pp. 89-102. ISSN 2148-1148 (Published online first)
Homayoni Izad, Negar and Badami, Rokhsareh and Baluch, Bahman and Duffy, Linda Jane (2016) The perception of same gender coaches by Iranian skaters and its influence on sport achievement motivation and commitment. International Journal of Science Culture and Sport, 4 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 2148-1148
Newman, Hannah J. H. and Duffy, Linda Jane (2015) Depressive symptoms in cricketers: the relationship with neuroticism, fear of failure and emotional intelligence. In: 14th European Congress of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC Congress 2015), 14-19 Jul 2015, Bern, Switzerland.