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Devesh Patel

Mr Devesh Patel

Academic Associate

Sport Science


Mr Devesh Patel is an Academic Associate, completing a part time PhD and teaching part-time. His PhD is focusing on Parental Resilience in Youth Sport and he leads seminars in the Year 1 Foundations in Sport and Exercise Psychology and Year 2 Practical Applications in Sport Psychology modules.

Career overview

Devesh joined the Sport Science department in October 2019, having recently completed his second MSc in Psychology, also at Nottingham Trent University. Devesh completed his undergraduate degree in Sport Coaching and Physical Education at Oxford Brookes University and then went on to do his first MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Stirling. Devesh's masters theses focused on the perceptions of appropriate coach and parent support within cricket (Stirling) and perceived coach behaviour and its effect on athlete motivation (Nottingham Trent University).

Devesh started his PhD at Nottingham Trent University in January 2020 under the supervision of Dr Julie Johnston, Dr Mustafa Sarkar and Professor Camilla Knight (Swansea University) titled "Investigating and Developing Parental Resilience in Youth Sport"

Research areas

Devesh's research focuses on:

- Defining and Charactering Parental Resilience within Youth Sport

- Understanding how parents develop Parental Resilience

Devesh has a keen background in Social Psychology, taking the Social Development of Children and Adolescents as a optional module in his MSc Psychology course at Nottingham Trent University. He also has a background in both playing cricket in his youth and cricket coaching, which made him further interested in understanding parents' perspectives in cricket, but in other sports as well.