Dr Francesca Cavallerio

Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Sport & Exercise Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Sport and exercise sciences

Francesca joined Anglia Ruskin in January 2017 after working part-time as a lecturer in London. Before this, she was based at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, completing her PhD on the psychosocial experience of current and former rhythmic gymnasts.

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francesca.cavallerio@anglia.ac.uk
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Background

Francesca has worked for 16 years as a rhythmic gymnastics coach, creating her own club in Italy. Following her MSc in Sport Psychology she also provided sport psychology support to various performers, from individual and team sports, competing a different levels (regional to national), and delivered sport psychology workshops for coaches, also in collaboration with the Italian Gymnastics Federation.

Research interests

  • Health and well-being of athletes
  • The psychology of sport injury
  • Youth sport
  • Athletic retirement
  • Sustainability in high performance sport
  • Coach-athlete relationship
  • Qualitative research methods

Teaching

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Qualifications

  • PhD Sport Psychology, St Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • MSc Sport Psychology, University of Roehampton
  • MSc Clinical and Community Psychology, University of Torino, Italy
  • BSc Psychology, University of Torino, Italy

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Psychologist, Italian Order of Psychologists
  • BASES member
  • FEPSAC member
  • Reviewer for Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology
  • Reviewer for Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
  • Reviewer for The Sport Psychologist
  • Reviewer for Journal of Applied Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Science

Selected recent publications

Cavallerio, F., Wadey, R., and Wagstaff, C.R.D., 2017. Adjusting to retirement: Narratives of former competitive rhythmic gymnasts. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. doi: 10.1080/2159676X.2017.1335651

Cavallerio, F., Wadey, R., and Wagstaff, C.R.D., 2016. Understanding overuse injuries in rhythmic gymnastics: A 12- month ethnographic study. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 25, 100-109. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.05.002 

Mate, D., Marazzi, L., and Cavallerio, F., 2013. Riabilitare la mente dopo un infortunio sportivo: applicare il metodo EMDR nello sport [Rehabilitate the mind following sport injury: Using the EMDR method in sport]. Giornale Italiano di Psicologia dello Sport, 17(2), pp23-32.

Recent presentations and conferences

Cavallerio, F., Wadey, R., and Wagstaff, C.R.D., 2016. Ethnographic creative nonfictions of pain and overuse injuries in gymnastics. Oral presentation given at the 5th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Chichester, U.K. 

Cavallerio, F., Wadey, R., and Wagstaff, C.R.D., 2016. Understanding the overuse injury process: Creative nonfiction of pain in gymnastics. Poster session presented at the 2016 Conference of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), Montreal, Canada.

Cavallerio, F., Wadey, R., and Wagstaff, C.R.D., 2015. Psychosocial risk factors in the overuse injury process: An ethnographic study. Poster session presented at the 14th Conference of the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC), Bern, Switzerland.

Cavallerio, F., Wadey, R., and Wagstaff, C.R.D., 2015. “What you see is what I think you want to see”: Impression management and the development of overuse injuries in rhythmic gymnastics. Poster session presented at the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) 50th Anniversary Seminar, Rome, Italy.

Cavallerio, F. and Wadey, R., 2014. The culture of risk and overuse injuries in sport: A narrative review. Oral presentation given at the National Congress of the Italian Sport Psychology Association (Congresso Nazionale AIPS), Rovereto, Italy.

Cavallerio, F. and Wadey, R., 2013. Risk culture and overuse injuries in sport: A narrative review. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the British Psychological Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Manchester, U.K.