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Dr Candice Lingam-Willgoss

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Professional biography

Candice is the  Associate Dean for Tuition within WELS.  Candice joined the Sport and Fitness team in 2013 having worked as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University since 2010. Prior to working for the Open University she was based at Southampton University where she was the Assistant Programme Director for Sport. 

Candice's main areas of interest are within sport and exercise psychology and sociology of sport.

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Research interests

Candice's research expertise and interest lies within the areas of career transitions within sport specifically elite athlete mothers, exercise adherence and unhealthy exercise behaviours.   She recently gained her PhD which is a qualitative study looking at the transitional experiences of elite athletic mothers.  


Teaching interests

Candice has been involved in the writing and development of a range of sport and fitness related modules including:

E314 - Exploring Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise

E235 - Sport and Exercise Psychology in Action

As well as authoring and development of core content she has authored several OpenLearn courses as well as Co-authoring a Badged Open Course (BOC) focused on Career transitions in sport (4000 enrolled students)


​Candice is also an Associate Lecturer on E117, E235 and E312

Impact and engagement


Candice disseminates her knowledge of sport and exercise science to engage diverse communities and foster knowledge exchange. Examples of media used to disseminate such knowledge include:

She also works closely with the Neurodiversity in Sport network, and is developing materials to support professional development for coaches in this area. 

External collaborations

Neurodiverse Sport Network


Defining Ultra-Endurance: A Survey of Athletes and Coaches to Achieve a Consensus Definition (2017)
Spenceley, Kate; Humphrey, Richard and Lingam-Willgoss, Candice
Scope (Health and Activity), 1 (pp. 171-179)

Retirement from sport: The final transition (2022)
Lingam-Willgoss, Candice
In: Heaney, Caroline; Kentzer, Nichola and Oakley, Ben eds. Athletic Development : A Psychological Perspective (pp. 54-69)
ISBN : 9780367721022 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

Maintaining positive mental health throughout sporting transitions: A case study of elite sporting females (2018)
Lingam-Willgoss, Candice
In : Competing in the Dark – Mental Health in Sport (21 Mar 2018, Open University, Milton Keynes)

How elite athletes balance motherhood and elite level sport (2018)
Lingam-Willgoss, Candice
In : BPS DSEP 2018 Conference (3-4 Dec 2018, Belfast)

The transitional experiences of recreational and elite sporting (2017)
Lingam-Willgoss, Candice
In : BPS DSEP Conference 2017 (Dec 2017, Glasgow)

A study investigating risk and transitional experiences of elite sporting females (2016)
Lingam-Willgoss, Candice
In : Gender Inequalities in Sport Conference (17 Mar 2016, Milton Keynes)

Negotiating Identity: how elite athlete mothers navigate their journey through sport. (2023-08-07)
Lingam-Willgoss, Candice
PhD thesis The Open University