Thursday 8 June 2023

Meet Professor Ross White

Hi there and a very warm welcome to Season 5 Episode 19 of People Soup – it’s Ross McIntosh here. 

What a privilege it was to speak to Professor Ross White. Ross is the Research Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at Queen's University Belfast. He's an expert on Global Mental Health and as active research collaborations with the World Health Organisation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He's also an author, and his books include, Acceptance and Commitment Approaches for Athletes' Wellbeing and Performance - The Flexible Mind.

His consultancy is called - Strive 2 Thrive - which has a specialist interest in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of adults working in high-performance environments including elite level athletes. And incidentally - I'd highly recommend that you sign up for Ross' monthly newsletter - 5 to Thrive - you'll find the link in the shownotes.

In this episode - you'll get to know Ross - and a bit about his career history -including how he came across ACT, insights into his research in different contexts, psychological factors in sport and the fine line between dedication and obsession. You'll also hear his song choice which relates to his passion for supporting adults to be the best version of themselves - and how he once rescued the BBC Radio Two DJ - Sara Cox from a firework hazard.

People Soup is an award winning podcast where we share evidence based behavioural science, in a way that’s practical, accessible and fun to help you glow to work a bit more often.

Another first for Season 5 is that I'm adding a transcript, wherever possible. There is a caveat - this transcript is largely generated by Artificial Intelligence, I have corrected many errors but I won't have captured them all! You can find the transcript by clicking on the three dots at the bottom left of the box below and selecting transcript.

You'll also find the shownotes, including all the useful links by clicking on Notes in the box below.


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