Dr Véronique Richard

Research Fellow

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Overview

Dr Veronique Richard earned her doctoral degree in sport science from the University of Montreal then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in sport psychology at Florida State University. Her specialization in performance psychology and creativity has brought her to work in both research and applied environments.

Currently working as a research fellow at the University of Queensland, she is conducting applied research combining creativity and movement sciences to optimize performance, health and wellbeing. Dr Richard's research interests initially emerged from her simultaneous involvements with high performance sports and circus arts. In her prior roles as a mental performance consultant for Canadian national sport organisations and Cirque du Soleil, Veronique observed the challenges of balancing high-level performance and well-being for sport and performing arts stakeholders. To tackle this challenge, she designs enriched movement activities to build creativity supportive environements and examine the impact of such environments on creativity-related cognitive, affective, and socio-cultural variables. The goal of her research is to impact individuals' holistic growth by creating spaces where everyone can use their physicality to experiment, discover, connect, and express. While sport organisations remain an important field of investigation, she is now expanding her research to other high performance domains (e.g., medical), schools, as well as health and wellbeing organsations. She is also interested in exploring how creativity supportive environements can contribute to equity, diversity, and inclusion in organisations.

Research Interests

  • Creativity, performance and wellbeing
    Balancing high-level performance and wellbeing can be challenging. My research examines how designing creativity supportive environments in various contexts (sport, school, health, etc.) can contribute to performance while fostering cognitive, affective and socio-cultural factors associated with wellbeing. Specifically, I examine the impact of implementing enriched movement activities on performance and well-being variables.
  • Performance psychology
    Applied expertise: I have worked as a mental performance consultant with various national Canadian sport organisations and with Cirque du Soleil. In addition to help athletes and artists develop mental skills, I design risk friendly environments to encourage them to navigate sport-related uncertainties and ambiguities and grow psychologically from it.
  • Creative movers
    Much can be learned from observing those that use their body to create breathtaking moments. Specifically, my interest is to better capture the processes supporting movement creativity in dancers, circus artists, figure skaters, and all those that create through the body.

Research Impacts

While societies are in constant motion, requiring creativity to adapt, our bodies have never been in such a state of inertia. Our research is impactful because it tackles two essential human needs; to create and to move. By shifting towards creativity, sport, education, and health organisations will offer rich landscapes of opportunities to ignite individuals' motivation to live a healthy life, but also equip them with the skills needed to creatively confront societal issues, thereby contributing to economic sustainability.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Masters (Research)

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Richard, Veronique (2021). Kinesthetic creativity in sports and performing arts. Expertise and Excellence: A Multi-Dimensional Perspective. (pp. ---) edited by Gershon Tenenbaum and Yair Galily. Needham, MA United States: IDC University Press.

  • Richard, Veronique (2020). Sport. Encyclopedia of Creativity. (pp. 500-505) edited by Steven Pritzker and Mark Runco. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-809324-5.23730-9

  • Richard, Veronique (2019). Giftedness. Dictionary of Sport Psychology: Sport, Exercise, and Performing Arts. (pp. 115-115) edited by Dieter Hackfort, Robert J. Schinke and Bernd Strauss. New York, NY United States: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-813150-3.00007-3

  • Richard, Veronique (2019). Grit. Dictionary of Sport Psychology: Sport, Exercise, and Performing Arts. (pp. 117-117) edited by Dieter Hackfort, Robert J. Schinke and Bernd Strauss. New York, NY United States: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-813150-3.00007-3

  • Richard, Veronique (2019). Group coordination. Dictionary of Sport Psychology: Sport, Exercise, and Performing Arts. (pp. 119-119) edited by Dieter Hackfort, Robert J. Schinke and Bernd Strauss. New York, NY United States: New York, NY United States. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-813150-3.00007-3

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