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Dr Warrick Wood


School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition

Warrick is a sport and exercise psychology lecturer, based on the Albany campus.  Currently, Warrick is involved in various research proejcts, coordinates several courses at Massey, and is contracted by High Performance Sport NZ and several other sport organisations and schools as a mental skills trainer.

He has an extensive coaching background, coaching basketball at various levels in NZ and the US.  Prior to Massey, Warrick worked for various national and regional sporting organisations in the areas of high performance and coach development.


Contact details

  • Ph: +64 9 213 6663 (internal extension - 43663)
    Location: Sir Neil Waters Extension
    Campus: Albany


  • Bachelor of Sport Coaching - University of Canterbury (2007)
  • Master of Science - Indiana State University (2009)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2020)

Prizes and Awards

  • Student Travel Award - Association for Applied Sport Psychology (2019)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Warrick recently completed his PhD that invovled a case study of a high-performance sports team.  The study explored athletes' experiences of their basic psychological needs within their team environment and how they perceived their coaches' contributions to such needs.

Interest areas;

Applied Sport Psychology

Performance Enhancement

Coach Behaviour

Exercise & health


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Sport and Exercise Psychology (170114)


Performance Enhancement

The Coach-Athlete Relationship

Self-determination Theory

Basic Psychological Needs Theory

Research Outputs


Turner, S., Diako, C., Kruger, R., Wong, M., Wood, W., Rutherfurd-Markwick, K., . . . Ali, A. (2020). Consuming gymnema sylvestre reduces the desire for high-sugar sweet foods. Nutrients. 12(4)
[Journal article]Authored by: Ali, A., Diako, C., Kruger, R., Rutherfurd, K., Turner, S., Wong, M., Wood, W.


Wood, W., Hermansson, G., & Foskett, A. (2019, November). Psychological need satisfaction: Athlete insights into the coaching impact within a high performance team. Presented at Sport & Exercise Science New Zealand Annual Conference. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Foskett, A., Wood, W.
Wood, W., Hermansson, G., & Foskett, A. (2019, October). Basic psychological need satisfaction: A case study of an elite-level female sports team. Presented at Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference. Portland, Oregon, USA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Foskett, A., Wood, W.

Consultancy and Languages


  • Current - High Performance Sport New Zealand
    Mental Skills Trainer
  • Current - Cycling New Zealand
    Mental Skills Trainer
  • Current - Auckland Cricket
    Mental Skills Trainer
  • Current - North Harbour Rugby
    Mental Skills Trainer
  • Current - Massey University Academy of Sport
    Mental Skills Trainer
  • 2015 - High Performance Sport New Zealand Pathway to Podium Programme
    Workshop Presenter


  • English
    Last used: Everyday
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

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