Susan Backhouse is Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Nutrition and Director of Research for Sport and Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism at Leeds Beckett University, UK. Susan has established a programme of research at Leeds Beckett University investigating doping from multiple stakeholder perspectives (e.g., athlete, athlete support personnel, recreational user).

Her passion lies in knowledge translation and in 2012 she was an invited member of the European Union Ad-hoc Expert Group on Doping in Recreational Sport, producing EU wide prevention guidelines. In order to pursue this research agenda, Susan and her research team have received funding from the International Olympic Committee, European Commission, World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Athletics Foundation. Examples of recently funded projects include two cross-cultural interventions to prevent doping in sport (RE>ACT and CoachMADE). Susan is a researcher-practitioner, serving as a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) National Trainer and a member of the UKAD Research Steering Committee.

In 2013 she convened the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) Clean Sport Interest Group. Susan is a Fellow of BASES, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Synopsis of talk

In this presentation, Susan will highlight that doping risk and predictive factors emerge from multiple contexts and interact to place individuals and groups at risk. She will build on this discussion by highlighting that researchers and policy makers in public health are increasingly engaging with the idea that ‘whole systems’ can create the harms associated with complex chronic diseases. Appreciating the equivalent complexity of doping in sport and enhancement drug use, Susan will call for action to be taken on the dopogenic environment; the sum of influences produced by the surroundings, opportunities and conditions that promote doping in sport.