Editorial Team

Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Gender diversity of editors
  • 53%man
  • 41%woman
  • 6%prefer not to disclose
  • 0%non-binary or gender diverse

Data represents responses from 94% of 18 editors

Editorial board by country/region
75 editors and editorial board members in 18 countries/regions
  1. United Kingdom (20)
  2. United States of America (14)
  3. Canada (11)

Editorial board



Professor Pete Coffee, PhD CPsychol

Heriot-Watt University, EH14 4AS, Edinburgh, United Kingdom



Professor Markus Raab, Master in Psychology, Master in Sport Science, PhD in psychology, PhD in movement science

German Sport University Cologne, Am Sportpark Müngersdorf 6, 50933, Köln, Germany

Judgment and Decision Making, Embodied Cognition and Embodied Choice, Expertise, Development, Motor Control and Motor Learning


Professor Katherine Tamminen, PhD

University of Toronto, Toronto, M5S 1A1, Ontario, Canada

sport psychology, stress, coping, emotions, emotion regulation, youth sport, qualitative research

Founding Editor

J. H. Biddle, PhD, MSc, BEd

Former Editors-in-Chief

D. Alfermann

Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany

M. S. Hagger

University of California Merced, Psychological Sciences, Merced, California, United States of America

N. Ntoumanis

University of Southern Denmark, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Odense, Denmark

B. Strauss

University of Münster Institute of Sports Science, Muenster, Germany

A. Taylor

Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine, Plymouth, United Kingdom

Associate Editors


Assoc. Professor Brandon L. Alderman, PhD

Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

Exercise Psychology,  Psychophysiology,  Behavioral Interventions,  Mental Health


Professor F. Hülya Aşçı, Ph.D.

Fenerbahçe University, Ataşehir, Turkey

Exercise and Sport Psychology


Professor Fiona Gillison, BSc, MSc, PhD

University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom

Motivation,  Health behaviour change,  Health communication,  Obesity prevention


Assoc. Professor Katie E. Gunnell, PhD

Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Physical activity,  Well-being


Dr. Andreas Ivarsson, PhD

Halmstad University, Halmstad, Sweden

Sport Injuries, Stress, Quantitative Methods, Mental Health and Well-being


Assoc. Professor Richard J. Keegan, PhD, Ex Psych, MSc, BSC (Hons)

University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise, Bruce, New South Wales, Australia

Motivational climate,  Applied Sport Psychology,  Physical Literacy,  Subjective self-monitoring (e.g.,  interoception,  emotional awareness)

Professor Kerry McGannon, PhD

Laurentian University School of Human Kinetics, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Qualitative Methods,  Self-identity,  Media,  Sport and Exercise Psychology


Dr. Emma Mosley, BSc (Hons), PhD

Bournemouth University, Poole, United Kingdom

Psychophysiology and Sport performance, Heart rate variability


Dr. Anthony Papathomas, PhD

Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom

Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Qualitative Research, Narrative Inquiry


Prof. Dr. Henning Plessner, PhD

Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

Judgment and Decision Making in sport,  Motivation and sport performance,  Social psychology of sport,  Psychology of intuition


Professor Brett Smith, PhD, MSc, BA (Hons)

Durham University, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Durham, United Kingdom

Disability, Co-production, Qualitative methods, Social and health psychology


Professor Natalia B. Stambulova, PhD

Halmstad University School of Health and Welfare, Halmstad, Sweden

Developmental sport psychology,  Athlete career development,  Talent development transitions,  Crises,  Career assistance


Dr. Ian Taylor, PhD

Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom

Motivation,  Self-Regulation,  Adherence


Assoc. Professor Spyridoula Vazou, PhD

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

Physically active environments to promote learning, Cognitive function and Academic performance, Strategies to motivate youth to be physically active


Prof. Dr. Claudia Voelcker-Rehage, PhD

University of Münster Institute of Sports Science, Muenster, Germany

Exercise/physical activity and cognition,  Acute bouts of exercise and cognition,  Aging,  fine motor control,  Motor learning,  Dual-/multi-tasking

Editorial Board

Dr. Paul R. Appleton, PhD, BSc

Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom

Motivation,  Coaching,  Perfectionism


Dr. Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos, PhD

University of Toronto, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Physical Activity,  Disability,  Behaviour Change Theory,  Movement Behaviour,  Interventions


Professor Chris Armitage, BA(Hons) Psychology, PhD

The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

Behaviour change interventions, Theories of behaviour change, Psychology


Professor Susan Backhouse, PhD

Leeds Beckett University Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds, United Kingdom

Doping, Anti-doping, Integrity, Athlete Welfare


Dr. Maciej Behnke, PhD

Adam Mickiewicz University, Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Studies, Poznan, Poland

My research focus on the role and psychophysiological structure of positive emotion, especially in the context of esports performance


Professor Maurizio Bertollo, PhD

Gabriele d'Annunzio University of Chieti and Pescara, Chieti, Italy

Sport Psychology, Sport Science, Psychophysiology, Sport Neuroscience, Biofeedback, Neurofeedback


Assoc. Professor Shaunna Burke, PhD

University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

Psychosocial Oncology,  Exercise Interventions,  Physical Activity,  Quality of Life,  Behaviour Change,  Qualitative Research


Professor John Cairney, PhD

University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Physical activity and children's health,  Developmental coordination disorder,  Paediatric exercise medicine,  Motor development,  Behavioural interventions


Professor Rouwen Cañal-Bruland, PhD

Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Jena, Germany

Motor learning,  Motor performance,  Perception and action,  Anticipation,  Multisensory integration


Professor Aïna Chalabaev, PhD

Grenoble Alpes University Sport and Social Environment Laboratory, Grenoble, France

Stereotypes,  Motivation,  Health behavior change,  Physical activity


Professor Yu-Kai Chang, PhD

National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

Cognition, Mental health, Mindfulness, Cognitive neuroscience


Dr. Boris Cheval, PhD

University of Geneva, Genève, Switzerland

Dr. Cheval’s main research focuses on the automatic neuro-behavioral reactions involved in the regulation of physical activity behaviors. Specifically,  he is trying to shed light on the exercise paradox,  that is,  why do individuals fail to exercise regularly despite knowledge of the risk associated with physical inactivity?


Dr. David Conroy, PhD

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Motivation, Digital health, Behavioral intervention


Dr. Jennifer Cumming, PhD, MA, BEd

University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Psychological skills,  Mental imagery,  Self-regulation,  Mental health and well-being,  Sport,  exercise,  and dance psychology


Professor David W. Eccles, PhD

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America

Skilled and expert performance in sports


Prof. Dr. Anne-Marie Elbe, PhD

Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany

Motivation,  Volition,  Anti-doping,  Scale development,  Talent


Prof. Dr. Chris Englert, PhD

Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Self-control, Emotion regulation, Physical activity, Intention-behavior-gap, Sports performance


Dr. David Fletcher, PhD

Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom

Resilience,  Stress,  THriving,  Growth,  Organisational Psychology,  Performance Psychology,  Consultancy,  Elite,  International,  Olympic,  Qualitative


Prof. Dr. Katrien Fransen, PhD

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Shared leadership,  Social identity approach,  Identity leadership,  Athlete leadership


Professor Markus Gerber, PhD

University of Basel, Department of Sport Exercise and Health, Basel, Switzerland

Physical activity,  Physical education,  Sport,  Exercise,  Fitness,  Stress,  Mental health,  Depression,  Sleep,  Burnout,  Mental toughness,  Cognitive performance


Dr. Paul Gorczynski, PhD

University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Mental health,  Sport,  Exercise


Professor Christy Greenleaf, BS, MS, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Psychosocial aspects of physical activity,  Body image,  Weight-related stigma,  Positive embodiment


Dr. Daniel Gucciardi, PhD

Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Resilience,  Stress,  Performance


Professor Leen Haerens, PhD

Ghent University, Department of Movement and Sports Sciences, Ghent, Belgium

Motivation,  Sport,  Physical Education,  Teaching,  Styles


Dr. Eric Hall, PhD

Elon University, Elon, North Carolina, United States of America

Exercise,  Mental Health,  Affect,  Concussion,  Cognitive Function


Professor Christopher Harwood, PhD, C.Psychol, FBASES, FHEA

Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom

Youth Sport,  Coaching,  Parents


Professor Bradley Hatfield, PhD, FACSM, FNAK

University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, United States of America

Exercise and Brain Aging,   Human Performance,   Brain,   Psychophysiology,   Sport management


Prof. Dr. Tsung-Min Hung, PhD

National Taiwan Normal University, Department of Physical Education, Taipei, Taiwan

Sport and Exercise Psychology,  Sport and Exercise cognitive neuroscience


Prof. Dr. Stefanie Klatt, PhD

German Sport University Cologne, Köln, Germany

Assessment tools,  Attention


Assoc. Professor Camilla J. Knight, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom

Parents involvement, Youth sport, Qualitative research


Professor Diane E. Mack, PhD

Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Well-being,  Mental Health,  Physcial Activity,  Positive Emotions


Assist. Prof. Jaclyn P. Maher, PhD

UNC Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

Within-person Dynamics of Motivation,  Behavior,  Well-being,  Ecological Momentary Assessment Methods,  Intensive Longitudinal Data


Dr. Marta M. Marques, PhD

The University of Dublin Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Health behaviour change,  Motivation,  Self-regulation,  Ontologies/taxonomies,  Intervention development and assessment,  Behaviour change techniques


Assist. Prof. Desmond McEwan, PhD

The University of British Columbia School of Kinesiology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Teamwork,  Team Dynamics,  Team Performance,  Teambuilding,  Goal Setting


Assoc. Professor Sean Mullen, PhD (Education)

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, Champaign, Illinois, United States of America

Exercise adherence, Cognitive training, Cognitive aging, Self-regulation, Thermotherapy


Dr. Raoul R. D. Oudejans, PhD

VU Amsterdam, Department of Human Movement Sciences, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Visual Skill,  Choking under Pressure,  Training under Pressure,  Perceptual-motor Behavior,  Performance Anxiety,  Gaze Behavior


Professor Steven J. Petruzzello, MS in Physical Education, PhD in Exercise Science

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, Champaign, Illinois, United States of America

Affect, Personality, Brain, Psychophysiology, Stress, Tactical Athlete


Dr. Eva Pila, PhD

Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

Body image, Exercise psychology, Weight stigma


Professor Harry Prapavessis, PhD

Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

Behavior Medicine,   Exercise and Nicotine Dependence,   Sedentary Behavior


Dr. Andrew Prestwich, PhD

University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

Health Behaviour Change


Assoc. Professor Ivanka Prichard, PhD

Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Research on social media,  body image,  and exercise (including work with mothers,  the influence of commercial physical activity applications,  and social media trends e.g. #fitspiration),  Research on health behaviour change and environmental cues examining beliefs about the relationship between exercise and eating behaviour,  and the influence of different environmental cues on eating behaviour,  Research on the intergenerational transmission of health behaviours exploring family food/exercise environments,  and the modelling of food and exercise behaviours to young children


Professor Ryan Rhodes, PhD

University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada



Assoc. Professor Simon Rosenbaum, PhD

University of New South Wales Discipline of Psychiatry & Mental Health, Randwick, Australia

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), exercise in the prevention and management of mental health disorders


Dr. Tatiana Ryba, PhD

University of Jyväskylä, JYVASKYLA, Finland

Cultural Psychology,  Gender,  Transnationalism,  Athlete Careers,  Qualitative Research


Professor Catherine Sabiston, PhD

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Physical Activity, Sport, Body Image, Mental Health, exercise


Assoc. Professor Mustafa Sarkar, PhD

Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Individual Resilience,  Team Resilience,  Organisational Resilience,  Psychological Safety,  Mental Health


Dr. Alan Smith, PhD

Utah State University, Logan, Utah, United States of America

Social Processes,  Motivation,  Youth Sport,  Youth Physical Activity


Dr. Chris Spray, PhD

Loughborough University School of Sport Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough, United Kingdom

Motivation,  Physical Education, Yyouth Sport,  Teaching and Coaching,  Young People's Development


Assoc. Professor Andreas Stenling, PhD

Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Physical Activity and Health,  Motivation,  Psychometrics,  Longitudinal Data Analysis


Dr. Shaelyn M Strachan, PhD

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Health and exercise psychology,  Self-perceptions,  Self-compassion,  Self-regulation,  Identity


Professor Cecilie Thogersen-Ntoumani, PhD

University of Southern Denmark, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Odense, Denmark

Physical activity behaviour change, Motivation for physical activity, Psychological well-being, Body image


Assoc. Professor Kathleen S. Wilson, PhD

California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, California, United States of America

Social influences,  Group dynamics,  Parental influences


Professor Mark Wilson, PhD

University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom

Psychology,  Skill Acquisition,  Anxiety


Dr. Svenja A. Wolf, PhD

Florida State University, Department of Educational Psychology & Learning Systems, Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America

Performance teams,  Collective emotions,  Social indispensability,  Sport psychology,  Emotions,  Group dynamics

Professor Tim Woodman, BA, MA, PhD

Bangor University, Bangor, United Kingdom

Elite Performance,  Risk-taking,  Motivation,  Stress-performance,  Personality


Dr. Zachary Zenko, PhD

California State University Bakersfield, Bakersfield, California, United States of America

Exercise psychology, Physical activity, Exercise, Exercise behavior, Affect, Affective responses, Emotion, Emotional responses, Physical activity behavior


Assoc. Professor Chun-Qing Zhang, PhD

Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China

Acceptance and mindfulness in sport and health contexts,  Motivational and psychosocial factors in behavior change and maintenance,  Person-environment interactions and socioeconomic influences on health behaviors


All members of the Editorial Board have identified their affiliated institutions or organizations, along with the corresponding country or geographic region. Elsevier remains neutral with regard to any jurisdictional claims.