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Jim joined the School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences at Coventry University in June 2013. Prior to this he worked in the departments of Psychology and Health Sciences at Liverpool Hope University (2009-2013). His Ph.D., completed at the University of Birmingham, focussed on the motivational processes underpinning psychological well- and ill-being among participants in team sport settings. His doctorate work and continuing research on motivational determinants of psychological well-being has resulted in publications in leading international peer-reviewed journals and the presentation of these papers at prestigious conferences (e.g., North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity). He regularly reviews manuscripts on behalf of a wide range of international Psychology, and Sport and Exercise Psychology Journals. 

Jim is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol.) and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS). He also holds full membership of the Dvision of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP), and is currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 


Research Interests

Sport and Exercise ; Health and Well-being ; Engagement and Burnout ; Motivation and Achievement; Interpersonal relationships ; Stress, coping and emotion

Vision Statement


Jim’s primary research area is concerned with social-cognitive approaches pertinent to explaining health-related outcomes in achievement settings, particularly sport. Extending the research from his Ph.D., this line of work continues to be informed by two prominent motivational frameworks, namely achievement motivation and self-determination theories. To date, Jim has applied these frameworks to the study of motivational processes associated with psychological well- and ill-being in sport and education settings. His work is committed to understanding the key motivational factors involved in promoting human potential across different performance contexts. As a secondary interest, Jim also conducts pedagogical research in higher education. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Sport Psychology, Doctorate, Motivational processes and the well-being of participants in adult and youth sport settings, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 1 Jun 2009

External positions

PhD examiner , University of Birmingham


External Examiner , University of East Anglia

Sept 2016Jun 2021

External Examiner, University of Worcester

Sept 2016Dec 2020

Guest Lecturer, Loughborough University

Jan 2014Jan 2015

PhD examiner , University of Western Australia


Lecturer, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Liverpool Hope University

Sept 2009Jun 2013

Lecturer, Sport and Exercise Psychology (fixed term), Liverpool Hope University

Jan 2009Sept 2009

Graduate teaching assistant, University of Birmingham

Sept 2004Sept 2008


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