Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Essex

John P. Mills PhD is a Lecturer in Sport Psychology within the School of Sport, Rehabilitation, and Exercise Sciences at the University of Essex. John is renowned for his research examining how attitudes, self-concept, and stereotypes (i.e., implicit social cognition) affect moral behaviour in sport. Most notably, his recent research has focused on the relationship between moral character and leadership behaviour in sport (Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 2017; Sports Medicine, 2017; Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 2015), and athlete’s attitudes towards and use of prohibited forms of performance enhancement (Frontiers in Psychology, 2017). John is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), a member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP), and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). He is also the Founder of SportRχiv: The world’s first open access repository for sport and exercise related research.

Expertise: Leadership, Morality, and Doping in Sport


  • –present
    Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Essex


  • 2015 
    University of Birmingham, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • CPsychol