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Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science (Sport Psychology), Anglia Ruskin University

Matt joined ARU as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science (Psychology) in August 2022 from University of Hertfordshire where he was a Lecturer in Skill Acquisition and Motor Control since August 2019. Prior to joining UH Matt completed my undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD and teaching qualifications at University of Chichester.

Matt's main research interests are centred around identifying those psychological variables which are associated with peak performance (e.g., challenge and threat states) in performance settings (sport, education, aviation). Matt is also interested in emotional regulation, and I have published in the areas of cognitive psychology and leadership. Matt has collaborated with colleagues on a variety of research and consultancy projects at a range of HE institutions such as Prof. Iain Greenlees (University of Chichester), Dr Matt Smith (University of Winchester) and Dr Oliver Runswick (Kings College London).

Matt was awarded a PhD, Msc, Bsc and Fellowship of the HEA (FHEA) from the University of Chichester. Matt's research interests are performance under pressure in a variety of performance domains, e.g., sport, education, and aviation and emotional regulation (e.g., HRV). I lead L4 Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science and l6 Applied Sport Psychology.

Research interests:

• Performance under pressure (Challenge and threat states, anxiety)

• Predictors of performance and adherence (self-efficacy, self-confidence, motivation)

• Emotional regulation (e.g., Heart Rate Variability)

• Scanning strategies and gaze behaviour

• Efficacy of Psychological Skills Training strategies


  • 2022–present
    Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science (Psychology), Anglia Ruskin University


  • 2021 
    PhD, University of Chichester