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Professor of Psychology, University of Huddersfield

I joined the University of HUddersfield in 2017, having previously held a post as Professor of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to this, I had a lengthy career at Hull University, where I was Head of Psychology on three occasions and also was Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching).

I am interested in performance under pressure and performance enhancement. More specifically, I research in the area of Mental Toughness. I have written two books about this interesting concept and have produced numerous academic papers relating to my 4 'C' model. The research is carried out in partnership with a number of other institutions including: The University of Basle; University of Lincoln; University of Leeds, University of Newcastle and the University of Edinburgh. The work started in the sports domain, but is now extensively used in both business and education. Ongoing projects are looking at the possibility of enhancing mental toughness and the cognitive underpinnings of the 'mental toughness' advantage. The expertise gained is used to enhance student performance and employability within MMU.

I contribute to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including:

Coaching Psychology
Applied Psychology

Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)
I have supervised 9 PhDs and numerous other postgraduate students to completion.


  • –present
    Professor of Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University