Professor and Research Leader Active Living, Victoria University

Research Leader (Active Living), Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)

Professor Polman was trained in the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

While there, he gained his Doctorandus qualification. He then completed a PhD degree in the Psychology Department at the University of York, England.

Prior to joining ISEAL, Professor Polman was Professor of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Director of the Centre of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston UK.

He has held previous appointments at:

The University of Hull
Leeds Metropolitan University
University of South Australia
University of North London
Professor Polman's research interests include:

coping and emotions in sport and exercise
the psychology of (sport) injury rehabilitation
personality and sport and exercise (mental toughness, Type D personality)
exercise psychology (special populations)
ageing (interaction between psychological and biomechanical factors)


  • –present
    Professor, Victoria University


  • 1996 
    York University, PhD

Research Areas

  • Sport And Exercise Psychology (170114)