Stephen is a Professor in Sport Psychology at the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences. He is Editor of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology and co-founder and Network Editor of the World Rugby Science Network. He is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society, a registered Practitioner Psychologist and Partner with the Health and Care Professions Council, and a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences accredited Sport Scientist. He has 25 years consultancy experience in high performance sport, working most recently within professional rugby union.
His primary research interests lie in the area of athlete welfare, including stress, coping and performance, psychological skills training and behaviour change, and the organisational environment of elite sport. He is particularly interested in how those individuals who operate within high performance sporting environments utilise personal and social resources as they negotiate the various demands placed upon them across their professional careers. He is also interested in mental wellbeing in wider occupational environments and the role that psychological skills and resilience can play in facilitating health and performance.