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Professor Iain Greenlees

Professor of Sport Psychology | +44 (0) 1243 816437

I started my career at the University of Chichester (then West Sussex Institute of Higher Education) in 1994 when I came to study for my PhD. Since then, I have remained at the University in a variety of roles (research assistant, lecturer, senior lecturer, reader and now professor) and have taught across a range of sport and exercise psychology modules. I am the Research Lead for the Institute of Sport with responsibility for delivering our research strategy and growing research in the Institute.



  • 1997-1998            University of Portsmouth, PGCE (Post-Compulsory Education Teaching)
  • 1994-1997            University of Southampton, PhD Sport Psychology
  • 1993-1994            Liverpool John Moores University, MSc Sport and Exercise Science (Psychology)
  • 1988-1992            University of Stirling, B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology (2:1)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • 2004- Founder member of the BPS, Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology (DSEP), BPS.
  • 1995 - Member of British Psychological Society

Professional Accreditation

  • 2012 - Health and Care Professions Council registered Practitioner Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • 2007 – BPS Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist

Editorial Roles

  • Associate Editor of the Sport & Exercise Psychology Review
  • Editorial board member of International Review of Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Review Editor of Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology


I have a range of research interests. First, I am interested in the psychological and psychophysiological predictors of performance (long and short-term) in a variety of domains (sport, esports, dance, music, the workplace) with a specific interest in the role of personality and heart rate variability. My most recent research is exploring the relationships between heart-rate variability and performance in youth football and stressful occupations.  Second, I am also interested in topics related interpersonal relationships within sport, such as impression formation in sport, coach-athlete dynamics, group functioning and conflict. My most recent research in this area is concerned with referee-player interactions and conflict prevention/management in officiating. Third, I am interested in exploring the efficacy of applied sport psychology interventions.

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