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Professor Iain Greenlees

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

Iain is a Professor of Sport Psychology. He has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed sport and exercise psychology and psychology journals and his research interests include the role of non-verbal communication in sport, the development of high levels of motivation and confidence, team dynamics and the assessment of mental skills training in sport.

Iain reviews for numerous academic journals and has also been the editor of the Sport & Exercise Psychology Review.

Iain is the research lead for the Department of Sport & Exercise Sciences and the Research Degrees Co-Oridinator for the Institute of Sport. He also represents the Department on the University’s REF Project Team and the University Ethics Committee.

He is an HCPC chartered sport and exercise psychologist.



  • 1992 BSc. (Hons) Psychology, University of Stirling
  • 1994 MSc. Sport & Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University
  • 1998 Ph.D. The role of collective efficacy in team sports. University of Southampton.
  • 1998 PGCE Post-compulsory education. University of Portsmouth


SPL121 Principles of Psychology

This module seeks to enable the student to understand the development of modern psychology, and to understand its current scope and methods of investigation. The module explores the origins and development of modern psychology. It will focus on the main approaches to studying and describing human behaviour, for example behaviourism, the psychodynamic approach, the humanistic approach, the cognitive approach and the biological basis of behaviour. These will be examined with relevance to key studies in the area and to contemporary issues. The module also aims to introduce students to the methods used by psychologists

MSCPS04 Sport Psychology Interventions

Aims: Even with all the natural talent in the world sports performers need to be highly motivated to achieve success. In recent years it has become accepted that although motivation is determined in part by personality traits, the environment plays a major role in shaping motivation. Thus coaches are in a unique position to influence the motivation (and hence performance, achievement and health) of the people they coach. The aims of this module are thus to evaluate current perspectives and research on motivation in sport and to examine strategies for enhancing motivation within the coaching process.


  • Institute of Sport Research Degrees Co-ordinator
  • Research-Lead for Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences.


  • Department Management Team
  • University Research Committee
  • University Research Degrees Committee


  • 2001 – University of Brighton, MSc in Sport Science Validation Event
  • 2001 - University of Bath, Sport Psychology MPhil
  • 2002 - St Mary’s College Twickenham, MPhil/PhD Upgrade
  • 2003 - St Mary’s College,  MSc in Sport Science Validation Event
  • 2003 – 2007: University of Greenwich, BSc. Sports Science – Sport Psychology modules.
  • 2005 - University of Wales, Swansea, Sport Psychology PhD
  • 2005 – 2009: University of Loughborough, BSc Sports Science
  • 2006 – 2010: Liverpool John Moores University, MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • 2006-201: University of Central Lancashire, MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • 2006-2011: University of Wales in Cardiff, MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • 2007 - University of Wales, Swansea, Sport Psychology MPhil.
  • 2007 – College of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, MA Validation event
  • 2009 - University of Loughborough, Sport Psychology PhD.
  • 2009-2013: Brunel University, MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • 2010 - University of Gloucestershire, Sport Psychology PhD
  • 2010 - College of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, Fda/BSc Validation event
  • 2010-2014: Bangor University, MSc Applied Sport Psychology
  • 2012 - University of Birmingham, Sport Psychology, PhD
  • 2012 - University of Brighton, Foundation degree in Sport Science Validation event
  • 2012-2015: University of Gloucestershire, MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • 2012-2015 British Psychological Society, Stage II Training – Sport & Exercise Psychology (2012-2015)
  • 2013 - Leeds Metropolitan University, Sport Psychology, PhD
  • 2014-present: University of Loughborough, Sports Psychology MSc programmes
  • 2016 – University of Queensland, Australia, Sport Psychology, Phd
  • 2017-present: University of Greenwich, MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • 2017 - University of Bournemouth, Sport Psychology, PhD



Iain has research interests in the following areas:

1. Non-verbal communication in sport

2. Motivation and confidence in sport

3. Group Dynamics

4. Anxiety responses in sport.


Gina Hobson – The impact of personal and situational factors on self-presentation concerns in sport. Completed 2002.

Neil Weston – The impact of Butler and Hardy's (1992) performance profiling technique in sport. Completed 2005

Matthew Rimmer – Forming impressions of opponents: The impact of person perception on individual competitive sports interactions. Completed 2006.

Marie Stopforth – The consequences of team attributions in sport. Completed 2009.

Jamie Barker – Hypnosis in Sport. Completed at Staffordshire University, 2009.

Andrew Manley - Expectancies and their consequences within the coach-athlete relationship : an athlete-centred investigation. Completed 2009.

Matthew Smith – Order effects in assessments of sporting ability. Completed 2009.

Richard Buscombe - Interpersonal perception in tennis : an examination of factors influencing expectancy effects. Completed 2010

Philip Birch – The development of an instrument to measure mental toughness in sport. Completed 2014

MPhil/PhD: Sean Figgins – Inspirational Leadership in Sport. Ongoing

MPhil/PhD: Kim Humphries – Psychological responses to the initial onset of injury. Ongoing

MPhil/PhD: Matt Jewiss – Non-conscious antecedents of challenge and threat states. Ongoing


1997 - 2000          Amateur Swimming Association Challenge 2000 Psychology Consultant.

1998-1999            Swim Portsmouth Ltd.

1998-1999            South West Sports Council STEP Project

1998 -2003           English Ladies Golf Association - Psychology Consultant

1999-2000            Surrey Hockey Association - Psychology Consultant and Sport Science Co-ordinator

2000-2006            English Golf Union – Psychology Consultant

                           Sussex County Golf Union – Psychology Consultant

2006-present        Various private consultancies


British Psychological Society – Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology

Health Care Professions Council - Member

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