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School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity of BirminghamEdgbastonBirminghamB15 2TTUK
Professor Nikos Ntoumanis (pronounced "Doumanis") is interested in personal and contextual factors that optimise motivation and promote performance, psychological well-being and health-conducive behaviours in various physical activity settings (exercise, sport, physical education). His work is supported by funding from national and international research councils and charities (e.g., ESRC, MRC, EU, Nuffield Foundation, WADA) and has received awards from various academic and professional organisations (e.g., BPS, NASPSPA, ECSS).
Professor Ntoumanis is keen to hear from potential applicants with funding for a full-time PhD in any topic related to motivation in sport, exercise/physical activity or physical education.
Professor Nikos Ntoumanis was born in Kos, Greece, and has lived in the UK since 1993. After completing a PhD on the relationship between achievement motivation and anxiety in sport, he worked as a research assistant and lecturer in various institutions in the UK. He moved to Birmingham in 2001 to take up a Lectureship in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He is married and has two daughters.
Professor Ntoumanis's teaching is primarily in the second year of the BSc in Sport and Exercise Science. He is responsible for a compulsory module entitled Statistics for Sport and Exercise Science. He uses a wide variety of interactive teaching methods both in his lectures and in his computer labs and he is a strong advocate of learning through problem-solving and peer tutoring.
Professor Ntoumanis has successfully supervised as a primary or secondary supervisor of 16 PhD students. He is currently the primary supervisor of the following students:
Students interested for a PhD are directed to his findAPhD page for available opportunities.
Professor Ntoumanis is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise. He is also on the editorial board of several other journals (e.g., Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology). Professor Ntoumanis has served a reviewer for over 60 academic journals (from the fields of sport and exercise psychology, health psychology, social psychology and educational psychology), various book proposals and grant applications. He has examined several PhD theses worldwide and served as external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses in the UK.
The full-text of many of the publications below can be accessed via the University’s ePrints Repository
Ntoumanis, N. (2001). A step-by-step guide to SPSS for sport and exercise studies. Routledge: London. ISBN: 0-415-24978-3.
Psychological experiences of children in sport and in physical education, in particular issues to do with their motivation; motivation of adults to participate in exercise programmes; goal striving related to weight loss
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