Professor Jennifer Cumming’s research focuses on the effective use of imagery by athletes, exercisers and dancers. She works with clubs, organisations, and services in creative ways to develop and evaluate psychological and social interventions for improving performance, personal development, health, and well-being. Currently, Professor Cumming is leading on research projects with One Dance UK with a focus on safeguarding and abuse prevention as well as promoting mental health and well-being in elite dancers.
Dr Ian Boardley specialises in psychological and social processes governing moral behaviour in sports. This includes moral behaviours that occur on the field, as well as those that occur in sport, exercise, and dance. Ian’s research has been supported by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, and the Economic and Social Research Council.
Dr Matt Bridge’s research investigates the development of sporting skill in applied settings and pathways to expertise in sports people. Alongside his academic work, Matt has consulted to the British Olympic Association, the European Tour, Icelandic Golf, and for individuals and teams in a variety of sports including golf, cycling and triathlon.
Dr Barry Drust is an exercise physiologist with a particular interest in intermittent exercise and the sport of football. He is recognised internationally for his research in the area of football performance and player preparation and his applied experience working within the sport.
Professor Maria Kavussanu has expertise in promoting fair play in sport. With funding from the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency, she developed innovative doping prevention programmes, pioneering the focus on moral emotions and consequences of doping for others, illustrated with real athlete stories. Her work has influenced international anti-doping organisations, thereby helping to protect elite athletes.