Dr Ian Boardley

Dr Ian Boardley

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology
Chair of Health and Safety Committee, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Contact details

School of Sport, Exercise, and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Boardley is internationally known for his expertise on the psychosocial processes governing moral behaviour in physical activity contexts. This work includes moral behaviours that occur on the sports field (e.g., prosocial and antisocial behaviour), as well as those that occur in sport, exercise, and dance (use of image and performance enhancing drugs). Ian’s research has been supported by funding from the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympic Committee and the Economic and Social Research Council. Ian has further research interests in coaching efficacy and effectiveness, and how athletes' perceptions of their coach influence athletes’ cognitions, emotions, and behaviour.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, 2013, University of Brimingham
  • PhD in Sport Psychology, 2008, University of Birmingham 
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport Science (1st Class), 2005, University of Leeds
  • HNC Chemistry


Dr Boardley completed his BSc (Hons) in Sport Science at the University of Leeds in 2005 before completing his PhD in Sport Psychology at the University of Birmingham in 2008. Since 2008 he has been in post at the University of Birmingham, first as a Lecturer, before being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016.


Module Lead for Character Development in Sport & Exercise

Postgraduate supervision

Ian has supervised four doctoral researchers and seven Masters students to completion as primary supervisor. He currently supervises four doctoral students as primary supervisor and welcomes further applications from potential doctoral researchers in his areas of interest.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Moral Disengagement in Sport


Research Interests 

  • Use of performance enhancing drugs in sport and exercise
  • Prosocial and antisocial behaviour in sport 
  • Moral disengagement in sport and exercise
  • Coaching efficacy and effectiveness in sport

ResearcherID: https://www.researcherid.com/rid/G-5508-2010

Research group website: http://dopingresearch.co.uk/

Knowledge Exchange and impact

Many of Ian’s research endeavours centre on research areas that have the potential to have impact. His published research aims to guide educational practices in sport that increase prosocial and decrease antisocial behaviour, increase coaching effectiveness, and decrease the use of illegal performance enhancing substances.

Ian is keen to maximise the impact of his work by influencing both policy and practice whenever possible. He also engages frequently with knowledge exchange activities, by discussing his research ideas and findings with key stakeholders, as well as conducting research in  which policy makers and practitioners are an intrinsic part of the research process.

Other activities

  • Associate Editor for the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology (2013 – present)
  • Member of the steering committee for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Clean Sport Special Interest Group (2015 – present)
  • Founder member of the Clean Sport Alliance (2016 – present)
  • Member of the organizing committee for the NASPSPA Annual Conference (2017 – present)


Bruner, M., Boardley, I.D., Benson, A.J., Wilson, K.S., Root, Z., Turnnidge, J., Sutcliffe, J., & Cote, J. (in press). Disentangling the Relations between Social Identity and Prosocial and Antisocial Behavior in Competitive Youth Sport. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Boardley, I. D. (in press). Coaching efficacy research: Learning from the past and looking to the future. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Mills, J. P., & Boardley, I. D. (in press). Advancing leadership in sport: Time to'actually'take the blinkers off? Sports Medicine.

Boardley, I. D., (In Press). Moral Behavior in Physical Activity. In T. Horn & A. Smith (Eds.), Advances in Sport and Exercise Psychology (4th ed.). Champaign, Il: Human Kinetics.

Boardley, I. D., Smith, A. L., Mills, J. P., Grix, J., & Wynne, C. (2017). Empathic and Self-Regulatory Processes Governing Doping Behavior. Frontiers in Psychology.

Bruner, M. W., Boardley, I. D., Allan, V., Forrest, C., Root, Z., & Côte, J. (2017). Understanding Social Identity and Intrateam Moral Behavior in Competitive Youth Ice Hockey: A Narrative Perspective. The Sport Psychologist, 31(2), 173-186.

Bruner, M. W., Boardley, I. D., Allan, V., Root, Z., Buckham, S., Forrest, C., & Côté, J. (2017). Examining social identity and intrateam moral behaviours in competitive youth ice hockey using stimulated recall. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35(20), 1963-1974.

Mills, J. P., & Boardley, I. D. (2017). Development and initial validation of an indirect measure of transformational leadership integrity. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 32, 34-46.

Matosic, D., Ntoumanis, N., Boardley, I. D., Sedikides, C., Stewart, B. D., & Chatzisarantis, N. (2017). Narcissism and coach interpersonal style: A self‐determination theory perspective. Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports, 27(2), 254-261.

Matosic, D., Ntoumanis, N., Boardley, I. D., Stenling, A., & Sedikides, C. (2016). Linking narcissism, motivation, and doping attitudes in sport: A multilevel investigation involving coaches and athletes. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 38(6), 556-566.

Mills, J., & Boardley, I. D.,(2016). Expert Premier League soccer managers’ use of transformational leadership behaviours and attitude towards sport integrity: An intrinsic case study. International Journal of Sport Science & Coaching, 11(3), 382–394.

Boardley, I. D., Allen, N., Simmons, A., & Laws, H. (2016). Nutritional, medicinal, and performance enhancing supplementation in dance. Performance Enhancement & Health, 4(1), 3-11.

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Sport psychology; prosocial and antisocial behaviours in sport; issues surrounding coach confidence and effectiveness; doping in sport and exercise

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Sport psychology; prosocial and antisocial behaviours in sport; issues surrounding coach confidence and effectiveness; doping in sport and exercise

Alternative contact number available for this expert: contact the press office