Paul Anstiss

Paul Anstiss

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Fellow

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

Paul Anstiss is a research fellow in the School of Sport, Exercise, and Rehabilitation where he is currently working on a project which is commissioned by the International Olympic Committee. His principal research activity is investigating the effectiveness of a web-based psychosocial intervention for doping prevention, with a specific focus on young athletes.


  • BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science – University of Exeter - 2014
  • MSc Sport and Health Sciences – University of Exeter – 2015


Paul completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Exeter in 2011, where he also completed an MSc in Sport and Health Sciences the following year. Following the completion of his MSc in 2015, Paul undertook a PhD at the University of Kent entitled: “The Self-Efficacy Construct in the Endurance Sport Domain: Formation, Measurement, and Malleability”. Paul has recently submitted his thesis and is awaiting his viva.


Psychological Foundations of Sport and Exercise Code: 4815675876


Research Group

  • Sport participation to performance

Research Interests

  • Social-cognitive theory
  • The psychology of endurance performance


Anstiss, P. A., Meijen, C., Madigan, D. J., Marcora, S. M. (2018). Development and initial validation of the Endurance Sport Self-Efficacy Scale (ESSES). Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

McCormick, A., Anstiss, P. A., & Lavallee, D. (2018). Endurance athlete’s current and preferred ways of getting psychological guidance. International Journal of Sport and Exericse Psychology

McCormick, A., Meijen, C., Anstiss, P. A., & Jones, H. S. (2018). Self-regulation in endurance sports: theory, future research, and practice. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Madigan, D. J., Hill, A. P., Anstiss, P. A., & Hallinson-Howard, S. H., & Kumar, S. (2018). Perfectionism and training distress in junior athletes: the mediating role of coping tendencies. European Journal of Sport Sciences

Sammy, N., Anstiss, P. A., Moore, L. J., Freeman, P., Wilson, M. R., & Vine, S. J. (2017). The effects of arousal reappraisal on stress responses, performance and attention. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping.

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