I joined the School of Sport and Exercise Science as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in September 2009. Previously I worked at Lincoln College (teaching on Nottingham Trent University Programs) from 1997 to 2004 before spending 4 years at York St. John University and a year at the University of Hull. In 2004 I was awarded a doctorate in psychology from the University of Lincoln for work concerning the effects of asynchronous music on sport and exercise performance. I am currently collaborating with Prof. Peter Clough (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Prof. Robert Weinberg (Miami University) on several research projects concerning the relationship between mental toughness, success, and well-being. I regularly present my research at national and international conferences.
My role involves teaching sport and exercise psychology and research methods across both under-graduate and post-graduate programs. I also supervise student dissertations. I am an active researcher and will be part of the School R.E.F. submission in 2014. I currently lead the MTOUGH (Mental Toughness) Research Group and coordinate a research seminar series. I represent the school at both the College Board of Studies and the College Research Committee.
Sport and Exercise Psychology
— University of Lincoln, 2004
P.G.C.E. (Further and Adult Education)
— Nottingham Trent University, 1999
BSc (Hon.) Sport Science
— Nottingham Trent University, 1997
Lived Experiences of physically active asthma patients
Conceptualising and understanding exercise mental toughness
Experiencing the ageing body: Older adults’ psychological wellbeing and lived experiences of physi
The psychological health benefits of urban park and countryside walking: A study of green exercise.
Evaluating the impact of playground markings on primary school childrens physical activity behaviour
Relationships between mental toughness and use of psychological strategies. York St. John University
British Psychological Society Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist
British Psychological Society Associate Fellow
Science Council Chartered Scientist
Higher Education Academy Fellow
Health Professions Council Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Sport and Exercise)
External Activities and Consultancy
BPS Assessor for Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologists
Member of the International Centre for Mental Toughness Development
Denovan, Andrew and Crust, Lee and Clough, Peter (2016) Resilience at work. In: The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Positivity and Strengths-Based Approaches at Work. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.. ISBN: 9781118977651