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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Lee Crust

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 (Huddersfield University) and Dr Richard Cowden on several research projects concerning the relationship between mental toughness, success, and well-being. I regularly present my research at national and international conferences.

Department Responsibilities

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 2021. I currently lead the MTOUGH (Mental Toughness) Research Group and I will consider supervising PhD applications that concern mental toughness. I have previously supervised four PhD students to completion and externally examined two PhD theses.

Subject Specialism

Sport and Exercise Psychology


  • PhD (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 — 2014
  • Conceptualising and understanding exercise mental toughness — 2013
  • Experiencing the ageing body: Older adults’ psychological wellbeing and lived experiences of physi — 2013
  • The psychological health benefits of urban park and countryside walking: A study of green exercise. — 2012
  • Evaluating the impact of playground markings on primary school childrens physical activity behaviour — 2011
  • Relationships between mental toughness and use of psychological strategies. York St. John University — 2008


BPS Assessor for Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologists Member of the International Centre for Mental Toughness Development

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Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • 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)