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Staff Profile

Professor Andrew Hill

Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Andrew Hill

Prior to joining York St John University, I held academic posts at the University of Bedfordshire and the University of Leeds.

My PhD is in Sport and Exercise Psychology and I am an accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist and Chartered Psychologist. I was awarded a Professorship for my work on perfectionism in sport, exercise and dance.

At York St John University I have had various roles and responsibilities including Head of the School of Sport and PVC for Research.

I am currently the School Research Lead in the School of Science, Technology and Health and I also direct the Motivation, Performance, and Wellbeing (MPaW) research group.

Outside of university, I try to stay as active as my motivation allows. I enjoy cycling to work every day.


My main teaching experience is in the areas of research methods and sport and exercise psychology. I have designed and delivered modules in these areas at undergraduate study and postgraduate levels. I also deliver a range of workshops to our postgraduate research students on research-related topics.


My research focuses on the consequences of perfectionism (a personality trait) for athletes, dancers and exercisers.

My research has been published in a number of leading journals in sport and exercise psychology, health psychology, and general psychology. My main collaborators include staff at York St John University and at other universities in the UK (e.g. Dr Paul Appleton, University of Birmingham, and Dr Thomas Curran, London School of Economics) and universities abroad (e.g., Dr Sanna Nordin-Bates, The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, Sweden, and Dr John Gotwals, Lakehead University, Canada).

My research has been funded by a number of organisations, including the Wellcome Trust, The Society for Education, Music and Psychology ResearchThe Higher Education Academy, and The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation.


  • Olsson, L., Hill, A. P., Madigan, D. J., Woodley, G. (2020). Development of perfectionism in junior athletes: Examination of actual and perceived parental perfectionism. Journal of Sport Sciences, 38, 669-675.
  • Donachie, T. Hill, A. P. & Madigan, D. J. (2019). Perfectionism and pre-competition emotions in youth footballers: A three-wave longitudinal test of the mediating role of perfectionistic cognitions. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 41, 309-319.
  • Hill, A. P., Mallinson-Howard, S. H., & Jowett, G. E. (2018). Multidimensional perfectionism in sport: A meta-analytical review. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 7, 235-270.
  • Curran, T., & Hill, A. P. (2018). Perfectionism Is Increasing Over Time: A Meta-Analysis of Birth Cohort Differences From 1989 to 2016. Psychological Bulletin, 145, 410–429.
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