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Staff Profile

Professor Andrew Hill

Head of Postgraduate Research

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Prior to joining York St John University, I worked 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 (BASES), Chartered Psychologist (BPS), and recognised research supervisor (UKCGE). I was awarded a Professorship for my work on perfectionism in sport, exercise, and dance.

Since joining 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 Head of Postgraduate Research and work across the university to support and grow our postgraduate community.

I am currently also the REF lead for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism, and I direct a Motivation, Performance, and Wellbeing (MPaW) research group.

Outside of university, I try to stay as active as my motivation allows.


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.