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Motivation, Performance and Wellbeing (MPaW) Research

The Motivation, Performance, and Well-being (MPaW) research group is based in the School of Sport at York St John University.

The group is led by Professor Andrew Hill and includes a mix of academic members of staff and research students in the area of psychology and sport and exercise psychology. The research group are especially interested in the influence of perfectionism and how it might promote or undermine performance and wellbeing in sport, dance, and exercise.

Over the last 4 years, the group has produced over 80 peer-reviewed publications in leading international journals and over 80 national/international presentations on this topic. Members of the group hold section editor and editorial board member positions at the International Journal of Sport PsychologyScandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in SportJournal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sport, Exercise, and Performance, Psychology, and Personality and Individual Differences. The research of the group has been funded by various organisations including the Wellcome Trust, The Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research, The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, and the European Union (Framework 7). 

Graduates from this group are currently employed at various academic institutes in the UK (e.g., University of Bath and Leeds Beckett University), some of whom received "research excellence" awards for their doctoral work and awards from various external organisations (e.g., British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and British Society of Personality and Individual Differences). One graduate was also awarded American Psychological Association's (APA) Division 47 Dissertation of the Year.

Group members


Postgraduate research students

  • Marianne Etherson
  • Michael Grugan
  • Laura Fenwick
  • Luke Olsson
  • Dean Watson
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