Professor Andrew Hill

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I completed an undergraduate degree in Sport Studies (BSc) at De Montfort University and a PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire.

During my PhD I was awarded a lectureship at the University of Bedfordshire. I subsequently joined York St John University and then University of Leeds before eventually returning to York St John University.

I was recently awarded a Professorship for my work on perfectionism in sport, exercise and dance. Within the School of Sport, I am director of the Motivation, Performance, and Wellbeing (MPaW) research group and School Research Lead.

Outside of university, I am a keen sports participant and junior football coach. I cycle to work every day and try to be as active as possible.

Further Information


My main teaching responsibilities are 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 level. I am currently responsible for cross-school modules in these areas and contribute to teaching on various undergraduate modules.


My main area of research focuses on the antecedents and consequences of participation in sport and other achievement contexts. I spend most my time investigating 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 are colleagues within the School of Sport and colleagues at UK universities (e.g. Dr Paul Appleton, University of Birmingham, and Dr Thomas Curran, University of Bath ) 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 Research, The Higher Education Academy, and The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation.


Peer-reviewed publications (available on RaY)

Hill, A. P. & Madigan, D. J. (2017). A short review of perfectionism in sport, dance, and exercise: Out with the old, in with the 2 x 2. Current Opinion in Psychology, 108, 220-224.

Hill, A. P., Appleton, P. R., & Mallinson, S. M. (2016). Development and initial validation of the Performance Perfectionism Scale for Sport (PPS-S). The Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. 34, 653-669.

Hill, A. P. & Curran, T. (2016). Perfectionism and burnout: A meta-analysis. Personality and Social Psychological Review, 20, 269-288.

Hill, A. P. Witcher, C., Gotwals, J., & Leyland, A. (2015). A qualitative study of perfectionism among self-identified perfectionists in sport, dance, and music. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. 4, 237-253.



Hill, A. P. (Ed.). (2016). The Psychology of Perfectionism in Sport, Dance, and Exercise. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138958692

Book Chapters

Hill, A. P. (2016). Conceptualizing Perfectionism: An Overview and Unresolved Issues. In A. P. Hill (Ed.), The Psychology of Perfectionism in Sport, Dance, and Exercise (pp. 3-30). London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138958692

Jowett, G. E., Mallinson, S. H., & Hill, A. P. (2016). An Independent Effects Approach to Perfectionism in Sport, Dance, and Exercise. In A. P. Hill (Ed.), The Psychology of Perfectionism in Sport, Dance, and Exercise (pp. 85-149). London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138958692

Hall, H. K., Jowett, G, E., & Hill, A. P. (2014). Perfectionism: The role of personality in shaping an athlete’s sporting experience. In A. Papaioannou & D. Hackfort (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Sport and Exercise Psychology: Global Perspectives and Fundamental Concepts (pp. 152-168). London: Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-1-84872-128-9

Hall, H. K., Hill, A. P., & Appleton, P. R. (2013) Perfectionism: Its development and influence on emerging talent in youth sport. In Lidor, R. & Cote, J. (Eds.), Conditions of Children's Talent Development in Sport. Pages 117-137 FIT Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-1935412465

Hall, H. K., Hill, A. P., & Appleton, P. R. (2012). Perfectionism: A foundation for sporting excellence or an uneasy pathway toward purgatory? In R. C. Roberts & D. Treasure (Eds.), Advances in Motivation in Sport and Exercise (pp. 129-168). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-0736090810

Professional Activities

I am an active member of the academic community. Notably, I am a former section editor and editorial board member of the International Journal of Sport Psychology, and I am currently a senior section editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport and editorial board member of the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology.  I have presented my research all around the world and have been an invited speaker at various universities in the UK and abroad. I am a Chartered Psychologist (BPS) and scientist (CSci), accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (BASES), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). I have also been an external examiner at the University of Sunderland (undergraduate courses) and Teesside University (postgraduate courses).

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