Staff Profile of Lew Hardy

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Lew Hardy
Research Professor
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Video biography

View Lew Hardy's video biography here.

Professional Qualifications:

Image of BASES logoProfessor of Health and Human Performance; BASES accredited for sport psychology research and support; BPS chartered; postgraduate certificate in education; UIAGM international mountain guide’s carnet.

Research Areas:

Pretty much anything to do with high level performance, including mental toughness and performance under pressure; personality factors; motivation for exceptionally high levels of achievement; transformational leadership and group dynamics; organisational psychology.

Current and Recent External Consultancy:

England and Wales Cricket Board; Rugby Football Union; UK Sport; English Institute for Sport; British Association of Mountain guides; Ministry of Defence, especially the British Army; Lane 4 Management Group; Twinings Global.

Research Income:

Lew has secured £1.2 million in grant capture in total. Research grants since 2008 include:

2008. £44k from the England and Wales Cricket Board to examine the development of mental toughness in high level cricketers.

2010. £75k from the England and Wales Cricket Board to examine talent selection processes in high level cricketers.

2010. £70k from the Ministry of Defence to evaluate the effectiveness of leadership and coaching training at the Army Staff Leadership School (joint with Calum Arthur).

2010. £160k from UK Sport to examine the developmental biographies of high level performers in sport.

2012. £80k from the England and Wales Cricket Board to examine the effects of psychological stress on group processes.

2013. £168k from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory on the cognitive neuroscience of mental resilienceon (joint with Ross Roberts and Paul Downing, Principle Iinvestigator).

Selected Publications (since 2008):

Please visit the publications page of Prof Lew Hardy to view recent publications.

Keynote and Invited Addresses:

2008. The German Sports Medicine Society meeting, Gemmi Pass, Switzerland.

2008. The Army Recruitment and Training Division’s Leadership in Training Seminar, Pirbright.

2008. The Defence Centre of Training and Support symposium on Training Support and Delivery, RAF Halton.

2008 and 2010. The British Infantry Battle School’s Cross Brief, Brecon.

2010. The British Army’s Initial Training Group annual conference, Pirbright.

2010. Venue Cymru Health Lectures.

2011. The North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference in Burlington, Vermont.

2011. The Army Staff Leadership School Commanding Officer’s Conference.

2012. The Annual conference of the British Psychological Society

2012. The British Infantry Battle School’s Cross Brief, Brecon.

Editorships and Editorial Board Membership:

1998 – 2009. Editorial Board member of the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

2009 – present. Associate editor for the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

2011 – present. Associate Editor for the European Journal of Sport Science.

2011 – present. Member of the Scientific Committee of Science & Motricité.


2010. Appointed to the Higher Education Funding Council’s Sport Science, Leisure and Tourism sub-panel for the Research Evaluation Framework 2014.

2011. Received the British Psychological Society’s Distinguished Contribution to Sport and Exercise Psychology Award.