Staff Profile of Stuart Beattie

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Stuart Beattie
Lecturer of Psychology
(01248) 38 3963
George Building, Normal Site

Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance

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Stuart is a lecturer in Sport Psychology and co-director of the Institute of Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP) within SSHES. His main area of research interest is in performance psychology. He graduated with his PhD (from Bangor University) titled “Anxiety, self-confidence, self-efficacy and performance: some challenges to current thinking” in 2006. His PhD was funded by British Gymnastics where he worked as a sport psychologist from 2000-2005. Stuart is still (sometimes) active within the BGA.

Professional Qualifications

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HCPC Accredited Sport and Exercise Psychologist

Teaching Modules


  • Stress and Performance (Year 3)

Postgraduate (MSc)

  • Psychology of Effective Coaching
  • Performance Psychology

Research areas

Sport Psychology: Self Confidence/efficacy; Anxiety, Psychophysiological and Performance Relationships; Mechanisms Underlying Performance Catastrophes; Self Discrepancies in Self Report Inventories; Goal Setting, Goal Importance and Self-efficacy Relationships; Engagement and Disengagement Issues; Mental Toughness and Resilient Behaviours and Personality.

Selected Publications

Please visit the publications page of Stuart Beattie to view recent publications.

Editorial Board Membership

Perceptual and Motor Control

Pamukkale Journal of Sport Sciences

Esteem indicators 

BASES Fellowship awarded 2016

BASES Conference (2008) Brunel University, Sportesse Sport Science Oral Presentation Award - Best Oral Presentation

Organiser of the BASES Student Conference, Bangor University, 2016.

Peer review service

Invited reviewer for international research journals including Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology; Journal of Sports Sciences; Psychology of Sport and Exercise; Personality and Individual Differences; Journal of Applied Sport Psychology; Journal of Sport and Exercise Performance Psychology; journal of Applied Social Psychology; Journal of Science and Medicine; Psychological Reports; The Sport Psychologist; (to name a few).

Membership of professional organisations

  • Member of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES).
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

PhD Students


  • James Bell (2012; co-supervisor Prof Lew Hardy). Preliminary evidence for a neuro-cognitive model of mental toughness. External examiner Prof Sheldon Hanton.

  • Mohammad Fakehy (2013; co-supervisor Prof Tim Woodman). Exploring the possible negative effects of self-efficacy upon performance. External examiner Prof Rich Mullen

  • Vicki Hadnett (2015; co-supervisor Dr Gavin Lawrence). An investigation examining the effects of specificity with the construct of anxiety on planning and execution of movement (2015). External examiner Prof Mark Wilson.

  • Chelsey Dempsey. (2016). Self-efficacy and performance relationships: Examining the roles of personality, bias, and effort. External examiner Prof Marc Jones.

  • Harry Manley (2016; co-supervisor Dr Ross Roberts). The effect of sensitivity to threat on performance under pressure and persistence. External examiner Dr Adam Perkins.

  • Tommie Du Preez (2017; co-supervisor Prof Lew Hardy). Examining Personality and Performance in Extreme Environments. External examiner Dr Chris Wagstaff.

  • Ahmad Alqallaf (2017; co-supervisor Prof Lew Hardy). Examining the interactive effects of mental toughness, self-regulated training behaviours, and personality in swimming. External examiner Prof Peter Clough. 


  • Turki Alzahrani (co-supervisor Prof Lew Hardy and Dr Andrew Cooke). A behavioural and psychophysiological exploration of mental toughness and performance.

  • Susan Peart (co-supervisor Dr Jean Wear). Teacher attrition and resilience.

  • Rowan Hodgkinson (co-supervisor Prof Lew Hardy and Dr Ross Roberts). Resilience in children and young people who offend; application for training and intervention for Youth Justice Services.

Hobbies and Interests

Playing acoustic guitar in a band (with the odd TV and radio appearance); Fishing (and eating them); Sailing; Skiing; Walking; Climbing; Ski Touring and fine wine!