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School of Health and Society

Dr Andrew Evans

Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Sports Science & Lecturer in Sport Psychology


Andrew is the Programme Leader and Year 1 manager for the BSc (Hons) Sports Science degree programme. Andrew is also a Lecturer in Sport Psychology and leads several sport psychology modules across sports-related undergraduate degree programmes. Additionally, Andrew is a Year 1 Personal Tutor, a Year 3 Dissertation Supervisor, and is the Liaison Officer for Outreach events in the Directorate of Sport, Exercise, and Physiotherapy. At postgraduate level, Andrew contributes to sport psychology teaching across sports-related degree programmes and is also a PhD supervisor. Andrew is an active researcher whose research focuses on social identities, leadership, rational and irrational beliefs, and Personal-Disclosure Mutual-Sharing (PDMS). Andrew continues to present his research at conferences and publish his research in peer-reviewed journals. As a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Psychology) and Chartered Scientist, Andrew provides sport psychology support to athletes across a range of sports including swimming, rugby union, and cricket. Finally, Andrew engages regularly with the media to discuss sport psychology topics. For example, Andrew has appeared on BBC Radio Manchester, ITV Granada News, and in media outlets such as The Express and The Conversation.


Year 1 Introduction to Sports Science

Year 1 Introduction to Sport Psychology

Year 2 Practical Applications of Sport Psychology

Year 3 Advanced Topics in Sport Psychology

Year 3 Dissertation

Research Interests

Social identities


Rational and irrational beliefs

Personal-Disclosure Mutual-Sharing (PDMS)

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD in Sport and Social Psychology

MSc Sport and Exercise Science

BSc (Hons) Sports Science

Chartered Scientist (CSci)

BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Psychology)

Professional member of BASES

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods


Borkoles, E., Kaiseler, M., Evans, A., Ski, C. F., Thompson, D. R., & Polman, R. C. J. (2018). Type D personality, stress, coping and performance on a novel sport task. PLOS ONE, 13(4), e0196692.

Evans, A. L., Turner, M. J., Pickering, R., & Powditch, R. (2018). The effects of rational and irrational coach team talks on the cognitive appraisal and achievement goal orientation of varsity football athletes. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 13(3), 431-438.

Slater, M. J., Turner, M. J., Evans, A. L., & Jones, M. V. (2018). Capturing hearts and minds: The influence of relational identification with the leader on followers’ mobilization and cardiovascular reactivity. The Leadership Quarterly, 29(3), 379-388.

Slater, M. J., Evans, A. L., & Turner, M. J. (2016). Implementing a social identity approach for effective change management. Journal of Change Management, 16(1) [Special issue on using sport and performance psychology in the management of change], 18-37.

Barker, J. B., Evans, A. L., Coffee, P., Slater, M. J., & McCarthy, P. J. (2014). Consulting on tour: A dual-phase Personal-Disclosure Mutual-Sharing intervention for group functioning in elite youth cricket. The Sport Psychologist, 28(2), 186-197.

Slater, M. J., Coffee, P., Barker, J. B., & Evans, A. L. (2014). Promoting shared meanings in group memberships: A social identity approach to leadership in sport. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 15(5), 672-685.

Evans, A. L., Slater, M. J., Turner, M. J., & Barker, J. B. (2013). Using Personal-Disclosure Mutual-Sharing to enhance group functioning in a professional soccer academy. The Sport Psychologist, 27(3), 233-243.

Slater, M. J., Evans, A. L., & Barker, J. B. (2013). Using social identities to motivate athletes towards peak performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games: Reflecting for Rio 2016. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 14(5) [Learning from London – Reflecting for Rio: Creating a legacy for coaching and achieving high performance], 672-679.

Book chapters:

Evans, A. L., & Hickey, A. J. (2017). Care of the anxious patient: Understanding and managing anxiety through cognitive and patient-centred strategies. In S. Porter (Ed.), Psychologically informed physiotherapy: Embedding psychosocial perspectives within clinical management. (pp. 107-131). London: Elsevier.

Evans, A. L., Slater, M. J., Coffee, P., & Barker, J. B. (2017). Pulling the group together: The role of the social identity approach. In R. Thelwell, C. Harwood & I. Greenlees (Eds.), The psychology of sports coaching: Research and practice. (pp.265-281). London: Routledge.

Evans, A. L. (2013). Being motivated and committed in cricket. In J. B. Barker & S. Cotterill (Eds.), The psychology of cricket: Developing mental toughness. (pp. 15-37). Birmingham: Bennion Kearney.