Dr Matthew Slater

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Teaching and Learning:

  • Module leader and tutor across undergraduate and postgraduate awards in the areas of sport and exercise psychology and research methods.
  • Level 4 Lead Tutor.
  • Sport and Exercise Welcome Week Lead.

Research:

  • Active member of The Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology Research Group.
  • PhD Supervisor (currently principal supervisor for 5 students and secondary supervisor for 4 students).

About Me

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the Department of Sport and Exercise (School of Life Sciences and Education) at Staffordshire University.  I am a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and an active researcher. 

The psychology of sport and exercise has always interested me and has been a profound passion of mine since my early attempts to open the batting for my local cricket team in Lancashire.  During school and college, I knew I wanted to read for a degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology and that brought me to Staffordshire University in 2006.   

I graduated from Staffordshire University with first class honours in Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS accredited) in 2009, before completing an MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS accredited) at Loughborough University in 2010.  In November 2010, I started a PhD examining the social identity approach to leadership under the supervision of Dr. Jamie Barker, Professor Marc Jones, and Dr. Pete Coffee.  Alongside my PhD I completed my Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education.  In August 2013, I began the role of Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Staffordshire and was awarded my PhD in January 2015.  In May 2017 I became a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Staffordshire. I am also a consultant across a range of elite sport and business organisations.

Qualifications

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Research Supervision (with Distinction), July 2016.

  • PhD Psychology of Leadership. Staffordshire University; 2015.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education. Staffordshire University; 2012.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods. Staffordshire University; 2011.

  • MSc (with Distinction) Sport and Exercise Psychology. Loughborough University; 2010.

  • BSc (Hons) First Class Honours in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Staffordshire University; 2009.  Received BPS award for best Undergraduate profile in Psychology.

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) since 2015.

  • Committee member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP).

  • Member of British Psychological Society (BPS) since 2009.

  • Member of Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) since 2010.

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy since 2012.

  • Previous professional member of Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Expertise


My primary interests are in the psychology of leadership and team functioning in performance contexts, together with the application of psychological skills to enhance performance.  My work focuses on the social identity approach to leadership and group dynamics, and evidence-based programme to develop leadership skills and team functioning.  These areas of expertise inform my teaching (undergraduate and postgraduate), research, and consultancy roles.

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

As a practitioner, I apply my expertise of leadership, group dynamics and psychological skills in sport and business settings.  In sport, I have worked with Stoke City Ladies Football Club and Girls Regional Talent Centre since 2010, and I work with professional athletes from a range of sports.  Previously, I have provided psychological support to Leicestershire County Cricket Club (first team and academy: 3 years), the England and Wales Cricket Board (talent development pathways: 3 years), Staffordshire County Cricket Club (EPP 14-18 years of age: 3 years), Stoke City Football Club Academy (U12-U21s: 2 years), and the England Cerebral Palsy Football in their preparation for the World Cup (2015) and Rio 2019 Paralympic Games.  I consult with businesses in the areas of leadership development and performance psychology.  For example, I have worked with Housing Associations and NEOMA Business School (Paris) on developing leadership and culture.  I was involved in a performance psychology programme delivered with Davies Group (Insurance Broker) with their Senior Leadership Team, and am currently involved in a range of projects with Private Sector Organisations through a commercially-funded PhD with Impact International.

Research Interests

The main focus of my research centres on the social identity approach to leadership and team functioning.  Alongside colleagues I explore the influence of social identity leadership on followers’ psychology and behaviour.  My work also takes theory to practice by developing and evaluating evidence-based leadership development programmes to optimise leadership.  In addition, I am involved in projects and have published around the themes of team identities, psychophysiological responses to stress, Personal-Disclosure Mutual-Sharing, Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy, and single-case designs in professional sport and business contexts.

Selected Publications

Papers:

Slater, M. J., Haslam, S. A., & Steffens, N. (2018). Singing it for us: Team passion during national anthems is associated with subsequent success. European Journal of Sport Science. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17461391.2018.1431311

Turner, M. J., Slater, M. J., Dixon, J. G., & Miller, A. (2018). The test-retest reliability of the irrational performance beliefs inventory (iPBI). European Journal of Sport Science.https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17461391.2017.1411527?journalCode=tejs20

Slater, M. J., & Barker, J. B. (2017). Doing social identity leadership: The efficacy of an identity leadership programme on perceived leadership and mobilization of effort. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10413200.2017.1410255

Slater, M. J., Turner, M. J., Evans, A. L., & Jones, M. V. (2017). Capturing Hearts and Minds: The influence of leader relational identification on followers’ mobilization and cardiovascular reactivity. The Leadership Quarterly.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1048984317302618

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), 18-37, doi:10.1080/14697017.2015.1103774

Turner, M. J., Allen, M., Slater, M. J., Barker, J. B., Woodcock, C., Harwood, C. G., & McFadyen, K. (2016). The development and initial validation of the irrational performance beliefs inventory (iPBI). European Journal of Psychological Assessment, doi: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000314.

Turner, M. J., Slater, M. J., & Barker, J. B. (2015). Leading and managing a “challenge” culture. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. doi: 10.1260/1747-9541.10.2-3.171

Barker, J. B., & Slater, M. J. (2015). It’s not just cricket. The Psychologist. July 2015.

Slater, M. J., Barker, J. B., Coffee, P., & Jones, M. V. (2015). Leading for Gold: Social identity leadership processes at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health, 7(2), 192-209.  doi:10.1080/2159676X.2014.936030

Turner, M. J., Slater, M. J., & Barker, J. B. (2014). The longitudinal effects of Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy on the irrational beliefs of professional soccer academy athletes. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 45 (5), 429-451.

Fransen, K., Coffee, P., Vanbeselaere, N., Slater, M. J., De Cuyper, B., & Boen, F. (2014). The role of athlete leaders in affecting the team confidence of their teammates and coaches: The mediating role of team identification and collective efficacy. The Sport Psychologist, 28(4), 347-360. http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2013-0141.

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.

Barker, J. B., Evans, A. L., Coffee, P., Slater, M. J., & McCarthy, P. J. (2014). Consulting on tour: A multiple-phase personal-disclosure mutual-sharing intervention and group functioning in elite youth cricket. The Sport Psychologist, 28 (2), 186-197.

Turner, M. J., Slater, M. J., & Barker, J. B. (2014). Not the end of the world: The effects of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy on the irrational beliefs of elite academy athletes. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 26 (2) 144-156. doi: 10.1080/10413200.2013.812159.

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), 672-679. doi: 10.1080/14623943.2013.835725

Evans, A., Slater, M. J., Turner, M. J., & Barker, J. B. (2013). Using personaldisclosure mutualsharing (PDMS) to enhance group functioning in a professional soccer academy. The Sport Psychologist, 27(3), 233-243.

Turner, M. J., Jones, M. V., Sheffield, D., Slater, M. J., & Barker, J. B. (2013). "Who thrives under pressure?” Predicting the performance of elite academy cricketers using the cardiovascular indicators of challenge and threat states. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 35, 387-397.

Way, A., Jones, M. V., & Slater, M. J. (2012). Three layer model of elite male schoolage athlete training adherence. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 4, 154―171.

Slater, M. J., Spray, C. M., & Smith, B. M. (2012). “You’re only as good as your weakest link”: Implicit theories of golf ability. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13, 280―290.

Book Chapters:

Slater, M. J., Barker, J. B., & Mellalieu, S. D. (2016). “We are in this together”: A social identity perspective on change and conflict management in C. R. D. Wagstaff (Ed.), The organizational psychology of sport: Key issues and practical applications. Routledge.

Evans, A. L., Slater, M. J., Coffee, P., & Barker, J. B. (2016). “Pulling the group together”: The role of the social identity approach in R. Thelwell, C. G. Harwood, and I. Greenlees, (Eds.), The psychology of sports coaching: Research and practice. Routledge.

Slater, M. J. (2015). Identification with sports teams in M. Dodds, and J. T. Reese, (Eds.), Sports leadership: A reference guide. USA: Mission Bell Media

 


 

Current Teaching

Current module leadership:

Group Dynamics and Leadership in Sport and Exercise (L7).
Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology (L5).
Developing Research in Sport and Exercise (L4).

Additional Module Teaching:

MSc Research Project Supervisor (L7).
Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis (L7).
Performing in Organisations (part of the MBA).
The Psychology of Competitive Performance (L6).
Sport and Exercise Dissertation Supervisor (L6).
Psychology Research Project Supervisor (L6).

Contact

Dr Matthew J. Slater, MSc, PhD, CPsychol, FHEA.
Department of Sport and Exercise
School of Life Sciences and Education
Staffordshire University
Brindley Building
Leek Road
Stoke On Trent
ST4 2DF
t: +44 (0)1782 294498
e: m.slater@staffs.ac.uk
twitter: @DrMattSlater