Andrew Wilkinson

Lecturer Sport And Exercise Psychology

Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

As an avid sports enthusiast, I have always been fascinated in how the top athletes manage to regularly perform to their best on the most important of stages. This interest led me to complete a Sport and Exercise Science degree at Staffordshire University in 2011.

I graduated with a first-class honour in 2014 and had found a particular interested within the mental side of sports performance. Hence, I completed a postgraduate diploma in Psychology at the University of Derby and then completed my MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology back at Staffordshire (with Distinction in 2018). For the next 4 years I completed a PhD titled ‘An Exploration of the Cognitive Dispositions and Mechanisms of Challenge and Threat: Enhancing an Understanding of Performance Under Pressure’ at Loughborough University supervised by Dr Jamie Barker, Dr Robin Jackson, Dr Karl Steptoe, and Dr Dave Fletcher.

I began working at Staffordshire University in 2021 in which time I have been awarded with my PhD (March 2023) and achieved my Fellowship in Higher Education award (June 2023). I am currently the co-programme leader for the Sport and Exercise Psychology Undergraduate BSc and also lead modules across a host of undergraduate courses as well as on our BPS accredited MSc course. I continue to conduct research within the field of psychophysiological stress and performance.

Professional memberships and activities

Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society (GMBPSs) 

Academic qualifications

  • PHD ‘An Exploration of the Cognitive Dispositions and Mechanisms of Challenge and Threat: Enhancing an Understanding of Performance Under Pressure’ Loughborough University
  • MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Staffordshire University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, University of Derby
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education, Staffordshire University.
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, Staffordshire University


Psychophysiological Stress, Performance under pressure, Challenge and threat states, attention, decision making


Pointon, M., Walton, G., Turner, M., Lackenby, M., Barker, J., & Wilkinson, A. (2022). Information discernment and online reading behaviour: an experiment. Online Information Review, Doi: 10.1108/OIR-02-2021-0101

Wood, A. G., Wilkinson, A., Turner, M. J., Haslam, C. O., & Barker, J. B. (2021). Into the fire: Applying Rational Emotive Behavioral Coaching (REBC) to reduce irrational beliefs and stress in fire service personnel. International Journal of Stress Management, 28(3), 232. Doi: 10.1037/str0000228

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Research Excellence Framework 2021

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