Anthony Miller

Senior Lecturer

Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

At a young age, as one of the millions aspiring to be a professional footballer, I was always keen to understand the psychology of sport and exercise. Because of this interest (and not quite making the cut in professional football!), I came to Staffordshire University to read for a degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2013. My passion grew, and after graduating with a first class honours in Sport and Exercise Psychology (June, 2016), I went on to do an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Loughborough University, graduating in 2017. In September of 2017 I was then successful in obtaining a Graduate Teaching Assistantship to fund my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Matt Slater and Dr Martin Turner. During my PhD journey, I completed my Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education. In June 2020, I began my first academic role of Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Staffordshire University. In April 2022 I then came back to my home town and started a position as a Lecturer in Clinical and Health Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. I then returned to Staffordshire University in May 2023 as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Professional memberships and activities

Fellow of Higher Education Academy since 2020. Registered member of the British psychological society (BPS)

Academic qualifications

PhD. Staffordshire University. 2020. Entitled: "The Psychophysiological and performance consequences of identity leadership" (Supervisors Prof. Matt Slater, Dr Martin Turner). MSc. Sport and Exercise Psychology. Loughborough University. 2017. Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education. Staffordshire University. 2020. BSc (Hons) First Class Honours in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Staffordshire University. 2016. 

Research interests

The main focus of my research is to understand and improve health, well-being and performance of individuals from many walks of life (e.g., athletes, employees). This research centres on a tripartite of theoretical backgrounds: 1) that being the effects of the social identity approach to leadership on follower psychology and behaviour; 2) the effect of psychophysiological states on performance in stressful tasks; 3) and the influence of therapeutic techniques, namely rational emotive behaviour therapy, on health, performance and well-being.


Funding secured for international project in identity leadership within youth populations: £4500


Module leadership and contribution Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis (MSc) Group Dynamics and Leadership in Sport and Exercise (MSc) Physical Activity and Mental Health (MSc) MSc Research Project (MSc) Social and Development Psychology in Sport and Exercise (BSc) Stress, Emotion and Sport Performance (BSc) Systematic Reviewing Scientific Literature (BSc) BSc Research Project (BSc)


Miller, A. J., Turner, M. J., Ollier, W., Hattersley, A. A. (2023). Understanding the influence of irrational beliefs and body image inflexibility on exercise dependence and psychological well-being: A latent profile analysis approach. Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-16. :, Q1, SNIP: 1.37 Nejati, M., Farsi, A., Motesharieie, E., Miller, A., Turner, M. (2022). The effects of rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) on performance under pressure in adolescent soccer athletes: A randomized control design. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. :, Q1, SNIP: 1.87 Knapp, S., Miller, A., Outar, L., & Turner, M. (2022). Psychological well-being and exercise addiction: the treatment effects of an REBT intervention for females. Psychology of Sport and Exercise., Q1, SNIP: 2.08 Turner, M. J., Miller, A., & Youngs, H. (2022). The role of irrational beliefs and motivation regulation in worker mental health and work engagement: A latent profile analysis. PloS one., Q1, SNIP: 1.37 Miller, A., Calder, B., Turner, M. J., & Wood, A. G. (2022). Exploring the association between irrational beliefs, motivation regulation and anxiety in ultra-marathon runners: A mixed methods approach. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy., Q2, SNIP: 1.18 Turner, M. J., Miller, A., Youngs, H., Barber, N., Brick, N. E., Chadha, N. J., ... & Rossato, C. J. L. (2022). “I must do this!”: A latent profile analysis approach to understanding the role of irrational beliefs and motivation regulation in mental and physical health. Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-16., Q1, SNIP: 1.37 Miller, A. J., Slater, M. J., & Turner, M. J. (2021). Shared identity content between leader and follower influences intentional mobilization and challenge and threat states. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 54, 101914. Q1, SNIP: 2.08 Miller, A. J., Slater, M. J., & Turner, M. J. (2021). The influence of identity leadership principles on followers' challenge and threat states and motor performance. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 54, 101909. Q1, SNIP: 2.08 Miller, A. J., Slater, M. J., & Turner, M. J. (2020). Coach identity leadership behaviours are positively associated with athlete resource appraisals: The mediating roles of relational and group identification. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 51, 101755. Q1, SNIP: 2.08 Turner, M. J., Carrington, S., & Miller, A. J. (2019). Psychological distress across sport participation groups: The mediating effects of secondary irrational beliefs on the relationship between primary irrational beliefs and symptoms of anxiety, anger, and depression. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 17-40. Q2 Turner, M. J., Slater, M. J., Dixon, J., & Miller, A. J. (2018). Test-retest reliability of the irrational performance beliefs inventory (iPBI), and the associations between irrational performance beliefs, social desirability, and perceived helpfulness of beliefs. European Journal of Sport Science, 1-7. Q1, SNIP: 1.46 

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Research Excellence Framework 2021

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