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Matthew Slater

  • Job title: Associate Professor
  • Department: School of Life Sciences and Education

Background

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.

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