External Collaborators

Academics that have collaborated on research projects with MTOUGH include:

Prof. Peter Clough, University of Huddersfield
Peter is the former Head of Psychology at the University of Hull, and former Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. He now works in the Department of Psychology at the University of Huddersfield and has numerous peer-reviewed papers concerning mental toughness. Peter has written various applied book chapters concerning the importance of mental toughness in sport, coaching, and occupational settings. His recent book, “Developing Mental Toughness” was published by Kogan Page and provides practical tips based upon our combined published research. Additionally, Peter is a co-author of the Mental Toughness Questionnaire 48 (MTQ48), the most used research measure of mental toughness. There are numerous ongoing MTOUGH projects that Peter is involved with.

Dr Mark Nesti, Liverpool John Moores University
Mark is a reader in sport psychology at Liverpool John Moores University who has extensive applied experience of working as a psychologist for a number of Premier League Football clubs in the UK. He has written two books concerning his applied work and has published peer-reviewed work on the development of mental toughness within football in collaboration with Dr Crust. Mark is an existential psychologist who is particularly interested in the lived experiences of professional sports people.

Dr Steve Dewhurst, University of Hull
Steve is a cognitive psychologist at the University of Hull. He is particularly interested in understanding the cognitive processes that underpin mental toughness. To date, his laboratory research has helped to establish cognitive differences between people that report high and low levels of mental toughness.

Dr John Perry, University of Hull
John is a lecturer in sport and exercise psychology at the University of Hull. He completed his doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Clough with work concerning the measurement of sportspersonship. John has an active interest in mental toughness and recently applied his statistical knowledge to conduct a large scale psychometric analysis of the MTQ48 alongside Professor Clough and Dr Crust. The results provided support for the MTQ48.

Prof. Robert Weinberg, Miami University
Bob is based at Miami Univerity (Oxford, Ohio not Florida) and is perhaps best known for being co-author of the seminal undergraduate textbook “Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology”. His recent work has focused upon the role of mental toughness in sport, business, and life, and following his visit to the University of Lincoln in April 2013, he is working with members of MTOUGH on a qualitative research project.

Dr. Jeff Breckon, Sheffield Hallam University
Jeff is a principal research fellow at Sheffield Hallam University with a specialist focus upon exercise and physical activity. He has extensive clinical experience and has worked with exercise refferal schemes for many years. Jeff has also been chief assessor for the BPS Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP). Jeff is currently working with MTOUGH on a qualitative research project.

Prof. Aidan Moran, University College Dublin
Aidan is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology in the School of Psychology at University College Dublin. His research interests include imagery, attention, concentration, and the development of expertise. Aidan is a Visiting Professor at University of Lincoln, where he visited as an external examiner for Christian Swann’s PhD viva in November, 2012. Aidan is currently collaborating with members of the MTOUGH group on projects concerning expertise, flow, and mental toughness.

Dr Christian Swann
Christian was a member of the MTOUGH group during his time at the University of Lincoln. Having studied for a PhD under the supervision of Dr Crust and others, Christian was appointed as a lecturer in sport and exercise psychology at the University of Lincoln, before taking up a research position at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Christian is about to take up a teaching role at another institution in Australia and he continues to be a regular collaborator with the MTOUGH group and is also on the supervisory team support Rebecca Hawkins PhD studies.

Dr Richard Cowden
Richard is a full-time researcher and lectures part-time at Middle Tennessee State University. His primary area of interest in mental toughness in tennis, but has more recently focused upon the psychology of forgiveness in sport. Richard is currently working with MTOUGH on several quantitative research projects.