Using motivational psychology to help create a physically healthier community


PhD(Exeter) MSc(Loughborough) CPsychol FAcSS FBPsS

Professor Nikos Ntoumanis from the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology joined Curtin in July 2014 from the University of Birmingham (2001-2014). He is interested in factors that optimise motivation and promote performance, morality, psychological well-being and health-conducive behaviours. He is currently leading an international research project funded by the International Olympic Committee into doping in sport.

His research has been published in numerous journals including Perspectives on Psychological Science, Developmental Psychology and Journal of Educational Psychology, and has been supported by more than $10.5 million funding from major research councils in the United Kingdom, the Australian Research Council, the European Union, and many other bodies. Professor Ntoumanis’ research has received awards from various academic and professional organisations.

He is a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences and the British Psychological Society, and in 2016 was awarded Curtin’s John de Laeter Award for Research Leadership.
Professor Ntoumanis is Editor-in-Chief of Psychology of Sport and Exercise and serves on the editorial board of several other journals. He has authored two books on statistics, engages regularly with Australian and international media, and travels widely as a keynote speaker.


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