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Dr Matt Smith is a BPS-chartered, HCPC-registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. He was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Winchester in September 2018, and is programme leader for the BSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

After originally working as a primary school teacher, Matt completed an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology at Bangor University, and PhD in Psychology at the University of Chichester. On completing his PhD (awarded 2009), Matt worked as a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Chichester before joining the University of Winchester in 2018.

Areas of expertise

Dr Smith welcomes enquiries about research supervision; his areas of supervision are: social psychology of sport, specifically focussing on leadership and group dynamics. This includes research examining effective leadership practice in different contexts, and research considering enhancing group functioning. He is particularly interested in supervising research with a more qualitative focus.



Smith, M. J., Birch, P. D., & Bright, D. (2019). Identifying Stressors and Coping Strategies of Elite Esports Competitors. International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations, 11(2), 22-39. Https://doi.10.4018/ijgcms.2019040102

Figgins, S., Smith, M. J., Knight, C., & Greenlees, I.A. (2019). A grounded theory of inspirational coach-leadership. Scandinavian Journal of Sport Science.

Szedlak, C., Smith, M. J., Callary, B., & Day, M.C. (2019). Using written, audio and video vignette formats to translate knowledge to elite coaches. International Sport Coaching Journal, 6, 199-210. https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2018-0027



Leggat, F., Smith, M. J., Figgins, S.G. (2018). Talented but Disruptive: An Exploration of Problematic Players in Sports Teams. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2018.1549621

Szedlak, C., Smith, M. J., Day, M. C., & Callary, B. (2018). Using vignettes to analyse potential influences of effective strength and conditioning coaching on athlete development. The Sport Psychologist3,199-209. https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2017-0060

Szedlak, C., Smith, M. J., & Callary, B. (2018). Exploring the Influence and Practical Development of Coaches’ Soft Skills in Strength and Conditioning. Strength & Conditioning Journal. 2, 8-17. https://doi.10.1519/SSC.0000000000000421


Smith, M. J., Arnold, R., & Thelwell, R. (2017). ‘There’s No Place to Hide’: Exploring the Stressors Encountered by Elite Sporting Captains. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 30(2), 150-170. https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2017.1349845

Smith, M. J., Figgins, S.G., Jewiss, M., & Kearney, P.E. (2017). Investigating inspirational leader communication in an elite team sport context. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching. 13(2), 213-224. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954117727684

Smith, M. J., Young, D., Arthur, C., & Figgins, S. (2017). Transformational leadership in elite sport: A qualitative analysis of effective leadership behaviours in cricket. The Sport Psychologist, 31, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2015-0077


Figgins, S., Smith, M. J., Greenlees, I., Knight, C., & Sellars, C. (2016). "You really could be something quite special: A qualitative exploration of athletes’ experiences of being inspired. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 24, 82-91. https://doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.01.011


Szedlak, C., Smith, M. J., Day, M. C., Greenlees, I. A., & Callan, M. (2015). Effective Behaviours of Strength and Conditioning Coaches as Perceived by Athletes. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching10(5), 967-984. https://doi.org/10.1260/1747-9541.10.5.967


Manley, A. J., Greenlees, I. A., Smith, M. J., Batten, J., & Birch, P. D. J. (2014). The influence of coach reputation on the behavioral responses of male soccer players. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports24(2), e111-e120. https:// doi: 10.1111/sms.12108.

Batten, J., Birch, P. D. J., Wright, J., Manley, A. J., & Smith, M. J. (2014). An exploratory investigation examining male and female students' initial impressions and expectancies of lecturers. Teaching in Higher Education,19(2), 113-125. Teaching in Higher Education, 19, 113-125. https://doi: 10.1080/13562517.2013.827645.


Smith, M.J., Arthur, C., Hardy, J., Callow, N., & Williams, D. (2013). Transformational Leadership and Task Cohesion in Sport: The Mediating Role of Intrateam Communication, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 249-257. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2011.03.031.


Birch, P. D. J., Batten, J., Manley, A. J., & Smith, M. J. (2012). An exploratory investigation examining the cues that students use to form initial impressions and expectancies of lecturers. Teaching in Higher Education17(6), 660-672. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2012.658561


Manley, A.J., Greenlees, I., Thelwell, R., & Smith, M.J. (2010). Athletes’ use of Reputation and Gender Information when forming Initial Impressions of Coaches. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 5, 517-532. https://doi.org/10.1260/1747-9541.5.4.517


Smith, M.J., Greenlees, I., & Manley, A.J. (2009). Influence of order effects and mode of judgment on assessments of ability in sport. Journal of Sport Sciences, 27, 745-752. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640410902939647.

Callow, N., Smith, M.J., Hardy, L., & Arthur, C. (2009). Measurement of transformational leadership and its relationship with performance and cohesion. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 25, 395-412. https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200903204754


Manley, A.J., Greenlees, I., Graydon, J., Thelwell, R., Filby, W.C.D., & Smith, M.J. (2008).  Athletes’ perceptions of the sources of information used when forming initial impressions and expectancies of a coach.  The Sport Psychologist, 22, 73-89. https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.22.1.73.

Greenlees, I.A., Hall, B., Filby, W.C.D., Thelwell, R.C., Buscombe, R., & Smith, M.J. (2008). Warnings given to observers can eliminate order effects. Psychology of Sport & Exercise. 10, 300-303. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2008.08.004.

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