Dr Laura Thomas (Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology) is an academic member of staff with teaching and research responsibilities. Laura is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and has been awarded a Fellowship to the Higher Education Academy.
Laura’s research interests include motivation, behaviour and well-being, specifically: 1) how the social environment triggers acute changes in motivational foci, 2) why and how developmental problems associated with more challenging social environments manifest differently in different people, and 3) individual differences in response to challenging events and how these responses affect adjustment. Central to these areas of interests is the development and application of Self Determination Theory.
Laura teacher across the Sport Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science programmes as well as the MSc Sport Psychology and Professional Doctorate. Laura supervises major project and placements students as undergraduate and postgraduate level and supervises a number of PhD candidates.
2016, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom, PhD
2014, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom, PGCTHE
2010, Bangor University, United Kingdom, M.Sc Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
2009, Bangor University, United Kingdom, B.Sc (Hons) Sport Science
Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present
Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Northumbria University, 2015 - 2018
Thomas LB, Fadeeva A, Oliver EJ. 2020. The double negative: Personality differentially predicts sensitivity to need support and thwarting, and subsequent behavioural response planning Personality and Individual Differences, 156 DOI Author Url Public Url
Thomas LB, Hudson J, Oliver EJ. 2019. Modelling Motivational Dynamics: Demonstrating When, Why, and How We Self-Regulate Motivation Journal of Motivation, Emotion, and Personality, 7 :33-47 DOI Public Url
Thomas LB, Oliver EJ. 2017. Application of feedback principles to marking proformas increases student efficacy, perceived utility of feedback, and likelihood of use Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 13 Publisher Url Public Url
Oliver EJ, Hudson J, Thomas LB. 2016. Processes of identity development and behaviour change in later life: exploring self-talk during physical activity uptake Ageing and Society, 36 :1388-1406 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Thomas LB, Hudson J, Oliver EJ. 2015. Development and Validation of an Implicit Measure of Meta-Motivational States Journal of Motivation, Emotion, and Personality, 4 :15-25 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Roberts R, Callow N, Hardy L, Woodman T, Thomas LB. Interactive Effects of Different Visual Imagery Perspectives and Narcissism on Motor Performance Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Public Url
Hudson J, Waters T, Holmes M, Agris S, Seymour D, Thomas LB, Oliver EJ. 2018. Using virtual experiences of older age: exploring pedagogical and psychological experiences of students Hudson J, Kerton R. Proceedings of the Virtual and Augmented Reality to Enhance Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Conference 2018, VR/AR Conference 2018 :61-72 Publisher Url Public Url
Engagement & Impact
Personality differentially predicts sensitivity to need support and thwarting, and subsequent behavioural response planning, Self Determination Theory Conference, Oral presentation. 2019
Modelling motivational dynamics: Demonstrating why and how we self regulate motivation., Reversal Theory Conference, Oral presentation. 2017
How need balance is regulated: Effects of actual and anticipated need thwarting., Self Determination Theory Conference, Oral presentation. 2016
Examining meta-motivational state reversals as a mechanism for regulating balanced need satisfaction., International Congress of Applied Psychology, Oral presentation. 2014
Examining meta-motivational state reversals as a mechanism for regulating need satisfaction., Self Determination Theory Conference, Poster presentation. 2013
A theoretical and empirical examination of links between Self Determination Theory and Reversal Theory: Psychological need satisfaction and meta-motivational state reversal, International Conference on Motivation, Poster presentation. 2012
Membership of professional bodies:
CPsychol, British Psychological Society.
Fellow, Higher Education Academy.
Reversal Theory Conference, Member of the conference organising committee.