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Dr Robert Morris

Dr Robert Morris

Telephone: 0151 231 4112



Dr Robert Morris is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Social Science and the programme leader for the BSc (Hons) Science and Football. He teaches on the BSc (Hons) programmes in Sport and Exercise Science, Sport Psychology, and Science and Football, and the MSc programme in Sport Psychology. Robert also supervises students completing their final year and MSc dissertation projects in the area of sport psychology.

Robert’s main research interests are on exploring the youth-to-senior and retirement from sport transitions and assessing the prevalence of depression in elite athletes. Robert supervises MPhil and PhD students in these research areas and has peer reviewed a number of papers in these research areas for various top sport and performance psychology journals.

Robert remains committed to consultancy and applied practice activities. He provides consultancy to a range of athletes in sport, including elite and international footballers, rugby union and league players, cricketers, golfers, and orienteerers.


University of Stirling, United Kingdom, B.A.(Hons)
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MSc
Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom, PGCTHE
Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom, PhD

Academic appointments

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Sport Social Science and Science and Football Programme Leader, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present
Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Nottingham Trent University, 2014 - 2015


Journal article

Feddersen N, Morris R, Richardson D, Littlewood M. 2019. The Emergence and Perpetuation of a Destructive Culture in an Elite Sport in the United Kingdom Sport in Society, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Drew K, Morris R, Tod D, Eubank M. 2019. A meta-study of qualitative research on the junior-to-senior transition in sport Psychology of Sport and Exercise, :101556-101556 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Evans A, Morris R, Barker J, Johnson T, Brenan Z, Warner B. 2019. Athlete and practitioner insights regarding a novel Coping Oriented Personal-Disclosure Mutual-Sharing (COPDMS) intervention in youth soccer The Sport Psychologist, DOI Author Url Public Url

Morris R, Tod D, Eubank MR. 2017. From Youth Team to First Team: An Investigation into the Transition Experiences of Young Professional Athletes in Soccer International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 15 :523-539 DOI Public Url

Morris R, Tod DA, Oliver EJ. 2016. An Investigation into Stakeholders’ Perceptions of the Youth-to-Senior Transition in Professional Soccer in the United Kingdom Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, DOI Author Url Public Url

Morris R, Tod D, Oliver E. 2015. An Analysis of Organizational Structure and Transition Outcomes in the Youth-to-Senior Professional Soccer Transition JOURNAL OF APPLIED SPORT PSYCHOLOGY, 27 :216-234 DOI Author Url Public Url

Tahtinen R, McDougall M, Feddersen N, Tikkanen O, Morris R, Ronkainen N. Me, Myself, and My Thoughts: The Influence of Brooding and Reflective Rumination on Depressive Symptoms in Athletes in the United Kingdom Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, DOI Public Url


Morris R, Tod D, Eubank M. 2017. “It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)” - The use of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) to increase function and reduce irrational beliefs of an injured athlete Turner M, Bennett R. Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy in Sport and Exercise DOI Public Url

Morris R, Tod D. 2016. Transition Indecision: A Case Study of an Athlete’s Move from Playing to Coaching Cotterill S, Weston N, Breslin G. Sport and Exercise Psychology: Practitioner Case Studies

Engagement & Impact

External PGR examinations performed:

Southampton Solent University, PhD, An Exploratory Investigation of Pre-Delivery Routines within Professional Cricket Batsmen. 2018

Abertay University, PhD, An Exploration of the Existence and Development of Shared Understanding between Football Dyads. 2017

Swansea University, MRes, Understanding athlete experiences of transitions in elite swimming. 2017

Research Grants Awarded:

The European Commission, Ecology of Dual Career – Exploring Dual Career Development Environments across Europe, Grant value (£): 330,835.92. 2017

The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, Maintaining a Balanced Lifestyle and the Impact on Elite Sport Performance / Athletes Becoming More Rounded People Project, Grant value (£): 12,600. 2017

Rugby Football Union, Under 24 University Leavers Retention Project, Grant value (£): 24,852.

External committees:

Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Honorary Secretary, British Psychological Society. 2016

Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Committee, British Psychological Society, Committee Member. 2015


Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society. 2016

Fellow, Higher Education Academy. 2013


Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Doctor of Philosophy Award 2014, British Psychological Society. 2014

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award 2012, Aberystwyth University. 2012

Membership of professional bodies:

Accredited Sport Scientist, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. 2014

Chartered Scientist, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. 2014

Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society. 2012

Registered Practitioner Psychologist in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Health and Care Professions Council. 2012

Media Coverage:

Robert has been interviewed on BBC Radio Nottingham about Ryan Giggs’ retirement from sport (May 2014) and Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosbergs’ rivalry during the Formula One season (September 2014), had an article on England’s world cup performance and the influence of youth athletes included on The Conversation website (June 2014), been interviewed for Notts TV on the psychological effects of managerial changes and how such changes may influence players’ performances (February 2015), and been interviewed by Believe Perform on his career in sport psychology, specifically in relation to his research on transitions in sport (July 2015)..