I taught Physical Education for seven years before completing a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology at the University of Victoria (B.C., Canada). I completed my doctorate with the Psychology Department of the University of Southampton.
I lectured in Sport Psychology and Physical Education at the University of Chichester from 1987 to 1999 and took up the position of ‘Professor of Sport Psychology’ at Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Sport and Exercise Science in April 1999 and took over as the Director of the Research Centre in 2004.
I became an accredited Sports Psychologist in 1988 with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES). I attended the Barcelona (Sailing) and Athens Olympics (Sailing, Boxing & Diving), the Victoria (Cycling) (1994) and Manchester (Bowls & Diving) (2002) Commonwealth Games and have been a consultant at World Championships in eight different sports.
I was the Director of the RYA (Sailing) World Class Performance Sport Science Support Programme and have acted as consultant to the All England Women's Lacrosse Association, the England Bowls Team (Commonwealth Games 2002 & 2006), the Great Britain Diving Squad, British Swimming, Richmond Rugby Football Club, Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (English Elite Soccer Referees), the English Golf Union and the Amateur Boxing Association of England and many international performers in a variety of other sports.
I served for four years as the Executive Secretary of BASES until September 2001 and chaired the BASES Sport Science Special Committee from January 1996 until September 2000. I was chair of the Psychology Section within BASES from September 2002 until September 2004 and sat on the Accreditation and Fellowship committee as the Psychology Section representative from 2004 to 2007. I was elected a Fellow of BASES in 2004 and was given the BASES 'Applied Practitioner of the Year' award in 2005.
I have chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and have served as the Chair of the Board of Assessors within the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) from 2007 to 2010. I became Chair of DSEP from June 2010 until May 2013 and also currently sit on both the division's Executive and Training Committees. I was also made a Fellow of the BPS in 2015.
- Applied Sport Psychology
- Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (Elite Soccer Referees)
I am interested in most aspects of applied Sport and Exercise Psychology and this is where my current research aspirations can be found (I have over 120 peer-reviewed publications).
HODGSON, Laura, BUTT, Joanne and MAYNARD, Ian (2017). Exploring the psychological attributes underpinning elite sports coaching. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 12 (4), 439-451.
MACK, Rory, BRECKON, Jeff, BUTT, Joanne and MAYNARD, Ian (2017). Exploring the Understanding and Application of Motivational Interviewing in Applied Sport Psychology. The Sport Psychologist, 1-36. (In Press)
BENNETT, Jenn, BICKLEY, James, VERNON, Tim, OLUSOGA, Peter and MAYNARD, Ian (2017). Preliminary evidence for the treatment of performance blocks in sport: The efficacy of EMDR With Graded Exposure. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 11 (2), 96-110.
STOKER, M, MAYNARD, Ian, BUTT, Joanne, HAYS, K, LINDSAY, P and NORENBERG, D.A. (2017). The effect of manipulating training demands and consequences on experiences of pressure in elite netball. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29 (4), 434-448.
STONE, Joseph, MAYNARD, Ian, NORTH, J.S., PANCHUK, D and DAVIDS, Keith (2017). Temporal and Spatial Occlusion of Advanced Visual Information Constrains Movement (Re) organization in One-Handed Catching Behaviors. Acta Psychologica, 174, 80-88.
LUDLAM, Katie E, BAWDEN, Mark, BUTT, Joanne, LINDSAY, Pete and MAYNARD, Ian (2017). Perceptions of Engaging with a Super-Strengths Approach in Elite Sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29 (3), 251-269.
BENNETT, Jennifer and MAYNARD, Ian (2016). Performance blocks in sport : recommendations for treatment and implications for sport psychology practitioners. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. (In Press)
MITCHELL, Pauline, MAYNARD, Ian and REEVES, Pauline (2016). Ultrasound Career Structure and Education : a Time for Change. In: UKRC Conference, Liverpool, 6th June - 8th June 2016. (In Press)
BENNETT, Jenn, ROTHERHAM, Michael, HAYS, Kate, OLUSOGA, Peter and MAYNARD, Ian (2016). Yips and Lost Move Syndrome : assessing impact and exploring levels of perfectionism, rumination, and reinvestment. Sport and exercise psychology review, 12 (1).
FLINT, Stuart, SCAIFE, Robert, KESTERTON, Sue, HUMPHREYS, Liam, COPELAND, Robert, CRANK, Helen, BRECKON, Jeff, MAYNARD, Ian and CARTER, Anouska (2016). Sheffield Hallam Staff Wellness Service: four year follow-up of the impact on health indicators. Perspectives in Public Health, 136 (5), 295-301.
STOKER, Mike, LINDSAY, P., BUTT, Joanne, BAWDEN, M. and MAYNARD, Ian (2016). Elite coaches' experiences of creating pressure training environments for performance enhancement. International Journal of Sport Pyschology. (In Press)
LUDLAM, K, BUTT, Joanne, BAWDEN, M, LINDSAY, Pete and MAYNARD, Ian (2015). A strengths-based consultancy approach in elite sport : exploring super strengths. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 28 (2). (In Press)
STONE, Joseph A., MAYNARD, I.W., NORTH, J. S., PANCHUK, D. and DAVIDS, K. (2015). Emergent perception–action couplings regulate postural adjustments during performance of externally-timed dynamic interceptive actions. Psychological Research, 79 (5), 829-843.
SLACK, Liam A., MAYNARD, Ian, BUTT, Joanne and OLUSOGA, Peter (2015). An evaluation of a mental toughness education and training program for early-career English football league referees. Sports Psychologist, 29 (3), 237-257.
BEAUMONT, Chris, MAYNARD, Ian and BUTT, Joanne (2015). Effective ways to develop and maintain robust sport-confidence : strategies advocated by sport psychology consultants. Journal of applied sport psychology, 27 (3), 301-318.
FOSTER, David, MAYNARD, Ian, BUTT, Joanne and HAYS, Kate (2015). Delivery of psychological skills training to youngsters. Journal of applied sport psychology, 28 (1), 62-77.
STONE, Joseph, MAYNARD, Ian, NORTH, Jamie, PANCHUK, D. and DAVIDS, Keith (2015). (De)synchronization of advanced visual information and ball flight characteristics constrains emergent information–movement couplings during one-handed catching. Experimental Brain Research, 233 (2), 449-458.
TILL, Simon, RILEY, A, COPELAND, Robert, MAYNARD, Ian and FLINT, Stuart (2015). Happy staff mean healthy business : the virtues of wellbeing. Health Service Journal. (In Press)
BENNETT, J, HAYS, Kate, LINDSAY, Pete, OLUSOGA, Peter and MAYNARD, Ian (2015). Yips and Lost Move Syndrome : exploring psychological symptoms, similarities, and implications for treatment. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 46, 61-82.
MILLS, Andrew, BUTT, Joanne, MAYNARD, Ian and HARWOOD, Chris (2014). Examining the development environments of elite English Football Academies: the players’ perspective. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 9 (6), 1457-1472.
OLUSOGA, Peter, MAYNARD, Ian, BUTT, Joanne and HAYS, K (2014). Coaching under pressure: mental skills training for sports coaches. Sport and exercise psychology review, 10 (3), 31-44.
STONE, Joseph, PANCHUK, D., DAVIDS, K., NORTH, J. S. and MAYNARD, I. (2014). Integrating advanced visual information with ball projection technology constrains dynamic interceptive actions. Procedia Engineering, 72, 156-161.
MILLS, Andrew, BUTT, Joanne, MAYNARD, Ian and HARWOOD, Chris (2014). Toward an understanding of optimal development environments within elite English soccer academies. The Sport Psychologist, 28 (2), 137-150.
SLACK, Liam, BUTT, Joanne, MAYNARD, Ian and OLUSOGA, Peter (2014). Understanding mental toughness in elite football officiating : perceptions of English Premier League referees. Sport and exercise psychology review, 10 (1), 4-24.
STONE, Joseph, PANCHUK, D., DAVIDS, Keith, NORTH, Jamie, FAIRWEATHER, I. and MAYNARD, Ian (2014). An integrated ball projection technology for the study of dynamic interceptive actions. Behavior Research Methods, 46 (4), 984-991.
SLACK, Liam, MAYNARD, Ian, BUTT, Joanne and OLUSOGA, Peter (2013). Factors underpinning elite sport officiating: perceptions of English Premier League referees. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 25 (3), 298-315.
ROBERTS, R, ROTHERHAM, M, MAYNARD, Ian, THOMAS, O and WOODMAN, T (2013). Perfectionism and the ‘Yips’: an initial investigation. The Sport Psychologist, 27 (1), 53-61.
MILLS, Andrew, BUTT, Joanne, MAYNARD, Ian and HARWOOD, Chris (2012). Identifying factors perceived to influence the development of elite youth football academy players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 30 (15), 1593-1604.
OLUSOGA, Peter, BUTT, Joanne, MAYNARD, Ian and HAYS, K (2012). Coaching under pressure: A study of successful British Olympic coaches. Journal of Sports Sciences, 30 (3), 229-239.
ROTHERHAM, M, MAYNARD, Ian, THOMAS, O, BAWDEN, M and FRANCIS, L (2012). Preliminary evidence for the treatment of type I 'Yips': The efficacy of the Emotional Freedom Technique. Sports Psychologist, 26 (4), 551-570.
MAYNARD, Ian (2011). Sport psychology delivery to British Sailing: the first twenty years. Sport and exercise psychology review, 7 (2), 14-17.
BRADY, A. and MAYNARD, I. (2010). Debate: At an elite level the role of a sport psychologist is entirely about performance enhancement. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, 6 (1), 59-66.
OLUSOGA, P, BUTT, J, MAYNARD, I and HAYS, K (2010). Stress and coping: a study of world class coaches. Journal of applied sport psychology, 22 (3), 274-293.
HAYS, K., THOMAS, O., BUTT, J and MAYNARD, I. (2010). The role of confidence profiling in cognitive-behavioral interventions in sport. The Sport Psychologist, 24 (3), 393-414.
OLUSOGA, P., BUTT, J., HAYS, K. and MAYNARD, I. (2009). Stress in elite sports coaching: identifying stressors. Journal of applied sport psychology, 21 (4), 442-459.
HAYS, K., THOMAS, O., MAYNARD, I. and BAWDEN, M. (2009). The role of confidence in world-class sport performance. Journal of sports sciences, 27 (11), 1185-1199.
THOMAS, O., HANTON, S. and MAYNARD, I. (2007). Anxiety responses and psychological skill use during the time leading up to competition: theory to practice I. Journal of applied sport psychology, 19 (4), 379-397.
THOMAS, O., MAYNARD, I. and HANTON, S. (2007). Intervening with athletes during the time leading up to competition: theory to practice II. Journal of applied sport psychology, 19 (4), 398-418.
HAYS, K., MAYNARD, I., THOMAS, O. and BAWDEN, M. (2007). Sources and types of confidence identified by world class sport performers. Journal of applied sport psychology, 19 (4), 434-456.
THOMAS, O., MAYNARD, I. and HANTON, S. (2004). Temporal aspects of competitive anxiety and self-confidence as a function of anxiety perceptions. The Sport psychologist, 18 (2), 172-187.
I am a British Olympic Association registered Sport Psychologist. I have served on the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Performance Enhancement/Intervention Committee since 2002, was Director of Studies to Dr. Owen Thomas winner of the AASP PhD Dissertation of the year award 2004, Dr. Peter Olusoga winner in 2012 and Dr. Liam Slack winner in 2014.
I was also elected a Fellow of AASP in 2007 and given the 'Distinguished Professional Practice Award' in 2015.
I was the Editor of The Sport Psychologist from 2005 until 2012 and completed five years (2001-2006) as the Associate Editor (Performance Enhancement) for the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. I am about to take up the Editor's position with the Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, in January 2016.
I have played Rugby Union, Soccer and Cricket to county level, played first class Rugby Union for Saracens RFC and from 1995 to 1999 coached the Sussex County Senior Rugby Union team.
Ian's research focuses on applied sport psychology, including anxiety and stress management, mental toughness and confidence building. He has worked with the Royal Yachting Association, British Swimming, the English Golf Union and Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).
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