Dr Simon Mark Payne

BA(Hons.) Sports Studies (2004), MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology (2005), PhD Sport Psychology (2011), British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist (2014-)

Dr Simon Mark Payne

Lectureship in Sport Science and Human Health Psychology

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Simon graduated first-class with honours in BA Sports Studies from the University of Winchester, before completing a Master of Science degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology at the University of Chichester and a PhD in Sport Psychology at Aberystwyth University, the latter of which was funded by a prestigious scholarship (today's equivalent is the AberDoc). Simon has won accolades and awards, published in varied forum, he is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society, and he played university basketball. Simon has worked for large health organisations including the NHS; he has volunteered for, amongst others, Disability Sport Wales and MENCAP; and he gained immense satisfaction supporting people with diverse learning difficulties, mental illnesses, and physical disabilities. Simon teaches university students but he has engaged primary, secondary and college students too.Follow him @YEU_Swansea and www.facebook.com/YEUswansea.

"If you have found this page because you are interested in utilising sport and performance psychology, please know that it is available to YOU, it is no longer just for professional athletes! Contact me for an informal chat about how "we" (me, you, your sporting child, your team & /or your clients) can form a positive working relationship."

Come study with us @AberUni (www.aber.ac.uk/en/sport-exercise/), or make use of our expertise in the sport, exercise & health sciences (www.aber.ac.uk/en/ibers).


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As an educator, Simon will help you develop a sound understanding of various psychological concepts. However, in your degree and career-planning, as in your sporting discipline, you: "must meet certain performance standards…there are consequences to poor performance, [and] good coping skills are intrinsic to excellent performance" (Hays & Brown, 2004, p. 19; Hays, 2006). Hence, as a performance psychologist, Simon's aim is to help you develop coping skills and focus so that you can perform excellently in these areas!

Please contact Simon if you would like to discuss our future plans for sport, exercise and health psychology in IBERS at Aberystwyth University.


Simon's programme of research on motivation and confidence - an example of which was published in the World-leading sport psychology journal (see it here: Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology) - is applicable to athletes in all sports at all standards. Simon's current sport research is on self-presentation and drive for muscularity, leadership, coach education and applied practice in performance psychology. However, Simon is also applying his knowledge of human factors, individual differences and social psychology in diverse areas, including chronic health conditions, agriculture, food waste and food security, and pedagogy.

If you have mutual interest in these areas, you are encouraged to contact Simon.


Participatory Action Research Methodologies to Advance Legume ProductivityPayne, S., Nicholas-Davies, P. & Home, R. 2017 Legumes for Global Food Security. Jimenez-Lopez, J. C. & Clemente, A. (eds.). Nova Science Publishers
Athletes' storied experiences of self-presentationPayne, S., Hudson, J. & Akehurst, S. 2015
Development and Initial Validation of the Impression Motivation in Sport Questionnaire – TeamPayne, S., Hudson, J., Akehurst, S. & Ntoumanis, N. 2013 In : Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.35, 3, p. 281-29818 p.
Collaborative Sport & Exercise Science 'in Action'Payne, S. 2011 In : The Sport and Exercise Scientist.Spring, p. 16-172 p.
Work-life balance, role conflict and the UK sport psychology consultantWaumsley, J. A., Hemmings, B. & Payne, S. M. 2010 In : Sport Psychologist.24, 2, p. 245-26218 p.
Threat and challenge appraisals of impression management cognitions in team-sport athletesPayne, S., Hudson, J. & Akehurst, S. 2010