Dr Simon Payne

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

Dr Simon Payne

Lecturer in Psychology

Department of 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_Aber.

Come study with us @AberUni (www.aber.ac.uk/en/psychology).


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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!


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.


Payne, S, Nicholas-Davies, P & Home, R 2019, 'Harnessing implemetation science and Self-Determination Theory in participatory research to advance global legume productivity' Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, vol. 3, 62, pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2019.00062
Payne, S, Nicholas-Davies, P & Home, R 2017, Participatory Action Research Methodologies to Advance Legume Productivity. in JC Jimenez-Lopez & A Clemente (eds), Legumes for Global Food Security. Nova Science Publishers.
Payne, S, Hudson, J & Akehurst, S 2015, 'Athletes' storied experiences of self-presentation' BPS DSEP bi-annual conference 2015, Leeds, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 14 Dec 2015 - 16 Dec 2015, .
Payne, S, Hudson, J, Akehurst, S & Ntoumanis, N 2013, 'Development and Initial Validation of the Impression Motivation in Sport Questionnaire – Team' Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 281-298.
Payne, S 2011, 'Collaborative Sport & Exercise Science 'in Action'' The Sport and Exercise Scientist, vol. Spring, pp. 16-17.
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