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Personlig profil


I was born in Kos, Greece, and moved to the UK in 1993 to pursue postgraduate studies. I completed my PhD in Medical Sciences at the University of Exeter in 1999. Following this, I worked as a lecturer in the UK, with the longest employment history being with the University of Birmingham which I joined in September 2001. In July 2014 I joined the School of Psychology at Curtin University where I was a Distinguished Research Professor and I led the Physical Activity and Well-Being Research Group . I moved to Denmark in July 2021. You can follow my Twitter account for news and information related to my research interests (and personal life!). To pronounce my surname, read “NT” as “D”; Doumanis.

My research draws from theories and models of motivation and behaviour change. I am interested in personal and contextual factors that optimise motivation and health behaviour change. Areas of interest are physical activity promotion in different community and clinical settings, self-regulation of weight management goals (diet and physical activity goals), and psychology of sport with emphasis on applications of contemporary theories of motivation. Most of my publications appear on ResearchGate.  An overview of my research can be found on my ORCID page.  These two pages are more updated than my SDU profile. 

I have developed new research instruments in the form of questionnaires that have been widely adopted and translated (peer motivational climate, psychological need thwarting, controlling coach behaviours). I have also empirically integrated theoretical frameworks in various settings (self-determination theory and self-regulation, self-determination theory and achievement goal theory) and developed innovative interventions (targeting communication styles and behaviour change techniques) for the promotion of physical activity engagement, adherence, and psychological well-being.

Many of the journals I have published are highly esteemed journals in various fields of psychology (e.g., Perspectives on Psychological Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Journal of Educational Psychology, Health Psychology, Developmental Psychology), and behavioural medicine (Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Annals of Behavioral Medicine). My outputs have attracted over 35,000 citations (cites/paper = 76.42; non self-citations=93.8%) on Google Scholar (h index=90; Scopus =63). The citations are from 11 subject disciplines (45% from Psychology), showing its broad academic impact. SciVal shows that the number of the citations per publication of mine are much higher than the norms for Applied Psychology, Social Psychology, and Psychology (Miscellaneous).  Four of my papers are listed in the Web of Science's “Top Papers by Research Field”. In a seminal review by Ioannidis et al. (2019) of top scientists from 176 fields of research, my "composite score" (based on 6 citation metrics) was above the 99% percentile cut-off for "Sport Sciences", "Social Psychology" and "Clinical Medicine-Sports Science".

 I have also authored/edited two books on statistics that were published by Routledge in 2001 and by Wiley in 2016.

My work has been supported by funding (over $14m) from major research councils in the UK (ESRC, MRC), the Australian Research Council, the European Union, the International Olympic Committee, Healthway, Heart Foundation, UK charities, UK local health authorities, Australian Army Research Fund, and the industry. 

In 2014, I was awarded a fellowship by the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences for exceptional research. The Fellowship recognised that all 34 Fellows for 2014 made “a substantial contribution to wider social science in the UK” and were “leading social scientists”.  In 2015 I was awarded a fellowship from the British Psychological Society (BPS). According to BPS, “A Fellowship is recognition of a significant contribution to the advancement or communication of psychological knowledge or practice, and represents the highest designation that the Society can bestow”. In 2016 Curtin Universtity awarded me its John De Later Award for Research Leadership, which recognises excellence in research, as well as the title of "John Curtin Distinguished Professor". In 2019 I was awarded the title of Distinghuised International Scholar from the American Association of Applied Sport Psychology. In 2022, I was elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 38): “Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology”. My research has received awards from various academic and professional organisations (e.g., BPS, ISSI, NASPSPA, AASP, ECSS).

I am the Editor-in-Chief of Psychology of Sport and Exercise, the official publication of the European Federation of Sport Psychology, and I serve on the editorial board of several other journals (e.g. Journal of Educational Psychology, Motivation Science, Motivation & Emotion, Annals of Behavioral Medicine).   In addition, I have given 13 keynote lectures at several international conferences (e.g., European Federation of Sport Psychology) and invited talks at over 25 universities.  I often engage with the media (The Times, The Independent, Men’s Health, etc.)  in an effort to disseminate my research.


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