Department for Health

Dr Thomas Curran

Lecturer in sport psychology with expertise in motivation and emotion

Thomas Curran

Lecturer BSc, MSc, PhD

1 West 4.108
Email: t.curran@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3047

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Research grants

ESPN. Parker, A., Sarkar, M., Curran, T., & Williams, S. (2015). ESPN Sporting Cities. Grant value: £24,936

SignHealth. Standage, M., Rouse, P., Curran, T., & Bilzon, J. (2015). Enhancing health communication in the Deaf community. Grant value: £65,882.

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association. Crone, D., Parker, A., Curran, T., Sarkar, M., Loughren, E., & Baker, C. (2014). Evaluation of Mental Health First Aid for the Armed Services Community. Grant value: £48,662.14.

Profile

I joined the Department for Health at the University of Bath in September 2014. An early career academic, I graduated from DeMontfort University in 2008 with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. I then studied for an MSc (by research) at the University of Bedfordshire, graduating in 2009. Following this, in 2013, under the guidance of Dr Andrew Hill and Professor Howard Hall at York St John University I gained my PhD from the University of Leeds. Before arriving at Bath, I served post-doctoral roles at Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia) and the University of Gloucestershire, and was a lecturer in sport psychology at York St John University.

Broadly, I am a social psychologist and study motivational issues in sport and exercise settings. In particular, I seek to better understand how social agents foster sustainable, self-regulated, motivation for physical activity.

On this topic, I have authored or co-authored a number of journal articles and published conference papers. In recognition of the contribution of this work, my research received an excellence award from the University of Leeds in 2014 and was selected as the American Psychological Association's (APA) Division 47 dissertation of the year in 2015.

Informed by my research, I have previously lectured to undergraduates in the UK and Australia on related topics. I now do so here at the University of Bath.

Research interests

  • Engagement and disaffection in sport and exercise settings
  • Social-contextual influences on motivation
  • The dualistic model of passion
  • Intrapersonal effects of multidimensional perfectionism
  • The development and mitigation of athlete burnout

Publications

Book Sections

Appleton, P. R. and Curran, T., 2016. The origins of perfectionism in sport, dance, and exercise:an introduction to the conceptual model of perfectionism development. In: Hill, A. P., ed. Psychology of Perfectionism in Sport, Dance and Exercise. London, U. K.: Routledge.

Standage, M., Curran, T. and Rouse, P., 2016. Forthcoming. Self-determination-based theories. In: Horn, T. S. and Smith, A. L., eds. Advances in Sport and Exercise Psychology (4th Edition). Champaign, U. S. A.: Human Kinetics.

Articles

Curran, T. and Standage, M., 2017. Psychological needs and the quality of student engagement in physical education:Teachers as key facilitators. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 36 (3), pp. 262-276.

Curran, T., Hill, A. P. and Williams, L., 2017. The relationships between parental conditional regard and adolescents' self-critical and narcissistic perfectionism. Personality and Individual Differences, 107, pp. 17-22.

Hill, A. P. and Curran, T., 2016. Multidimensional perfectionism and burnout:a meta-analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 20 (3), pp. 269-288.

Van Rens, F. E. C. A., Borkoles, E., Farrow, D., Curran, T. and Polman, R. C. J., 2016. Development and initial validation of the role strain questionnaire for junior athletes (RSQ-JA). Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 24, pp. 168-178.

Jowett, G. E., Hill, A. P., Hall, H. K. and Curran, T., 2016. Perfectionism, burnout and engagement in youth sport:the mediating role of basic psychological needs. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 24, pp. 18-26.

Curran, T., Hill, A. P., Ntoumanis, N., Hall, H. K. and Jowett, G. E., 2016. A three-wave longitudinal test of self-determination theory’s mediation model of engagement and disaffection in youth sport. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 38 (1), pp. 15-29.

Stenseng, F., Forest, J. and Curran, T., 2015. Positive emotions in recreational sport activities:the role of passion and belongingness. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16 (5), pp. 1117-1129.

Curran, T., Hill, A. P., Appleton, P. R., Vallerand, R. J. and Standage, M., 2015. The psychology of passion: A meta-analytical review of a decade of research on intrapersonal outcomes. Motivation and Emotion, 39 (5), pp. 631-655.

Robertson, I. T., Cooper, C. L., Sarkar, M. and Curran, T., 2015. Resilience training in the workplace from 2003 to 2014:a systematic review. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 88 (3), pp. 533-562.

Curran, T., Hill, A. P., Hall, H. K. and Jowett, G. E., 2015. Relationships between the coach-created motivational climate and athlete engagement in youth sport. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 37 (2), pp. 193-198.

Curran, T., Hill, A. P., Jowett, G. E. and Mallinson, S., 2014. The relationship between multidimensional perfectionism and passion in junior athletes. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 45 (4), pp. 369-384.

Curran, T., Hill, A. P., Hall, H. K. and Jowett, G. E., 2014. Perceived coach behaviours and athletes’ engagement and disaffection in youth sport:The mediating role of the psychological needs. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 45 (6), pp. 559-580.

Curran, T., Hill, A. P. and Niemiec, C. P., 2013. A conditional process model of children's behavioral engagement and behavioral disaffection in sport based on self-determination theory. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 35 (1), pp. 30-43.

Jowett, G. E., Hill, A. P., Hall, H. K. and Curran, T., 2013. Perfectionism and junior athlete burnout:the mediating role of autonomous and controlled motivation. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 2 (1), pp. 48-61.

Curran, T., Appleton, P. R., Hill, A. P. and Hall, H. K., 2013. The mediating role of psychological need satisfaction in relationships between types of passion for sport and athlete burnout. Journal of Sports Sciences, 31 (6), pp. 597-606.

Curran, T., Appleton, P. R., Hill, A. P. and Hall, H. K., 2011. Passion and burnout in elite junior soccer players:the mediating role of self-determined motivation. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 12 (6), pp. 655-661.

Reports/Papers

Curran, T. and Standage, M., 2017. ESPN’s Greatest Sporting Cities 2017. University of Bath.

Curran, T. and Standage, M., 2016. ESPN’s Greatest Sporting Cities 2016. University of Bath.

Parker, A., Sarkar, M. and Curran, T., 2015. ESPN’s Greatest Sporting Cities 2015. University of Bath.

Non-academic press

Curran, T. and Hill, A., 2015. Perfectionism and burn-out are close friends – best avoid them. The Conversation

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