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
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.


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


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