Dr John Perry


Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Life Sciences


+44 (0) 1482 463544

John's research is focused on a variety of sport psychology concepts, including mental toughness, character, time perspective and psychometrics.

He is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

John joined the department as a lecturer in 2015.


Research Interests

  • Personality and its measurement
  • Mental toughness
  • Temporal psychology
  • Morality

Research groups

  • Regularly works with academics across the world on collaborative research projects offering his statistical support.
  • Works closely with the sport psychology community, including the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.


McKay, M. T., Perry, J. L., Cole, J. C., & Percy, A. (in press). 'Refining the clinical application of the Consideration of Future Consequences Scale -14'. Journal of Mental Health.

Andretta, J., McKay, M. T., Harvey, S., & Perry, J. L. (in press). 'Inventory of peer attachment-revised scores in adolescents: A psychometric and person-oriented study'. Family Relations.

Temple, E., Perry, J. L., Worrell, F. C., Zivkovic, U., Mello, Z. R, Musil, B., Cole, J. C., McKay, M. T. (in press). 'The Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory: Time for a new strategy, not more new shortened versions'. Time and Society.

Perry, J. L., & Clough, P. J. (2017). 'Predicting cooperation in competitive conditions: The role of sportspersonship, moral competence, and emotional intelligence'. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 31, 88-92. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.04.008

McKay, M. T., Perry, J. L., Cole, J. C., & Worrell, F. C. (2017). 'What time is it? Temporal psychology measures relate differently to alcohol-related health outcomes'. Addiction Research and Theory, 25, 1-8. doi: 10.1080/16066359.2017.1309032

Full list


Modules list

  • Conducting Science
  • Sport, Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Research Investigation
  • Clinical Statistics

Research PhDs

John is interested in supervising projects related to character, morality, mental toughness, or temporal psychology. Please get in touch if you are interested in any of these areas.

Current PhD supervisions

  • Mark Thompson: Appraisals, emotions, coping and goal attainment among athletes. Role: Co-supervisor
  • Jenny Alexanders: Goal setting use in physiotherapy. Role: Co-supervisor
  • Grace O'Carroll: The effects of exercise rehabilitation in traumatic brain injury. Role: Co-supervisor
  • James Welsh. A psychological model of elite performance in snooker. Role: Principal Supervisor

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences and Psychology
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • PhD Psychology

External roles

  • Chief Examiner for International Baccalaureate, Sport, Exercise, and Health Science
  • Memberships Officer for Psychology Division (BASES)
  • Co-Chair of the Sport Psychology Interest Group, BASES
  • Editorial Advisory Board member for The Sport and Exercise Scientist, BASES member publication
  • Associate Editor for Frontiers in Psychology: Performance Science
  • Review Editor for Frontiers in Psychology: Movement and Sport Psychology
  • Editorial board member of Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
  • Founding Member of International Centre for Mental Toughness Development
  • External Examiner

Awards and accolades

  • £7,400: An investigation into mental toughness in undergraduate students. (2015-2016; Leeds Trinity University, role: Principal Investigator)
  • £51,188: Move to improve: A global movement concept. (2015-2017; Youth Sport Trust; role: Co-Investigator)
  • $61 193: Development and validation of the Adolescent Sport Doping Inventory (2014-2017; World Anti-Doping Agency; role: Co-Investigator)
  • £7,500: Establishing the cognitive underpinnings of mental toughness (2013-2014; Leeds Trinity University, role: individual award)

Professional highlights

  • John has a host of peer-reviewed papers published or currently in preparation.
  • Presented work internationally, including as an invited speaker.
  • Accomplished statistician, specialising in psychometrics and structural equation modelling.