Professor Adam Nicholls

Professor of Psychology and Coaching/ Leader of the Sport Psychology and Coaching Group

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Life Sciences

A.Nicholls@hull.ac.uk

01482 463615

Professor Adam Nicholls is a professor of sports coaching and psychology. The main focus of his research is coping, stress appraisals, and emotions among athletes. His research is supported by more than £650,000 as a principal investigator, within the last three years. Adam is researching doping attitudes and susceptibility among both athletes and coaches.

In addition to pursuing his own research interests, Adam is the leader of the Sport Psychology and Coaching group. This role involves him developing a research strategy and impact case studies for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), in addition to mentoring individuals in terms of developing a research profile and writing grant applications.

Research

Research Interests

  • Coping, stress appraisals, and emotions among athletes

  • Doping attitudes and susceptibility among both athletes and coaches

Research groups

Prof Nicholls is principal author for three funded projects.

  • The Development and Validation of the Adolescent Sport Doping Inventory (World Anti-Doping Agency)

  • The Effectiveness of the Play Clean Group Based and the Mobile Application (iPlayClean) Anti-Doping Education Programmes for High-Level Adolescent Athletes and their Entourage: A Randomised Control Trial (International Olympic Committee)

  • Anti-Doping Values in Coach Education (ADVICE) (Erasmus +)

Publications

For a full list of Prof Nicholls' publications, please follow this link.

Teaching

Programmes taught on

Modules list

  • Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • Challenges in Sport, Health, and Exercise Science

  • Professional Standards in Sport, Health, and Exercise Science

  • Sport Psychology for Coaches

  • Dissertation supervisor

Research PhDs

Prof Nicholls welcomes applications in the areas of doping or coping.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons)

  • MSc

  • PhD

External roles

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Associate Editor for Frontiers in Psychology

Awards and accolades

Research grants awarded

  • €487,529.75 – Nicholls A R (principal author), Cope E, Bailey R, Dumon D, Koenen K, Bauman W, Laurent J-P, Chanal B, Mueller D, Plata M, Theodorou N, Saint-Lauren D, Allgar V and Gomez Bastida E, ‘Anti-Doping Values in Coach Education (ADVICE)’ (January 2017 – December 2019). Funding body: European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency [Unit A.6, Erasmus +: Sport, Youth and EU Aid Volunteers].

  • $188,719 – Nicholls A R (principal author), Abt G, Morley D, Burden K and Ntoumanis N, ‘The Effectiveness of the Play Clean Group Based and the Mobile Application (iPlayClean) Anti-Doping Education Programs for High-Level Adolescent Athletes and their Entourage: A Randomised Control Trial’ (July 2016 – June 2019). Funding body: International Olympic Committee.

  • £20,000 – Cope E and Nicholls A R (co-investigator), ‘A Season Long Investigation into the Practice and Competition Behaviours of Academy Football Coaches and an Exploration of Players’ Perspectives of the use of Performance Analysis Provision’ (April 2016 – September 2017). Funding body: Hull Tigers Ltd.

  • $61,193.09 – Nicholls A R (principal author), Perry J L, Levy A R, Jones L, Meir R, Baghurst T and Sanctuary C, ‘Development and Validation of the Adolescent Sport Doping Inventory’ (September 2014 – August 2017). Funding Body: World Anti-Doping Agency).

  • £51,188 – Morley D, Fairclough S, Hays S, Foeweather S, Nicholls A R (co-author), Reeves M J, Knowles Z, Ogilvie P, Till K and Perry J L, ‘Move to Improve: A Global Movement Programme (2014 – 2017). Funding body: Youth Sport Trust.

  • £52,969.98 – Nicholls A R (principal author) and Smith J A, ‘Psychological Well-Being for Ileostomists (June 2014 – December 2015). Funding body: Ileostomy Association.

  • $2,000 – Toner J and Nicholls A R (co-author), ‘Exploration of Psychosocial Factors in the Skill Refinement Process among Tennis Players’ (March 2015 – May 2015). Funding body: International Tennis Federation.

  • ‘An Evaluation of the Embed the Pathway National Talent Development Project at Proof of Concept Phase’ (2012). Funding Body: Rugby Football League. Role: Co-author.

  • Polman R C J, Borkoles E, McKenna J, Vanicek N, Nicholls A R (co-author), Masters R W S et al, ‘Psychomotor Health across the Lifespan: Consequences for Active, Happy, and Healthy Ageing (2009). Funding body: Medical Research Council.