Dr Constantine Mantis


Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • School of Life Sciences



PhD: Kinesiology (Exercise Psychology) 05/2017

MA: Psychology (Clinical Psychology) 05/2007

Ptychion in Psychology (i.e., equivalent to Bachelor) 07/2003


Lecturer 08/2017 - present

Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, University of Hull, Hull, UK

Teaching Assistant 08/2013-05/2017

Department of Kinesiology, Iowa State University, IA, USA

Teaching Assistant 08/2004-05/2007

Department of Psychology, Washburn University, KS, USA


Clinical Psychologist, 04/2009-02/2012


Bai, Y. Hibbing, P., Mantis, C., & Welk, G. (2017). Comparative evaluation of heart rate-based monitors: Apple Watch vs. Fitbit Charge HR, Journal of Sport Sciences, 36(15), 1734-1741.

Vazou, S., Mantis, C., Luze, G., & Krogh, J. S. (2016). Self-perceptions and social-emotional classroom engagement following structured physical activity among preschoolers: A feasibility study. Journal of Sport and Health Science.


British Psychological Society, 2007 - present


I currently teach the following modules:

Sport, Health and Exercise Psychology (Level 4)

Psychology in Sport Rehabilitation (Level 6)

Contemporary Issues in Health and Exercise Psychology (Level 6)

Psychology of Health and Disease (Level 7)

In the past, I have also taught the next modules:

Applied Psychology in Sport Science (Level 6)

Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology (Level 6)

Concepts of Fitness and Wellness (Level 6)

I am also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Research interests

As a clinical and exercise psychologist, I am interested in two areas:

a) Mental health and physical activity.

b) Physical activity and health promotion.

Specifically, research has shown that physical activity (PA) has various benefits on people’s mental and physical health. So, I am more interested in how PA helps athletes and non-athletes cope with issues such as depression, anxiety, and so on.

I am also interested in finding optimal ways of motivating individuals to engage in desired health behaviours (e.g., PA). For instance, how we frame PA and health messages (e.g., emphasis on gains or losses, etc.), how we deliver such messages (e.g., using images, music, etc.), and how we customise messages to individuals’ characteristics (e.g., providing tailored feedback to individuals depending on their personality traits) can moderate the magnitude of their motivation.

By identifying optimal ways of promoting health behaviours, we can help individuals adopt a healthier lifestyle (e.g., convincing sedentary people to be more active), adhere to recommended plans (e.g., helping injured athletes to improve their adherence to a rehab program), and so on.

I am happy to supervise any projects that belong to the above research areas.