Dr John Toner

Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Performance

Faculty of Health Sciences


+44 (0) 1482 463399

Dr John Toner is a lecturer in sports coaching and performance whose research interests include exploring how skilled performers achieve continuous improvement.

His PhD, completed at University College Dublin in 2009, was entitled An Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Conscious Processing on Skilled Performance in Golf Putting.

This research was funded by a postgraduate scholarship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS).

Dr Toner went on to work as a researcher for Sports Coach UK, a national organisation dedicated to supporting the training and development of sports coaches, before joining the University of Hull.


Research Interests

  • Skill acquisition
  • Bodily awareness in skilled action
  • Expertise
  • Attention and performance


Toner, J. (in press). 'Habitual reflexivity and skilled action'. Body & Society.

Toner, J., Montero, B., & Moran, A. (2016). 'Reflective and pre-reflective bodily awareness in skilled action'. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research and Practice, 3, 303-315.

Toner, J., & Montero, B, Moran, A. (2015). 'The perils of automaticity'. Review of General Psychology, 19, 431-442.

Toner, J., Montero, B., & Moran, A. (2015). 'Considering the role of cognitive control in expert performance'. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 14, 1127-1144.

Toner, J., & Moran, A. (2015). 'Enhancing performance proficiency at the expert level: Considering the role of "somaesthetic awareness"'. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 16, 110-117.

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Professional Practice in Sports Coaching and Performance
  • Work Experience in Sport and Leisure
  • Introduction to Coaching Pedagogy

Research PhDs

Dr Toner welcomes applications in the areas of expertise and skill acquisition.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA, University College Dublin
  • PhD, University College Dublin