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Research interests

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

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.

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Leeds

Master of Science, University of Bedfordshire

Bachelor of Science, De Montfort University

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Projects 2014 2018

Research Output 2011 2019

A test of perfectionistic vulnerability following competitive failure among college athletes

Curran, T. & Hill, A. P. 6 Sep 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


ESPN's Greatest Sporting Cities 2018

Curran, T. & Standage, M. 2018

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Mental Competency
Family Practice
Mental Competency

The Luck Index

Curran, T., Brady, A. & Standage, M. 2018 University of Bath.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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