Kieran’s research interests focus on the social-cognitive approaches to understanding motivation and confidence, and have largely been guided by interests developed during his Doctoral studies under the supervision of Lew Hardy, and his time as a Visiting Scholar at the University of North Carolina (Greensboro’) under the guidance of Professor Dan Gould. Specifically, his interests include: the process, and effects of goal setting in sport, sources of confidence, development of a mastery motivational climate in coaching and physical education, coach-athlete relationships, self-determination theory, and the psychology of golf.
Refereed Academic Journal Articles
Kingston, K., Morgan, K. Faithal, M., & Mitchell, I. (under review). The development of a TARGET based perceptual measure of coach-created motivational climate: Preliminary testing and implications. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching.
Kingston, K. & Paradis, K. F. (under review). Is the relationship between passion and burnout mediated by psychological need satisfaction? International Journal of Sport Psychology.
Guzmán, J. F.,
Kingston, K. & Grijabo, C. (to appear 2015). Predicting coaches’ dropout: A prospective study. International Journal of Sport Science & Coaching, 10:2.
Mullen, R., Faull, A., Jones, E.S., &
Kingston, K. (2015). Evidence for the effectiveness of holistic process goals for learning and performance under pressure. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 17, 40-44.
Mullen, R., Jones, E.S., Faull, A., and
Kingston, K. (2012). Attentional focus and performance anxiety: effects on simulated race-driving performance and heart-rate variability. Frontiers in Psychology – Movement Science & Sport Psychology, 3:426, 1-10.
Guzmán, J. F. &
Kingston, K. (2011). Prospective study of sport dropout: A motivational analysis as a function of age and gender. European Journal of Sport Science, 1-12.
Thomas, O., Lane, A. &
Kingston, K. (2011). Defining and Contextualizing Robust Sport-Confidence. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 23:2, 189-208.
Kingston, K., Lane, A. & Thomas, O. (2010). A temporal examination of elite performers sources of sport-confidence. The Sport Psychologist, 18, 313-332.
Morgan, K. &
Kingston, K. (2010). Promoting a mastery motivational in a higher education sports class. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 9(1), 74-84.
Morgan, K. and Kingston, K. (2008). Development of a self-observation mastery intervention programme for teacher education. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy,13 (2), 1-28.
Kingston, K., Horrocks, C., and Hanton, S.H. (2006). Do multidimensional intrinsic and extrinsic motivation profiles discriminate between athletic scholarship status? European Journal of Sport Sciences, 6, 53-63.
Morgan. K., Sproule, J., McNeal, M., Kingston, K. and Wang, J. (2006). A cross-cultural study of motivational climate in physical education lessons in the UK and Singapore. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 37: 1-18.
Morgan, K., Kingston, K. and Sproule, J. (2005). Effects of different teaching styles on the teacher behaviour that influence motivational climate and pupils’ motivation in physical education. European Physical Education Review, 11 (3), 257-285.
Edwards, T., Kingston, K., Hardy, L. & Gould, D. (2002) A qualitative analysis of catastrophic performances and the associated thoughts, feelings and emotions. The Sport Psychologist, 16, 1, 1-19.
Kingston, K. and Hardy, L. (1997) Effects of different types of goals on processes that support performance. The Sport Psychologist, 11, 277-293.
Jones, R. L. and Kingston, K. (2013). An Introduction to Sports Coaching: Connecting Theory to Practice, Second Edition. Abingdon. Routledge.
Jones, R. L., Hughes, M. and Kingston, K. (2008). An Introduction to Sports Coaching: From Science and Theory to Practice, Abingdon. Routledge.
Kingston, K. (2014). Goal-setting. In, R. C. Eklund & G. Tenebaum (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. ISBN: 978-1-452-20383-6.
Kingston, K., Thomas, O., and Neil, R. (2013). Psychology for coaches. In, R.L Jones and K. Kingston (Eds.), An Introduction to Sports Coaching: Connecting Theory to Practice, Second Edition, pp. 49-66. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-69491-9.
Lawrence, G., Kingston, K., and Grottwald, V. (2013). Skill acquisition for coaches. In, R.L. Jones and K. Kingston (Eds.), An Introduction to Sports Coaching: Connecting Theory to Practice, Second Edition, pp. 31-47. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-69491-9.
Jones, R. L. and Kingston, K. (2013). Tying it all together. In, R.L. Jones and K. Kingston (Eds.), An Introduction to Sports Coaching: Connecting Theory to Practice, Second Edition, pp. 215-221. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-69491-9.
Jones, R. L., Kingston, K. and Stewart, C. (2011). Negotiating expectations in football’s complex social structure. In D. Gilbourne & M. Andersen (Eds.), Critical Essays in Applied Sport Psychology, pp. 267-288. Human Kinetics.
Jones, R.L., Bowes, I. and Kingston, K. (2010). Complex practice in coaching: Studying the chaotic nature of coach-athlete interactions. In J. Lyle & C. Cushion (Eds.),
Sports coaching: Professionalism and practice, pp. 15-26. London: Elsevier.
Kingston, K. and Wilson, K. (2009). The application of goal setting in sport. In: S. Mellalieu and S. Hanton, eds. Literature Reviews in Applied Sport Psychology. NY: Routledge.
Kingston, K., Strangwood, M. and Kenny, I. (2009). Science and Golf. In: T. Reilly (Ed.) Proceedings of the World Congress of Sport Sciences. Netherlands: Shaker.
Kingston, K., Thomas, O. and Mitchell, I. (2008). Psychology for coaches. In: R. Jones, M. Hughes, and K. Kingston, (Eds). An Introduction to Sports Coaching: From Science and Theory to Practice, pp. 16-27. Abingdon: Routledge.
Lawrence, G. and
Kingston, K. (2008). Skill acquisition for coaches. In: R. Jones, M. Hughes, and K. Kingston, (Eds.) An Introduction to Sports Coaching: From Science and Theory to Practice, pp. 28-39. Abingdon: Routledge.
Kingston, K., Harwood, C.G. and Spray, C. (2006). Contemporary approaches to motivation in sport. In: S. Hanton and S.D. Mellalieu, (Eds.) Literature Reviews in Sport Psychology, pp 159-197. Hauppauge NY: Nova Science.
Kingston, K., Madill, M. and Mullen, R. (2002) Yielding to internal performance stress? - The yips in Golf: A review with a commentary from a player’s perspective. In E. Thain (Ed.), Science and Golf IV (pp. 268-283). London, UK: Routledge.
Kingston, K. and Hardy, L. (2001) Pre-performance routine training using holistic process goals. In P.R. Thomas (Ed.), Optimising Performance in Golf (pp. 264-278). Brisbane, Australia: Australian Academic Press.
Kingston, K. and Hardy, L. (2001) How do we define success? Differences in the goal orientations of higher and lower ability golfers. In P.R.Thomas (Ed.), Optimising Performance in Golf (pp. 289-299). Brisbane, Australia: Australian Academic Press.
Kingston, K. and Swain, A. (1998) Goal orientations and state goals: Research in golf and implications for performance. In M Farrally and A. Cochran (Eds.), Science and Golf III (pp. 150-157). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Kingston, K. and Hardy, L. (1994) Factors affecting the salience of outcome, performance and process goals in golf. In A. Cochran and M. Farrally (Eds.), Science and Golf II (pp. 244-249). London: Chapman-Hill.
Kieran has presented papers at over 40 national and international conferences and conducted two key note presentations. In addition, he has recently been invited to provide a keynote address, and act as a scientific advisor for an International Congress on Performance Analysis and Coaching at the University of Valencia (avardyc).
International Sponsored Athlete competing for GB & Wales
World Masters Indoor Champion 800m, 1500m & 3000m (2014)
World Indoor Championships 1500m finalist 4th (2004)
Commonwealth Games 1500m finalist 1500m 9th (2010) Semi-Final (2006)
European Indoor Championships finalist 6th (2005) & 9th (2007)
British Champion 1500m (2003) 3000m (2006)
Current holder of 2 Indoor Welsh Records (Mile & 2000m)
Millrose Games (MSG, New York) Mile 2nd 2004
Sub 4 minute Miles on Track Indoors, Outdoors and Road
Welsh Team Captain: Team Matches in 2006 & 2013
Cardiff Team Captain 2003-4/ 2008-2011
Cardiff Metropolitan University Athletics Team Captain 2001
Selected as Part of the British Athletics staff for the 2015 European U23 Championships.
Self-Coached to World, European and Commonwealth Games finals
11 athletes coached to National U20/U23 and Senior British Medallists (2 Australian National Medals)
Coached finalists to the 2011, World Student Games 1500m final and 2011, European U23’s Championships 5000m final.
Two athlete’s qualified for Glasgow (CWG) 2014
Coached Multiple UK Senior medallists’ males & female from 1500m to Half Marathon
5 athletes coached to Great Britain Internationals Honours
13 athletes coached to Home Country Internationals Honours (Scotland, Wales & England)
Coached 7 British University Championship Gold Medallists
35 athletes coached top 8 finishers in the British University Championships
Coached best University team placing at British Universities Cross-Country Championships – Bronze in 2014.
Equalled the best Universities team placing at British Universities Outdoor Track & Field Championships – 2nd in 2013 & 2014.
9 athletes mentored through to graduation and on to gain full MA scholarships to NCAA Division I & II Universities in the USA
Welsh Athletics Team leader, Mary Peters International 2013
Coached from Athletics Development Centres (ADC) levels to being a National Lead coach with Welsh Athletics (2009)