The main focus of my research activity is in the psychology of injury, which includes factors associated with the prediction of and responses to injury occurrence. However, I am also interested in factors associated with the development and performance of high level sport performers.
Refereed Academic Journal Papers
Sellars, P., Evans, L., & Thomas, O. (2015). Effects of perfectionism on athletic performance: The perceptions of elite athletes. The Sport Psychologist. Under re-review.
Roberts, C-M., Mullen, R., Evans, L., & Hall, R. (2015). An indepth appraisal of transitional experiences in elite cricket. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33, 935-944. DOI:10.1080/02640414.2014.977936
Evans, L., Rees, T., & Hardy, L. (2014). Stressors, social support and the buffering hypothesis: Effects on psychological responses of injured athletes.
British Journal of Health Psychology, 19, 486-508. DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12046
Evans, L., Hanton, S., & Neil, R. (2013). The effect of dispositional optimism before and after injury.
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 45, 387-394.DOI:10.1249/MSS.0b013e31826ea8e3
Neil, R., Hanton, S., &
Evans, L. (2013). Hardiness and anxiety interpretation: An investigation into coping usage and effectiveness.
European Journal of Sports Sciences, 13, 96-104. DOI:10.1080/17461391.2011.635810
Evans, L., Hanton, S., & Neil, R. (2012). Examining hardiness throughout the sport injury process: A qualitative follow-up study.
British Journal of Health Psychology, 17, 872–893. DOI:10.1111/j.2044-8287.2012.02084.x
Evans, L., Wadey, R., Hanton, S., & Mitchell, I. (2012). Stressors experienced by injured athletes.
Journal of Sports Sciences, 30, 917-927. DOI:10.1080/02640414.2012.682078
Evans, L., Hanton, S., & Neil, R. (2012). Examining hardiness throughout the sport injury process.
British Journal of Health Psychology,
17, 103-128. DOI:10.1111/j.2044-8287.2011.02025.x
Evans, L., Evans, K., & Mitchell, I. (2011). Perceived benefits following sport injury: A qualitative examination of their antecedents and underlying mechanisms.
Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 23, 142-158. DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2010.543119
Rees, T, Mitchell, I.,
Evans, L., & Hardy, L. (2010). Stressors, social support psychological response to sports injury in high and low-performance standard participants.
Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 11, 505-512.DOI:10.1016/j.psychsport.2010.07.002
Evans, L., & Callow. (2008). Imagery use during rehabilitation from injury: A case study of an elite athlete.
The Sport Psychologist, 22, 1-19.
Evans, L., Hardy, L., Mitchell, I., & Rees, T. (2008). The development of a measure of psychological responses to sport injury.
Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 16, 21-37.
Evans, L., & Mullen, R. (2007). Multiple roles in an applied setting: Trainee, sport, psychologist, coach, and researcher.
The Sport Psychologist, 21, 210-226.
Rees, T., Hardy, L., &
Evans, L. (2007). Construct validity of the Social Support Survey in Sport.
Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 8, 355-368.
Evans, L., Hare, R., & Mullen, R. (2006). Imagery use during rehabilitation from injury.
Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 1 (1), 1.
Evans, L., Jones, L., & Mullen, R. (2004). An imagery intervention during the competitive season with an elite rugby union player.
The Sport Psychologist, 18, 252-272
Evans, L., & Neil, R. (2003). Hardiness and the competitive trait anxiety response.
Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 16 (2), 167-184.
Evans, L. & Hardy, L. (2002). Injury rehabilitation: A goal-setting intervention study.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 73, 310-319.
Evans, L. & Hardy, L. (2002). Injury rehabilitation: A qualitative follow-up study.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 73, 320-329.
Rees, T., Hardy, L., Ingledew, D., &
Evans, L. (2000). Examination of the validity of the Social Support Survey using confirmatory factor analysis.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 71, 313-321.
Evans, L., Fleming, S., & Hardy, L. (2000). Situating action research: A response to Gilbourne.
The Sport Psychologist, 14, 296-303.
Evans, L., Hardy, L., & Fleming, S. (2000). Intervention strategies with injured athletes: An action research study.
The Sport Psychologist, 14, 188-206.
Evans, L. & Hardy, L. (1995). Sport injury and grief responses: A review.
Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 17, 227-245.
Contributions to Edited Books
Evans, L. (publication 2015). Returning to sport following serious injury: A case study of a professional rugby union player. S. T. Cotterill, G. Breslin, & N. Weston (Eds.).
Applied sport and exercise psychology: Practitioner case studies. Wiley-Blackwell.
Wadey, R. &
Evans, L. (2011). Working with injured athletes: Research and practice. In S. Hanton & S. D. Mellalieu (Eds.),
Professional practice in sport psychology: A review (pp.). London: Routledge.
Evans, L., & Melen, J. (2010) The ‘sociological imagination’, injury and success: A case study from elite sport, in Pelcová, N. and Hogenová, A. (Eds.)
Imaginace vevýchovĕ, umĕní a sportu (Filosofická reflexe pp. 296-309). Prague: Knihovnicka.
Evans, L., Mitchell, I., & Jones, S. (2006). Psychological responses to sport injury: A review of current research. In S. Hanton, & S. D. Mellalieu (Eds.),
Literature reviews in sport psychology (pp. 289-319).Hauppage, New York: Nova Science.
Evans, L. & Hardy, L. (1999). Psychological and emotional response to athletic injury: Measurement issues. In D. Pargman (Ed.),
Psychological bases of sports injuries (pp. 49-64). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.
Contracted Research Publications/Reports
Hardy, L., Laing, S., Barlow, B., Kincheva, L.,
Evans, L., Rees, T., Woodman, T., Abernethy, B., Güllich,A., Côté, J., Warr, C., Jackson, A., Wraith, L., & Kavanagh, J. (2013). A comparison of the biographies of GB serial medal and non-medalling Olympic athletes. U.K. Sport.
Evans, L., & Fleming, S. (2007). Review of the Welsh Rugby Union Principality Premiership. Welsh Rugby Union.
Conference Presentations/Published Refereed Abstracts
I have presented over 50 papers at national and international conferences.
I have links with a number of external organisations in relation to research, professional practice, enterprise and learning and teaching.
Membership of Professional Bodies
British Psychological Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Training Committee
British Psychological Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Qualifications Reference Group
Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
Welsh Rugby Union, Sports Science Advisory Group
Fellow, Higher Education Academy
British Olympic Association, Psychology Advisory Group (Invited member)
Advisory Panel Member, Wales Virtual Institute of Sport, Health and Exercise
British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), Psychology Section
Advisory Board Member, Welsh Institute of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (WISHES)
Editorial Board Membership
Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
Editorial Board Member, The Sport Psychologist
External Reviewer for Grant Awarding Bodies
Leverhulme Trust Research Charity
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Membership of External Validation & Review Panels
University of Wales Bangor, External Panel Member, Internal Scrutiny Sport and Exercise Sciences Undergraduate and Postgraduate Provision (October, 2008)
External Advisor on Promotion and Review Boards
Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah
Department of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Adam Coussens, Exeter University: Examining the Antecedents of Social Support and Performance, Applying Generalisability Theory. June, 2015; External Examiner
Francesca Louise Gwynne, Exeter University: The importance of social support in achievement contexts. June 2014; External Examiner
Abdullah Alselaimi, Exeter University: Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour to Investigate the Antecedents of Physical Activity Participation among Saudi Adolescents. December, 2010; External Examiner
Brendan Cropley, UWIC: Reflective Practice and Consultant Effectiveness: An Examination of Sport Psychology Practice. December, 2009; Internal Examiner.
Andrew Lane, UWIC: An Examination of Robust Sport-Confidence in Elite Sport. March, 2012; Internal Examiner.
Bangor University, Exeter University, Brunel University, Cardiff University (School of Medicine), Bath University, Swansea University, University of Wales Cardiff, University of Glamorgan, British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences, British Olympic Association, Sports Council for Wales, British Association of Sports Medicine, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court, Welsh Commonwealth Games Coaches and Team Managers, Welsh Institute for Sports Massage, Sports Council South West, National Coaching Foundation.
Consultancy Activities (Organisations/Governing Bodies of Sport)
UK Sport, Welsh Rugby Union, Rugby Football Union, Sport Wales, Welsh Netball Association, Welsh Commonwealth Games Council, British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences, Welsh Gymnastics Association, Glamorgan County Cricket Club.