Professor Lynne Evans


Reader of Sport Psychology and REF Co-ordinator

Telephone number: 029 204​1 6516
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Lynne is a Professor of Sport Psychology and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Co-ordinator in the Cardiff School of Sport. For the last 20 years Lynne has combined her commitment to high quality research with her passion for applied work and learning and teaching. 

She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology and an Editorial Board Member of The Sport Psychologist. As a BPS Chartered Sport Psychologist (and previously BASES Accredited Sport Psychologist) she provides sport psychology support to a number of National sport organisations, NGB’s and high performance athletes.


Research / Publications

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

Hardy, L., Barlow, M., Evans, L., Rees, T., Woodman, T., & Warr, C. (under review). Psychosocial biographies of Super-Elite and Elite athletes from Olympic sports. Progress in Brain Research.

Roy, K., Wadey, R., & Evans, L. (under re-review). A grounded theory of sport injury-related growth. Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology.

Sellars, P., Evans, L., & Thomas, O. (2016). Effects of perfectionism on athletic performance: The perceptions of elite athletes. The Sport Psychologist, 30, 219-230.

​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

Mitchell, I., 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

Wadey, R., 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, 96-104DOI:10.1080/17461391.2011.635810

Wadey, R., 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

Wadey, R., 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 

Wadey, R., 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

Hare, R., 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.  

Jones, L., 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

Hanton, S., 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. (2016). Returning to sport following serious injury: A case study of a professional rugby union player. S. Cotterill, N. Weston & G. Breslin (Eds.). Sport and exercise psychology: Practitioner case studies. Oxford, UK: John & Sons. ISBN: 978-1-118-68654-6

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.

Fleming, S., 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.

Teaching and Supervision

I currently teach on Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules in sport psychology and at a Postgraduate level, research methods. I am module leader for an MSc Sport Psychology module – Professional Development and Practice and supervise dissertation students at all levels (through to and including PhD). I was until recently, Programme Director for the MSc in Applied / Sport Psychology, and prior to that the MSc in Coaching Science.

PhD Supervised Completions

Ross Wadey - An investigation into the relationship between hardiness, life stress and injury occurrence, athletes emotional responses to injury, and their subsequent adherence to rehabilitation programmes.  Cardiff metropolitan University. Completed December 2009. Co-supervisor: Prof. Sheldon hanton. External Examiner Prof. Doug Carroll. Awarded the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Doctoral Dissertation of the year award (2011).

Ian Mitchell - An examination of the effect of social support on athletes’ psychological responses to sport injury. Cardiff metropolitan University. Completed June 2009. Co-supervisor: Dr Bill Davies. External Examiners Prof. Doug Carroll and Prof. David Lavallee. Awarded the British Psychological Society (Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology) Outstanding PhD Thesis (2010).

Current PhD Supervisions

Harry Fisher - An interdisciplinary stress-based examination of injury occurrence and response in competitive sport. Cardiff Metropolitan University. Expected completion 2019.  Director of Studies: Dr Marianne Gittoes. Co-Supervisor: Prof. Richard Mullen.

Kirsty Ledingham - Self-discrepancy theory and psychological responses to injury. Cardiff Metropolitan University. Expected completion 2019.  Co-supervisors: Prof. Nicky callow, Prof. Tim Woodman.

Jessica Brainch - Career tranisition in cricket in academy–professional cricket. Cardiff Metropolitan University. Expected completion 2019. Director of Studies: Dr Alun Hardman. Co-supervisor: Dr Owen Thomas.

Tom Williams - The effect of psycho-social factors on patient recovery and functional outcome following anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Cardiff Metropolitan University. Expected completion 2017. Co-supervisors: Dr Angus Robertson, Prof. Lew Hardy

Claire-Marie Roberts - Career termination in professional sport. University of South Wales. Expected completion 2015. Director of Studies: Prof. Richard Mullen.

Kylie Roy - A grounded theory of growth following sport injury. St Mary's University. Expected completion 2016. Director of Studies: Dr Ross Wadey.

Anna Mayes - The psychology of the elite coach: Learning to cope at the business end of sport. Cardiff Metropolitan University. Expected completion 2016. Director of Studies: Dr Brendan Cropley. Co-supervisor: Prof. Sheldon Hanton.

Qualifications and Awards

Ph.D in Sport Psychology, University of Wales, Bangor. Supervisor: Professor Lew Hardy. External Examiner: Professor Doug Carroll
MSc. Theory of Coaching, Lakehead University, Canada
BA (Hons.) Human Movement Studies, Carnegie College, Leeds.
AQA Intermediate Certificate in Counselling (2003)
Associate Fellow (AFBPSsS), British Psychological Society
Registered Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor, British Psychological Society (259555)
Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health & Care Professions Council (PYL28283)
Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (CPsychol), British Psychological Society (259555)
Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Registered Sport Psychologist, British Olympic Association


External Links

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
British Academy
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.

Invited Lectures
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.


Sporting / Coaching Profile

In a previous life I was a competitive swimmer, netball player and athlete and was National Event Coach for Javelin.