Ian D. Boardley University of Birmingham

Ian D. Boardley University of Birmingham

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Dr Ian Boardley

Dr Ian Boardley

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology
Chair of Health and Safety Committee, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Contact details

+44 (0)121 415 8399
School of Sport, Exercise, and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Boardley is internationally known for his expertise on the psychosocial processes governing moral behaviour in sport, exercise, and dance. This work includes moral behaviours that occur on the field of play (e.g., prosocial and antisocial behaviour), as well as those that occur off it (use of performance and cognitive enhancing drugs). Ian’s research has been supported by funding from the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympic Committee and the Economic and Social Research Council. Ian has further research interests in coaching efficacy and effectiveness, and how athletes’ perceptions of their coach may influence their cognitions, emotions, and behaviour.



  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, 2013, University of Brimingham
  • PhD in Sport Psychology, 2008, University of Birmingham
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport Science (1st Class), 2005, University of Leeds


Ian’s teaching is mainly focused around the undergraduate AGMS and SPECS degrees, as well as the Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching. Current teaching roles include being module leader for the Advanced Psychology of Golf module on the AGMS programme, and for the Character Building in Sport & Exercise module on the SPECS and SES programmes; he also delivers and supervises students on the Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching programme.

Postgraduate supervision

Ian is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • Psychosocial influences of morally relevant behaviours (e.g., use of perfromance enhancing drugs, prosocial and antisocial behaviour, gambling) in sport and exercise
  • Moral disengagement in sport and exercise
  • Coaching efficacy and effectiveness

If you are interesting in studying any of these subject areas please contact Ian on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.

Doctoral research

PhD title: Moral Disengagement in Sport


Research Interests 

  • Use of performance enhancing drugs in sport and exercise
  • Prosocial and antisocial behaviour in sport
  • Moral disengagement in sport and exercise
  • Coaching efficacy and effectiveness in sport

Knowledge Exchange and impact

Many of Ian’s research endeavours centre on research areas that have the potential to have impact. His published research aims to guide educational practices in sport that increase prosocial and decrease antisocial behaviour, increase coaching effectiveness, and decrease the use of illegal performance enhancing substances.