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Applied research publications

The world-leading team behind our evidence-based tools and solutions have carried out extensive research in talent development and performance psychology.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications & Book Chapters

 

Mills, A., Butt, J., & Maynard, I.W. (In review). Actualizing athletic potential: Towards an integrated strengths-based model of talent development: From research to practice. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology in Action.

 

Mills, A., Butt, J., & Maynard, I.W. (In review). Contemporary perspectives of the psychological characteristics of optimal performance, in Tod, D., Hodge, K., & Krane, V. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology: A Comprehensive Guide for Students and Practitioners, 2nd Ed. Routledge, London. 

Mills, A., & Pain, M. (2016). Creating effective development environments for the adolescent athlete, in Thelwell, I., Harwood, C., & Greenlees, I. (eds.) The Psychology of Sports Coaching: Research and Practice, Routledge Research in Sports Coaching: London, pp. 26 -37.

Mills, A., Butt, J., Maynard, I., & Harwood. C. (2014). Toward an understanding of optimal development environments within English soccer academies. The Sport Psychologist, 28 (2), 137-150.

Mills, A., Butt, J., Maynard, I., & Harwood. C. (2012). Identifying factors perceived to influence the development of elite English football academy players. Journal of Sport Sciences, 30, 1593-1604 

 

Mills, A., Butt, J., Maynard, I.W., & Harwood, C. (2014). Examining the development environments of elite English Football Academies: The Players' Perspective. The International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 9, (6), 1457-1472.

Bullough, S., & Mills, A. (2014). Give us a game: Evaluating the opportunities that exist for young English footballers to play in the English Premier League. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. 9. 637-650.

Brown, C., Butt, J., & Mustafar S. (2020). Overcoming performance slumps: Psychological resilience in expert cricket batsmen. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.

Butt, J., Thompson, M., Maynard, I.W., & Breckon, J. (In review). Awareness of mental health and the referral process in elite sport. Journal of clinical sport psychology.

Weinberg, R.S., Butt, J., Moreno, K., Harmison, R. (2017). The Stability of Mental Toughness across situations: Taking a social cognitive approach: International Journal of Sport Psychology, 48, 280-302

Hodgson, L., Butt, J., & Maynard, I.W. (2017). The psychological attributes underpinning elite sports coaching. International Journal of Sport science and Coaching, 12, 439-451.

Ludlam, K., Butt, J., Maynard, I.W, Lindsay, P., & Bawden, M. (2016). A strengths-based consultancy approach in elite sport: Exploring super strengths. Journal of Applied Sport of Psychology, 28, 216-233.

Foster, D., Butt, J., Maynard, I.W., & Hays, K. (2016). Delivery of psychological skills training to youngsters. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 28, 62-77.

Beaumont, C., Maynard, I.W. & Butt, J. (2015). Effective ways to develop and maintain robust sports-confidence: Strategies advocated by applied Sport Psychologists. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 27, 3, 301-318.

Slack, L.A., Butt, J., Maynard, I.W., & Olusoga, P. (2014). Understanding mental toughness in elite football officiating: Perceptions of English Premier League referees. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 10, 4-24.

Weinberg, R.S, Butt, J. & Culp, B. Coaches’ views of mental toughness and how it is built (2011). International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 9, 2, 156-172.

Butt, J., Weinberg, R.S., & Culp, B. (2010). Exploring mental toughness in NCAA athletes. Journal of Intercollegiate Sports, 3, 316-332.

Weinberg, R.S., Butt, J. & Knight, J., Perritt, N. (2001). Collegiate Coaches’ Perceptions of Their Goal Setting Practices: A Qualitative Investigation. The Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 13, (4), 374-398.

Weinberg, R.S. & Butt, J. (2011). Building mental toughness. In D. Gucciardi and S. Gordon (Eds). Mental Toughness in Sport: Developments in Research and Theory (pp. 212-230). Routledge.

International Conference Presentations

 

Jackson, M., & Mills, A. Evaluating effective behavioural coaching in soccer. Paper presented at the 27th national conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy, Perth, 2004.

Mills, A., Butt, J., Maynard, I.W., & Harwood, C. Identifying factors that influence the development of elite football academy scholars in England. Scientific paper presented at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference. Glasgow, 2010.

 

Mills, A., Maynard, I.W., Butt, J., & Harwood, C. Identifying aims, strategies and mechanisms used to create effective development environments within elite football academies in England. Oral communication presented at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference. Glasgow, 2010.

 

Mills, A., Maynard, I.W., Butt, J., & Harwood, C. Creating effective development environments within elite English football academies. European Federation of Sport Psychology. Research and practice symposium presented at the 13th European Congress of Sport Psychology. Madeira, 2011. 

Mills, A., Maynard, I., Butt, J., & Harwood, C. Optimising the development environment of a professional English football academy: A case study. European Federation of Sport Psychology. Applied research paper presented at the 14th European Congress of Sport Psychology. Paris, 2013.

Mills, A., Butt, J., Maynard, I., & Harwood, C. Examining the development environments of elite youth soccer academies in England: The players’ perspective. European College of Sport Science. Scientific paper presented at the 18th European Congress of Sport Science. Barcelona, 2013.