Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences

Faculty and Teaching Staff


University of Jyväskylä Staff
University of Thessaly Staff
Lund University Staff
University of Leipzig Staff

University of Jyväskylä

Professor Taru Lintunen is one of the leading European scientists investigating the teaching and use of social and emotional skills in the contexts of sports and school-level physical education. Her resume includes over a hundred publications, and she has acted as a member of the managing council of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP), national representative of FEPSAC (Fédération Européenne de Psychologie de Sport et des Activités Corporelles), member of the editorial board of the journals Psychology of Sport and Exercise (PSE) and European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, and the coordinator of the curriculum development project (CDSEP) in 2005-2008.

Taru Lintunen

Dr. Montse Ruiz received her PhD from the University of Jyväskylä. She works as Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the Department of Sport Sciences. Her research interests and publications focus on the study of emotions with an emphasis on negative emotions, and their relation with athletic performance. She is currently a member of the Executive Board of Division 12 (Sport Psychology) of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) where she is responsible for the edition of the division’s bulletin and websites.

Montse Ruiz

Dr. Mary Hassandra received her BSc and MSc from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and her PhD from University of Thessaly (Greece). She is co-author on 4 books and more than 22 peer reviewed articles in international and Greek scientific journals. Her research interests are in the area of Exercise Psychology, on exercise related educational programs for schools and qualitative and mixed methods research. She is a member in a number of professional Greek and international organizations.

Mary Hassandra

University of Thessaly

Professor Athanasios Papaioannou is an internationally known specialist in students' motivation in physical education and youth sport, as well as in the development of curricula promoting exercise and healthy lifestyles. He has co-authored more than 100 articles in peer-refereed journals, three commercial books and two books for public education in Greece. He has been a member of the Managing Council of ISSP since 2001 and is the current president of the Greek Society of Sport Psychology. He was the director of the 10th World Congress of Sport Psychology and participated in the organising and scientific committee of the 12th European Congress of Sport Psychology. He is co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and a member of the editorial board of the PSE journal.

Athanasios Papaiannou

Professor Yannis Theodorakis has a PhD in Exercise Psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1992). He was appointed in 2002 as a Professor in Sport Psychology at the University of Thessaly. He has over 50 research publications. He was an Elected member in the Managing Council of the European Society of Sport Psychology (1999-2003) and a National representative in FEPSAC (1994-2003). He was the President of the Greek Society of Sport Psychology (2004-2006). He is a Member of the Editorial Board of Psychology of Sport and Exercise since 2000. He is the Editor of the Inquiries in Sports and Physical Education Journal and he is also in the Editorial Board of Hellenic Journal of Psychology.

Yannis Theodorakis

Dr. Marios Goudas has a Doctorate in Education from the University of Exeter, UK (1994). Dr. Goudas has expertise in intrinsic motivation and goal orientations in physical education. He was appointed in 2002 as an Associate Professor in Psychology of Physical Education at the University of Thessaly. He was a Member of the organising committee 10th World Congress on Sport Psychology and Member of the organising committee 2007 European Congress on Sport Psychology. He is the Treasurer of the Psychological Society of Northern Greece.

Marios Goudas

Dr. Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis is a Lecturer at the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences of the University of Thessaly. His research focuses on the examination of cognitive processes such as anxiety, cognitive interference, self-talk, and coping. Furthermore, his research interests involve issues pertaining to achievement motivation and moral behaviour. He has numerous publications and serves as a reviewer for several journals in the field of sport psychology. He is currently a member of the Managing Council of the FEPSAC (Fédération Européenne de Psychologie de Sport et des Activités Corporelles) and the Hellenic Society of Sport Psychology.

Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis

Dr. Stiliani Chroni has extended experience in applied sport psychology with athletes of various sports, levels, and countries. Her research explores topics such as competitiveness, self-talk, coping with adversity, hardiness, and sexual harassment. Since 2000 she has served on the board of the Hellenic Society for Sport Psychology (HSSP). Since 2005 she is a member of the HSSP’s “Sport Psychology Consultant’s Accreditation Committee”, as well as on the advisory board of Women Sport International. She coordinates an interdepartmental undergraduate program on “Gender & Equality Issues” funded by the 3rd Community Support Framework. Dr. Chroni is a lecturer at the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences of the University of Thessaly.

Stiliani Chroni

Lund University

Professor Erwin Apitzsch is one of the leading applied sport psychologists specialising in the team and group dynamics of sport. He has been a board member of FEPSAC, secretary general of FEPSAC, secretary and member of the Committee for Research and Education of the International University Sport Federation, and committee member of the Council for Research and Education “Sport across the borders”. Furthermore, he has worked as a consultant to professional and Olympic sports in Sweden.

Erwin Apitzsch

Professor (emer.) Sven Ingmar Andersson received a "Licentiate" degree in Theoretical Philosophy from Lund University in 1968 and PhD in Psychology from Lund University in 1987. His dissertation was entitled: "Perspectives on eye-tracking: Electro-oculographic studies of psychotic patients and alcohol abusers". He is licensed psychologist and has occupied teaching and research positions at Lund University from 1975 onwards, at the Medical Faculty 1983-1990 and at the Department of Psychology during the remaining periods. His present position is Professor of Psychology with main research interest in Health Psychology.

Sven Ingmar Andersson

Lecturer Simon Granér teaches sport psychology and marketing psychology at the Department of Psychology, Lund University. He did his PhD in the project of Collective Collapse in Team Sports.

PhD Marie Bergström


University of Leipzig

Professor Dorothee Alfermann is one of the foremost scientists in Europe investigating the social aspects of sport & exercise and career development. She has over a hundred publications, including four edited books. She has been vice president of the ISSP, editor of the news bulletin of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), co-editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise, member of the scientific committee of the FEPSAC congress, and director of the University of Leipzig's Centre for Women's and Gender Studies.

Dorothee Alfermann


Dr. Ines Pfeffer has a PhD from the University of Leipzig (2007). Her expertise is in the area of Exercise Psychology; her thesis was called “Motivation to regular physical activity.” Dr. Pfeffer was appointed in 2006 as an Assistant Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Leipzig. She is member of the German Association of Sport Psychology since 2005 and a Member of the ECCS since 2006.

Ines Pfeffer


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