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Dr Mark Chen

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise

Mark Chen

About Mark Chen

After graduating from the University of East London with a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology, Mark, gained an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan and a PhD titled 'Perception-action coupling in goal-directed locomotion' from the University of Hull. He previously worked at Thames Valley University before joining Teesside University in 2008.

Mark is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and has provided consultancy services for a wide range of sports organisations and athletes. 

Dr Chen’s research interests include psychological consequences of sports injury and attentional aspects of sports performance. He would welcome applications from PhD students in these areas.

Research interests and activities

Attentional focus and sports performance
Psychological consequences of sports injury
Career transitions in sport


Meggs, J., & Chen, M. (2018) Mental toughness and attributions of failure in high performing male and female swimmers. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 13 (2), doi:

Blakelock, D., Chen, M.A, & Prescott, T. (2016) Psychological distress in elite adolescent soccer players following deselection, 10, 59-77. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology

Andrews, P., & Chen, M.A. (2014) Gender differences in mental toughness and coping with injury in runners. Journal of Athletic Enhancement, 3: doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000183.

Chen, M.A., & Cheesman, D.J. (2013) Mental toughness in mixed martial arts athletes at different levels of competition. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 3, 116, 905-917.

View Mark Chen's Publications on TeesRep