Dr Sam Thrower

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Sam Thrower


I joined Oxford Brookes University in January 2023 and currently teach on undergraduate modules in Sport and Exercise Psychology and Research Methods. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research students.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught


  • Sport, Physical Activity and Health Promotion (BSc (Hons), DipHE, CertHE)
  • Sport and Exercise Science (BSc (Hons))
  • Sport, Coaching and Physical Education (BSc (Hons))

Module Leader:

  • Introduction to Sport Exercise and Exercise Psychology (SPOR4009)
  • Applied Sport Exercise & Exercise Psychology (SPOR5005)
  • Talent Identification & Development (SPOR5014)


I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate research students with an interest in the field of Sport & Exercise Psychology, in consideration for the Faculty of Health and Life Science's MA/MSc by Research and MPhil/PhD research degree programmes (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/study/courses/postgraduate-research).


I am predominantly a qualitative researcher, although I have conducted research as part of interdisciplinary teams using both quantitative and mixed-method designs. My main research interests lie in the area of youth sport and specifically the psychosocial development of young athletes. I am particularly interested in topics such as sport parenting, sport confidence, motivational climates, stress and coping, and anti-doping in sport.

My research in these areas has been published in a range of leading international journals including: ‘International Review of Sport & Exercise Psychology’, ‘Psychology of Sport & Exercise’, ‘Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health’, ‘Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology’, ‘Journal of Applied Sport Psychology’, ‘International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology’ and 'Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology'.

Centres and institutes



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • External Examiner, Sport & Exercise Psychology, University of Chichester
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
  • British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist (Membership Number: 500690)
  • Member of the International Society of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (QRSE)