Key Research Interests

Kimberley’s research is primarily based within the framework of self-determination theory and aims to (i) accurately measure and map the motivational determinants of adaptive and maladaptive engagement in learning environments (i.e., education, sport, and exercise); and (ii) utilise this information to inform the implementation and evaluation of intervention programmes designed to facilitate optimal motivation, performance, and well-being in these contexts. Her interests in this area include the use of online platforms in intervention work with teachers (in association with Iris Connect) and young people (in association with Noise Solution) and focuses on the way in which we can develop and assess digital resilience (funded by UK Research Innovation, eNurture). Kimberley is also interested in the influence of educational practices on sustained health-conducive behaviour (healthy eating and exercise).


Kimberley would welcome applications from potential PhD candidates which are inline with these research interests.


Indicative Publications

Bhavsar, N., Bartholomew, K. J., Quested, E., Gucciardi, D. F., Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C., Reeve, J., Sarrazin, P. & Ntoumanis, N. (2019). Psychological need states in sport: Assessing the bright and dark sides of the athletic experience. Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

Bartholomew, K. J., Ntoumanis, N., Mouratidis, A., Katartzi, E., Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C., & Vlachopoulos, S. (2018). Beware of your teaching style: A school-year long investigation of controlling teaching and student motivational experiences. Learning and Instruction, 53, 50-63.

Bartholomew, K. J., Ntoumanis, N., Ryan, R. M., Bosch, J., & Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C. (2011). Self-determination theory and diminished functioning: The role of interpersonal control and psychological need thwarting. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 1459-1473.

Bartholomew, K. J., Ntoumanis, N., Ryan, R. M., & Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C. (2011). Psychological need thwarting in the sport context: Assessing the darker side of athletic experience. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 33, 75-102.

Bartholomew, K. J., Ntoumanis, N., & Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C. (2010). The controlling interpersonal style in a coaching context: Development and initial validation of a psychometric scale. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 32, 193-216.

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