School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Professor Sophia Jowett PhD, MSc, PGCE, BSc, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Photo of Professor Sophia Jowett

Professor of Psychology

Sophia Jowett completed a PhD degree at the University of Exeter (2001) and before that PGCE degree at Wolverhampton University, MSc degree at Loughborough University (1995) and BSc degree at the University of Athens (1991). She is an Associate Fellow and Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society.

Her research work mainly revolves around interpersonal relationships in sport with an emphasis on coaching relationships. More recently this work has started to make an impact on other life domains including work (business, organisations) and education (primary, secondary schools). This research is orientated towards “making a difference” through generating knowledge and understanding of the effectiveness of quality relationships.

Dr Sophia Jowett leads, and teaches on, two modules:

  • "Psychosocial factors of competitive sport" (Year 2; BSc programmes) and
  • “Foundations in sport and exercise psychology” (Year 1; BSc programmes). 

She also contributes to other modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Sophia supervises research projects at undergraduate (BSc) and postgraduate (MSc, Mphil, and PhD) levels.

Book: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY IN SPORT by S. Jowett & D. Lavallee 

Why should you consider to make the most out of the coach-athlete relationship?

Because this relationship can serve as a motivating, rewarding, satisfying, assuring, comforting and most importantly purposeful resource to help you reach your full potential. Tandem is an evidence-based relationship and communication  tool that is available to support the coach and the athlete reach performance success and personal satisfaction.

For more information:


Dr Sophia Jowett has developed a world-leading research programme in interpersonal relationships in sport and the sustained excellence of this work is evidenced through numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, conference presentations and book chapters. In May 2012, the Journal of Coaching Education published an article entitled “Mapping the world of coaching science: A citation network analysis” and ranked sports coaching research work that Dr Jowett has led over the past 10 years as 2nd worldwide.

Sources of Research Funding include:

  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Nuffield Foundation
  • British Academy
  • GB Sasakawa Foundation
  • JF Costopoulos Foundation
  • Hellenic Olympic Committee
  • Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport
  • Research Board Member: British Psychological Society. (Representative of the Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology.)
  • Section Editor: International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Editorial Board Member: Sports Coaching ReviewInternational Journal of Coaching SciencesSport and Exercise Psychology Review.

Selected keynote and invited presentations

  • Jowett, S.(2013, July). Unleashing the power of coach-athlete relationships. World Congress of Sport Psychology, Beijing, China.(Keynote address)
  • Jowett, S. (2013, May).Relational coaching in sport: Its psychological underpinnings and practical effectiveness. Annual Conference of German Sport Psychologist. Haale/Saale, Germany. (Keynote address)
  • Jowett, S. (2012, April).The role and significance of the coach-athlete relationship(provisional title). Student BASES Conference. London. (Keynote address)
  • Jowett, S. (2012, March). The coach-athlete relationship: What’s in it for coaches?Professional Golfers Association Conference. Birmingham. (Keynote address)
  • Jowett, S. (2010, July). The coach-athlete relationship as a principal process vehicle of coaching. Coaching Summit Research Forum. Organised by Sports Coach UK. Cardiff. (invited speaker)
  • Jowett, S. (2009, December).  Understanding the role of close relationships in sport settings: The coach-athlete relationship. (Invited Talk) 2nd European Coaching Psychology Conference. London.

Dr Sophia Jowett has delivered over 100 presentations in national and international conferences including:

  • BASES, (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences),
  • BPS (British Psychological Society),
  • FEPSAC (European Federation of Sport Psychology),
  • ISSP (International Society of Sport Psychology),
  • Pre-Olympic Conferences,
  • ECSS (European College of Sports Sciences),
  • IOC (International Olympic Committee) and
  • IARR (International Association of Relationship Research) conferences.

In 2000, she was the recipient of a sport psychology award for her presentation entitled "Outgrowing the family coach-athlete relationship: A case study" at the International Conference "Sport Psychology in the New Millennium - A dynamic research-practice perspective" held in Halmstad, Sweden.

  • Felton, L., & Jowett, S. (2013).  Attachment and Well-Being: The Mediating Effects of Psychological Needs Satisfaction. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 57-65.
  • Jowett, S., Kanakoglou, K., & Passmore, J. (2012). The Application of the 3+1Cs Relationship Model in Executive Coaching. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 64, 183-197.
  • Jowett, S., & Nezlek, J. (2012). Relationship Interdependence and Satisfaction with Important Outcomes in Coach-Athlete Dyads. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 29, 287-301. 
  • Shanmugam, V., Jowett, S., & Meyer, C. (2012). Eating Psychopathology amongst athletes: Links to current attachment styles. Eating Behaviors, 13, 5-12.
  • Rhind, D. J. A., & Jowett, S. (2012). Development of the Coach-Athlete Relationship Maintenance Questionnaire (CARM-Q). International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 7 (1), 121-137.
  • Yang, S., & Jowett, S. (2012). Psychometric Properties of the Coach-Athlete Relationship Questionnaire (CART-Q) in SevenCounties. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13(1), 36-43.