Ian joined the School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences at Loughborough University from Kingston University in 2009. Prior to this he completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham exploring motivation in educational settings.

Ian is an Associate Fellow and Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Ian's research concerns human motivation. He has published widely on fundamental processes that drive behaviour and lead to long-term health. Currently, his primary focus is on investigating the motivational determinants of healthy decision making and consequences of poor quality motivation.

Ian sits on the Editorial board of several psychology journals. He has presented his work in over fifteen countries and has examined and supervised numerous PhD theses.

Featured publications

  • Taylor, I. M (2015). The five self-determination mini-theories applied to sport. In S. D. Mellalieu & S. Hanton (Eds) Contemporary Advances in Sport Psychology, Routledge (pp. 68-90).
  • Cowan, D. & Taylor, I. M. (2015). The importance of disaggregating within-person changes and individual differences among internalized motives, self-esteem and self-efficacy. Motivation and Emotion, 39, 489-497
  • Taylor, I. M., Turner, J. E., Gleeson, M., & Hough, J. (2015). Negative psychological experiences and saliva secretory immunoglobulin A in field hockey players. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 27, 67-78.
  • Taylor, I. M., Spray, C. M. & Pearson, N. (2014). The influence of the physical education environment on children’s well-being and physical activity across the primary-secondary school transition. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 36, 574-583.
  • McKee,H. C., Ntoumanis, N., & Taylor, I. M. (2014). An ecological momentary assessment of lapse occurrences in dieters. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 48, 300-310.
  • Lonsdale, C., Rosenkranz, R. R., Sanders, T., Peralta, L. R., Bennie, A., Jackson, B.,  Taylor, I. M., & Lubans, D. R. (2013).  A cluster randomized controlled trial of strategies to increase adolescents' physical activity and motivation in physical education: Results of the Motivating Active Learning in Physical Education (MALP) trial. Preventive Medicine, 57, 696-702.
  • Stebbings, J., Taylor, I. M., Spray, C. M. & Ntoumanis, N. (2012). Antecedents of perceived coach interpersonal behaviors: The coaching environment and coach psychological well- and ill-being. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 34, 481-502.
  • Ntoumanis, N., Taylor, I. M., & Thorgesen-Ntoumani, C. (2012). A longitudinal examination of coach and peer motivational climates in youth sport: Implications for moral attitudes, well-being, and behavioral investment. Developmental Psychology. 48, 213-223.
  • Taylor, I. M & Stebbings, J. (2012). Disentangling within-person changes and individual differences among fundamental need satisfaction, attainment of acquisitive desires, and psychological health. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 623-626.
  • Taylor, I. M., Ntoumanis, N., Standage, M., & Spray, C. M. (2010). Motivational predictors of physical education students’ effort, exercise intentions, and leisure-time physical activity: A multilevel linear growth analysis. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 32, 99-120.
  • Taylor, I. M. & Lonsdale, C. (2010). Cultural differences in the relationships among autonomy support, psychological need satisfaction, subjective vitality, and effort in British and Chinese physical education. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 32, 655-673.
  • Taylor, I. M. & Ntoumanis, N. (2007). Teacher motivational strategies and student self-determination in physical education. Journal of Educational Psychology, 99, 747-760