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Dr Matt Jewiss

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Psychology and Sport Science
Research Supervision:

Matt was awarded his PhD, MSc, BSc and Fellowship of the HEA (FHEA) from the University of Chichester. His research interests are performance under pressure in a variety of performance domains, e.g., sport, education, aviation and the emergency services. He is also interested in emotional regulation (e.g., HRV) and the application of such markers to health and wellbeing.

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Matt joined ARU as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science (Sport Psychology) in August 2022 from the University of Hertfordshire. Prior to joining UH, he completed his undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD and teaching qualifications at University of Chichester.

His main research interests are centred around identifying those psychological variables which are associated with peak performance (e.g., challenge and threat states) in performance settings (sport, education, aviation, emergency services). He is a member of the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences (CCSES).

He is also interested in emotional regulation (e.g., HRV) and the application of such markers to health and wellbeing. In addition, he is keen to explore the effects of non-traditional approaches to exercise and physical activity (e.g., dog walking)

Matt has collaborated with colleagues at various HEIs such as University of Chichester, the Open University, University of Winchester and King’s College London.

Research interests
  • Performance under pressure (e.g., challenge and threat states, C/T).
  • Applying C/T states to the exercise and physical activity arena.
  • Predictors of performance and adherence (self-efficacy, self-confidence, motivation).
  • Emotional regulation (e.g., Heart Rate Variability).
  • Effects of alternative exercises (dog walking, fishing) on psychological wellbeing and health

Matt is module leader for Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science (L4) and Applied Sport Psychology (L6). He contributes to Stress and Stress Management (L6), Contemporary Issues in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology (L6), Perceptual and Motor Skills (L5) and Applied Research Skills (L5).


PhD (Challenge and threat states, Sport Psychology, University of Chichester)

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA; Advance HE, University of Chichester

MSc (Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Chichester)

BSc (Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Chichester)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Matt Jewiss (2023) – Research collaboration with an emergency service (£12,301), funded by collaborator.

Matt Jewiss & Terun Desai (2022) – Examining a marker of emotional regulation on pilot flight performance (£1995), University of Hertfordshire.

Danny Muniz, Matt Jewiss & Lindsay Bottoms (2020) – Categorising exercise enjoyment using the Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale (PACES, £2683), University of Hertfordshire.

Matt Smith, Matt Jewiss, Phil Birch & Ollie Runswick (2018) - Do challenge and threat states predict student performance in academic tasks (£1605), University of Chichester.

Iain Greenlees, John Kelly & Matt Jewiss (2018) - Exploring psycho-physiological predictors of commercial aviation performance (£574), University of Chichester.

Selected recent publications

Jewiss, M., Runswick, O. R., & Greenlees, I. (2023). An Examination of the Challenge/Threat State and Sport-Performance Relationship While Controlling for Past Performance. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 45, 195-207.

Smith, M., Runswick, O. R., Jewiss, M., & Birch, P. (2022). Examining the theory of challenge and threat states in athletes: do predictions extend to academic performance? Educational Psychology, 1-18.

Runswick, O. R., Jewiss, M., Sharpe, B. T., & North, J. S. (2021). Context affects Quiet Eye duration and motor performance independent of cognitive effort. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 43(2), 191-197.

Gladwin, T. E., Jewiss, M., & Vink, M. (2020). Attentional bias for negative expressions depends on previous target location: replicable effect but unreliable measures. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 32(5-6), 562-572.

Gladwin, T., Jewiss, M., Banic, M., & Pereira, A. (2020). Associations between performance-based and self-reported prospective memory, impulsivity and encoding support. Acta Psychologica, 206.

Recent presentations and conferences

Runswick, O., Jewiss, M., & Sharpe, B. (2019). Context affects quiet eye duration independent of cognitive effort. (ESAN).

Runswick, O., Smith, M., Jewiss, M., & Birch, P. (2018). Do Challenge and Threat States predict performance in an academic task? Conference Presentation. (Learning and Teaching Conference, Chichester). 

Smith, J., Jewiss, M., Birch, P., Turner, M., Blackwell, A., Symcox, M., & Tipton, M. (2017). Examining lifeguard expertise: The impact of rotation times on the effectiveness of hazard detection. Conference Presentation. (World Conference on Drowning Prevention).

Media experience

BBC Interview: Performance under pressure. (November 2023)

Cricket: The Ashes: how England cricket’s head coach Brendon McCullum developed his ‘Bazball’ style”. (The Conversation, June 2023)

Public Talk: “Stress-response – is it always that bad?” Masterclass series at Anglia Ruskin University during Stress Awareness Week (April 2023)

Football: Harry Kane is Tottenham’s top goal scorer: Sport Scientists explain his brilliance (The Conversation, Feb 2023)

Cricket: Rishabh Pant’s historic innings against Australia can be explained with psychology (The Conversation, Jan 2020)