Line of research: Physical activity, performance, management, and health psychology

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This line of research brings together researchers investigating different aspects of clinical and health psychology. Research is organized around the following topics:

  • Observation and motivation in sports 
  • Sports, health, and performance 
  • Neurobiological mechanisms and markers in sports 


This line of research is headed by six faculty members. Their experience is shown by their contributions to numerous scientific publications, the development of PhD theses, and their participation in publicly-funded research projects.




Antonio Hernández Mendo 

University of Malaga

Verónica Morales Sánchez 

University of Malaga

Isabel Balaguer Sola 

University of Valencia

María Teresa Anguera Argilaga 

University of Barcelona

Jerónimo García Romero 

University of Malaga

Coral Falcó Pérez

Western Norway University of Applied Science


Teams associated with this line of research

>Assessment in natural settings: sports and consumption Evaluación en contextos naturales: deporte y consumo

>Sport Psychology Research Unit

>Physical therapy and disability


Active projects and recent publications


Title: Integration ways between qualitative and quantitative data, multiple case development, and synthesis review as main axis for an innovative future in physical activity and sports research.

Reference: PGC2018-098742-B-C31

Funded by: Programa Estatal de Generación de Conocimiento y Fortalecimiento Científico y Tecnológico del Sistema I+D+i del Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades / Agencia Estatal de Investigación / Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional [Spanish National Program for Knowledge Generation and Scientific and Technological Strengthening of the Ministry of Science’s R&D&I programme, Innovation and Universities/State Research Agency/European Regional Development Fund.]

Duration: 1 January, 2019 to 31 December, 2021

Head researchers: María Teresa Anarte Ortiz


Title: Subproject 1 from the new approach of research in physical activity and sport from mixed methods perspective project

Reference: (NARPAS_MM) [671898742-98742-4-18 / SPGC201800X098742CV0]

Funded by: AGAUR (Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris de Recerca) and European Union (European Regional Development Funds, ERDF)

Duration: 1 January, 2020 to 31 December, 2022

Head researchers: María Teresa Anarte Ortiz


Title: Evaluación Psicosocial en Contexto Naturales: Deporte y Consumo. [Psychosocial Assessment in Natural Contexts: Sports and consumption]

Reference: SEJ444:

Funded by: Junta de Andalucía (Consejería de Innovación, Ciencia y Empresa)[Andalusia regional governement)

Duration: Since 2018

Head researchers: María Teresa Anguera Argilaga and Verónica Morales Sánchez


>Morillo, J.P., Reigal, R.E., Hernández-Mendo, A., Montaña, A. and Morales-Sánchez, V. (2017) Decision-Making by Handball Referees: Design of an ad hoc Observation Instrument and Polar Coordinate Analysis. Front. Psychol., 20 | IF JCR = 2.99. JCR ranking = Q2

>Reigal, Rafael E.; Moral-Campillo, Luna; Morillo-Baro, Juan P.; Juárez-Ruiz de Mier, Rocío; Hernández-Mendo, Antonio; Morales-Sánchez, Verónica. (2020). Physical Exercise, Fitness, Cognitive Functioning, and Psychosocial Variables in an Adolescent Sample. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 3. 1100. IF: 2.849. JCR ranking = Q1

>Páez-Maldonado, J.A.; Reigal, R.E.; Morillo-Baro, J.P.; Carrasco-Beltrán, H.; Hernández-Mendo, A.; Morales-Sánchez, V. (2020). Physical Fitness, Selective Attention and Academic Performance in a Pre-Adolescent Sample. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, 6216 IF: 2.849. JCR ranking = Q1

>Smith N, Tessie D, Tzioumakis Y, Fabra P, Quested E, Appleton P, Sarrazin P, Papaioannou A, Balaguer I, Duda J L. The relationship between observed and perceived assessments of the coach-created motivational environment and links to athlete motivation. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 2016. 23: 51-63. IF JCR = 2.809. JCR ranking = Q1 (13/81).

(Latest update: February, 2022)

If you would like further information on this line of research, please get in touch with Verónica Morales Sánchez (; member of the Academic Committee for the PhD Program).


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