Prof. Dr. F. Hülya Aşçı

Marmara University

Istanbul, Turkey






Self-perception and physical self: Its examination from cultural and mental well-being perspectives

Thursday, July 18 – Chair: Rita De Oliveira


F. Hülya Aşçı was born in Ankara, in 1969. She graduated from Physical Education and Sport Department of Middle East Technical University in 1991. She received her Master of Science Degree in Sport Psychology and Ph.D. Degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1993 and 1998, respectively. She mainly studies self-perception, physical self-perception and psychological effects of physical activity on psychological well being. She has over 100 papers published in refereed international and national journals. She presented over 200 papers in both international and national congresses. She is an Associate Editor of Psychology of Sport and Exercise Journal and she takes responsibility as a reviewer of some international refereed journals in the sport and exercise psychology area. Her international publications were cited over 400 times by different researchers. She received “Developing Scholar Award” which has been given by International Society of Sport Psychology to the scholar who makes contribution to sport and exercise psychology. Currently, she is working at the Sport Sciences Faculty in Marmara University, Turkey.

Prof. Dr. Ben Jackson

University of Western Australia

Perth, Australia






Staying afloat in Today’s University System: Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned in the Transition from Postgraduate to “Mid-Career” Academic

Wednesday, July 17 – Chair: Stuart Biddle


Alongside Dr. James Dimmock, Ben co-chairs the ‘Psychology of Active, Healthy Living’ (PAHL) group in the School of Human Sciences at The University of Western Australia (UWA). Research activity and community initiatives within the PAHL group focus on (a) advancing our understanding of health and physical activity, and (b) the development of sustainable and effective health promotion interventions. As well as a recent edited book titled Persuasion and Communication in Sport, Exercise, and Physical Activity, Ben has published over 90 original research articles and book chapters; his work often features in high-quality outlets, including, in recent years, Health Psychology Review, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, and Psychology of Sport and Exercise. Ben has secured regular nationally-competitive funding to support the research activity within the PAHL group, and he has been the recipient of the Early Career Research Award from the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), the Early Career Distinguished Scholar Award from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), and the UWA Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award. Ben serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, and sits on the editorial boards for a number of other highly-regarded outlets (e.g., Psychology of Sport and Exercise, and Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology).

Prof. Dr. Samuele Marcora

University of Kent

Medway, United Kingdom






The limits to endurance performance in humans: mind over muscle?

Friday, July 19, morning – Chair: Maurizio Bertollo


Professor Samuele Marcora received his Bachelor in Physical Education from the State University of Milan (Italy). After serving in the Italian Army and working as fitness instructor, Professor Marcora studied for an MSc in Human Performance at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (USA), and for a PhD in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of Wales-Bangor (UK). After a successful academic career at Bangor University, Professor Marcora began his post as Director of Research at the University of Kent at the end of 2010.

His current research combines exercise physiology with motivation psychology and cognitive neuroscience to investigate fatigue and endurance performance. The ultimate goal of this psychobiological research programme is to find new ways to improve performance of endurance athletes and reduce physical and mental fatigue in a variety of populations. These populations include soldiers, motorbike riders, and patients affected by diseases such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic kidney disease.

Professor Marcora’s previous research includes research into the mechanisms, assessment and treatment of muscle wasting, and applied sports science research (e.g., football training and mountain biking). He had been consultant for the Italian Olympic Committee and MAPEI Sports Service.

Prof. Dr. Zella E. Moore

Manhattan College

New York, United States






Clinical Sport Psychology: Considering Psychological Well-being and Performance Excellence

Friday, July 19, afternoon – Chair: Karin Moesch


Zella E. Moore, Psy.D., is Full Professor of Psychology and Chairperson of the Department of Psychology at Manhattan College in New York, where she is involved in undergraduate teaching, student advising, student research mentoring, university service, and scholarship. Zella teaches a variety of courses at the undergraduate level, such as abnormal psychology, health psychology, personality theories, and psychological testing.
Since earning her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University, she has worked with clients whose psychological health spans the entire spectrum of human functioning. In clinical practice, Zella has especially valued working with those with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and anger dyscontrol and its behavioural manifestations. In the sport milieu, she has worked with several professional sport organizations in the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association, and professional soccer.
Her primary research activities have been similarly diverse. Her research areas cover several seemingly distinct areas, yet they are conceptually and theoretically linked. Between her clinical sport and performance psychology research program and her clinical research program, Zella focuses on theory development of performance dysfunction; mindfulness; emotion regulation and experiential avoidance; advocacy for consideration of clinical and subclinical concerns among athletes; evaluation of the empirical support for sport and performance psychology interventions; classification of performers’ psychological and performance issues; case conceptualization; high-stakes performance enhancement; and psychological variables related to anger and aggression/violence. Importantly, Zella is co-developer of the Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) approach to performance enhancement and overall psychological well-being, which helps individuals in high pressure positions reach and maintain consistent optimal performance states and well-being. She was also the founding Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology (JCSP).

Prof. Dr. Tatiana Ryba

University of Jyväskylä

Jyväskylä, Finland






Now you see me, but will you listen? Sport, work and unexamined life in migration.

Tuesday, July 16 – Chair: Dorothee Alfermann


Dr. Tatiana Ryba is a transnational scholar whose work sits critically at the intersection of sport psychology, cultural studies and qualitative methodology to offer situated knowledge that informs practice. The native of Latvia, she completed her PhD at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she examined the ways in which the Cold War ideologies affected disciplinary construction of American and Soviet sport psychology discourses. Her concurrent pioneering work on the cultural constitution of athlete subjectivity and experience has stimulated the emergence of cultural sport psychology. Since completing her PhD, Tatiana has worked in Canada, Denmark, and Finland. She conducted psychosocial research on transnational athletes’ career development and transitions that resulted in the empirical conceptualization of a Cultural Transition Model (Ryba, Stambulova, & Ronkainen, 2016). She serves as Vice President of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP). During her tenure as Chair of the ISSP Cultural Committee, she led two position papers to promote the development of cultural competence in research and practice (Ryba, Stambulova, Si & Schinke, 2013) and to facilitate greater understanding of issues pertinent to cultural transitions, acculturation and social integration of migrants in and through sport (Ryba, Schinke, Stambulova & Elbe, 2017). Tatiana is a recipient of the ISSP Developing Scholar Award and a Fellow of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Prof. Dr. Brett Smith

University of Birmingham

Birmingham, United Kingdom






More of the same or time to up our game? 50 possibilities for sport and exercise psychology research

Monday, July 15 – Chair: Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis


Brett Smith, PhD and Professor, holds a Chair in Physical Activity and Health in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK. His empirical research focuses on disability, sport and physical activity. He is also a methodologist in qualitative research. Numerous funding bodies, such as the ESRC, Public Health England, and the Canadian Institute of Health Research, have supported his research. Brett’s work has also been published widely in leading journals, such as Health Psychology, Social Science and Medicine, and Qualitative Research. In addition to 200+ publications, Brett has given over 30 keynotes and 150 invited talks to audiences around the world. He is founder and former Editor of the international journal Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health (QRSEH). Currently he is an Advisory Board member of QRSEH as well as an Associate Editor of Psychology of Sport and Exercise (PSE) and Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology (SEPP). Brett also serves on 8 editorial boards (e.g., International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Qualitative Research in Psychology, and Health Psychology Review). He is co-editor of the Routledge book series on Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Activity, and has co-written/co-edited 7 books. These include the Routledge Handbook of Sport Psychology (2015) and the Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (2016).

All keynote topics are working titles and might be subject to change.