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The Centre for Mental Health, Sport and Physical Activity Research (CMSPR) undertakes high-quality research which is policy-relevant, practice-focused, and has a demonstrable world-leading impact in sport, physical activity and mental health, including through programme implementation, evaluation, and knowledge exchange activities.

The CMSPR brings together academic researchers, industry professionals, organisations, policy makers and beneficiaries (including experts by experience) to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all those who work, volunteer, study and engage in sport, physical activity and related sectors.

The Centre’s aims

The CMSPR is committed to improving mental health through systems-led change by bringing together like-minded individuals and organisations with an interest in sport, physical activity and related sectors. These sectors include education, public health, medicine, the creative industries, business and information technology, and wellbeing. Our team of internationally known researchers are available to support you to improve mental health through community sport, physical activity, and movement, and in professional sport settings. Drawing upon our multi- and inter-disciplinary expertise and long history of working collaboratively with local, national and international bodies, we are particularly keen to hear from you if you are interested in:

  • working with experts by lived experience to coproduce the design, delivery and evaluation of mental health programmes and interventions
  • conducting high-quality and impactful research which demonstrates the multiple benefits of sport, physical activity, movement and other activities for mental health
  • leveraging the benefits of technology and data analytics for mental health promotion
  • developing bespoke professional development and training in mental health
  • establishing mutually beneficial, cross-sector, partnerships which promote mental health.

Sustainable development goals

Our research contributes to the following goals:

  • Good health and wellbeing
  • Quality education
  • Gender equality
  • Reduced inequalities
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Our projects are grouped by five key themes. Explore our research below.



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