Dr Lorcan Cronin

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology

Research Group and Institute

  • Psychology of Sport, Exercise & Movement Research Group


Lorcan Cronin is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology and member of the teaching team for the Sport and Exercise Science degree programme. He joined Edge Hill University in 2016 having worked at the University of Bolton as a Lecturer from 2014-2016. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Stirling (Scotland) in 2015 having completed his MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology (2010) at Bangor University (Wales), BSc in Psychology (2008) at Dublin Business School (Ireland), and BA in Business Administration (2006) at Nova Southeastern University (USA).


Lorcan’s research focuses predominantly on the area of positive youth development through sport. The main aim of his research is to enhance young peoples’ development, health and well-being through sport and physical education. During his PhD, he developed and later published an original scale that assesses eight key life skills that young people learn through sport and physical education. The eight life skills are teamwork, goal setting, social skills, problem solving, emotional skills, leadership, time management and communication. Lorcan’s current research uses this scale to investigate how coaches and teachers can better promote the learning of life skills within sport and physical education. Additionally, future studies will investigate how developing life skills through sport or physical education can promote other positive outcomes such as health, well-being, and academic achievement.

External Engagement

Lorcan’s external engagement activities include being a:

  • Member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Selected Publications

  • Blennerhassett, C., McNaughton, L., Cronin, L., & Sparks, A. (in press). Development and implementation of a nutrition knowledge questionnaire for ultra-endurance athletes. International Journal of Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism. https://doi.org/10.1123/ijsnem.2017-0322
  • Cronin, L., Allen, J., Russell, P., & Mulvenna, C. (2018). An investigation of the relationships between the teaching climate, students’ perceived life skills development and well-being within physical education. Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy, 23(2), 181–196. https://doi.org/10.1080/17408989.2017.1371684
  • Cronin, L., & Allen, J. (2017). Development and initial validation of the Life Skills Scale for Sport. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 28, 105– https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.11.001
  • Cronin, L., Arthur, C., Callow, N., & Hardy, J. (2015). Transformational leadership and task cohesion in sport: The mediating role of inside sacrifice. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 37, 23–36. https://doi.org/10.1123/jsep.2014-0116
  • Cronin, L., & Allen, J. (2015). Developmental experiences and well-being in sport: The importance of the coaching climate. The Sport Psychologist, 29, 62–71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2014-0045
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