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I joined the University of HUddersfield in 2017, having previously held a post as Professor of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to this, I had a lengthy career at Hull University, where I was Head of Psychology on three occasions and also was Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching).

Research Expertise and Interests

I am interested in performance under pressure and performance enhancement. More specifically, I research in the area of Mental Toughness. I have written two books about this interesting concept and have produced numerous academic papers relating to my 4 'C' model. The research is carried out in partnership with a number of other institutions including: The University of Basle; University of Lincoln; University of Leeds, University of Newcastle and the University of Edinburgh. The work started in the sports domain, but is now extensively used in both business and education. Ongoing projects are looking at the possibility of enhancing mental toughness and the cognitive underpinnings of the 'mental toughness' advantage. The expertise gained is used to enhance student performance and employability. I am currently working on a number of projects realting to mental toughness in schools, sport and the business community.  We are developing a range of new measures and are validating these in a number of countries

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Performance
  • Performance Under Pressure
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Mental Toughness
  • Student Performance
  • Student Employability
  • Schools
  • Sport
  • Business Community

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Psychology Medicine & Life Sciences
Sports Medicine & Life Sciences
Personality Medicine & Life Sciences
Narcissism Medicine & Life Sciences
Sleep Medicine & Life Sciences
Exercise Medicine & Life Sciences
Research Medicine & Life Sciences
Education Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2000 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Bridging the Gap: A Network Approach to Dark Triad, Mental Toughness, the Big Five and Perceived Stress

Papageorgiou, K. A., Bennini, E., Bellelo, D., Gianniou, F., Clough, P. & Costantini, G., 1 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Personality. 87, 6, p. 1250-1263 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Mental toughness

Strycharczyk, D., Clough, P. & Wall, T., 28 Jan 2019, Good health and Well-being : Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Filho, W. L., Wall, T., Azul, A. M., Brandli, L. & Özuyar, P. G. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

mental health
twenty first century

Mental Toughness Development

Wall, T., Strycharczyk, D. & Clough, P., 4 Jan 2019, Good Health and Well-Being : Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Filho, W. L., Wall, T., Azul, A. M., Brandli, L. & Özuyar, P. G. (eds.).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Mental toughness development through adolescence: Effects of age group and community size

Zalewska, A., Krzywosc-Rynkiewicz, B., Clough, P. & Dagnall, N., 1 Jan 2019, In : Social Behavior and Personality. 47, 1, e7376.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Age Groups
Surveys and Questionnaires

Psychometric Assessment of Shortened Mental Toughness Questionnaires(MTQ): Factor Structure of the MTQ-18 and the MTQ-10

Dagnall, N., Denovan, A., Papageorgiou, K. A., Clough, P., Parker, A. & Drinkwater, K., 21 Aug 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, p. 1-12 12 p., 1933.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Surveys and Questionnaires

Press / Media

Narcissistic adolescents may perform better at school

Peter Clough


13 items of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment