Dr Denise Hill
Senior Lecturer
Sports Science
Telephone: (01792) 606324
Room: Academic Office - A126
First Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

I recently joined Swansea University from the University of Portsmouth, and have been a lecturer of sport and exercise psychology for over 15 years. I have completed a PhD that examined choking under pressure in elite golf, a MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Exeter University, and a BSc (hons) in Sport Science and PE from Loughborough University.

I am also a BPS Chartered Psychologist, a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, and am currently on the Editorial Board for The Sport Psychologist. My research interests and applied work focuses on performance psychology, and in particular, the alleviation of choking under pressure. Accordingly, I offer psychological support to elite and amateur athletes within a broad range of sports (e.g, hockey, equestrian, snooker, rugby, rugby union refereeing, & swimming) though I predominantly work with professional and elite golfers within Wales and the South West region.

I am currently the lead on the applied sport psychology module on the undergraduate sport and exercise science programme, and supervise a number of MSc and PhD research students within the sport and exercise psychology subject area. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Performance Psychology - specialising in the allevation of choking in sport


  1. Hill, D., McNarry, M., Mackintosh, K. Using photo-elicitation to explore perceptions of physical activity among young people with cystic fibrosis BMC Pulmonary Medicine
  2. Hill, D., Matthews, N., Senior, R. The Psychological Characteristics of Performance Under Pressure in Professional Rugby Union Referees The Sport Psychologist 30 4 376 387
  3. Hill, D., Cheesbrough, M., Gorczynski, P., Matthews, N. The Consequences of Choking in Sport: A Constructive or Destructive Experience? The Sport Psychologist 1 37
  4. Hopkinson, Y., Hill, D., Fellows, L., Fryer, S. Midwives understanding of physical activity guidelines during pregnancy Midwifery 59 23 26
  5. Crone, D., Sarkar, M., Curran, T., Baker, C., Hill, D., Loughren, E., Dickson, T., Parker, A. Mental health first aid for the UK Armed Forces Health Promotion International

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  • SR-143 Research Methods & Ethics

    This module introduces students to the research methods used in Sport and Exercise Sciences, including a range of research ethical issues that often arise. Students will develop fundamental knowledge and understanding of elementary concepts and principles of research methods including sourcing information, research design, research writing and conducting basic qualitative and quantitative data collection / analysis. Students will also be active in disputing the ethical responsibilities associated with completing research.

  • SR-326 Applied Sport Psychology

    The module will enable students to put sport psychology theory into practice by examining a range of issues that confront the applied sport psychologist in modern practice. Students will consider how knowledge of Psychological Skills Training (PST) techniques and the fundamental factors of sport performance learnt at levels 1 and 2 can be used in applied sporting settings to deal with these issues.


  • Conceptualising, understanding and alleviating choking in sport: The role of significant others (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Camilla Knight
  • Enhancing the mental health and well-being of elite athletes. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • A realist evaluation of multi-component programmes with disaffected young people (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Camilla Knight
  • Enhancing Wellbeing and Mental Health in Performance Sport (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Camilla Knight
  • Understanding, promoting, and protecting the wellbeing of swimmers (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Camilla Knight
  • Parental involement and children's enjoyment (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Camilla Knight