Biography Nikos Zourbanos is Assistant Professor in psychology of physical education and sport at the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Thessaly in Greece. His Ph.D was supported by the “State Scholarships Foundation”. He received his first degree at the University of Thessaly and his MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Wales, Bangor, supported by the Onassis Foundation. His main areas of interest are self-talk, psychological skills, achievement goals, and promotion of exercise behaviour. He has published numerous articles and serves as a referee in established sport psychology journals. He is editor of the Hellenic Journal of Sport Psychology, section editor of Cogent Medicine and Cogent Psychology, and editorial assistant of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. He is president of the the Hellenic Society of Sport Psychology (HSSP), member of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC). He supervises dissertation project students and PhD students. He enjoys most sports and is married with one child.
"If you want to go fast, go alone ...if you want to go far, go together..."
Education 2012-2015. Post-Doctoral Researcher in Exercise and Health. EXERCISE, SMOKING, & ALCOHOL: INVESTIGATION OF MECHANISMS, & INTERVENTIONS FOR PREVENTION, CESSATION & AWARENESS. THALIS PROJECT. National Strategic Reference Framework).
2009-2013. Post-Doctoral Researcher in Sport and Exercise Psychology and Physical Activity.Promoting Adolescent health through an intervention aimed at improving the quality of their participation in Physical Activity (PAPA). Collaborative research grant funded by the EU Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (Health).
2005-2008. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Sport Psychology, University of Thessaly, Trikala, Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences & University of Thrace, Komotini, Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Greece
2002-2003. Master of Science (M.Sc.) Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology. University of Wales, Bangor, School of Sport Health and Exercise Sciences, Wales
1997-2001. Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Physical Education & Sport Science, University of Thessaly, Trikala,Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Greece
In press Latinjak, A. T., Hatzigeorgiadis, A., & Zourbanos, N. (in press). Goal-directed and spontaneous self-talk in anger- and anxiety-eliciting sport-situations. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.
2016 Zourbanos, N., Haznadar, A., Papaioannou, A., Tzioumakis, Y., Krommidas, Ch., & Hatzigeorgiadis, A. (2016). The Relationships Between Athletes’ Perceptions of Coach-Created Motivational Climate, Self-Talk, and Self-Efficacy in Youth Football. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 28, 97-112. DOI:10.1080/10413200.2015.1074630
Zourbanos, N., Hatzigeorgiadis, A., Tsiami, A., Tzatzaki, T., Georgakouli, K., Manthou, E., et al. (2016). An initial investigation of smokers' urges to smoke and their exercise intensity preference: A mixed-methods approach. Cogent Medicine.3: 1149043. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2331205X.2016.1149043 Hatzigeorgiadis, Α., Pappa, V., Tzatzaki, Th., Tsiami, A Kalliopi, G., Zourbanos, N., Goudas, M., Chatzisarantis, N.L., Theodorakis, Y. (2016) Self-regulation strategies may enhance the acute effect o fexercise on smoking delay. Addictive Behaviours, 57, 35-37.
Latinjak, A., Font-Lladó, R., Zourbanos, N. & Hatzigeorgiadis, A. (2016). Goal-Directed Self-Talk Interventions: A Single-Case Study with an Elite Athlete. The Sport Psychologist, 30,189–194. DOI:10.1123/tsp.2015-0120
Book chapters Hardy, J., &Zourbanos, N. (2016). Self-talk in sport. In R. Shinke, K. McGannon, & B. Smith. (Eds.).The Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology (pp. 449-459). Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge
Galanis, V., Hatzigeorgiadis, A., Zourbanos, N., & Theodorakis, Y., (2016). Why self-talk is effective? Perspectives on self-talk mechanisms in sport. In Raab, M., Wylleman, P., Seiler, R., Elbe, A-M, & Hatzigeorgiadis, A. (Eds.), Sport and Exercise Psychology Research: From Theory to Practice (pp. 181-200). Elsevier
New e-Book (In Greek) Θεοδωράκης, Γ., Χατζηγεωργιάδης, Α., Ζουρμπάνος, Ν. (2015). Ψυχολογική υποστήριξη στον αθλητισμό και την άσκηση για υγεία. Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικων Ακαδημαϊκων Βιβλιοθηκών, Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο, Αθήνα.