Professor Mark Wilson


Mark Wilson has been at the University of Exeter since 2006 and was appointed Professor of Performance Psychology in 2017, where he is currently the Director of Research for Sport and Health Sciences. Mark is a leading expert in visuomotor skill acquisition and has an applied and theoretical interest in understanding the influence of pressure on performance, and developing training that might mitigate against these negative effects. Mark has published over 100 research articles on these topics and supervised 14 PhD students to completion. His applied research crosses boundaries (e.g., sport, surgery, military, clinical populations) and has been funded by the likes of the Economic and Social Research Council, Innovate UK, The Waterloo Foundation, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Parkinson’s UK, Intuitive Surgical, and the Football Association.  As a chartered psychologist and registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council, Mark works with his clients to help them perform at their best when it matters most.



1995 MEng University of Manchester
2001 MSc Manchester Metropolitan University
2005 PGCE(HE) Manchester Metropolitan University
2006 PhD Manchester Metropolitan University



05/17 – present:      Professor, performance psychology, SHS, University of Exeter.

06/13 – 04/17:         Associate professor, experimental psychology, SHS, University of Exeter.

06/09 – 05/13:         Senior lecturer, experimental psychology, SHS, University of Exeter.

09/06 – 05/09:         Lecturer, experimental psychology, SHS, University of Exeter.

09/04 – 08/06:         Research fellow, motor control, Neural and Visual Control of Movement Research Line, Institute for Biophysical and Clinical Research into Human Movement, Manchester Metropolitan University.

09/01 – 08/04:         Lecturer, sport psychology, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, Manchester Metropolitan University.

09/95 – 08/99:         Project manager and production engineer, Birds Eye Wall’s, Unilever Ltd.

Visiting Fellowships

04/10 – 10/10:         Visiting associate professor in motor learning, Institute of Human Performance, University of Hong Kong.

Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 722891
AddressRichard's Building
University of Exeter
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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