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Mike Barker

PhD student

Mike graduated from St Mary’s University with a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Sport Science with Psychological Studies. Following his undergraduate degree, Mike completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Middlesex University, graduating with a Distinction.

His MSc research project focused on the key predictors of binge drinking among university students, with a particular comparison made between student-athletes and non-athletes. Following the completion of his MSc, Mike commenced his full-time PhD studentship in September 2017.

Mike’s PhD focuses on the effect of fatigue upon anticipation accuracy in tennis. More specifically, Mike is investigating whether greater decrements in performance are induced when players are both mentally and physically fatigued.

Mike is part of the special interest research group in Expert Performance and Skill Acquisition (EPSA) at St Mary's. He also contributes to teaching within Skill Acquisition and Research Methods modules.