Kimberley Bartholomew


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Personal profile


Dr Kimberley Bartholomew moved from the School of Psychology at UEA in 2015 in order to join the School of Education and Lifelong Learning as a Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport. Prior to UEA, Kimberley worked as a Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University (2010-2013). After completing undergraduate (Loughborough University, First Class) and postgraduate (Nottingham Trent University, Distinction) studies in the areas of sport and social sciences, Kimberley completed her PhD in Sport Psychology at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Prof. Nikos Ntoumanis.

As an applied social psychologist, Kimberley’s research focuses primarily on human motivation, development, and well-being in education, sport, and exercise settings.

Key Research Interests

Kimberley’s research is primarily based within the framework of self-determination theory and aims to (i) accurately measure and map the motivational determinants of adaptive and maladaptive engagement in learning environments (i.e., education, sport, and exercise); and (ii) utilise this information to inform the implementation and evaluation of intervention programmes designed to facilitate optimal motivation, performance, and well-being in these contexts. Her interests in this area include the use of online platforms in intervention work with teachers (in association with Iris Connect) and young people (in association with Noise Solution) and focuses on the way in which we can develop and assess digital resilience (funded by UK Research Innovation, eNurture). Kimberley is also interested in the influence of educational practices on sustained health-conducive behaviour (healthy eating and exercise).


Kimberley would welcome applications from potential PhD candidates which are inline with these research interests.


Indicative Publications

Bhavsar, N., Bartholomew, K. J., Quested, E., Gucciardi, D. F., Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C., Reeve, J., Sarrazin, P. & Ntoumanis, N. (2019). Psychological need states in sport: Assessing the bright and dark sides of the athletic experience. Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

Bartholomew, K. J., Ntoumanis, N., Mouratidis, A., Katartzi, E., Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C., & Vlachopoulos, S. (2018). Beware of your teaching style: A school-year long investigation of controlling teaching and student motivational experiences. Learning and Instruction, 53, 50-63.

Bartholomew, K. J., Ntoumanis, N., Ryan, R. M., Bosch, J., & Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C. (2011). Self-determination theory and diminished functioning: The role of interpersonal control and psychological need thwarting. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 1459-1473.

Bartholomew, K. J., Ntoumanis, N., Ryan, R. M., & Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C. (2011). Psychological need thwarting in the sport context: Assessing the darker side of athletic experience. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 33, 75-102.

Bartholomew, K. J., Ntoumanis, N., & Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C. (2010). The controlling interpersonal style in a coaching context: Development and initial validation of a psychometric scale. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 32, 193-216.

Teaching Interests

Kim is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and currently teaches first and second year Psychology and Research Methods modules. She also contributes to postgraduate teaching in statistics (SEM) and is responsible for supervising a number of MSc, PhD and EdD research students.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • Education (General)
  • Motivation
  • Well-Being
  • Quantitative
  • Scale Development
  • Intervention

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