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Research Expertise
Psychology of exercise and health, goal setting, self-talk and performance, attitudes and behavior relationships, quality assurance in higher education.
Brief Portrait
Yannis Theodorakis is a vice rector and professor of Sport Psychology in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science at the Uni­versity of Thessaly, Greece. He was member of the Managing Council of European Society of Sport Psychology, head of his Department, president of the Greek Society of Sport Psychology, member of the Editorial Board of “Psychology of Sport and Exercise”, president of the Hellenic Academy of Physical Education, and the editor of the open access journal “Inquiries in Sports and Physical Education” . He has a Bed in physical education and sport science and PhD in sport and exercise psychology. He has published 25 books and chapters, and more than 180 articles in Greek and international journals, in the areas of sport and exercise psychology, health psychology, health education, goals setting, self-talk, and attitude and behavior relationships. He has been involved in projects related to physical activity promotion, health education, exercise and smoking, exercise program in patient with dementia by using virtual reality, reintegration through sport and equality in the society through sports.
Selected Publications
1 Theodorakis, Y., Hatzigeorgiadis, A., & Zourbanos, N. (2012). Cognitions: Self-talk and Performance. InS.Murphy:OxfordHandbook ofSportandPerformancePsychology.Part Two:IndividualPsychologicalProcessesinPerformance, (pp. 191-212). New York. OxfordUniversityPress.
2 Theodorakis, Y., Goudas, M., Zourbanos, N., Hatzigeorgiadis, A., & Jamurtas, A. (2014). Exercise as a Means for Smoking and Alcohol Cessation: New Trends in Research. Inquiries in Sport & Physical Education, 12 (3), 226 – 233.
3 Theodorakis, Y., Hatzigeorgiadis, A., & Chroni, S. (2008). Self-Talk: It works, but how? Development and preliminary validation of the Functions of Self-Talk Questionnaire. Measurement in Physical Education & Exercise Science, 12, 10-30.
4 Theodorakis, Y., Weinberg, R., Natsis, P., Douma, E., & Kazakas, P. (2000). The effects of motivational versus instructional self-talk on improving motor performance. The Sport Psychologist, 14, 253-272.
5 Τheodorakis, Y. (1994). Planned   behavior, attitude strength, role identity, and the prediction   of exercise behavior. The Sport Psychologist, 8, 149-165.



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