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Alexander T. Latinjak. BSc MRes PhD

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology


Alexander T. Latinjak. BSc MRes PhD

T: 01473 338015
Office: Academic Staff office, third floor, James Hehir Building

Alexander T. Latinjak got his BSc in Psychology from the University of Barcelona (2002-2006) and his MRes and PhD in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2006-2010).

Since September 2017 he is lecturing at the University of Suffolk in the area of sport psychology. Concurrently, he also is visiting professor at the School for Health and Sport Sciences (EUSES) at the University of Girona, advisory board member of the Olympic Research Centre in Banyoles and advisory board member at the Journal of Sports Sciences.

His research interest lies within the area of cognitive self-regulatory processes in sports and exercise. He has developed and validated a series of goal-directed and instructional self-talk techniques, introduced the distinction between spontaneous and goal-directed thought processes in the sport self-talk literature and inquired into the occurrence, use and effects of mind wandering in sports. Other areas of research interest are emotions, decision making, motivation and career transitions in sport and exercise. He is currently supervising PhD theses in the areas of cognitive self-regulation, self-talk and decision making.

He has also relevant experiences in applied sport psychology, having specialised in applied and integrated sport psychological skill training. He has worked with different clubs and talent development academies in tennis, football, handball, swimming and basketball. Furthermore, he has worked individually with talented junior and professional adult athletes from a wide range of sports.


Academic positions

  • Assistant Lecturer University of Barcelona
  • Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Girona
  • Council member of the Olympic Research Centre Banyoles
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Girona

Main applied collaborations in applied sport psychology

  • Bruguera Tennis Academy, Barcelona, Spain (2002 – 2008)
  • Magistertennis, Salt, Spain (2014 – 2017)
  • Basketball Academy Marc Gasol, Girona, Spain (2015 – 2017)


  • Latinjak, A. T. (2016). Goal-directed, spontaneous and stimulus-independent thoughts and mindwandering in a competitive context. The Sport Psychologist, 1-30.
  • Latinjak, A. T., 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.
  • Latinjak, A. T., Hatzigeorgiadis, A., & Zourbanos, N. (2017). Goal-directed and spontaneous self-talk in anger- and anxiety-eliciting sport-situations.  Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29, 150-166.
  • Latinjak, A. T., Torregrosa, M., & Renom, J. (2011). Combining self-talk and performance feedback: their effectiveness with adult tennis players. The Sport Psychologist, 25, 18-31.
  • Latinjak, A. T., Zourbanos, N., López-Ros, V., & Hatzigeorgiadis, A. (2014). Goal-directed and undirected self-talk: Exploring a new perspective for the study of athletes' self-talk. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15, 548-558.