Current research focuses on the historical development of sports excellence and sport for all in Singapore. Main elements included are sport in nation building, gender issues, socialization and role models, sport in an ability driven education system, and the growing influence of the Olympic Movement.
Sport psychology research in PESS centres generally on themes such as
Determinants of physical activity and inactivity
Physical activity and psychological well-being
Understanding human motivation in sport and exercise, through achievement goals, self-determination theory and ability-related beliefs
Outcomes associated with different motivational orientations, such as affective responses and intentions
Relevant applications for youth sport
One specific topic being investigated is perfectionism in sport, including its dimensions, domain specificity, and its relationship with anxiety, attributions, and specific cultural contexts, while another area of interest lies in the relationship between coach behaviours and athlete experiences.