The research group Sport Psychology and Mental Support (SPMB), which is part of the Faculty of Sport Science and Physiotherapy, at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) focuses on sport and exercise psychology research. Its main research topics are related to (a) the career development of talented, elite, Olympic, dual career and retired elite athletes, (b) the provision of sport psychology support and the development of sport psychologists, and (c) the development of mental skills in young, talented and elite athletes.
Specific lines of research include:
Furthermore, SPMB has conducted research and developed projects for the Flemish elite sports community (e.g., the development and provision of sport psychology support services to elite sport schools and elite sport federations; the development of career support services to [retired] athletes), for the Brussels-Capital Region and the European Union (e.g. the development and optimisation of dual career support services and tools), as well as for international elite sport organisations (e.g., IOC).
Chair: Professor Dr. Paul Wylleman