In honor of the first FEPSAC President, Dr. Ema Geron, the Managing Council decided in 2011 to install the FEPSAC Ema Geron Award. This award is bestowed upon a person or organisation in recognition of an exceptional national contribution to the development of sport and exercise psychology. With this award, FEPSAC recognizes the significance of local, regional, and/or national contributions that enrich the development of the domain of sport and exercise psychology in Europe.
Taru Lintunen (2019)
Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology in Finland. Certified sport and exercise psychologist.
Coordinator of the European Masters Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology (EMSSEP; 2002-2005) and the Erasmus Mundus European Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology programme (EMSEP; 2010-2016).
Her research combines interest in the field of behavior change in physical activity and social and emotional learning and group phenomena in sport and exercise.
Natalia Stambulova (2019)
Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology in Sweden. Originally from Russia working in Scandinavia for about two decades.
Member of FEPSAC Managing Council (1991-1995), Vice-President of ISSP (2009-2017), and Associate Editor of the Psychology of Sport and Exercise Journal (PSE).
Her research in the field of athletic career transitions and evidence-based strategies for career assistance made her one of the main reference scholars in the field.
Sidónio Serpa (2019)
Professor of Sport Psychology in Portugal. President of the Portuguese Society of Sport Psychology. Coordinator of the Laboratory of Sport Psychology and the Master’s Program in Sport Psychology in the Faculdade de Motricidade Humana in the University of Lisbon.
President of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP; 2009-2013). President of the World Congres in Sport Psychology in Lisbon (1993) and the European Congress of Sport and Exercise Psychology in Madeira (2011).
His publications in performance Sport Psychology include social influences in elite athletes, leadership patterns and the coach-athlete relationship.
Dorothee Alfermann (2015)
Among the first Sport Sciences / Sport Psychology Professors in Germany.
Vice-President of the International Society of Sport Psychology (2001-2005), Editor-In-Chief of Psychology of Sport and Exercise Journal (PSE; 2004-2011), Director of the Center for Women and Gender Studies (FraGes 2001-2005)
Outstanding researcher in the field of gender studies and career transitions in Sport Psychology with several key references in top journals.
Claudio Robazza (2015)
Applied sport psychologist in the Italian National Team in Rugby, Archery, Pentahlon, and Shooting.
One of the first Sport Psychology Professors in the area of performance sport psychology in Italy.
Author of several main references in the field of performance-related emotions and psychobiosocial states, performance optimization, and motor learning.
Jaume Cruz i Feliu (2011)
First Sport Psychology Professor in Spain. President of the Catalan Association of Sport Psychology (ACPE; 1986-1991) and the Spanish Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPD; 1991-1995).
Director of the first Master Program in Sport and Exercise Psychology in Spain and Editor of the JCR indexed journal Revista de Psicología del Deporte-Sport Psychology Journal. Founder of the Research Group in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
His research in the field includes publications in educational approach to youth sport, motivation and commitment in sport, and grassroots’ coach behavioral interventions.
António de Paula Brito (2011)
Pioneer and developer of Sport Psychology in Portugal. Founder and President of the Portuguese Society of Physical Education and the Portuguese Society of Sport Psychology.
Founder of the Sport Psychology of Human Motricity at the Faculdade de Motricidade Humana in the University of Lisbon.
Athlete, coach, teacher and an innovative researcher in Sport Psychology.