Managing Council 2019-2022

The FEPSAC Managing Council is elected every four years during the General Assembly.

Currently the structure of the Managing Council includes the President, two Vice-presidents for Applied & Education and Communication & Research, the Secretary General, the Treasurer and four Regular Members.

Markus Raab

Dr. Markus Raab (1968) is Full Professor and Director of the Department of Performance Psychology, Head of the Institute of Psychology at the German Sport University as well as Research Professor at the London South Bank University, UK. He is president of the current Managing Council of FEPSAC and served in other associations such as asp and EFPA. He was awarded by the DOSB, asp, FEPSAC, DGPs, ECSS, Springer Publisher, NCA, NRW state and the University of Heidelberg. He serves (or has served) as an editor (in-chief, associate, section) for ZfS, PSE, IJSEP, SEPP, Frontiers in Psychology, Latin American Journal on Sport and Exercise Psychology. His main areas of interest are exercise psychology, embodied cognition, motor learning and motor control. After predicting 2017 research in sport psychology until 2050 he currently tries to self-fulfil that prediction. 

German Sport University Cologne
Department Performance Psychology
Am Sportpark Muengersdorf 6
50933 Koeln
Tel. + 49 221 4982 5491
Fax: + 49 221 4982 8320

Rita De Oliveira

Rita F. de Oliveira is a senior lecturer in sport and exercise science at London South Bank University. Her previous posts were with the VU University Amsterdam, German Sport University, and Royal Holloway University of London. She received her PhD from the VU University in 2007 for her work on the visual perception for basketball shooting. She directs the perception-action lab: development, learning and performance and has supervised or co-supervised 5 PhD students to completion.

Rita is Chair of the ethics panel for the School of Applied Sciences where she oversees all staff and PhD research applications. She is a senior fellow of the Higher education academy (HEA), an associate fellow and chartered psychologist by the British psychological association (BPS), and a member of the British association for sport sciences (BASES), the Portuguese association of sport psychology (SPPD), and the European network of young specialists in sport psychology (ENYSSP).

London South Bank University
School of Applied Sciences
103 Borough Rd
London SW10AA
Tel. +44 7815 7959

Athanasios Papaioannou

Athanasios Papaioannou is a professor of sport psychology and the Dean of the School of Physical Education and Nutrition at the University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece. In this university, he has been the coordinator of the European Master in Sport and Exercise Psychology (EMSEP) Erasmus Mundus program, which provides training of international Master students in collaboration with other European universities, from 2010 until now.  He is doing research on motivation and physical activity, coordinating several European projects on this topic. He is co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and we have written and co-edited books in Greek and English, such as the Routledge Companion to Sport and Exercise Psychology (with D. Hackfort). He has been active in the International Society of Sport Psychology and the Director of its 10th World Congress (Skiathos, Greece).

Department of Physical Education & Sport Science
University of Thessaly, Karyes
Trikala, 42100
Tel: +302431027012

Maurizio Bertollo

Maurizio Bertollo is Associate Professor of Motor Behaviour and Sport Psychology at “G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara. He is affiliated with the Department of Medicine and Aging Sciences, and currently serves as the Vice-Director of the Behavioral Imaging and Neural Dynamics (BIND) Center.

Maurizio received his bachelor in Physical Education and Human Movement Science, followed by a master degree in Education (Pedagogy), a master degree in Psychology, and a doctoral degree in Sport Sciences. He also holds specializations in psychotherapy, developmental and learning disabilities, and sport psychology. Currently, he is a chartered psychologist and psychotherapist within the “Ordine Nazionale Psicologi”, and former Vice-President of the Italian Association of Sport Psychology (AIPS).

He has worked as a scientific consultant, psychologist, and/or coach for many Italian sports clubs, federations (e.g., Modern Pentathlon, Triathlon, Swimming, Rink Hockey, Soccer, Cycling, Track and Field, and Shooting) and for the National Olympic committee. Before moving to the University, he was also PE teacher, School Psychologist and Headmaster.
His research activity focuses on the processes and mechanisms underlying the development, maintenance and improvement of human motor behaviour and performance. Current research interests include Bio-psycho-physiological state underpinning performance, Individual Zones of Optimal Functioning, Stress recovery-balance in sport, Psychophysiological monitoring and intervention in sport.

University “G. d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine and Aging Sciences
Via dei Vestini, 29
66100 CHIETI
Tel.: +39 0871 3554038
Fax: +39 0871 355 67 55

Karin Moesch

Karin Moesch is employed as a sport psychologist at the Swedish Sports Confederation. In this position, she provides individual counselling to elite athletes and coaches, as well as educations for athletes, coaches and teams in sport psychology. She completed education in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), and her work is based on both traditional and more recent methods from CBT.

She received her first PhD in sport science at the University of Berne (Switzerland) in 2012, and her second PhD in psychology at the University of Lund (Sweden) in 2015. Her research interests focus on team sports (mainly psychological momentum, emotional contagion and the impact of nonverbal behaviours in sport teams), talent development and sport and violent behaviour in adolescents.

The Swedish Sports Confederation
Idrottens Hus, 11473 Stockholm
Tel: +4686996237
Mob: +46722479986

Michala Bednáriková

Michala Bednáriková received her master degree in psychology at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her final thesis focused on critical situations that coaches handle with their athletes. In 2018 she became the first FEPSAC certified specialist in applied sport psychology.


She works as an applied practitioner with athletes, their parents and coaches; as well as provides lectures and workshops for sport organizations. She is an active member of professional organizations in the field of sport psychology for almost a decade. She served as a managing council member of ENYSSP for 2 terms since 2011. In 2017 she became a president of Slovak association of sport psychology.

Mgr. Michala Bednáriková
Pro Performance
Belehradska 8
831 04 Bratislava, Slovakia
Tel: +421 907 734 436

Anastasiya Khomutova

Anastasiya Khomutova was born in Ukraine (Donetsk), she got her masters and PhD degrees in the Czech Republic (Palacky University in Olomouc), and currently, she works as a lecturer at the University of Brighton in the UK. Her research focuses on culturally diverse sport teams, as well as, more recently, on coach-athlete relationships in combat sports.

School of Sport and Service Management
1 Denton road
Eastbourne BN20 7SR

Yago Ramis

Yago Ramis is the Vice-Dean of Quality, Financial Affairs and Strategic Plans in the Psychology Faculty of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He works as a lecturer and researcher in the field of Sport Psychology and is a member of the Research Group in Sport and Exercise Psychology (GEPE). In the last decade, he has participated in six European Projects focusing mainly on the social influence on Youth Sport involvement and student-athletes’ development of Dual Careers. As a Lecturer, he has participated in four editions of the European Master in Sport and Exercise Psychology (EMSEP).

He finished his PhD in 2012. His thesis assessed the competitive anxiety of young athletes and the influence of social agents from a Self-Determination Theory perspective.

C/ de la Fortuna, Edifici B – B5/142
Campus de la UAB · 08193 Bellaterra
(Cerdanyola del Vallès) · Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 581 3153

Alexis Ruffault

Alexis Ruffault has a PhD in health psychology from Paris Descartes University (2017). He is a regular member of the French Society of Sport Psychology (SFPS) since 2010, and was elected to be part of the Managing Council since 2017. He currently works as a researcher in sport and health psychology at the French Institute of Sport (INSEP), in Paris. This position allows him to provide interventions aiming at training mental skills, but also to provide cognitive-behavior therapies to injured athletes. His work as a researcher focuses on the psychological aspects of sport injury, from prevention to impact to return to sport, as well as changing behaviors preventing injuries (e.g., warm-up, recovery, diet) using sociocognitive theory-based techniques.

Institut National du Sport, de l’Expertise et de la Performance
Laboratoire SEP, Bâtiment C
11 avenue du Tremblay, 75012 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 41 74 45 49

Former Managing Councils of FEPSAC since 1969

Managing Council 2015-2019

Anne-Marie Elbe, Denmark (president); Nadine Debois, France (secretary general); Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis, Greece (treasurer); Xavier Sanchez, UK ( Vice-President Communication and Development); Markus Raab, Germany (Vice President Research); Karin Moesch, Sweden; Lina Vaisetaite, Lithuania; Maurizio Bertollo, Italy; Rita De Oliveira, UK

Managing Council 2011-2015

Paul Wylleman, Belgium (president)Anne-Marie Elbe, Denmark (vice-president); Xavier Sanchez, UK (secretary general); Alberto Cei, Italy (treasurer); Nadine Debois, France; Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis, Greece;  Vana Hutter, The Netherlands; Caroline Jannes, Belgium; Markus Raab, Germany


Managing Council 2007-2011

Paul Wylleman, Belgium (president); Chris Harwood, UK (vice-president); Urban Johnson, Sweden (secretary general); Philippe Brunel, France / Alberto Cei, Italy (treasurer); Anne-Marie Elbe, Denmark; Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis, Greece; Xavier Sanchez, UK / Netherlands; Klaudia Zuskova, Slovakia


Managing Council 2003-2007

Roland Seiler, Switzerland (president)Maria Psychountaki, Greece (vice-president); Paul Wylleman, Belgium (secretary general); Marja Kokkonen, Finland (treasurer); Philippe Brunel, France; Urban Johnson, Sweden; Reinhard Stelter, Denmark; Kaivo Thomson, Estonia; Klaudia Zuskova, Slovakia

Managing Council 1999-2003

Glyn Roberts, Norway (president)Roland Seiler, Switzerland (vice-president); Erwin Apitzsch, Sweden (secretary general); Paul Wylleman, Belgium (treasurer); Irina Holdevici, Romania; Nanette Mutrie, Great Britain; Reinhard Stelter, Denmark; Yannis Theodorakis, Greece;

Managing Council 1995-1999

Stuart Biddle, Great Britain (president)Erwin Hahn, FRG (vice-president); Erwin Apitzsch, Sweden (secretary general); Yves Vanden Auweele, Belgium (treasurer); Micahel Bar‐Eli, Israel; Jarmo Liukkonen, Finland; Roland Seiler, Switzerland; Natalia Stambulova, Russia; Yannis Zervas, Greece

Managing Council 1991-1995

Stuart Biddle, Great Britain (president)László Nàdori, Hungary (vice-president); Erwin Apitzsch, Sweden (secretary general); Erwin Hahn, FRG (treasurer); Alberto Cei, Italy; Marc Durand, France; Jarmo Liukkonen, Finland; Roland Seiler, Switzerland; Yves Vanden Auweele, Belgium

Managing Council 1987-1991

Paul Kunath, GDR (president)László Nàdori, Hungary (vice-president); Erwin Apitzsch, Sweden (secretary general); Erwin Hahn, FRG (treasurer); Stuart Biddle, Great Britain; Friedrich Blanz, Finland; Philip Genov, Bulgaria; Gennadi Gorbunov, USSR; Václav Hošek, Czechoslovakia; Jadwiga Klodecka‐Rozalska, Poland;Edgar Thill, France 

Managing Council 1983-1987

Paul Kunath, GDR (president)László Nàdori, Hungary (vice-president); Erwin Apitzsch, Sweden (secretary general); Erwin Hahn, FRG (treasurer); Friedrich Blanz, Finland; Philip Genov, Bulgaria; Gennadi Gorbunov, USSR; Giselher Guttman, Austria; Frank Sanderson, Great Britain; Edgar Thill, France

Managing Council 1979-1983

Guido Schilling, Switzerland (president); Ivan Macak, Czechoslovakia (vice-president); László Nàdori, Hungary (secretary general); Erwin Hahn, FRG (treasurer); Erwin Apitzsch, Sweden; Clive Bond, Great Britain; Philip Genov, Bulgaria; Gennadi Gorbunov, USSR; Paul Kunath, GDR; Georges Rioux, France

Managing Council 1975-1979

Guido Schilling, Switzerland (president)Ivan Macak, Czechoslovakia (vice-president); László Nàdori, Hungary (secretary general); Erwin Hahn, FRG (treasurer); Mihai Epuran, Romania; Philip Genov, Bulgaria; Erwin Hahn, GFRPaul Kunath, GDR; Albert Rodionov, USSR; Coskun Sarman, Turkey; John Whiting, Great Britain

Managing Council 1969-1975

Ema Geron, Bulgaria (president); José Roig Ibanez, Spain & Ivan Macak, Czechoslovakia (vice-president); Eric de Winter, France / Guido Schilling, Switzerland (secretary general); Coskun Sarman, Turkey  (treasurer); Mihai Epuran, Romania; Paul Kunath, GDR; Wiktoria Nawrocka, Poland (1969-1972) / Erwin Hahn, GFR (1972-1975); Albert Rodionov, USSR; László Nàdori, Hungary (1972-1975)