Prof. Dr. Anne-Marie Elbe

Prof. Dr. Anne-Marie Elbe


Haus 1, T-Trakt
Jahnallee 59, Room T0004
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97 - 31633
Fax: +49 341 97 - 31639


Anne-Marie Elbe is Professor of Sport Psychology and was Vice Dean of the Faculty of Sport Science from 2019 to 2023. Prior to this, she was Associate Professor for Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Copenhagen (DK), and worked at Northumbria University, Newcastle (UK), and the University of Potsdam. She completed her doctorate at the Free University Berlin (2001) and her habilitation at the University of Potsdam (2005). Prof Elbe's publications and research interests focus on motivational and volitional aspects of athletic performance, talent development in sport, doping prevention, and the integrative role of sport. She is Past President of FEPSAC (European Federation of Sport Psychology), member of the Scientific Board of ECSS (European College of Sport Science), Associate Editor for the journal Science and Medicine in Football and member of the Editorial Board of Psychology of Sport and Exercise. She is also a former member of Leipzig University's Ethics Board.

Professional career

  • since 07/2019
    Member Scientific Board of the European College of Sport Science
  • since 02/2018
    Full Professor for Sport Psychology, Leipzig University, Germany
  • since 01/2016
    Editorial Board Member Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • 12/2021 - 01/2024
    Member of the study board (Faculty of Sport Science)
  • 12/2019 - 06/2023
    Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Sport Science
  • 10/2018 - 10/2020
    Member of Leipzig University’s Ethics Advisory Board
  • 01/2017 - 01/2021
    Associate Editor Science and Medicine in Football
  • 07/2015 - 07/2019
    FEPSAC President
  • 01/2013 - 01/2017
    Associate Editor International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • 01/2009 - 06/2015
    Associate Editor Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie
  • 07/2007 - 07/2015
    FEPSAC Vice President (2011-2015) and member of the FEPSAC Managing Council
  • 02/2007 - 05/2017
    Associate Professor for Sport and Exercise Psychology, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 10/2006 - 01/2007
    Senior Lecturer for Sport and Exercise Psychology, School of Psychology and Sport Science, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • 05/2006 - 09/2006
    Acting Chair for Sport Psychology, Institute for Sport Science, University of Potsdam, Germany
  • 04/2001 - 04/2006
    Lecturer and researcher in the Department of Sport Psychology, Institute for Sport Science, University of Potsdam, Germany


  • 04/2005
    Post Doctoral Lectureship Qualification (Habilitation) in Sport Science, University of Potsdam, Germany (Motivation and Volition in Top-Level Sports: Diagnostic Procedures and the Development of Sport Relevant Personality Factors during Youth)
  • 07/2001
    Doctoral Degree /PhD, Free University Berlin, Germany (Women and Competitive Sports – a Cross-Cultural Comparison between Germany and the USA)
  • 02/1999 - 01/2001
    Promotionsstipendium der Kommission zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses der Freien Universität Berlin
  • 10/1992 - 08/1998
    State Examination for Secondary School teaching: Subjects English and Physical Education (Free University Berlin, Germany)
  • Motivation and Volition
  • Talent Development
  • Doping prevention
  • Scale development
  • The integrative role of sport in multicultural societies
  • Team sports and health

  • A virtual reality approach in learning about doping (VIRAL)
    Elbe, Anne-Marie
    Duration: 01/2021 – 12/2023
    Funded by: EU Europäische Union
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Sportpsychologie
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more projects

  • Leis, O.; Walter, N.; Demirsöz, G.; Elbe, A.-M.
    Stress, recovery, and team closeness: a case study of a 25-day ultra-endurance open-water swim in the Rhine River
    International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology . 2024.
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  • Leisterer, S.; Elbe, A.-M.
    Are International PhD Courses an Important Part of PhD Education in Sport and Exercise Psychology?
    Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie . 2023. 30 (3).
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  • Markov-Glazer, A.; Elbe, A.-M.; Schliermann, R.
    Sport psychology consultants’ views on mental training with elite Deaf sport athletes
    International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 2023.
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  • Elbe, A.-M.; Schüler, J.; Sivaramakrishnan, H.; Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C.
    Motivation and Goals in the Context of Sport and Movement
    In: Schüler, J.; Wegner, M.; Plessner, H.; Eklund, R. C. (Eds.)
    Springer Cham. 2023. p. 145.
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more publications

  • Andere Ehrungen: Goldene Ehrennadel der Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Sportpsychologie
    Elbe, Anne-Marie (Sportpsychologie)
    awarded in 2019 by Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Sportpsychologie.
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My teaching is research-based and is supported by e-learning. I teach students who are studying to become school teachers, bachelor students of Sport Science and Sport Management as well as the Master students in Sport and Exercise Psychology. In addition, I supervise doctoral theses and postdoctoral theses in sport psychology. I am head of the international Master's degree programme in Sport and Exercise Psychology, which started  in 2021.

Research fields

Sports, sport science, Psychology

Contact for media inquiries

Phone: +49 341 97-31633