Having sense of purpose has been long recognised to play a vital role in human life. How can researchers conceptualise and study purpose? How does it influence career development - in work and sport - and how we respond to adversity?


I am delighted to discuss these and topics with Dr Mariya Yukhymenko, an Associate Professor at California State University, Fresno. Her expertise lies in educational and sport psychology, and quantitative research methodology. She has published widely in and outside of sport on topics including identity, purpose, passion and ethical behaviour. We first explore her broader research areas, and then focus on understanding what purpose is and how Dr Yukhymenko's research has advanced our knowledge in the area of life purpose and its relation to work and sport.


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