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Professor Richard Thelwell

Head of Department

Richard Thelwell


Having joined the Department in September 2000, I became Head of Department in August 2009 and was awarded a Personal Chair in Applied Sport Psychology in June, 2017. I am a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society, and, an Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Further to this, I was awarded a BASES Fellowship in recognition of my contribution to sport and exercise science in the UK.

In addition to my Education and Research activities, I have, and continue to be, an active practitioner where my experiences include having worked with a range of professional sporting organisations, governing body sporting organisations, and business organisations.

Research Interests

Having spent several years examining the benefit of psychological skills training for sports performance, more recent work has focused within the area of coach psychology (stress, emotion, coping and performance), psychological skills and behaviour change, and practitioner development. I also have a vested research interest in professional practice factors in applied sport psychology (which is reinforced by my applied activities) and a substantial income record for consultancy. 

I currently serve as an Associate Editor for Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, and on the Editorial Board for International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and International Journal of Sport Psychology.    

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